The Good Old Days
A Rant – I hear many elderly (and other people) state that they long for the “good old days” when a handshake sealed a deal, the grocer knew your name and kids could play safely in the neighborhood.
Everyone wants those kinds of things again, but it will take a little sacrifice.
So here are my unsolicited observations & suggestions.
Support your small mom & pop neighborhood businesses. You SAY you want the good old days, yet you populate McDonalds & Dunkin Donuts in hoards as local breakfast & lunch places struggle to keep enough market share to keep the doors open.
Shop an tell others about good deals you get at local “junque” shops and antiques stores instead of getting everything you need at Walmart. Walmart isn’t likely to do anything for you other than take your $.
A local merchant will often deliver for free, hold things without a deposit, and call you if something you’re looking for comes in the shop, at a price you can afford.
It may or may not cost you a few dollars more to patronize your local businesses. For example, you can get a solid wood chest of drawers at thousands of antiques shops across the US for less than $100. OR you can get a piece of particle board garbage at Walmart for more than that!
Even a small cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts is over $2.00. Many coffee shops still brew a better cup of Joe at far less.
While shopping some of these corporate merchants can be at times, a necessity, all too often it becomes a habit of laziness.
You SAY you miss the good old days: Are you willing to step up and prove it?
I hope so, because look around: these places are killing the “good old days” you long for!