Last month, Diane over at Oui in France wrote a piece about shopping carts, or trolleys, as they’re called in Australia. It occurred to me that this has become part of normal living here in Melbourne, but it’s something I never did until I came here.
We’re not talking about the kind of shopping cart provided by supermarkets and large stores such as Target and Kmart that you use to hold your items until you check out. Diane and I are talking about a smaller, personal trolley that is commonly used in Paris and here in Melbourne as well. In cities where walking is commonplace, both men and women use these to carry their groceries home. When I first saw them, I reacted just as Diane, and asked the very same important question she posed, “Are these shopping trolleys granny chic or just granny?”
When I was living in Miami, I went to the supermarket every Sunday morning with my sister and our mother. We used the supermarket’s big shopping cart to hold our items. At the check-out, these were transferred into bags, which were then carried into the car, and driven home. But here in Melbourne, I don’t have a car. Sometimes, Theo drives us both the market and we do the shopping together. Other times, I do it alone. So, I use a shopping trolley.
There are two ways in which I see people using their trolleys. One is to use the trolley for the shopping as well as carrying your groceries home. People load the groceries right in, out for check-out, and back in again, sans bags. I don’t like this method. I prefer the wire type of trolley, like the blue one pictured above, which flattens, and I can place it in a larger supermarket trolley. I like my groceries bagged and then I place them in my trolley.
I do feel a bit like an ole lady when I drag my shopping trolley behind me, but this is a practical item, and it sure beats carrying heavy bags with cans and meats. I draw the line at taking it to the mall, however. I see some women using them at the mall to carry their clothing purchases. Practical, I know, but still granny.