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Collectaworld

Collectaworld.com can be found 15-17 Crown Street and as the poet William Blake could have said, in them thar dark satanic mills – set amid the hills of the industrial mill town of Halifax, in God’s own county of Yorkshire and not to be confused with the one in Nova Scotia where it does tend to get a little bit colder than here.

Right slap bang in the middle of town close to essential eateries such as MacDonald’s and close to Greggs for them that like a pasty for tha’ dinner. Other more up market eateries are available including posh ‘uns like Marks . and Sparks and a few rather select little Bistros.

Above the shop was a classic music venue where bands as diverse as Elton John, Long John Baldry, Roxy Music,  Alex Harvey, Dr. Feelgood, Be Bop Deluxe, Pentangle, Status Quo, Iggy Pop, Genesis, Supertramp, Manfred Mann through to Joy Division, The Cure and many more once played. 

On 15th May 1965 Donovan also appeared there and Crown Street was so crowded with fans it was too difficult to get up the narrow stairs into the club  so he was lifted up above the heads of the crowd  and got in through a window at the front of the building. He also insisted on opening all the windows of the club so they could hear the gig.

Ours is an eclectic shop that has is origins in all the things that Pat (the Boss) likes. So we have pretty pretty girlies things like candles and animal trinkets and sculptures. Soft cuddly things like Teddy Bears and plush Unicorns. Fantasy creatures ranging from fairies to dragons. Then, from her more formative years growing up, we have sci-fi such as Star Wars and classic TV such as Blakes Seven, Dr Who and Star Trek. In more recent years she has also started dabbling in Japanese anime, movies and horror. All of which can be found in the shop.

Added to this is ‘Second Boss’ James’s interest in gaming and playing trading card games (which also get played in the basement on a weekly basis) and you just about get the vast range of things we sell.

We stumbled across the Bad Taste Bears when they appeared at their very first trade show at the same time as we were stocking up for the opening of our very first shop. The first six made us laugh and because we were trying to find more masculine lines for the shop, we thought these may appeal more to the male visitors while the ladies shopped. How wrong we were. Bad Taste Bears appealed to everyone including, much to our surprise, they were our middle class lady accountant’s favourite things in the shop. 

After the first year or so they pretty much became an essential part of our offering to customers and we developed regulars who became more like friends who popped in for their monthly fix. 

You may have guessed by now but Pat is an avid collector of collections and in an attempt to curb her spending we started our shop. We tried very hard not to start a collection of Bad Taste Bears and be professional about actually selling them because as a collector of collections Pat was bound to go all out and start a new one. She resisted initially but eventually, mainly due to Hank and Chief and Scratch and Sniff a new collection in the Steer household began.

Once we were drawn in to the range, our enthusiasm was possibly also in part responsible for the creation of the Bad Taste Bear events. These came about from a very early chat about how great it would be for Pete to get out and meet the collectors. We like to think he thanks us for this idea and love holding the events in our shop too. 

We try to theme any event we have and love meeting collectors from all over the country.

We are also the very loving and caring guardians of Mr Bear who has recently been suffering from trauma that has resulted in a form of agoraphobia and is in hibernation with a spider for a friend but still now and then gets a cheeky day out or two.

There are so many favourite Bad Taste Bears for so many different reasons but we have a joint favourite of our 16” Gunmetal Willy has to be the one. This is mainly because Pat bought it for Andy as a reward for his bravery in recreating the Willy pose for the old club magazine. After which he subsequently became known as the man in the Pink Tie. The picture was created as a form of one-upmanship to a previous retailer featured in the magazine and I think we can safely say that no one ever put so much into creating such a cheeky photograph on a very cold night.

Halifax is rapidly becoming the Hollywood of the north with many different TV series being filmed in and around the area. We have had a few close shaves with Derek Jacobi filming just round the corner one Sunday morning but he never came in.

The Emmerdale cast are often out and about and Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle) and Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk) have both been in the shop. Jane is so lovely and she bought some gifts for her daughter. Paddy left empty handed probably because Pat was not in the shop that day.

Our old shop that was located in the Piece Hall in Halifax generated a few famous meet-ups too. Aled Jones sang on the balcony outside our old shop but also didn’t have time to pop in. Andy met local celebrity chef Kevin Woodford and actually cooked with him the stage there too - and the food was quite good too, so much so that Kevin went away with a Bad Taste Bears Den of Iniquity Kitchen and a Frank Key ring.

Then of course there was the time Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns Most visited our old shop and Pat met Nicola Wheeler (from Emmerdale) and took a starring role looking scared and frightened while holding the hands of a very nice young man called Angus Purden.

Our  favourite though is possibly meeting Maxi Jazz from Faithless who although he did not come into the shop loved our gifts to him of a DJ Bad Taste Bear the first time we met him and then a Gold Max when we were lucky enough to meet him a second time. He loved them. 


As a shop we are really happy to see the Bad Taste Bears back in production and excited to see what 
Pete will think up next but will be even happier if we can entice him for a day out back in our shop…

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