Remember grocery shopping in the 1970s and 1980s? While it wasn't that long ago, in many ways, it was a whole 'nother world from shopping today.
Let's list some differences:
1) Hardly any stores were open 24-7. That was just crazy! Some stores weren't open Sundays at all.
2) Big chains were much less prevalent, it seems. Our area was ruled by local stores--Knowlan's (where I worked in college), Schiller's (my first-ever grocery store), Red Owl, Applebaum's. And of course, stores like Target did NOT have grocery sections.
3) Everything had a price tag on it. Scanners just started to come along when I got hired at Knowlan's in late 1985, and of our nine-store chain, only two stores had scanners (thankfully, mine was one of them).
4) You bought pop in eight-pack glass bottles, which you had to pay a deposit on and then return, stickily, to the store to collect your change.
5) All grocery bags were paper. No plastic, no bringing your own reusable sacks.
Check out these wonderful old photos of grocery-store interiors from The Imaginary World. There's also a wonderful Flickr pool of photos from old stores.
Please share your memories of how grocery stores were different back in your childhood!
Oh, and don't forget our earlier post about The Brady Bunch at the supermarket.