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Barbara - September 7, 2011 10:29 AM (GMT)
Anyone who, like me, has to shop without a car and carry groceries home on the bus might be interested in these. I always buy too much and then hurt my arms and shoulders carrying it all.
At 125 they are not cheap and I have been trying to justify the expense for a while now but have finally decided to go ahead and buy one.
It pushes in front of you like a pushchair and can therefore be used for balance whilst walking.
It is large capacity and has a freezer pocket on the front and it looks stylish.
I decided that if I am going to spend this much on a shopping bag on wheels I ought to get it sooner rather than later and get as many years use out of it as I possibly can. It is called a Playmarket Go Up.
I have a small insurance policy maturing in a few weeks, Thanks mum and dad for taking this out when I was born, and this is going to be my 'treat'.

Have a look and see what you think.

Barbara xx

mum14cats - September 7, 2011 03:40 PM (GMT)
Hi barbara, its looks really snazzy doesnt it? But a word of warning.

My mum uses a trolley for shopping as she has back problems (long story) and a pram but the pram doesnt give her much support so she saw a combination of both in a supplement. It had a pram frame but a shopping trolley insert so she thought it would be ideal but it was not. It was still too flimsy to give her the support she needed. It wasnt that cheap at 60 so I would double check that you can return it no questions just in case as you need it for support as opposed to convenience. sandie.

Sally - September 7, 2011 04:36 PM (GMT)
Barbara, i really like the look of it and i would prefer it to my stick! Can you let us know what it is like when it arrives?

Sally x

Barbara - September 7, 2011 04:49 PM (GMT)
I will report back when I have trialled it. I want it more to stop me carrying too much rather than for support but am hoping that like pushing a supermarket trolley it might help my balance. I find the ones that you pull put strain on my shoulders and I am liable to leg people up with them.
Thanks for the warning Sandie.
Barbara xx

sharon - September 7, 2011 05:10 PM (GMT)
Very posh Barbara. cooldude
I recently bought a trendy black and white trolley (which has given my husband and son hours of enjoyment with all the mickey taking!!)
I don't need to use it very often so it's fine for me but if I always had to carry my shopping home I think it would be justified to spend a lot more on one.
Anything that makes things easier for you Barbara is money well spent. :)

SUsie - September 7, 2011 06:32 PM (GMT)
I love it Barabara and think it looks great,would not be suprised to see this become the "IT shopping trolley" for A/W 2011/12
I am lucky to still be driving,however I do my weekly "big shop" online and get it delivered.
Worth considering especially for over the winter months.
Happy shopping :clap:

Barbara - September 7, 2011 06:58 PM (GMT)
Thanks Susie. I have used Sainsbury on line for heavy monthly shop before but I do like to go and chose what I buy in store. One way of getting me out as well. I don't have a lot of kitchen storage other than fridge and freezer and like to cook fresh from basics as much as I can.
I saw a lady waiting for the bus with one of these and got talking to her about it. Looks good and seemed sturdy. I often use a taxi to get the shopping home but they are not cheap either so it should pay for itself quite quickly.
Not often I treat myself :clap:

Barbara xx

Rigsby (TonyJF) - September 9, 2011 11:07 PM (GMT)
Looks great - I've ordered two: one for the maid and one for the butler.

Barbara - September 13, 2011 11:40 AM (GMT)
Just taken my new wheels for a spin so here are the results of the 'Test Drive'

I felt very self concious when I set off out with this but this had eased by the time I got back home. The same as going out with a stick the first time I seem to remember.
The instructions say to pull it on 2 wheels when empty and push it on 4 when in use. I pushed it a mile down the road to my local Sainsbury's just filled with the vast amount of cardboard packaging it came in. Fairly windy day with lots of acorns, conkers etc on the paths but it coped well. I found the swivel wheels a little difficult to control at first but that got easier. Quickly learned to go down the kerbs front wheels first as it folded on to 2 wheels when I tipped it on to the back wheels.
Recycled the cardboard, folded the trolley and placed it under the supermarket trolley.
Folded easily and fitted under the trolley without difficulty.

I wasn't sure whether to load straight into my trolley bag or back into the supermarket trolley as I went through the checkout but decided on the supermarket trolley. I then opened up my trolley and loaded it whilst sitting on one of the seats conveniently placed beyond the checkout. Slightly difficult to push the supermarket trolley to the trolley park and my trolley but managed it ok. I will have to think about that. Maybe better to reload at the trolley park or to use the self scan and fast track and not use the supermarket one.
I usually catch the bus back up the hill with shopping but today walked up and was home before the bus. (we only have a 30mins. service so a long wait if you just miss it)
I found walking back up the hill with the trolley about a third full, but more weight than I would have wanted to carry, very easy. The handle height was just right for me at 5'4" and is adjustable. I had plenty of 'toe' space and didn't feel as though I had to shorten my step to avoid the cross bar at the back. The swivel wheels were more in my control with the extra weight.I got no back, neck or shoulder ache and it moved freely up the hill with little force.

I have to agree with Sandie that if you want something to help you walk and take the weight off painful joints either back or legs this probably is not firm enough especially on the outward journey. However for anyone who just wants a firmer base to absorb the body sways we all experience it will certainly help. I don't usually use a stick although there are times when I feel I ought to and it might be that you would want to put some weight into it as ballast. Certainly it will be great for taking jars to the bottle bank before I shop.

Next time I take it for a spin I will take it on the bus and see what it is like getting on and off. Not all our buses have low entry floors so it might be interesting. thumbsup

Barbara xx

sharon - September 13, 2011 01:10 PM (GMT)
Blimey...with road testing and reviews like that, you'll be on Top Gear soon Barbara!
Glad you like it. :mexican:

mum14cats - September 13, 2011 07:16 PM (GMT)
Hi Barbara, glad you liked it and that it helped you. sandie.

SUsie - September 13, 2011 08:31 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (sharon @ Sep 13 2011, 02:10 PM)
Blimey...with road testing and reviews like that, you'll be on Top Gear soon Barbara!

Barbara you should get a job reviewing products... cooldude
What a brilliant road test and summary of your new trolley....
Glad you liked it and it seems "fit for purpose".

Kath - September 13, 2011 09:15 PM (GMT)
GO Barbara! Hope this serves you well. Look out for any doggy doos though PuppyDogEyes

Barbara - September 13, 2011 09:18 PM (GMT)
lol Kath.
I do tend to walk with my eyes glued to the floor so hope to miss the PuppyDogEyes

Barbara xx

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