Hello Mr Stagg we have come to do business.’
Mr Stagg’s mood changed when he heard that and asked them in.’
The house had an odour of dirty washing as they made their way down his passage and into the scullery where they sat down.
Tom put the bag of pies on the table and Mr Stagg clocked them right away.’
“Are they from your shop Tom said Staggie?’
“Yes they are Jimmy; I’ve brought them down for you to try.’ They were baked only this afternoon.’
That’s very kind of you young Tom; I hear your business is doing well.’
“Yes it is Jimmy.’
Do you mind if I try one.’
“Well; they would be better heated up first.’ Jimmy got up from the huge wooden chair that his father had made especially to carry his huge body.
He placed the four pies on the plate then shoved it in the oven.’
“Now then young Tom what can I do for you?’
“I want to buy a good barrow and a stall Jimmy; can you help me?’
“Yes of course lad; as it happens I have one in my yard which I intend to sell. There is an old table that can be adapted to make a stall with as well.
“How much are you asking for them?
Jimmy Stagg was a very shrewd man and he rubbed the stubble on his thin and thought for a moment before answering.
“Let’ say £30 pounds for both the barrow and the table.
“I tell you what Jimmy; I will offer you twenty pounds cash but the goods have to be in excellent condition.’
“You would steal my eyes young Tom and come back for the sockets.’
“Thirty pounds is my price.’
“Well if you don’t want my money Jim I’m sure Neil Armstrong can help me out for twenty quid cash money.’
“Let’s not be hasty here young Tom; maybe I was being a little greedy here.’
“How about twenty five quid.’
No,’ all I have is twenty quid you can take it now or I will go along to Arma’s house who I’m sure will take my money.’
“Alright,’ said Staggie who knew that Tom wasn’t going to budge on the price. Ten quid was still a good profit for the barrow which he’d picked up for only a tenner and the table for nothing from a woman who was clearing a house for her neighbour who had just died. Mickey here will pick them up in the morning and by the way; throw in a lock and chain as well, will you, I mean we wouldn’t want someone stealing it would we Jimmy.’
“As you wish young Tom.’
Tom gave Jimmy the twenty pounds and they shook on the deal. Then he got up from the table and the two of the young lads walked down the passage and out the front door.
Enjoy your supper Jimmy said Tom.’ you know where my shop is if you want more.’
“You’re so kind Tom; give my regards to your mother and father for me.’
“I will, replied Tom as he and Mickey went up the street.
“Tom you were marvellous, I thought we were going to have to give him thirty quid.’
“I know Staggie; he would have bought that barrow for next to nothing then try and sell it for double what he bought it for.’
Now tomorrow make sure that the lock has two keys.’