Dickie Dirts opened in 1982 at 11 Leeming Street in what had previous been Courts Carpets. In March 1983, the boxer Henry Cooper opened a new extension which had expanded into the old Court Furniture store at no 13-15 Leeming Street. The cafe and retail on the top floor was opened a few weeks later.
An advert in the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder on 28th October 1982 promoted a “free raffle ticket with every purchase of 200 cigarettes” with prizes of a giant teddy bear, towels set, bottle of whisky, bottle of champagne and a choice of any toy.
There was also a free raffle ticket to win a ”fantastic black and white portable tv” with purchases of 4 large cans of Mansfield Bitter, 4 large cans of Marksman lager or a party can of Mansfield Bitter.
The advert also included some prices of products in store with a 3 pack of Mars Bars for 36 ½ p, a packet of Walkers Crisps at 10p, 3 Papermate pens for 40p, 5 Hoover bags at 18 ½ p , Andrex toilet rolls at 43p (it doesn’t mention how many you get for this price!) and 4 large cans of Mansfield Bitter for £1.00
Another advert on the 10th March 1983 was advertising cigarettes and alcohol with ‘ Your last chance to buy this week before the Budget on March 15th”
The prices includes Benson and Hedges 94 ½ p, 18 Hamlet cigars for £1.95, Whitehorse Whisky for £6.55 a bottle and 4 cans of Tuborg larger for £1.35.
If you preferred chocolate, you could get a 3 pack of Cadburys crème eggs for 34 ½ p, a medium Smarties egg for 55p or “the best buy of the century” 200g of Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate for 49 ½ p instead of 77p!
They were also selling duvet sets from £6.99, British made shopping trolleys for £3.99, light bulbs 5 for £1.00 and Bristows hairspray at 58p.
Another advert in March 1983 was for Custom Glaze who had a show room in the Handley Arcade but had a display of their new “Thermal Clad” range in Dickie Dirts.
All advert information taken from the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder via the British Newspaper Archive