Bright ‘n’ Breezy 2019

How Traditional High Street Shopping can be a Feast for the Senses

Brighton Pavilion

January is a pretty dismal month for all of us but if there is one highlight for us, it is the Bright ‘n’ Breezy 2019 backgammon tournament. My husband plays in the tournament. But for me it is a perfect excuse to enjoy a day’s shopping in Brighton. This weekend I mooched around the North Lanes near the Station and discovered sensory overload.

But as more and more people are seduced my online shopping, I cannot resist extolling the merits of supporting local shops.

Knitwear on showSo here are a few things I discovered that the internet simply cannot match:

  • You might like the look of an item of clothing but you cannot pick it up and hold it up against yourself.
  • You cannot feel the softness of the wool, the weight of the fabric nor appreciate the colours in a different light.
  • I would never have imagined how much the stones sparkled on a brooch I found in a Bric a Brac shop called Snooper’s paradise. I didn’t even know such shops existed any more.
  • Furthermore there were shops selling crafts, paintings, books and vinyl. How cool is that?
  • With lots of food shops and delicatessens to visit, there is an array of local and hand made goodies to sample. You would never be able to taste that cheese on a website.
  • Added to the flavours are a medley enticing smells be they garlic bread, mexican street food, home made cakes, perfume, patchouli oil and many more.
  • You cannot feel the breeze on your face or the warmth of the sun when it breaks out from behind a cloud.
  • Last of all, you cannot hear the buzz of conversation or see the smiles on people’s faces.

Online shopping has changed our lives but I hope we never lose the personal touch, that part of us that reminds us we are still human when we visit our high street.

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