I was thinking about my grandmother today( I received an email from Sweden saying that she's in Stockholm this weekend with her little dog Bonnie, and I kept imagening how different it all must seem to her, the shops and the content in them). I started visualising granny in her 20's going on shopping sprees with her friends, giggeling, going through coats and dresses looking for some new stuff for the wardrobe, if she ever did that is? My mum is easier to relate to and I remember her complaints of the lack of cool cloths back then,1970's and she was sewing the high waist jeans, flaired/bootcut in a wider design with kneepads and cut out flowers attached, something that she didn't find and it seemed like she wasn't the only one. Girls where lining up at the fabric shops grabbing manchester on sale and big floral printed fabrics. I went through my mind, the time when women went to different stores for different products and fashion items, a lot of walking around.
It was the modist-'hat maker', and then the stockings and undergarments, gloves somewhere else and then the shoes. Nowadays we 'half-run' into a huge Mall, where we can find everything, really everything and it's all cramped and displayed togheter and in huge quantaties. Has shopping lost it's charm? Or is it simply easier, more convenient. Now you can do your nails while waiting for the dog to get groomed, have a coffe next door and then head for the some dresses to end up buying a hibiscus at the florist on the way home.
Have the small stores done it's part? I still hope that the charm in shopping never will go out of style but not to be naive, the actors is getting bigger with sharper teeth and bigger budgets, waping out the space from 'old-smaller' stores and perhaps it's a natural part of life and the way it's always been (looking at the animal kingdom) the weaker goes under as the stronger survive..