Which are the best changes in shopping on your lifetime? So asked my 9 year old grandson.As I thought of the question that the regional Green Grocer came into mind. Because that’s what the greatest change in purchasing in my life is.
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That was the first place to begin with the question of what would be the best changes in shopping in your life.Our local green grocer has been the most important change in shopping in my life. Beside him our butcher, a hairdresser and a chemist. And the best changes in purchasing in my lifetime were with the small family owned companies.Amusement While Shopping Has Altered My sister and I frequently had to attend a favourite family grocer close by. We were always considerate as we asked for a pound or two of butter and other small products. Out came a major block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the shop, put on a massive counter top and included two grooved pates.This was a big change in our shopping in my life… you don’t encounter butter bashing nowadays.Our older friendly Mr. Mahon together with the moustache, would cut a square of butter. Lift it to some other piece of greaseproof paper along with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a little chopped off or inserted here and there.Our old grocer would then bash it with gusto, turning it repeatedly. Upside down and sideways it went, so that it’d grooves from the pates, splashes going everywhere, such as our faces.My sister and I thought this was great fun and it constantly cracked us up. We loved it, since we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favorite grocery shop.Further afield, we often had to go to another of my mum’s favorite, maybe not so local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) would take our listing, collect the supermarket and put them in a huge cardboard box. And because we were great customers he constantly delivered them into our home free of charge. However he was not nearly as much fun as outdated Mr. Mahon. Nevertheless, he was a wonderful man.All Things FreshSo there were quite many common Services like home deliveries like:• Farm eggs• Fresh vegetables• Freshly baked bread• Coal to our open firesA man used to come to our home a couple of times a week with farm fresh eggs. The following used to come daily with fresh vegetables, although my father loved growing his own.Our milk, topped with lovely cream, was delivered to our doorstep each and every morning.Unbelievably, come think of it today, our bread arrived to us in a huge van driven by our”bread-man” called Jerry who became a family friend.My parents always invited Jerry and his wife to their celebrations, and there were many throughout the summertime. Kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed these times. Alcohol wasn’t included, my parents were teetotallers. Lemonade was a cure, with home made sandwiches and cakes.The coal-man was another who delivered bags of coal for our forthcoming fires. I could still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew all of them by name but most of them escape me today.Mr. Higgins, a service man from the Hoover Company consistently came to our home to replace our old vacuum cleaner using an upgraded version.Our insurance provider even sent a guy to accumulate the weekly top.People then just paid for their purchasing with money. This in itself has been a massive shift in shopping in my life.In certain department stores there was a system where the money out of the cash registers was hauled in a small cylinder on a moving cable monitor to the central office.A Number of the Larger ChangesA number of the bigger changes in purchasing were the opening of supermarkets. • Supermarkets replaced many individual smaller grocery stores. Cash and bank cheques have given way to charge and key cards.• Internet shopping… the newest fad, but in many heads, doing more injury, to reserve stores.• Few written shopping lists, because mobile phones have taken over.Personal Service Has Most Definitely ChangedSo, no one actually must leave home, to purchase almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online. And we have a much bigger variety of goods today, to pick from, and charge cards also have given us the best simplicity of payment. We have more shopping hours, and weekend shopping. However, we’ve lost the personal service we oldies had taken for granted and also appreciated.Due to their hectic lifestyles, I’ve heard folks say they find shopping really stressful, that’s grocery shopping. I’m sure it’s when you need to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I often believe there has to be a much better, less stressful manner.My mom had the best of both worlds, at the services she had at her disposal. With a complete time job looking after 9 people, 7 kids plus my dad, she had been very lucky. Lucky too that she didn’t have two jobs.We weren’t rich but we were happy kids and so thankful with any small treats that came our way.And now, not only do we enjoy each other, but we like each other too. Although scattered around the world, we’re always in touch.