No-one camps till April....

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jakunen

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So, just drove to a camping shop near work to buy a new stove for tomorrow's camp as I can't find mine.
Saw gas, meths, repair kits but no stoves.


Me: Excuse me, but where are your stoves?
Snobby shop assistant: We don't stock any until the end of March. No-one goes camping before then.


Was so tempted to say "well why the ... are you open then?!"

I've worked in a few camping shops and even during 'off season' we still kept a few essential items people may need. At least Millets still stock 'out of season' items thankfully...
 

mousey

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You're obviously not a true camper then, as you should have shelves and racks of stoves in your camping gear man cave - so not finding just one stove should be inconsequential. :p

[sorry, and yes this post is tongue-in-cheek :)]
 

Toddy

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Hobo stove it :D

I think too many shops get stuck in the 'must do it now' mindset. So Christmas is past and Valentine's Day's next but Easter stuff is already flooding the shelves.
It's just like fashion, and until Easter camping isn't fashionable :sigh:

Man Cave ??? ….Mrs Four-sheds :eek:
 

Toddy

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For a given value of fashion, I suppose we are. To most folk here it's kind of everyday stuff, but that's not true for most of the population.
I admit that shop assistants like that totally discourage me from returning though, and I like Millets too. Not for everything, but they are there 52 weeks of the year, and they do carry a wide range of useful stuff. Staff are generally very helpful as well :)

Is there no one nearby who'd lend you a stove for the weekend ?

M
 

Somellier

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Reminds me of the guy who bought a new motorhome and wrote about it in the CCC magazine: "and I've arranged winter storage for it". He should have been a caravaner :)