Two men entered a shop on Quarry Road, Duston at 1.30pm armed with hand hatchets and attempted to rob the store.
The men did not get into the till so ended up leaving the shop empty handed.
A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: “The first offender is described as wearing a black jacket and bottoms with a distinctive orange bag.
“The other offender was wearing a brown hooded top with grey joggers.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident and anyone who may have CCTV, Ring doorbell or dashcam footage is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number: 20000677119.