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Blake
post Mar 19 2010, 02:10 PM
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Has anyone noticed how shabby and awful a lot of the market stalls are now?

There was a time when it sold a much greater variety of things. Now, a lot of it is even more downmarket that the stuff in Poundland and there is virtually nothing, other than food, any sane person would want.

Why has the market got so far downmarket and awful?
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post Mar 19 2010, 02:21 PM
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I have never regarded the market as anything other than a place for cheap stuff. Whether in price or quality. And this thought goes way back to when I was young.
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post Mar 19 2010, 03:35 PM
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On the rare occassions that I go into Newbury I went through the market yesterday for the first time for a very long time, I was very suprised how small it now is compared to when I first came to Newbury some 50 years ago.
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post Mar 19 2010, 03:46 PM
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Agreed. Some reasonable-ish fresh fruit and veg, and as Blake says a whole lot of crap that no sane person would want.

There did used to be a good stall that sold CDs and tapes, back in the mid '90s...
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post Mar 19 2010, 05:41 PM
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QUOTE (misc @ Mar 19 2010, 03:46 PM) *
Agreed. Some reasonable-ish fresh fruit and veg, and as Blake says a whole lot of crap that no sane person would want.

There did used to be a good stall that sold CDs and tapes, back in the mid '90s...


Are you actually talking about Newbury market? Take a walk round tomorrow and notice the row of stalls selling olives, free range eggs, spices, cheeses and fresh fish!

And while you're there, notice the stalls selling books, diy products, flowers, plants, fresh meat, mobile phone spares, watch batteries, clothes, bread, bags, freshly milled flour * . . . and very good fruit and veg. For a small market it's a pretty good range, especially in these straightened times.

With respect, comments about a 'whole lot of crap' are pretty offensive to the stall-holders who work hard to keep the market going. And offensive to the general public who regularly visit the market. One or two look decidedly odd to me, but on the whole, are mostly sane.

* Apologies if I've missed anyone off.
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post Mar 19 2010, 05:53 PM
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My fave is the cheese man!
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post Mar 19 2010, 06:03 PM
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QUOTE (Iommi @ Mar 19 2010, 05:53 PM) *
My fave is the cheese man!



No, no, I meant the general public look mostly sane, not the stallholders! laugh.gif
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post Mar 19 2010, 06:16 PM
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The veg and fruit I by from the market stays fresher for longer than the rubbish I buy in the supermarket, tastes better too.

Free range eggs from a local farm.

Whats so crap about that????


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post Mar 19 2010, 06:31 PM
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Yep.. the bloke wot sells cheeses is pretty much the only reason I go to the market.... spicy cheese with chilli or pepper you cant get at the supermarkets...

Some of the other stalls are bordering on true Flea Market territory...
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post Mar 19 2010, 07:22 PM
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QUOTE (spartacus @ Mar 19 2010, 06:31 PM) *
Yep.. the bloke wot sells cheeses is pretty much the only reason I go to the market.... spicy cheese with chilli or pepper you cant get at the supermarkets...

Yes, Spitfire or a derivative!
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post Mar 20 2010, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (David Allen @ Mar 19 2010, 05:41 PM) *
Take a walk round tomorrow and notice the row of stalls selling olives, free range eggs, spices, cheeses and fresh fish!
* Apologies if I've missed anyone off.


Are you sure they are Free Range eggs?
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post Mar 20 2010, 11:50 AM
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Like the majority of posters here, I like the variety of stalls on the market.

Does anyone know if they're different from Thursday to Saturday?
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post Mar 20 2010, 12:35 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Mar 20 2010, 11:29 AM) *
Are you sure they are Free Range eggs?



Just checked and they are sold as either "free range" or "barn" eggs.

I only asked because the gentleman who sold eggs on the market previously, and who sadly passed away, sold battery eggs.

I know because I asked him (and promptly refused to buy)!
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post Mar 20 2010, 12:39 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Mar 20 2010, 11:50 AM) *
Like the majority of posters here, I like the variety of stalls on the market.

Does anyone know if they're different from Thursday to Saturday?

Yes, some are. I quite like sneaking some time off Thursday's for that very reason. There is a chap who sells old and new fishing stuff with other odd bits. I bought a good quality second hand bike from him - at £40, cheaper than E.bay. Saturday has the old lady and the bread stall. Crusty rolls, traditional style butter icing doughnuts plus a great sweets and cake selection. Stuff supermarkets don't stock. Can you see why I needed the bike! Apart from Griffins, who are a great pork butcher - the market seems to only place to get fresh meat.


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post Mar 20 2010, 12:47 PM
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The chap who changes the watch batteries is very good.

He charges about a quarter of jeweller's prices or even less.
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post Mar 20 2010, 04:13 PM
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Does anyone know what became of the chap that used to have a stall on Thursdays that sold Jeans. He used to sell Wranglers for £20, much cheaper than Debenhams. cool.gif
Also, if anyone is ever in the Thame (Oxfordshire) area on Tuesdays you will see a thriving Market in the High St. which always seems well supported. smile.gif
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post Mar 20 2010, 07:00 PM
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Love the market eggs, far tastier than any supermarket. The veg lasts longer and tastes better too. Do wish the market would move to Northbrook Street, it was really bustling there while the market place was being paved.
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post Mar 20 2010, 08:15 PM
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The stall that does plants and bird food is pretty good too. Found him by accident; after 'Mrs OTEs' birthday gift - a bay tree shrub from the garden centre died. He had some going for a couple of quid each - hard to resist. Anyway, two years later they are going strong - down side is Mrs OTE spening a fortune on food for birds! Still, suppose thats cheaper than a dog.


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David Allen
post Mar 20 2010, 08:57 PM
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So, is it fair to say, that rather than a 'crap' market, it is, after all, not bad?

And yes, the eggs are free range, the cheeses are good, and the watch battery man does fit a new battery for much less than high-street prices.

Overall, sounds like a good market to me.




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post Mar 21 2010, 10:38 AM
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QUOTE (David Allen @ Mar 20 2010, 08:57 PM) *
So, is it fair to say, that rather than a 'crap' market, it is, after all, not bad?

And yes, the eggs are free range, the cheeses are good, and the watch battery man does fit a new battery for much less than high-street prices.

Overall, sounds like a good market to me.



Well said, and not to forget the efforts that Steve the burger man puts in. It's nice to have a sit down and watch the world go by with a decent coffee and good quality snacks!!


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