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Past Times is a leading multi-channel retailer of gifts, Jewellery and home accessories inspired by the past, with over 70 shops throughout the UK, an extensive website and a distribution of high-quality catalogues.

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      23.01.2012 13:38
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      Great unusual items - but buyer beware as now in Admininstration.

      ----SOME SHOPS AND PAST TIMES WEBSITE STILL WORKING----

      ---The Brand---

      Past Times have been going for 25 years - 1986-2011.
      From their website - 'Our beautiful collections are inspired by past eras and historical designs, from the elegance of Art Deco to the derring-do of the WWII, the timeless beauty of Celtic crafts to the fabulous fun of the 50s.
      We started life back in 1986 with catalogues'.


      ---In Administration - Information from Website---

      Past Times Trading Limited in Administration
      51 stores and the website is continuing to trade under the control of the Administrators in the short term.
      * We regret we are unable to accept any gift vouchers,
      * We regret we cannot provide a cash or card refund for any unwanted goods bought up to and including 16 January.
      *Purchases after 16th January - a receipt as proof of purchase will be required and upon receipt of the returned items a refund will be issued.


      ---Its Future?---

      Currently the Past Times website has a 50% off everything sale and still has 51 stores operating - I do not know what any long term news will be.


      ---What They Stock---

      Past Times specialise in items, clothing, gifts, books, cushions, garden items and toys various past eras. Their website has the following categories:
      * Art Deco
      * Art Nouveau
      * Celtic
      * Childhood
      * Garden
      * Mackintosh
      * Occasions
      * Retro
      * Sports Gifts
      * Tribal Britain
      * Victorian
      * Vintage Britannia
      * Wartime
      * Wit & Wisdom


      ---Website---

      www.pasttimes.com
      £4.95 on all orders during Administration.
      Currently all stock is 50% off.


      ---My Opinion---

      I have always loved Past Times - but never been in their stores as I live so far out in the coutnry.
      * Catalogues - I first found them by their lovely little mail order catalogues that would come through the door. Admittedly some of the items were quite expensive - but I enjoyed the browse.
      * Shop - My sister then found a shop in Cardiff when she made her annual trip there to do Christmas shopping and I would always get some lovely gifts back from there.
      * Retro - Being a bit of a history buff myself I loved all their retro type items. From their medieval, Victorian, Art Deco, War themes right through to when they did the 1960s and the Beatles.
      * Books - Their book selection was also fantastic - from wartime recipe books to ones on childhood in the 1930s, lots of war ones and also one I got my sister last Christmas about famous brands and how they orgiinated.
      * Website - Once I was on the internet and found their website I was hooked - from their little cat Christmas baubles to their Union Jack items - also some lovely items around the theme of a gentleman's club - globes and old style book material - I bought a tote bag in that.
      * Sales - I must admit I would often wait till after Christmas and then stock up in the Janaury sales - but I still had great stuff - their books, bags and jewellery were always good quality - I would have bought a lot more if I could have afforded it.
      * Jewellery - They had some lovely brooches - I have a Candy Cane and Christmas Tree one. Also bought a super one years ago as a gift - it was a medieval one from Tudor times - in the shape of a crown with three dangling jewels - unfortunately gave it as a gift and have never been able to find one again for myself.
      * Bags - I love their PVC tote bags and have had many - currently I have a large one with retro adverts on it - Coleman's Mustard etc., also have one with a stained glass window design, two Rene Mackintosh ones and one that had a garden theme. Their one for Xmas 2010 was a cat design but I have failed to get that one - they were sold out when sister went to get one in their shop. However I do regularly check on Ebay in case one turns up.


      ---Star Rating---

      4 - as I love their items and they do give good service but sometimes a little expensive.


      ---Would I Recommend?---

      Yes - items are super - bargains now at 50% but buyer beware as they are in Administration.

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        02.05.2011 22:07
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        Past Times is one of those of shops that I seldom plan to go to but will always pop in if I am passing one of their stores. I have got quite a few presents for other people in Past Times and recently I have found their website good for a browse.

        Past Times stocks a wide range of gift items and home-wares that have been inspired by times gone by. From old childhood favourites to Art Deco, from Victoriana to Celtic, the range is varied and I can normally find something inside for even the fussiest recipient. I especially love the Art Deco ranges and the Fairies and the other half loves all the Wartime propaganda items, {Keep Calm, Dig for Victory etc.}. They really do stock a lot of things including greetings cards, food gifts, cushions, jewellery, night wear, stationary and games.

        I have purchased many things from past times and I have to say I have been impressed with the quality every single time. All of the items I have purchased there continue to look as good as new which is a good thing considering I got some of them about 9 years ago!

        The shops are always clean and tidy, well the ones I have visited {Cardiff, Bristol, Street & Weston Super Mare} have been anyway. The staff always look presentable and are very polite and helpful. When you purchase breakable items they are always wrapped well by the staff to protect them on the journey home.

        The prices are good in my opinion although a lot of the stuff is expensive - it isn't for the quality if you know what I mean. Their sales are amazing though and to be honest I mainly shop in the sales, they really do reduce the prices by quite a bit, {usually between 20 and 75%}, which means you can occasionally get a great bargain.

        To sum up I would say Past Times is a great store full of unusual and often time-less pieces that is certainly worth a browse.

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          03.04.2011 16:06
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          A brilliant shop

          I cannot walk down a high street without having to visit Past Times. This shop sells a wide range of products, dating back to mainly War Time Britain up to the 1970s. I will be looking at my local shop in Sussex for this review, as I am sure products may vary from store-to-store.

          Jewellery
          They have a lovely range of jewellery, which is in sterling silver, so more affordable! A lot of the designs feature butterflies ad dragonflies and come in a range of sizes, so will suit little girls or great-nannies! Other designs are of a Celtic or art deco nature. There are also some pieces that look antique and not in a tacky way. For the gem lovers, there are larger pieces made with stones such as amber and turquoise, along with chunky chip bracelets. At Christmas time they bring out a lot of lovely festive broaches, which make ideal gifts for my Nan, who is now in her 90s. They often have good sales on for their jewellery, which helps!

          Interior Design
          This is one of the main areas for stock in Past Time stores. They sell a lot of trinket boxes and jewellery boxes, many of which are mirrored. It is what I would call "very girly" and probably many men's nightmare. Ladybirds also feature quite heavily in this range, along with butterflies and dragonflies. It is certainly somewhere to go if you're looking for something different for a friend or family member. One product I particularly like, is the family tree ornament - which is a tree of photo frames for you to slot in your own pictures. Traditional telephones are always on show too.

          Lavender Products
          A range my Nan loves. Lots of gorgeous bath oils, made with real lavender oil, heat packs for the microwave, pretty satin pillows stuffed with dried lavender and so much more. They do a very similar range in Rose and Lily.

          Garden
          I find it very hard not to spend hours just gazing at what I could put in my garden - if I had one! Beatrix Potter lovers will be in heaven here as they do a lovely range of varying sized garden ornaments on the characters in the Peter Rabbit stories. Fairies play a big part in the garden section, with fairy doors and solar lamps. For those who maybe aren't into fairies and children's stories, how about a gargoyle? They do those too!!

          Books
          Mrs Beaton makes a comeback at Past Times. I have bought three of her cookery books over the years and I love them all. As well as cookery, there are many books on aeroplanes, cars, trains, World War Two and some amusing books, which poke fun and sports, men, women and just life in general . Senior Moments is now a proud addition to my friend's husbands coffee table, after a jokey 35th birthday present!
          Retro
          For the younger generations, there are things such as Bagpus toys, The Clangers and various other classics from the 1970s. They do occasionally bring in other ranges, such as The Wizard of Oz. Beatles memorabilia can often be seen on the shelves.

          CDs/DVDs
          Again, lots of war time classics available here. I recently bought my Nan some CDs with the likes of the Andrews Sisters and Dame Vera Lynn featuring. I was also given a CD with three Beatrix Potter stories recorded by modern day Hollywood stars, including Ewan McGregor. The DVDs tend to be along the lines of planes and old fashioned cars.

          Christmas
          As well as their extra jewellery lines, at Christmas they bring in a lot of traditional decorations for the home, including large glass baubles with little ornaments inside, baubles of traditional toys like rocking horses and lovely big carousels, which play carols as they turn.

          Shop Layout & Staff
          In my experience, the shops are always easy to navigate and are always clean and tidy. It is easy to see right the way around the store, so you can see where you want to head. The staff that work there all seem to be genuinely happy, which in this day and age, is very refreshing when going into a shop. They are always happy to help and greet you with a smile.

          Overall
          I give Past Times two big thumbs up. Their products are always well made and good value for money.

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            03.05.2010 17:21
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            A lovely 'gift' shop

            Past times, rather unsurprisingly, sell products that are inspired by something in the past. This takes the form of gift type items, books and jewellery etc. They are a national chain of shops and can be found in many highstreets across the country.

            My personal experiences with them mainly involve the jewellery side of the business. I personally have a love of sterling silver jewellery and more specific tendancies toward celtic designs which is a combination that Past Times cater quite well to. My first piece of jewellery from here was a silver, celtic design locket that my boyfriend bought me for my 20th birthday - it's beautifully made and looks fantastic (they still have the same design for sale a couple of years down the line and it costs £40). Since then my boyfriend has bought a number of different pieces of jewellery for me from them - as well as celtic designs, they also do art deco and a number of other 'themes'. Generally speaking the sterling silver stuff is kept it glass cabinets and the staff will get you a preboxed item to look at/purchase if you express interest. They also often have a table with many different pieces of jewellery placed on, which are on special offer, usually though most of these aren't silver, just base metal. Every single time I've been into the shop they've also had some sort of special offers on some of the sterling silver on display which makes some things very good value - the charm bracelet I picked out for our years anniversary was just £20.

            As for the rest of the store, most items are arranged on shelves on the walls, rather than in aisles and this gives the store a more open, less cramped feel.

            I've been to the shop looking for presents for other people before and have found that generally speaking, most of the items for sale are probably more suited to women, however I did manage to acquire a book on classic minis for my boyfriend from here. They also do a range of amusing token gifts such as 'senior moments mints'.

            The staff have always been very helpful and friendly in the stores I've visited, the queues at the till are never very long and the shops always seem clean and tidy.

            Overall I'd recommend the shop to anyone who has a soft spot for the traditional or who is looking for presents for people with a similar soft spot. If you know anyone like me, you're bound to find something suitable in there and it doesn't have to cost the earth.

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            07.03.2010 18:59
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            Not just for past generations.

            I have been desperate to find my good friend a 30th birthday present, something for her to keep and remind her of her milestone birthday in years to come, but also something for her to get use out of. Jewelery was an obvious choice and she loves amber so in my mind I have been looking for an amber bracelet or necklace. You would think it would be easy with the abundance of jewelery stores on our high streets but no, either they were so extravagantly priced or they didn't have anything suitable. I was about to give up and think of something else when a friend suggested Past times, I had seen the shop before but thought it was for old people who were trying to recapture their youth, so I popped along and was so surprised at the range of products they had. I found the perfect amber necklace and they found a new customer.

            Past times was started in 1986, initially as a mail order company. Just one year later they branched out and opened its first store in Oxford. Now they have over 90 shops all over the UK and Ireland

            Past times specialise in products that have been influenced by the major design periods throughout history, such as Victorian, art deco, retro and Art Nouveau. They also have a war time range and a childhood memories section. The range of products are diverse from Pogo sticks to candle wicks and cushions to cars. It is an interesting mix that I am sure with the older generations will evoke memories of their childhood and dancing days.

            I think this is a great shop to find unique presents especially for Dads and Grandads, they had humorous little things like 'senior moments mints' to more serious books and ornaments. I am sure there would be something that would make them happy.

            It's not just for the boys either I saw the most beautiful mirrored jewelery box in there that my mum, ten year old daughter and I all loved to pieces so there are things to please all generations.

            I found out that nearly all of the products in Past times are made exclusively for them, so you can be sure of the quality and know that the items will be fairly unique and you won't find the same thing cheaper down the road.

            Generally Past times stores are small (well the three in my area are) I find this adds to their charm and makes you feel you are in a little emporium however you might struggle to get around if you use a wheelchair or have a double buggy.

            I am so pleased I have discovered Past times, I am sure I will be buying lots of this years presents in there.

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              03.12.2009 20:42
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              I have been shopping in past times for a few months now and I regularly only go in to have a little nose around.

              This shop opened in my local town around 6 months ago, so when it was my Dad's birthday- I decided to go in and have a look to see if there was anything to buy for him!

              Past Times stores are located all over the Uk and are mostly found in towns and cities.

              They also have an excellent website where you can see all the latest goods and prices!!

              So, past times basically suits everyone and anyone. They sell some fiction/non-fiction books for children/women/men, jewellery, hand crafted items, household decorations, special gifts and lots more.

              In our local store they have history books on my town so they probably do this every where each store is.

              The prices are quite reasonable as they always have some good offers on. I got a mug set for my dad in the end and it only cost me £5.00 in the sale. Jewellery has been offer for £10.00 per item. This shop is really worth looking in. I found it quite interesting as well as wanting to buy the whole place.

              The staff were really friendly and I was able to walk away with a nice/high quality present that I know my dad will enjoy. Also the shop was very clean and tidy and ultimately attracts your attention.

              Recommended to all those who love a little bit of retail therapy in their lives! 5/5

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              02.11.2009 00:59
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              Great little shop, brilliant online services

              Past Times is fast becoming one of my favourite shops.
              The Past Times I shop from is in Hull so appreciate that my experiences will differ from other peoples.
              Our Past Times is a small shop stuck in the middle of a town packed with large multi-chain stores such as Debenhams, Boots, Primark etc and it still seems to be holding it's own in this current economical climate.
              I find the store has much to offer all year round.
              My first encounter with Past Times was a few years ago now when I received a beautiful scrollwork pen as a birthday present. It is so beautiful that I have never used it but it has pride of place (still in it's quaint glass case) in our display cabinet.
              After a couple more years of receiving wonderful gifts of beauty and of the extraordinary I decided to give browsing there a go and I have never looked back.
              The staff are always friendly, approachable and smiling, they seem to love their work. All delicate gifts are wrapped and you are made to feel special as a customer.
              I also have found that the shop has moved with the times. 'Retro' is still a very big fashion and Past Times has loads to offer for the fashionable among us.
              I love their range of childhood memorabelia from Bagpuss to Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit.
              My most recent buy is a birthday present for my mum. It is a black and white photograph album in a very '50s style a very classy lady and dog on the front and a beautiful pattern around the edge. The album is closed at one side with a delicate little ribbon and, in small writing on the back, I see it is a British product (always a bonus to support local business'). Inside is more little designs and elegantly placed picture frames with lines for writing adequate notes on the pictures placed there. I bought it in the sales so managed to get this for £12 as well, I was expecting to pay a lot more.

              There is so much to choose from, I am always finding extra little delights and all this from such a small shop.
              If you don't have a shop in your area you can still find the same great products, and the same great sales, on their website www.pasttimes.com, also with free delivery on orders over £40.
              Not much more you can ask for from such a specialised shop.

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                18.10.2008 18:10
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                When you first discover it its great... but just doesn't change!

                I used to love Past Times and was filled with great excitement when a Past Times Catalogue came through my door! I lovd browsing through and shopping from their catalogue to purchase unusual and quirky goods for around the home

                When my husband and i were first married, all of our friends and familiy knew of our love of William Morris designs and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and it was soon after that Past Times brough out beautiful items in the style of these 2 great past designers/ artisits... our home was stocked with beautiful decorative vases, throws etc from these ranges.

                So imagine my excitement when I realised that a store was opening at close to me... but sadly I was just not impressed!

                Staff are friendly enough and the store is clean and well presented... but the range of goods doesn't seem to have changed very much in the past 10 years or so which seems such a shame to me.

                I know they are 'past times' but perhaps they could ocassionally choose a different era of the past?

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                  24.09.2008 17:35
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                  Easy choice for gifts Items are very unoriginal

                  Past Times is an excellent place to cop-out if you really can't be bothered to think about what you are going to buy someone for Christmas, Birthday, anniversary or whatever.

                  Its essence is playing on nostalgic yearning amongst consumers. So expect stuff like books about Grannie's recipes, retro style phones and radios and garden statues done in the style of the Flower Fairies; Charles Rennie 'Mockintosh' mirrors and tartan mugs with Winston Churchill sayings emblazoned on the side.

                  The range of gifts they sell is large, but to be honest most of it is not original and are you are probably better off goint to an online site like ebid and finding an original artefact from the past to give to someone.

                  Yes you will find a quick gift here for someone, but I will bet it will be in the back of their car next time they have a car boot sale.

                  Now here is a little anecdote.

                  I was in one of their shops one day, waiting at the till with an enquiry. Two oriental guys are stood next to me and the assistant was seeing to them, now without going into detail these guys were taking gifts home to, I will make a broad assumption, somewhere in the east.

                  So they look at some bits and pieces and one of them says in broken English:

                  "Something typicarry Blitish Prease" Now don't get on at me for stereotyping, but that IS what the guy said.

                  So off the assistant goes to look for something typically British and comes back with a little tartan case with a tartan whiskey flask in it.

                  She gives this Typically British artefact to the Oriental guy who inspects it, looks underneath it, reads something on the bottom, and looks up at the assistant and says....



                  "its made in China"

                  Well it made me laugh.

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                    There’s no getting away from it. It’s getting closer. The Christmas trees are up and twinkling in Debenhams, British Home Stores has its stack of festive catalogues ready and waiting for us, Woolworths is filling its shelves as we speak with chocolate selection boxes and crackers. One look at the calendar shocks us into the realisation that shopping days till Christmas are going down and down, especially if you are like me and have a vast number of relatives and friends to buy for. After many years of gift-buying though it can sometimes be difficult to find something novel and unusual. Although socks, hankies and talcum powder are all very useful, they are not very exciting to find when you excitedly rip off the wrapping paper. So where do you find that interesting gift, the present that will delight even the person who appears to have everything? May I suggest Past Times? Stepping into one of the Past Times stores is like entering an Aladdins cave, your eyes struggle to take in all the wonders and treasures within. Each shelf and display heaves with unusual objects, beautiful gift ideas and exclusively designed products. Christmas is a wonderful time to visit, luxurious accessories abound, crackers, wrapping paper, tree decorations, festive foods, all very sumptuous and rich. The Christmas collection harks back to the era of Charles I, gorgeous fruit garlands and wreaths, cherubs and pure opulence, lots of golds and reds. As the name of the shop suggests the contents cover all past times, different ages through British history particularly. The Elizabethan theme produces some lovely gifts, luxurious throws, Tudor jewellery and even a fabulous pewter Armada clock, a bargain at £18, definitely on my own personal Christmas wish list! Moving across to the Eastern Empire, we find the Byzantine collection, the central theme is gold and lots of it, gold plates, gold glassware, gold lamps, all very luxurious yet surprisingl
                    y reasonably priced. As a total contrast we then come across a Celtic collection - all silver and blue, cold colours that reflect midwinter with its snow and ice. Celtic knots and interlaced patterns decorate a lot of the items, I particularly love the Celtic nativity set, very unusual. Over to Bavaria now for an Alpine Christmas - gingham angels and garlands, exquisite table decorations and beautiful patchwork stockings. Then back to England for a taste of Victoriana, a real feast of traditional yuletide, think Dickens, think plum puddings, pure magic, the little Santa chocolates in the Victorian style will definitely find their way into my childrens stockings this year. The Victorian theme continues in the feminine Lily of the Valley selection, bright and fresh, delicate gifts such as drawer liners, perfume bottles and intricate jewellery. My favourite in this selection is the floral throw, posies of traditional flowers encircled with butterflies, a bit of an extravagance though at £75. More Victoriana is found in the Rose Boudoir, the rose was the favourite flower in this era and the gifts reflect this - everything has the rose theme from crisp cotton nightdresses to candlesticks. If roses are not your thing though, how about lavender instead - from notelets to laundry bags, there is a wide range of gifts. The Ladys Study section concentrates on the gentlewomans library, paperweights, cards and desk accessories. Or for the gentlemen we find the Reading Room, much more masculine in nature, burgundy colours and lots of green, Oscar Wilde and plenty of ideas for those awkward men who are difficult to buy for. The Victorian theme moves into the country kitchen, unusual mustard mixes, old cook books, incredible Christmas hampers, traditional farm animal are, teapots, even a chicken egg safe! Or for those who prefer to potter around in the potting shed - they are well catered for too with a wide selection of ‘gardenalia’ inclu
                    ding rustic ornaments. Cats, cats and more cats. Olde worlde cats appear on cushions, jigsaw puzzles and calendars, even a CD for cats and cat lovers ‘designed to reflect feline moods’, how much more unusual can you get?! Art Deco appears too, with items echoing the 1920s and 1930s, from plates to rugs, from radios which look incredibly authentic, to wrist watches. Ladies are considered too in this range with lovely pendants, scarves and perfume bottles. The Art Nouveau period is also represented by Tiffany, stunning glass and jewellery in particular, mostly exclusive to Past Times. Around the same time period we find representations of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of my favourites, geometric designs interlaced with roses, very special. Going back in time even further we come across the Mille-Fleurs collection, extravagant tapestry themed items including throws and draught excluders. Medieval, Gothic, Japonisme, Oriental, Imperial India and Russia, Toiles de Jouy, Rococo, Versailles..... surely there must be something for everyone here! For those who just like to veg out in front of the television, Past Times also stocks a wide variety of classic videos from film and television archives. Who remembers Poldark? Forsyte Saga? When the Boat Comes In? The Monkees? There is even 450 minutes of Fawlty Towers!! A new and exciting addition to the range this year is the James Bond collection - amazing pressies for the blokes, model cars, books, pictures, even a limited edition boxed set of Ian Fleming 007 novels for £70. More for the chaps - Motor Mania - fun on four wheels, classic car memorabilia from books to mugs to a limited edition Stirling bear. More gift ideas aimed at the gentleman can be found in the World War II, Classic British Sports and Lowry collections, the range of ideas is so diverse it can make choosing very difficult!! Now for my own personal favourite areas - the Toy Chest wit
                    h its old style pop-up books, snow globes and musical boxes, the Nursery with Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh and the Fairy and Flower Gardens selection - amazing things to be found here, garden ornaments, wind chimes, plates, lanterns, fairies to inhabit the end of your garden - just right for my mother in law who adores everything fairy orientated! The diversity in this shop is amazing to behold with surprises around every corner, expect the unexpected with Past Times. A quick comment about the stores themselves - staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, service is quick and efficient. Every item I have ever bought has been of excellent quality and has really impressed the recipient. Stores can be found nationwide, I have visited 3 altogether so far, Truro, Plymouth and Taunton, they are all equally wonderful, all have very high standards of presentation and customer care. They have a website at www.past-times.com and also offer a mail order service so you can salivate over their fine offerings in the comfort of your own home. Ordering in this way incurs a postage and packaging charge of between £2.99 and £3.99 but it also offers benefits - the current offer is a free Christmas Carol CD or Royal Horticultural Society 2003 diary along with 20% off the order if it is for more than £50. £50? Not a problem! It’s easy to spend money at Past Times, the difficultly comes with knowing when to stop buying things for yourself and concentrate on your Christmas shopping!!

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                      20.09.2000 22:52
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                      I get a new book every couple of months from this store. Some of their stuff is quite nice but quite expensive, My mother buys loads out of it but that’s because she’s not out shopping that much and finds it easier to browse and shop from home for pressies. And because she doesn’t really know the price for certain items anyway she thinks it’s great and I suppose it is very convenient for her and many others. The jewellery is fashioned on Art Deco designs if you like that sort of thing and the wooden items like candlesticks and chairs are Mackintosh replicas. I must admit they do some lovely garden items, like stone statues and bird ornaments, not badly priced either. If you like shopping from home and don’t mind paying a little over the odds try this catalogue.

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                        I expect everyone has heard of Past Times. I imagine that people either love or hate their products. I'm sure some people think they are twee reproductions, but I usually start drooling whenever I go in one of their shops. The Past Times catalogue is very attractively designed and I love the stuff they sell. I especially like the jewellery which is a lot more interesting than the stuff sold at Argos. Past Times is probably most used by people buying gifts as there are lots of cards, ornaments, stationery etc. There are a wide range of different products at a range of prices. The mail order catalogue also features larger, and more expensive, items such as furniture. I have ordered twice from them and am very pleased with the service I received. The goods were good quality and arrived well-packaged. I did have a problem on one occasion, but it was resolved very quickly. If you spend over £50 you usually get a free gift. The only drawback with ordering from the catalogue is that you can't assess the quality of an item. I have looked at some items in the shop and didn't think they looked as good as in the catalogue. The shops also have brilliant sales which are worth keeping an eye out for.

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                          17.08.2000 01:59
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                          Past Times run a catalogue and online service as well as having many shops throughout the country. They have a number of shops at airports where I am sure they are very popular with foreign tourists as they sell all manner of traditional English gifts and oddities. They sell a wide range of gifts on the theme of times past, in their catalogue they group gifts by themes such as Victorian, Medieval, Saxon, Art Deco etc. Their range of gifts include everything from jewelry, small pieces of furniture and books to homewares, games and clothing. Prices vary from around £5 to items £150+ for larger and more intricate objects providing a choice for many budgets. I have bought many items with Past Times and have always been impressed with the quality of their products and especially pleased with their presentation. Past Times are particularly worth considering if you having to find a gift for an older relative or friend or someone with an interest in history or a particular era/theme. They are worth looking at if you are looking for an unusual wedding, birthday, anniversary or christening gift. Their Christmas collection has many original and unusual seasonal gifts and ornaments including interesting items such as Victorian and Medieval themed crackers,decorations, advent calendars, wrapping paper, sweets and cakes. They produce a special garden catalogue in summer which includes garden ornaments, tools and items for entertaining outdoors. Their website at www.pasttimes.com is well laid out with clear photos of their products to browse. You can now buy online as well as by post, fax or phone. I have always found delivery and service to be prompt and efficient with items well packed and presented.

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