O'Leary's

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  1. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    I screwed up on an order to O'Leary's, "can I change this", "certainly".

    So off I went to O'Leary's. What a place, every town had the local ironmonger like this, a bit like "Four Candles".

    "Do you have a valve for a 1902 Hymer Panzer"
    "Yes of course, in white or black".

    That sort of place. Here are a few poor quality snaps..... Oleary1.jpg oleary2.jpg oleary3.jpg oleary4.jpg oleary5.jpg
     
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    Definitely a fork handles place
     
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    Yep.

    If they've not got it you don't need it.
     
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    Just like their trade tent at the shows.....can you spot ALADDIN in the pics, its his cave.
     
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    You should visit Magnums (y)
     
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    I am more a fan of Magnums as well...
     
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    You ain't seen nothing ... that's just ONE of O'Leary's warehouses! They've got several!!! I know 'cause I did an article on them for a magazine and my main comment then was that it was an "Aladin's cave" ... and it's got bigger!!!

    Next time you're coming this way let me know, you can come for a cuppa as we're not far away!
     
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    Pity they no longer attend shows, always managed to find something I 'needed'.
     
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    Could not agree more .. Lord knows how much they have taken off us in the first few years we were motorhoming
     
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    He did say he no longer did shows, not enough time and not treated well.
     
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    I can imagine they paid a high fee for the large marquee they used to have at Peterborough. Plenty of sales needed to make that back.
     
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    And would the sales justify the huge effort ? In this e-commerce world I think they've got it right now.
     
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    We have an ironmongers just like this in Bury St Edmunds called A C Leigh. A historical reminder of shopping in days gone by.
    Phil
     
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    When we initially had our business we used to attend all the family history fairs in the north east and several in the north west and midlands. We gradually cut them back to the larger ones because the attendance at smaller ones didn't justify the outlay.
    We always refused, despite frequent attempts to persuade us, to attend the big WDYTYA event in London. Adding transport and accommodation on top of high exhibition costs made it uneconomic.
     
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    There was an iron mongers in my home town and some of the prices where in Pounds Shillings & Pence:whistle::whistle::whistle::whistle:
     
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    I ordered a couple of things from them and was very impressed with the service and also received them the very next day
     
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    I did chat to Russ shortly after we got our PVC, this was back in Autumn 2012 just after he'd done the show at Shepton I think, the last one he said he was doing. They'd only decided to do that as Mick O'Leary had bought so much stock from dealers who'd gone out of business that they needed to shift some of it or rent extra warehousing which didn't make economic sense. He said then it wasn't financially viable for them to do the shows anymore due to the high costs of the pitches and transporting all their bits and bobs there to sell, plus of course the time involved organising it all and their then being away from their core business location.

    Its a real shame as I used to love going round their stand and always found something that I didn't know I needed ... or being able to definitely get what I DID need!
     

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