Saturday, 7 August 2010

Off your trolley*

I went shopping with Pam earlier this week, in the good way that involved coffee and cakes, egging each other to try on clothes and buy things, not that either of us needs much encouragement. We talked about how we'd like to dress inappropriately for our age and unnerved the sales assistant in the department store where we tried on wedding hats and fascinators that we agreed would be good to wear at breakfast if we ever went on a cruise together.I came home with this, a shopping trolley and I think a very beautiful one too. It was reduced, I had to buy it and use it straight away. It has easy velcro fastenings, press studs at the top to increase the size, a smaller department at the back and will pack flat. It was so handy walking down the High Street, not just for purchases but for my mac and if I'd had my brolly that would have gone in too. We'd been having a discussion about our capacious and well packed handbags, how our shoulders got achy and we always carried far more than we needed. Pam's solution was to look for a smaller handbag, mine to buy the trolley.
It received a luke warm reception from Mr FF when I got it home and the only comment has been 'is that it's permanent place' as it currently stands in the hall mainly so that I can admire it every time I pass. Actually I'd quite like to fill it with yarn - shopping and knitting every girl's dream.

I'm already a bag lady, I try not to take plastic carriers at checkouts and have many many shopping bags, Cath Kidston, Lulu Guinness, Boden, as well as a big collection of supermarket bags for life, they make em I buy em. There's something of a foreign holiday feel about pulling a bag along behind you that lifts my spirits or maybe its just the beautiful colours and the chunky little wheels. Pam has made me promise not to start using the trolley as a walking aid as I get older, ie, pushing it in front of me like a wheeled zimmer frame, no chance I'm sticking with the trolley dolly image for a long time yet.

*Off your trolley - a slang expression for someone who doesn't act rationally and appears slightly mad, sounds good to me.

13 comments:

  1. What a funky trolley! I can just imagine it full of yarn!

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  2. Although I love the stripey bag I have to admit that I am horrified at the thought of using a trolley, sorry but we are not old enough!!!

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  3. I think that's a very fine specimen of a shopping trolley. Stripes always look rather dashing! Sounds like a rather pleasant 'shop' was had by you both. What fun! Ros

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  4. With today's concerns for back pains and posture, yay go for it!!!

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  5. I love your trolley, very retro chic!

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  6. To each his/her own, as they say. I think I'll stick with the bulging handbag. But I'm all for dressing age inappropriately!

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  7. I've always loved that expression--"Off your trolley"! That is a great trolley, Jenny--fun with the stripes. With such stripes--be BOLD! And great idea for using it to store yarn, knitting etc. between shops. Such a fun shopping outing you had... Makes me miss my sister, for we have such outings too. Dressing age inappropriate, even momentarily--oh, yes! ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  8. It's a lovely trolley but don't getting it in and our of the car present a problem?

    I used to use a trolley when I lived in the city and didn't have a car but it wasn't a pretty one like that, just wire!

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  9. Oh I love it! Especially the stripes! Just the job to pack everything in and pull behind you and with an across the body handbag you can zip along!

    Trolleys are very handy for making people get their legs out of the way!

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  10. What a brilliant Idea Jenny, I love the trolley, I actually spotted a trolley at our local Op shop only yesterday and thought what a great idea, Im thinking i might have to go back and rescue it......

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  11. Its lovely. I too have a trolley from Ikea, not nearly as glam as that but does the job a treat.

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  12. There are quite a few benefits of a trolley and pallet truck. One of the advantages of both these bulk moving devices is that they can handle large volumes of weight. A trolley carries a large volume of weight but its design is such that it has to be pushed along by a few men. However, a pallet truck carries large volumes of weight normally packed or stacked on the pallet. An important point to be noted here is that always make sure what you will be carrying before you decide upon the size of the trolley or pallet truck. If you have to carry something heavy you need to determine how they will be loaded and unloaded.

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