So Cherished (the kid's shop) has gone. Will it be a coffee shop, nail bar or hairdressers next?
Probably Sainsbury's Micro Local
Cherished but not loved.
I spoke to the owner last week. The business was doing just fine but the landlord doubled the rent. She couldn't justify prices comparable to Crouch End when she'd be better off moving to CE.
If the business is to continue online as she said the site needs updating...
Well that sounds like a long-sighted decision by the landlord. Tsk.
It's so annoying, I hope no one moves in and the landlord loses out. Rather see an empty shop than encourage Rachmanism.
I guarantee it's going to be another stupid furniture shop (i.e. where they buy the kits and then charge a premium for putting them together)
Just mentioned this to my other half:
The good stuff's in Crouch End because, amazingly, rents are a bit lower on small premises there! It's because we're zone two and on top of a tube station. If people spent money in the good shops when they were open, they'd stay open.
I was wondering if anyone round here was doing a @callycows
What does... callycows means?
It's the twitter account set up by Caledonian Rd people who think that a particular Cally landlord has been purposely leaving shops empty and then renting out the basements/ storage spaces.
That's the one that was on Secrets Of Our Streets, right? The one that's built an illegal extra floor above all his properties, and then went on national television to talk about it. Surely there can't be another in the same road?
That's a real shame about Cherished. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but clearly a shop that catered to what many people are looking for and it seems not ended by anything other than a massive rent hike on a road that has empty premises.I'm also sad that the relocated former Rodavis hardware store owner has also gone from that stretch - speedy he may not have been but he was extremely helpful and always willing to explain how to do something, break a pack of something for you, or do you a deal.
I'm sad but not surprised. I have a young baby and would usually pop by whenever I walked past the shop - and I never once spent more than a couple of quid. I really wanted to support the business and was constantly tempted by stuff but the prices were too high for secondhand stuff and most mums on maternity leave aren't exactly loaded. Maybe they are in Crouch End. I also wasn't sure what age the stuff in the shop was aimed at - seemed to be stuff for adults, babies and children, a mish mash of secondhand items plus homemade crafts. I don't think it worked although I liked the idea of a children's shop a lot. I just don't think she can sell secondhand stuff at those prices, no matter how good the condition and i imagine there wasn't much margin in it for her. There are just too many bargains out there in the Haringey Families monthly markets, you can get stuff at literally half the price she was selling it at. I think she would have been better off saying - this is a shop for personalising stuff for babies/kids with homemade quality craft items and gift ideas.
I haven't got babies, but have noticed all the charity shops in Crouch End and Highgate have tons of high end baby clothes at quite cheap prices. You can also get bundles of baby clothes quite cheaply on eBay apparently. Never understood How Cherished competed with the charity shops and eBay, bootsales etc. which don't have the massive overheads.
I love eBay but it has destroyed the market for decent second hand clothes. You can still get good money for genuine vintage (pre 60's) and classic designer stuff but anything else, unless it's top end, goes for peanuts.
Recently sold some stuff and got on average £20/30 for dresses i'd had a few years. Stuff like Hobbs, Whistles, Jigsaw, Monsoon etc goes well as long as you photograph it nicely. I got about £320 in all for stuff that would have probably ended up in the recycling bin or charity shop. Still got some stuff to put on, it is quite time consuming!
I recently sold some stuff on ebay and was shocked at the amount of commission they charge (guess I shouldn't have been really). Is there an alternative? It amazes me people make any decent money selling on there.
Or sell it on SG.org.
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