What are the best changes in shopping on your life? So asked my 9 year old grandson.As I thought of this question that the regional Green Grocer came into mind. Because that’s what the greatest shift in purchasing in my life is.
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That was the very first place to start with the question of exactly what would be the best changes in shopping on your lifetime.Our local green grocer was the most important change in purchasing in my life. And the best changes in shopping in my life were with the little family owned businesses.Amusement While Shopping Has Altered My sister and I often had to go to a favourite family grocer close by. We’re always considerate as we requested for a pound or two of butter and other little products. Out came a big block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the store, placed on a huge counter top and comprised two grooved pates.This was a big change in our shopping in my lifetime… you do not encounter butter bashing nowadays. Lift it to another piece of greaseproof paper with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a bit sliced off or inserted here and there.Our old grocer would then party it with gusto, turning it over and over. Upside down and sideways it moved, so that it had grooves out of the pates, splashes moving anywhere, such as our faces.My sister and I thought that was great fun and it constantly cracked us up. We loved it, as we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favorite grocery shop.Grocery ShoppingFurther afield, we often had to go to another of my mother’s favourite, maybe not local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) could take our list, gather the groceries and put them all in a huge cardboard box. And since we were great clients he constantly delivered them into our home at no charge. However he wasn’t nearly as much fun since outdated Mr. Mahon. Even so, he was a wonderful man.All Things FreshSo there were very many common Services like home deliveries like:• Farm eggs• Fresh vegetables• Freshly baked bread• Coal to our open firesDelivery ServicesA man used to come to our house a few times every week with farm fresh eggs. The following used to come daily with fresh veggies, although my dad loved growing his own.Our milk, topped with beautiful cream, was delivered to our doorstep every single morning.My parents always encouraged Jerry and his wife to their parties, and there were many throughout the summertime. Kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed these times. Lemonade was a cure, with homemade sandwiches and cakes.The coal-man was just another who delivered bags of coal to get our open fires. I can still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew them all by name but most of them escape me today.Mr. Higgins, an agency guy in the Hoover Company always came to our house to replace our old vacuum cleaner with an updated model.Our insurance company even sent a guy to collect the weekly premium.People then just paid for their shopping with money. This in itself has been a huge shift in purchasing in my life.In certain department stores there was a system whereby the money from the cash registers was transported in a small cylinder onto a moving wire track to the central office.A Number of the Bigger ChangesSome of the bigger changes in purchasing were the opening of supermarkets. • Supermarkets replaced several individual smaller grocery shops. Cash and bank cheques have given way to charge and cards.• Internet shopping… the latest fad, but in many minds, doing more injury, to reserve shops.• Few written shopping lists, since cellular phones have taken over.Personal Service Has Most Certainly ChangedSo, no one really has to leave home, to buy almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online. And we’ve got a much bigger range of products today, to choose from, and charge cards also have given us the best simplicity of payment. We’ve got more shopping hours, and weekend shopping. However, we’ve dropped the personal service that we oldies had taken for granted and appreciated.Because of their frenetic lifestyles, I have heard folks say that they find shopping really stressful, that is grocery shopping. I am sure it is when you have to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I frequently think there has to be a better, less stressful manner. Having a complete time job looking after 9 people, 7 kids plus my father, she had been very blessed. Lucky too she didn’t have two jobs.We were not rich but we were happy kids and so thankful with any small treats that came our way.And even now, not only do we enjoy each other, but we like each other also. Although scattered around the world, we are always in touch.