Priti Novelties – Seafront, St Leonards On Sea

photo supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Ian Cramp… Does anyone remember a shop on the seafront in St Leonards on Eversfield Place in the early 70’s that used to sell all sorts of weird an wonderful things such as cheesecloth shirts,
Afgan coats, josticks and all sorts of other paraphernalia

Camilla Lake…. Priti Novelties

Caz Simpson…  I do, I bought lots of things there. Was it called Pretty Novelties or Priti Novelties. The smell as you walked in was lovely. I think it was run by an Indian family. Ah memories

Ian Cramp… petunia oil I think…..

Caz Simpson… Of course! It was so popular then. I loved that shop, everything was affordable.

Jo Turner… and often sandalwood 😊 can smell it now mixed with the raw animal skins of the Afghan coats.

Judie Struys…  I bought an Afghan coat from there. It had fur all round including the hood. It smelt terribly goaty. Even patchouli oil couldn’t mask it.  I wish it was still open. I’d quite like a cheesecloth shirt.Remind me. Did it sell jeans and a brand name called Simon or something like that? Or have I made all that up?

Mandy Wright… I lived a few doors down from this shop and remember it well . There was another clothes shop next door ish?  omg ! Yes it was Simon, I can remember having t shirts ( with big collars) and ‘simon’ written on my left boob , well flat chest as it was then ,lol x

Angela Frances Gardner… Yes I used to buy loads of my clothes there in the 70s a great shop with a lovely Indian couple, it was at Eversfield Place near Warrior Square

Lynne Smith… Priti novelties. Loved it!

Lucy Pappas…Loved Priti Novelties xx

Jan Warren… Loved this shop, great for us hippies!

Jo Turner… My sister and I adored that shop

Pauline Richards… Yes and Indian clothes.

Ian Cramp… Thanks to all for your comments and contributions to this post, I had no idea of the name of this shop, I just remember I used to frequent it a lot for various weird and wonderful things, I am having a holiday in Hastings in June and will drive past to see what it is now, mind you Hastings must have changed a lot since I left there in 1981

John Wilde… Yes. A very kind Indian family owned it. I was a regular customer.

Yvonne Cleland… Got all my cheesecloth there!

Chris Meachen… Priti novelties, my favourite source of clothing, incense, patchouli oil & puzzle rings, amongst other things.. Miss the place dearly…

Lesley Brown… I do remember Priti Novelties, also a shop which sold wonderful wooden toys. The Bolshoi Shop, I think.

Judie Struys… Lesley, I think that the Bolshoi Shop was opposite the Sailing Club.

Dave Nattress… Remember it well. A must for us Bexhill boys, me to buy a White cheesecloth Kurta and the girls used to get the Patchouli Oil and Musk Oil. Joss sticks!!

Fiona Evans… It was called Priti Novelties & was run by an Indian couple whose daughter went to Winton House School in Dane Rd.

Simon Fraser… Judie, used to love cheese cloth shirts!

Stephen Fletcher… Think we all bought our Afghan coats from there

Sophie Ash… In a bizarre legal case, the owners were successfully sued for “Detinue” [now wrongful interference of goods] over an Afghan coat. The story was reported on Southern TV.

Peter Bridger… I remember Esther Rantzen getting involved! I believe they alledgedly switched a coat someone bought with a damaged one.

Sophie Ash… hose Hippies sure knew their Sale of Goods Act back in them thar days!


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  1. Remember it well. A must for us Bexhill boys, me to buy a White cheesecloth Kurta and the girls used to get the Patchouli Oil and Musk Oil. Joss sticks!!


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