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Shopping trollies/bags 2 wheeled variety, do you have one? would you have one?

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bikergran Fri 06-Nov-15 13:41:59

Having always had a car to transport my supplies whenever and where I want, I am not having to re think my strategy.

I have to walk to collect shopping approx 30 mins walk to bigger supermarket, I normally pick little bits n pieces up every other day and carry them home, but as the cold weather as approaching, then I probably won't be off out unless need be.It has recently been my 60th birthday smile and a lovely time I had, my mum kept sort of jokingly buying me a "shopping trolley" !! a she has one smile (got it in the charity shop for £2) smile
nice bright pink polka dot one! but!! having made note of the people in town this morning with shopping trolleys, of all diff ages, they were all over the place,! I must have counted at least 15!

So would you! use/buy/have shopping trolley.Do you think they age you?
Must admit I always associated older ladies with them, you know the little basket type ones with a sort of walking stick handle smile but if needs must then! hmm

ninathenana Fri 06-Nov-15 17:05:34

biker I've seen people either putting them in the trolley or attaching them to the the trolley using bungie ties. I think I've seen something you can buy for this purpose.

M0nica Fri 06-Nov-15 17:18:39

In my car I have a longer than normal ordinary two handled shopping bag with two castors on the base. Not suitable for pulling over long distances, but ideal for getting quantities of shopping or awkward packages from shop to car.

I used it last Saturday when I was doing the coffees and teas for a one day conference. I was able to get all the catering supplies, plus packs of plastic mugs, bin bags tea clothes etc into the bag so I got everything from car to village hall kitchen in one journey.

bikergran Fri 06-Nov-15 17:20:34

ty nina smile

Elegran Fri 06-Nov-15 17:28:19

bikergran I have found that with some trolleys you can hook yours onto the loop that is (presumably) meant for a shopping bag, with others you have to lay it across the top - the handle at the handle end and the wheels just over the front end. You can put the shopping in underneath it and lift it down at the checkout for loading.

When supermarkets were new, you had to leave all bags near the door while you shopped.

bikergran Fri 06-Nov-15 20:11:20

Will look forward to my first outing with my trolley (when I get one) I shall report back in time ...seen so many now I'm stuck for choice! colour etc.!

Elrel Fri 06-Nov-15 23:22:49

Jollyg - I like to use a backpack going to my local shops. When I overfill it with food bargains (about 5pm!) I often ask the security man to help me on with it. At other times people see me struggle and help without being asked.

Bikergran - I put a basket on top of my 4 wheel trolley. One assistant in Tesco assured me that it was ok to put my shopping in my trolley and unload it at the till saying 'Lots of older ladies do that' but I don't really feel like trying it'. The only place I've left my trolley was in the dentist's waiting room as the surgery is up steep stairs. I guess a folding trolley would be better, maybe fit under the bigger supermarket trolleys.

LizRhodes Sat 07-Nov-15 09:17:29

If you go to France, everyone uses them, young and old. You can shove everything in them and when they're not in use they store quite inconspicuously in a corner. It's lovely in France when you hear them being wheeled across the cobbles and they're clinking because they're full of wine bottles! What's not to like?

bikergran Sat 07-Nov-15 09:20:42

Liz that made me smile,which I need today smile can't wait to show off my new shopping trolley, have seen a lovely pale/lime green leafy one smile (wonder if they have any with a wine rack inside) hmm

bikergran Sat 07-Nov-15 09:23:56


thehistorian Sat 07-Nov-15 09:37:53

I feel totally cool about using mine as it is a 'festival trolley'! Same thing just a different name. Bought it on the internet in the winter at a huge discount as no festivals then. However my daughter will not put it in her car says a 'granny barrow' is a 'granny barrow' whatever the colour or fancy name it is given. Thank goodness for my bus pass.

Auntieflo Sat 07-Nov-15 09:39:44

Bikergran, I love your posted picture of the leafy shopping bag. Where does it come from? I have a blue one that I got from a charity shop, for £4.00, but it's not nearly as pretty.

Hunt Sat 07-Nov-15 09:41:37

We have several and wouldn't be without them. My husband uses one when going to our beach hut by train, for a bit of maintenance.It takes all the tools, bits of wood etc. I have a small one which I take on 'outings'. I put my handbag in it, some sandwiches and an umbrella, before long my sister will say,'' Er... do you think I could put my handbag in your little trolley?'' I rest my 'case'! ( we also use them for convential things like shopping)

annsixty Sat 07-Nov-15 09:44:15

That is lovely bikergran and flowers for you today. I have a confession,I have made it on GN before, I am very vain in some matters and athough, at times, I should use a walking stick I just can't bring myself to.I feel the same about shopping trollies and Hotter shoes. blush

margk Sat 07-Nov-15 09:54:59

I have one that is like a large shopping bag with a handle you can extend if necessary and wheels underneath the bag, which I got from Amazon. It doesn't look like the ordinary shopping trolleys, and is really useful to carry around.

chatykathy Sat 07-Nov-15 10:03:57

I noticed quite young, trendy women used them in France when I was visiting my son. They have some nice designs. Still not ready for one myself though ☺ ☺

Elegran Sat 07-Nov-15 10:19:40

It makes me smile that so many don't think they are ready yet for a shopping trolley. How about wheels on your suitcase, or do you insist on always carrying it? Do you allow your grandchildren to ride in a buggy, or lift them up in your arms and take them everywhere like that, as little nurserymaids did before prams were invented?

A trolley for the heavy shopping is no different!

westieyaya Sat 07-Nov-15 10:21:23

I used to be able to unload my shopping by my back door but now Ive downsized its a tidy walk from the car park to my flat. So I bought myself a very snazzy red shopping trolley. Now we dont get lighter weight carrier bags and overfill the jute or heavy duty plastic ones in the supermarket its invaluable. Long live shopping trolleys!

Maranta Sat 07-Nov-15 10:23:35

The shopping bags on wheels are a good compromise as mentioned above. grin

GrannyMosh Sat 07-Nov-15 10:34:21

I no longer drive and am unable to carry heavy bags, due to disability. I invested in a terrific shopping trolley from a well-known online source which doesn't charge delivery for items over £10. It's black, with bright magenta lips all over it...not many folk would be brave enough to steal that!...but I've been amazed how many people have complimented me on it. Even elderly gentlemen have stopped me in the street to remark on how big and strong it is, and I've been delighted to be able to tell them that it is also available in plain dark colours for those of a less flamboyant persuasion. I didn't plan to need a trolley, but I love mine!

Fid Sat 07-Nov-15 10:35:12

Bikergran, have you hunted for a trolley that you could attach to your bike?

nannieroz111 Sat 07-Nov-15 10:44:11

biker my shopping trolley was the exactly the same model as the picture you posted except mine was white with huge shocking pink daisies. I bought it from Lakel**d.

mrsmopp Sat 07-Nov-15 10:59:37

I have a bright orange one, very sturdy, bought in Spain to bring back duty frees on the ferry. I use it a lot. Anything is better than heavy plastic carrier bags cutting into my fingers. It is easy to pull along even when it's heavy as it has big wheels. Very practical.

Buddie Sat 07-Nov-15 11:07:28

I always said I wouldn't use a trolley for shopping but I ended up winning one in a competition. It is unusual in that it has a folding seat attached and I have to say it came in very useful visiting a garden show at the NEC where places to sit were limited.

More recently I have been using it for more conventional purposes when doing the weekly shop. As it is insulated it keeps everything lovely and cool on hot days with even ice cream surviving the couple of hours from shop to home so now I wouldn't be without it. Although I have have on occasion had people rushing to pen doors for me on the whole I think shopping trolleys are taken as the norm these days and with the loss of free bags for shopping in England now in place I can see more people opting to use one whatever their age.

KatyK Sat 07-Nov-15 11:15:18

I haven't got one but only because I don't need one. They must be very useful for people who don't drive. The only downside is when I get on the bus sometimes and there are three or four of them in the aisle and you can't get past! They are usually associated with older folks but I had one when I was in my 20s as neither of us could drive then.

bikergran Sat 07-Nov-15 11:19:52

oh drat Iv lost the place ...where I wasn't cheap though...seem to think it was a french design will have another look..when I come home..