My missus picked up a wrong item in error which under consumer rights laws the store aren't obliged to take back. I said I would return it and after checking with the supervisors, one of the managers made an exception.
All of the staff involved in my visit to their Clydebank store couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.
I usually have a wander around their Glasgow store once every few weeks or months during my lunch break just because it is refreshing and fun to get lost in. Beats the usual old chain stores and invariably you can pick up a bargain on an impulse. Cuff links are best. As for the clobber yes often it's not the current seasons but what do you expect at knock down prices. Occasionally they get some great bargains in and I've kicked myself in the past once these have sold or I've missed out.
If you're looking for something, but don't know exactly what, this is the place. If you're not looking for something, and just want to wander round a shop that seems to be Tardis like in it's interior, this is also the place.
It's a very strange place to describe.
"What does it sell?" - Well, everything... and nothing. Everything you could possibly want, and tons of stuff that you never knew you wanted or need. Having said that, you will walk out with stuff by the ton.
Example: I needed to get a wedding gift for a friend. I don't have much experience in the way of the wedding gift giving, and panic set in. Then I remembered Watt Brothers. I wandered in, and within 15 minutes, I'd made my purchase - a nice little silver picture frame with a wedding ring theme. I'm a thoughtful kinda guy sometimes, and not even by accident.
That was the thing that I went in to buy.
I also left with several packets of Mint Poppets - the best kind, and if you say anything else, then you're entitled to your opinion, no matter HOW WRONG IT IS - some energy drinks, a couple of gift bags, a packet of dish scrubbing thingmabobs, and a packet of batteries.
It's that kind of shop.
It's somewhat of a Glasgow institution (branches in Hamilton and Lanark also, fact fans) and their prices are blindingly cheap on some stuff.
Got some time to kill, cash to spare and space in your home for a hundred and one things you never knew you needed? This is the place! Take a map, a compass and possibly a St Bernard with a flask of brandy round it's neck in case you get lost.
If you were going to build a place like Watt Brothers today, 'you wouldn't start from here', as they say. It has the strange ability to appear smaller inside than it does on the outside, like an inverse TARDIS. Lots of rooms, lots of levels and corners mean that it's easy to lose your sense of direction, and there seems to be a distinct lack of fire exits by today's standards, leaving me always feeling just a tiny bit anxious and making sure I always know where the exits are when I'm wandering about inside.
The place looks like it's out of a time warp from the fifties, and probably hasn't been decorated since then either. It's one of the few stores left in Glasgow like this, and should be preserved as a national treasure on that basis alone; but it's the bargains and the eclectic array of goods that bring people back here.
It's a great first port of call if you're not sure where to find a particular item that the more generic chains don't stock. I've often spent ages wandering around other stores looking for something without success, only to find it in Watt Bros. They're particularly good for luggage bargains, and I've bought my last three suitcases from here as they're so much cheaper than elsewhere.
Well first of all Watt Brothers doesn't look old fashioned outside and when you get in you can get lost. There is two entrances and best to find what one. While i don't deny you can pick up a bargain there RRP leaves a lot to question
If you see a item check the rrp and compare it online to make sure the discount is as good as they say, like a vax they selling has a rrp of £299 but vax say £189 they sell it for £149 but not really half of RRP
Not saying you cant get a bargain but its a case of buyer beware.
I think dismissing this grubby but well-loved store as being a dive full of chavs is both inaccurate and missing the point entirely. Watt Brother's customers might well be different to that of Frasers and John Lewis, they might indeed use the piss-soaked buses and come from some of the periphery estates, but there is nothing chavvy about the bargain hunting pensioners who shop here.
Admittedly there's little about the range of cosmetics and homeware that interests me on a consumer level, but the old-fashioned charm of the store and it's soon to be coffin dwelling clientele gives some much needed character to this city centre shopping street. Long live Watt Brothers, a store well loved even by those who never use it.
This is one of my favorite to have a wander round in Glasgow, it's a treasure a trove of diffrent items! My fave section is the make up section were I can pick up a great selection for any shows and such for next to nothing and it's pretty decent stuff as well, the only downside is some of it's the last run of the item from the company and so I can't get my hands on the same thing twice!
Watt Brothers is proof that tight-fisted old Scottish Grannies have got it right.
From the delightfully cheap towels and bedding to the very reasonably priced luggage and - of course - the deliciously thrifty end-of-line make-up that they stock, you can't beat this place for a bargain.
Yes, it's a bit dingy and scabby, but that's just part of the experience. I'd advise you to go when it's quiet, but the ting about pensioners is that they don't exactly wait til their day off to go shopping.
It's very outdated, and it's not at all cool. But... well, it does the job!
Now, from the outside of this shop I was under the (mistaken) impression that Watt Brothers was some sort of classy, old-fashioned department store. After walking past it with interest for some time now - I finally took the plunge and went inside.
And you know what? I was pretty seriously disappointed. The inside of the Watt Brothers store is badly decorated and kinda cheap looking to say the least. Yes, they sell perfume and make-up at discounted prices - but to me it seemed like the bulk of the cosmetics section was taken up by shelves and shelves of fake tan.
In fact, after quite a short perusal my boyfriend informed me that we had to leave - because he decided that just being in the shop was putting him in danger of becoming a chav by osmosis. Unsurprisingly, we didn't stay for too long after that.
The Watt Brother's is one of these shops that looks like a hole, and probably full of tat. Well, as the other reviewer notes, looks can be deceiving (it's not all crap in this shop). On several of the occasions I've been in, the shop has held many offers - it often has Lindtt chocolate on special (and in date. Always a bonus!), perfumes for cheap (no knock offs, genuine stuff, honest guv) and cosmetics (Maybelline, Dior (!), Clinique, Benefit). Pretty decent, eh?
Sure enough, you can still find tat - if that's what you're looking for. Whilst searching through the store, I have found such lovely items, like garden gnomes (creepy. Really creepy), old fashioned granny knickers (literally called "Granny pants" - Bridget Jones would have been proud) and of course, no shop is complete without those scary little figurines/ornaments that look like they belong in some horrible fairy tale (one was a two headed cat in a cat basket, no joke... or those creepy fairies which sit on those weird toadstools - quite gothic and creepy though, not the nice-looking ones!).
The store also boasts many, many other items, so whatever you're looking for, they probably have it, or a version of it. Promise.
Watt Brothers is an absolute gem of a shop for stocking up in big brand makeup and beauty products. I really do wonder why I ever went anywhere else. There are shelves stacked with all manner of products from Urban Decay lip gloss to Maxfactor
compact powder (including the hilariously named shade: gay whisper).
There are several floors including a towels and bedding section, where you can get good quality bedding and towels for around a fiver each.
You will have to dodge some doddering grey haired grannies to bag the bargains, but If it's where the grannies are at then you know it's good.
Don't mention a word of this to anyone!
You like make up, right?
What if I said you could get some Urban Decay for £2?
Watt Brothers is a sneaky wee place. It throws you off the scent by putting towels, bedding and other boring stuff in the windows, then plants little old ladies all over the place to make the young hip people like me ignore it completely.
Well, your secret is out!
There is a secret make up stash at the back of the ground floor of this place. You can see it from the door, assuming you are, like me, head and shoulders above all the slow-moving little grey heads. If you can manouvre round these pensioners without knocking them over or getting entangled in the zimmer frames, then you've made it!
Along with other brands where everything seems to cost 99p, sometimes big names can be found. One time I found Urban Decay lipliners and eyeliners for £2 each. Another time they had Benefit eyeshadows for £4. They seem to have a pretty regular supply of Bourjois, and the mascaras are always worth checking out too....
It's pot luck when you go in here, and sometimes there is nothing of interest, but it's kinda fun, and when you do find something, you leave with a little tight-fisted glow of happiness.
Good old Watt Brothers, this place has been here for years and whenever I meet my Gran in town this is our meeting place.
Watt Brothers is the kind of place that people often turn their noses up at, this is unfortunate as among the tat there's also plenty of high quality products for bargain prices. They sell St. Tropez here which is £25 - £35 a bottle in House of Frasers but you can get it here for as little as £7 - £15, that it what I call a bargain!
They also have a great range of homeware products, duvets, cutlery, pictures, mirrors etc. If you take then time to browse then you will more often than not find a hidden gem. It's very busy and is always full to the brim with bargain shoppers!
Don't be put off by all the...how shall I put it...older than average customers piling into this store or the 'bargains' advertised in the window. There is much more to it.
The beauty section is a must for any beauty-obsessives - you will find brands such as Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Urban Decay and YSL with big discounts. I always buy my YSL touche eclat here for a bargain £17.50 - exactly the same quality for a fraction of the price. Get yourself down here pronto.
Be aware though - the layout of this store is tres confusing (split levels and the like) but it's worth the hassle.
I was surprised the first time I entered this store (on the street entrance on sauchiehall street) as I thought it was a shop for your granny, but boy was I wrong.
As a girl who loves her perfumes and skincare, and will literaly spend a fortune on it, it was so cheap for premium brands.
And im talking about decleor,roc etc that i spent a small fortune but still walked out with more products than if i had just visited house of fraser.
This place is defo worth a visit if you are a make-up/skincare/perfume junkie as you will spend half as much as you normally would(or just be able to buy double what you normally would as i do lol).
This is a great store it is a bit odd though as there are two entrances one at the front and one at the side, both take you onto different levels. The stock ranges from hoovers, picture frames, perfume, glasses, and various other gifts. the prices are very reasonable and the staff are friendly it can get extremely busy though. If you don't find what your looking for your better to ask as we spent a bit of time going round in circles looking for champagne flutes once we asked we were directed straight away.
There is lift but its very small or you can access the different levels by stair. This shop sells a lot of various gift ideas but at better prices than other places.
When you step inside the Watt Bros Department Store in Glasgow it's a bit like stepping into a time warp, back to a former era.
Fortunately, it's not just the decor that gives you this feeling, but the prices too and it's definitely the place to go -especially if you're looking for an unusual gift for a bargain price!
The shop gets particularly busy at Christmas time - so get in there early before the rush starts!
A blast from the past! Alongside Crocketts the Ironmongers, Watt Brothers is a rare breed and harks back to the day when good old fashioned values, ethos and customer service was paramount. The stock isn't as good as it once was - they seem to prefer the cheap and cheerful gifts, particularly on the ground floor. This is to entice shoppers in I think and is more noticeable in the run up to Christmas. But explore a bit further and you may well find a bargain in the clothing or household section. OK, so the clothes are not necessary the latest fashion but it is good for basics such as underwear, and and traditional shirts and ties etc. All that is missing is a couple of 'Suit You' store workers!
Some of their electrical appliances such as radios and toasters are much cheaper than other more modern retailers such as Dixons or Argos.
This is a good store for things like cheap juice they sell 500ml bottles for 35p they will probably only have a month left on the date. They do sell electrical items here but l don't trust them as l have bought some items for a flat that l rent out and they broke within days they only offer a credit note or replacement for faulty items but even the replacement items conked out after 3 days.
A Glasgow institution. Definitely a taste of old Glasgow epartment stores dand I hope Watt Bros. never goes away or has a refurb. It even still has an old fashioned pulley type elevator. Bit of a strange mix as far as stock is concerned but this adds to the charm. Brilliant bargains on the bottom floor for brand make up or jewellery.
Such an old fashioned shop - reminds me of Grace Brothers From 'Are You Being Served?' one of the last old time department stores. Saying that I have always found bargains and interesting things to buy. Great when there is a sale on; it gets packed and people are going mad trying to get the bargains (what a laugh we had)
one of the best stores for affordable beauty brands- if you like your stores all beautifully laid out, then this is not your store. Akin to a jumble sale!
A diamond in the rough!
this is a bit of a mad store - sells just about everything. i always stock up on suncream as its so much cheaper than the usual chemists. whenever i wonder where to get something I have a friend who without a doubt will recommend watt bros. every time and shes usually right!
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