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The time has come to let you all know about my little secret…

I did allude to it in my last post and secretly I have been coveting this place, Jacksons.

Readings oldest family run department store is going to be 135 years old – you know that is pretty impressive and Jacksons is well worth a visit. In fact I have turned many of my friends into Jackson fans. Once you get over the initial overwhelming sense of history, panelling, obscure items you will find it is a perfect place to shop. The staff are all very informative, remember you always and can find random items you may request.

It is traditionally the school outfitters (alongside John Lewis), you can find bowling shoes, dance tutus, fancy tablecloths, extraordinary bathing hats, even bowler hats. The cupboards and display cases are all authentic and the window displays are nothing like you would expect. There is a sense of family and lineage and people have worked there a long time. They do in house modifications to clothing and it's a building with small staircases going of in different directions to be explored. I think maybe I have convinced you enough that I love it.

So here's my secret.. in my other life I run this and in that job I plan things, run things and get invited to do things and I was asked to run a project in Jacksons to celebrate Heritage Weekend and their 135th birthday. So here's the plan, we are making a tiered birthday cake and we need 135 candles, knitted of course (we will accept crochet, papier mache etc) and we have a special knitting pattern that you can download for free to make a candle and send along. I'll be there with the Outcasts helping people on Heritage Weekend (full info can be found here on the events page) and if you can't make it to drop of your candle then please feel free to post them to:

jelly ArtPad, 3rd Floor, 42 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE.

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4 Responses to Jacksons

  1. skeinqueen August 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Yes – I want to get started right away! Don't forget the way cash shoots around the store in special tubes.

  2. alabamawhirly August 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    I know, I wrote about it on an earlier post here and didn’t want to bore on and on… and the handwritten receipts….

  3. kat August 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I still think it looks like a you-know-what ;)
    Fantastic idea….it's all going to be wonderful!


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