QUOTE (Scots Kiwi Lass @ 17th Feb 2017, 07:13am)
I remember this too. I think my Dad would get what he called a "line" from a salesman of sorts who called at the door. Desperately trying to remember the name of the shop but it was off Argyle Street somewhere. I went there for my school uniform in 1953. This must have been a godsend to so many people who couldn't afford the cash for new clothes.
Love these old memories.
There were a few 'warehouses' off Argyle St,Telfers is the one I remember,and you only got a line if you knew someone. That was in a street near Woolworths if I remember. Also ,if you were very lucky and knew someone who could get you a line for Goldbergs (I was never lucky enough).It was a risky business though,for if the person who got the line ,got the goods and didn`t pay the bill,the one who gave out the line (introduction) got left to pay it. My MIL got caught in that trap,and never gave out a line again. Thinking about it now,I suppose the one who gave out the line got a wee bit of commission from the store ,but I never could fathom the mystery of how it came about.My mother just got the Caledonian cheque,paid it up,renewed it when it was all paid,and that went on nearly all year. Only thing was,the clothes from the shops that took the Caledonian were very ordinary,not like the style they had in the 'warehouses'. Glasgow ,always being so style conscious,this really showed. Fishers warehouse at Glasgow Cross I always thought was furniture and toys,I don`t ever remember seeing clothes in there. My big brother`s first job when he left school at 14 was in Fishers,and he was delivering an interior fireplace up 3 stories,hurt his back,and never really recovered,he`s 85 now,had a sore back all his life,thanks to Fishers.