Sunday, August 25, 2013

For The Love Of Old Grocery Stores....





Oh maaaan....I miss old style grocery stores. I miss the garish lighting, gaudy colors and the entrance doors with the rickety metal dividers. I miss the pastel produce cases and the real fishnets full of plastic replicas of crabs and swordfish in the meat/seafood department. I miss the shiny vct (most likely asbestos) square tiles, the check cashing/courtesy booth and the cluttery decor. I miss the hand painted signs on white butcher paper and the 'cha-ching' sound the clunky cash registers made. By the time the 70s rolled around and I was was shopping in there, these places were beginning to lose their luster. They were still wonderful, but the lighting was dingy and floors were stained & crumbly in places. the pastel produce cases were out of style in a brown world and the carts were squeaky & had bad wheels. Eventually the clunky cash register would be replaced by the kind that beeped and the front door electronics were failing, making them sticky & hard to open. I didn't care, I loved them just the same. Obviously I still do. I'd give my eye teeth for one more trip to 'Bob's Thrift' on 33rd and Perry to buy a Mad magazine, some 'Grease' bubble gum cards and a package of wax bottle candy. Unfortunately, it will never be possible because Bob's is now a Library.




4 comments:

  1. A great post! I love old supermarkets too! I remember shopping with my mom at the Pantry Pride. It had black and white checkered flooring and lots of in-store decor!!

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    1. awesome! thanks for sharing your supermarket memory. :)
      Pantry Pride sounds like my kinda store, are there any left in your area?

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  2. As do I - and old supermarkets, general stores, pretty much any traditional kind of shop, come to think about it (I even devoted one of my Pinterest boards just to my love of vintage supermarkets). They were already on the way out when I was a little girl, but a few still existed for a while (including the Woodwards chain) and I'm truly grateful that I got to experience them before Big Boxes came to rule supreme.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm so glad you got to experience some of these stores too, I wish everyone could. :)
      Oh, old variety stores are another one...I really really miss those too. Piles of cool stuff everywhere. Well, maybe that's another post for another day. For now, I'm gonna go check out your vintage supermarket Pinterest board (funny enough, I have one too. ) and continue dreaming.
      Have a great day Jessica! xo

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