Since moving from the city, one of the strangest things I’ve come across is the way local shops open or rather don’t open. I’m old enough to remember when shops opened, usually six days a week with half day closing on a Wednesday. Then things started changing so that many shops started adding Sunday to their days of opening. Finally, things moved on to some retail premises operating 24/7. You could go and buy a pot of strawberry youghurt at 3:30am if you wanted
With the advent of the internet and dare I say, the likes of Amazon, you can get almost anything you want, whenever you want without leaving the comforts of your favourite armchair. Some say it’s an ideal world. However, there are times when I like to be ‘touchy-feely’ about the items I want to buy, but lately, I’ve come across a bit of a problem in the towns close by. All the shops I want to go in are closed.
Give Them A Call
I mean, they’re open, with neatly laid out tables outside, but there’s little notes affixed to the middle of the locked door saying the owner will be back soon! They often leave a telephone number too, supposedly so you can give them a ring and say you’re standing outside their shop in the pouring rain and want to look at the second-hand starter handle for the 1935 Ford Commer that they have for sale.
Imagine turning up to Tesco or Wallmart and there was a note on the door….
How The Local World Works
Several times now I have driven the 8 miles to the town with the shops that never open. Even emails have been exchanged regarding the price etc of items with a footnote saying they will be pleased to see us when we visit. Of course, when we do visit, the door is locked and the same little note with the same telephone number to call the owner. I know it’s probably how the local world has run forever, but I just can’t get used to it. Imagine turning up at Tesco or Wallmart to do your weekly shop only to find it locked up with a little note on the door asking you to call the proprietor.
Not My Kind Of Shopping
I think I would die if I did call the number and the owner turned up only to find that I didn’t want the item that I’d gone to look at. I would be beside myself with guilt at having disturbed them from whatever it was they were doing and wasted their time. Maybe I would end up buying it rather than saying no? You see the dilemma I face? Maybe they’re used to running their show this way.
I Like To Peruse
What about the items they have outside the shop? There’s a lot, neatly laid out on tables. It must be a shoplifters paradise. I have always tried to support local business wherever I have lived. I know it can’t be easy these days for any size of retailer as we’ve seen recently with the collapse of some big name stores. It makes me wonder though, why these small shop owners lock the place up. Perhaps they have other jobs? Who knows? It’s just not for me though, to call the owner when I show up. I love to be able to open the door and peruse and hopefully buy something.