“Today’s peacock is tomorrow’s feather duster” how to find the next peacock.?

Retail how to find the diamonds

Over thirty years ago when I started out in retail working as a custom’s entry clerk in Switzer’s (now Brown Thomas in Dublin) the above quote would have meant nothing to me.
Some of you reading this(if any) would be asking what was a customs entry clerk?
Well back in the days before the EEC and free trade all goods coming into the country were stopped by customs at the port of arrival and before being given to the owner a customs declaration form had to be completed and duty if any had to be paid . Switzer’s had a large import and export office. Seven staff Mr Burns his secretary and five clerks.
After a year of learning the true test came when you were given an entry to be made for the haberdashery department. Barbra O Farrell the buyer bought from a company called Ronald Kaufmann and it would…

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