Apologies for vanishing yesterday, it was mine and Dan's 7th anniversary so we got together straight after I finished work!
This Monday I visited Thriller in Bournemouth, a great shop that was even better than I remembered it. It's not the biggest alt shop I've been to, but it might well be one of the best. However I still have my usual gripes, the same complaints that I have about almost every other Goth fashion store in the UK - where are the obscure band T-shirts? Why do I have to go online to find something with Bauhaus or the Banshees on it? Why do you stock those silly rapper sunglasses that no self-respecting alternative kid would be caught dead in?
The shop stocks gear from most of the old hand brand names with very few surprises, one nice thing, however, is that a lot of 'scene staples' are still in stock from one season to the next, so you can always pick up a fishnet shirt or frilly tutu, whichever way the winds of alternative fashion are blowing (e.g. what the mallgoths and scene kids are buying by the dozen). There's no headshop gear so it isn't overcrowded with local chavs; instead you can treat yourself to collectable figures from The Crow and Saw; BEGoth dolls and Living Dead Dolls.
There is a decent selection of make-up; typical brands like Stargazer and Directions. There is also a rack of greetings cards from artists such as Anne Stokes and Briar; really beautiful artwork, I'm sure that Gothlings in Bournemouth know exactly where to buy each other's birthday cards. I was tempted to stock up but unfortunately I was operating on a strict budget.
The very, very best thing about Thriller, which I feel sets it apart from many of the other alt shops I frequent, is the sheer amount of accessories available, at prices that I don't actually mind paying. (It's ridiculous how much some shops feel they can charge for simple things like tights and armwarmers.) There really is something to suit every style, from large and wonderfully ornate silver-coloured pendants (some of these are really especially unusual), an entire rack of lovely ties (Claire's, eat your heart out, my Nightmare Before Christmas tie gets compliments whenever I wear it), suspenders, tights, badges, hair clips, ear plugs, bags, belts (again, reasonable prices) - and the best thing about all of it is that it isn't all exactly the same stuff you see in every other store!
Goth gossip: It seems that the vaguely sinister tastes of your average Goth are still a bit too much for the mainstream... this season of Doctor Who was co-written by none other than Neil Gaiman, and is reportedly 'so scary' that it's lost a million of its viewers. I may have to buy the box set (unashamed Neil Gaiman fangirl).