The Inutilious Retailer Book of Artists

by admin on 18/04/2017

Anyone who came to the Inutilious Retailer was told they could have anything for free on two conditions:

1.They had to replace whatever they took with a new piece of art.

2. They had to be photographed holding what they made in their right hand and what they took in their left hand.


There were 14 garments on display so the 300 people who made art ended up in one of 14 long connected chains. As I have all the artist’s  email addresses, anyone can get in touch with the person next to them in the chain

Click here or the ebook below to see those chains of Inutilious Retailer artists.



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Pauline Wallis August 27, 2018 at 9:24 AM

I am intrigued as to how you have a picture of a Shaw & Latham business card (rather dilapidated) on your website. How are you connected? I ask as this was our family business in Manchester for over a hundred years during the cotton era when the firm made copper stamps, stencils, rubber stamps, signs and more recently, numbering/dating machines.
Are you a descendant of either partner?
Regards, Pauline


admin December 15, 2022 at 2:19 AM

Hi Pauline, I bought several items in the late 80’s, early 90’s when it was closing down. I even have the original
sign from above the door


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