I’m not joking. Yesterday when we were doing one of our last minute shops at the large Waitrose down the road, I noticed one lady stuffing her large wheelie-bin shopping bag full of groceries. You know the kind that our mothers – or grandmothers – had? I looked at her hair – no, it wasn’t grey; I looked at her clothes; she was wearing Converses and a pair of boyfriend jeans. Hmm. I glanced around to the other tills and saw three other similar wheelie shopping bags, and only one of them was owned by a very old woman. Now this could be the answer; I could combine my afternoon walk with the dog with a shop at Waitrose, wheel the shopping back home and hey presto two birds and so on…what do you think?
Should I become a bag lady?
Mrs P says
Oh No I don't think so – it's a question of the old lady creeping up on you – say no to the trolley at all costs and be more organised or delegate the responsibility;)
I say go for it! I'll do the same here in Maida Vale and soon everyone will be using them.
Seriously, I told my husband the other day that I want one. Schlepping 20 kg of groceries from Kilburn to Maida Vale every week is not my idea of fun plus my arms are getting longer and longer.
But I must admit I've only ever seen 80+ women with these, so back to my point: we should start a new trend 🙂
Yes. Shopping trolleys and Wheely Baskets carry the lot and spare your back. Go for it!
There's definitely a gap in the market for a "chic" version of these. Shall we go into business?!
A definite 'yes'! Have just moved to Dorset from Brussels and here in the village there is no shop, so car it must be. However in Bx I had a big supermarket 4 minutes walk away – too near to use the car, but too far for heavy shopping. So I bought a shopping trolley – quite wonderful. My children refused to be seen in the street with me and when they shopped, rolled their eyes at me when I suggested they took the trolley … when I left Bx they were fighting as to who would 'inherit' it!
In France I found one that was actually a large wicker basket with a sort of walking stick wooden handle – très chic.
Definitely the way to go. My grandmother and mother had them way back, but they do come in all wonderful colours and designs now, so you could nab yourself a fancy little number and save your arms being pulled from their sockets with heavy loaded bags and a small fortune on take-outs.
Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted says
Dear Helena, I say get a glam version of the Tesco one and go for it. I think it's much easier to shop daily as you don't buy too much xx
Staircase Witch says
Is a bicycle out of the question? You could get exercise and have lovely wicker baskets on either side of your rear wheel, and you'd never run the risk of being lumped in with the 80-year-old babushkas. (And if the hills are steep and your load heavy, you can always walk the bike.)
The bag-on-wheels is cute, though. Much better than the folding wire wheeled basket I lugged over buckled sidewalks in the icy wind of a Chicago winter in my twenties and thirties (and all bundled up and hunched over against the cold, I probably was mistaken for an 80-year-old woman now and again).
I don't know what UK students do, but students here in the U.S. often now pull wheeled backpacks–better than hauling all those heavy textbooks on their backs, as we used to. The look may be less aging than you think!
I think you should get one. I wish I could have that dilemma!
I saw this one in the V&A shop on one my days out in the big town to visit the Daughter, there at University, and fell in love with it at first sight, but helas I wouldn't have any use for it out here in the depth of Arcadia…
See for yourself:
You would look very much the part with it, in cool Hampstead!
here in Paris no matter your age it is perfectly normal to do your shopping with this kind of trolley,(they even come in camouflage design). I have also seen men in their thirties/forties with these. In Amsterdam, where I lived for 2 years you would transport all your groceries in saddlebags and a basket by bike, which is great fun
Helena Halme says
Well, I think the 'yes's have got it! Now all I need to do is find a camouflage one, gotoflo, or perhaps Marimekko makes one..?If it's fashionable in Paris….
I have to admit I have been looking at them recently – though my teenagers scoff at them – but if you are shopping without a car they seem a very sensible alternative.
Just have a look, don't they rock….
Helena Halme says
Thank you gotoflo!
Go for it! But watch out because my mother (also not an old lady) had her wallet stolen from one in a funky little big-town supermarket. (In Basel.) I pile everything on the large buggy just now but I would definitely get one of those.
Dragon Days is describing a proper Wheely Basket – O happy childhood memories! I'm embarrassed to admit I'm excited to think the real thing still exists. Even if it is only in France and not the UK…