Friday, July 31, 2009
Hammer Time, one on the shops on Cheap Street that isn't, opened during the wave of American television shows that flooded the British screens in the eighties. It prospered for a while selling imported signs and household tat -- cocktail lounge neon lights and Starsky and Hutch wallpaper but began to flounder in the nineties until it switched to importing cheap wooden furniture from Africa and Indonesia.
By 2003 the value of the pound forced them to source even cheaper items and the products for sale became the shoddy work of British factories until a chance encounter with an Import / Export agent led them to the modern Holy Grail: Recycled Crafts.
Jasfoup takes a modest cut of the profits.
Image: Hammer by Mattias Adolfsson