Dickie Dirts

Old Dickie Dirts signage from 2020

Adverts from the Discount Store

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.

1982 Advert

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

1983 Advert

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.

1983 Advert

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

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