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June 12, 2008

All Things Shopping

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about SHOPPING

1. In ancient times, there was no money. People bartered or traded goods, that they had produced themselves.

2. In the past, customers were served by the shopkeeper, who would retrieve all the goods on their shopping list. Shops would often deliver the goods to the customers’ homes.

3. This changed to self-serve shopping where customers selected the goods, retrieved them off the shelves and packed their own goods. Customers deliver their own goods.

4. These days many of us shop on the internet, our goods are packed by the shopkeeper or his staff and delivered to us. We’ve come a full circle!

5. Sylvan Goldman invented the first shopping cart in 1936. He invented the first shopping cart by adding two wire basket and wheels to a folding chair.

6. The first shopping mall was the Country Club Plaza, founded by the J.C. Nichols Company and opened near Kansas City, Mo., in 1922.

7. At the start of the nineteenth century a form of mass produced clothing developed. It was of a simple basic style, mainly for ordinary men and women and unsuitable for the high fashion market of the upper classes. The only acceptable ready made items for the wealthy were free size garments like mantles, cloaks and shawls.

8. The American, Gordon Selfridge, invested in building a huge store in Oxford Street, London in 1909. Staff were hired months before it opened. They were trained in selling the Selfridge way. Shoppers flocked to the store when they heard of the delights inside such as make up and perfume. Clothes departments sold all manner of goods and hard to find items. Music greeted the shoppers and browsing there could be an all day experience. Shopping there was intended to be a recreation.

9. A Philadelphia pharmacist named Asa Candler invented the coupon in 1895. Candler bought the Coca-Cola company from the original inventor Dr. John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist. Candler placed coupons in newspaper for a free Coke from any fountain – to help promote the new soft drink.

10. The first patent for bar code (US Patent #2,612,994) was issued to inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952.

11. Shopping can be a disease – Compulsive shopping or spending can be a seasonal balm for the depression, anxiety and loneliness during the December holiday season. It also can occur when a person feels depressed, lonely and angry. Shopping and spending will not assure more love, bolster self-esteem, or heal the hurts, regrets, stress, and the problems of daily living. It generally makes these feelings worse because of the increased financial debt the person has obtained from compulsive shopping.

12. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping. ~ Bo Derek

13. Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase. ~ Erma Bombeck

Extra: Shopping is better than sex. If you’re not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like. ~ Adrienne Gusoff

Do you prefer to shop online or do you like to shop in person at a department store or mall?

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  1. Jenyfer Matthews

    Most of the shops in Egypt will still deliver to a customer’s home – for which I am truly grateful!!

    As for where I prefer to shop, it depends on what I need and what mood I’m in. I do a lot of Christmas shopping online because I hate the crowds and since I’m abroad, it makes sense. But if I’m shopping for a bathing suit, I like to be able to try it on before I buy!

  2. Shelley Munro

    I have to agree about bathing suits. They’re something that you need to try on before buying, although I hate the dressing room mirrors! I’m sure they DO something to them. :eek:

  3. MsMenozzi

    Fun list! Although, I’d have to correct Miz Bombeck, were she still around…

    Shopping is more like Rugby – most women aren’t wearing protective gear, eh?

    I’ll shop any way I can manage with the least amount of pain possible. For clothing, I have to shop in person, just about everything else can be done online. Including ordering Papa John’s pizza in FL. ;)

    Happy T13!

  4. N.J. Walters

    I admit that I don’t shop online. I prefer to shop in person. I hate box stores…malls are much more convenient. The only store I really love to shop is the bookstore. :-)

  5. Cassandra Curtis

    Ooh shopping! I used to have a T-shirt that said “I Survived Bacon’s Midnight Madness.”

    Of course, both Bacon’s (a now defunct regional department store) and the T-shirt have long since disappeared.

    But it was a sight to behold when Bacon’s had their big Midnight Madness sale. Pushing, shoving, grabbing and biting. And that was before I got in the store. :wink:

    Speaking of midnight….
    stop by the Midnight Moon Cafe (http://midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com) and enter to win a prize from today’s guest, Shelley Munro!

  6. Adelle Laudan

    I hate shopping, for anything, including groceries. I have zero tolerance for rude people lol Happy T13!

  7. Emma Petersen

    I love shopping! In the mall, online, I’ll shop anyway I can. :D I still remember my first mall. It’s still my favorite mall to this day.

    12. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping. ~ Bo Derek

    I just told someone something similar to this the other day. Hehe.

  8. Jennifer McKenzie

    I love the way you distill history down like this about a topic. Your take on stuff is always so great.
    This was fun. Erma Bombeck had a quote on shopping? Who knew? LOL. It’s a contact sport. Right. THAT’S why I get knocked down by Walmart carts.
    This was great, Shelley.

  9. Ivette

    Happy T13! I love the list because it is ver full of information on shopping that I never really knew about. Hope to see you at my 5th edition about at blog.

  10. Nina Pierce

    I’m not a shopper. I know … how did I grow breasts, right? :grin: But when I want something I snag my sister … she finds bargains even when the store claims it’s not having a sale!

  11. Paige Tyler

    Great TT! I love shopping! LOL!


    My TT is on my blog!

  12. Amy Ruttan

    That’s an awesome TT Shelley!!

    I used to be a compulsive shopper. Not any more! LOL!!!

    But still … when the mood strikes me to the mall I must go. LOL!!

  13. J.K. Coi

    For me, shopping is the ultimate love/hate relationship. I love when I find just what I’m looking for and I can get it on sale. I hate when I see the same thing at 20 different stores and nothing is what I want.

  14. Alice Audrey

    LOL about us coming full circle.

  15. Gabriele

    Interesting tidbits.

    Though the shopping as recreation never worked for me. I hate it, and that includes shopping for shoes and clothes.

  16. Chloe Devlin

    I have to admit that I’m not a big shopper. Every once in a while, I’ll do a big shopping push, but mostly I dash in, grab what I need and dash out.


  17. Heather

    I am the exact opposite of the Erma Bombeck quote. I generally despise shopping — excluding book and craft shops, of course. Noisy, trampling crowds wear me out. I would much rather shop from home, but due to the vast sizing discrepancies between brands, I have to try stuff on before I buy. And I hate trying stuff on. :sad:

  18. Shelley Munro

    Ms Menozzi – yes. Rugby. I’ve defintely been in shops where the women tackled to get to the good stuff. I was pressed against the wall, watching in horror.

    NJ – my favorite shopping is at a bookstore, although lingerie comes a close second. Other than that I prefer to get in and out quickly!

  19. Shelley Munro

    CC!! :lol:

    Adelle – I hate rude shop assistants but I can see how they get to be that way. I’ve worked in the service industry and know how rude and horrid some customer can be.

    Emma – I’m impressed. I can’t remember the first mall I visited.

    Jennifer thanks! I always get hit by shopping trolleys too. It’s like I have a sign plastered to my forehead.

    Nina – my husband is a bit like that with specials. He can always sniff them out.

  20. Sarah @ pussreboots

    I don’t like shopping full stop.

  21. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I wish I had the option to have most of my clothes made for me. I loathe most of the women’s clothes I find in stores and the ones I like usually don’t fit right. ’cause, you know, I’m not a guy…

  22. Brenda ND

    This is the first blog I’ve read on shopping. Very cool. :grin: HappyTT!

  23. Shelley Munro

    I’m glad to see there are so many of you who don’t enjoy shopping. My sister-in-law loves to shop. When she goes on holiday she shops. Books shops, lingerie shops, yes, but anything else I generally put off until I’m desperate.

  24. Unhinged (Andi)

    I live in Los Angeles, so #4 is ME ALL OVER. I don’t have car anymore (yes, I miss my vehicle), but I have my groceries delivered to my front door.

    I WON’T be able to retire here. Just breathing costs too much.

  25. Wylie Kinson

    Shelley – you have a knack for turning a seemingly mundane topic into a kicker!

    God bless Asa Candler and his coupons.

    Yes – shopping is a disease. My mother contracted it 60 years ago and is still a once-day-mall-addict!
    Me? The only shopping I love is shoes and books.