A Toast To Mom And Pop

There’s a tiny hardware store on Lexington Avenue that used to be across the street from me I’ve gone to forever.  They sadly lost their space when the rent went off the rails.

I was there perusing dish towels, something to buy when I’m sad since they don’t cost a lot, weeping in the trivet aisle.

There was a couple, clearly married since she had not one spot of make-up on she could have seriously used, while he, the older of the two looked amazing as is (why do wrinkles look so great on a man).

They were arguing over a toaster.

Wife:  “You’re gonna spend how much when you can get one so much less at Bed Bath & Beyond, or Macys even.”

Husband:  “I like it.”   images-1

Wife:  “You’re missing the point honey, these little places rip you off blind.”

Husband:  “These little places did you say?  If I’m not mistaken you were just saying how much you miss the independent bookstore around our corner because you hate how no one knows anything at Barnes & Noble.”

Wife shakes her head in irritation.

Husband:  “You wanted to kill that kid who thought the Great Gatsby was a magician and suggested you look in Games and Puzzles.”

Wife:  “How can you compare F. Scott Fitzgerald to a toaster?”

Husband:  “If we don’t support the little mom and pop stores they’ll all close…a few dollars helps keep them open so kids won’t grow up thinking they’re gonna read about Harry Houdini.”

They bought the toaster.

Sometimes it really pays to eavesdrop.     images




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to A Toast To Mom And Pop

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Living in the sticks, we have quite a few little stores. Yes, they charge a bit more, but we figure we’re paying for the convenience. I have to admit, the local IGA grocery store (Independent Grocery Association) is now a Stewart’s Shop.


  2. Elle Knowles says:

    H and I are having that same argument over purchasing a new tv right now. Haha! I do love small mom and pop stores. Same views on restaurants!


  3. micklively says:

    Use it or you lose it. The multinationals are bigger than governments: what kind of democracy is that? We’ve seen the most successful of consumer campaigns in the UK from CAMRA. Alas, they are but a tiny oasis in a huge ocean of bland. It can be done: vote with your wallet. World peace lies in self-sufficiency.
    Good post Susannah.


  4. Lynn says:

    Love the mom & pop stores! We have a number of them in the town we live in. Glad he bought the toaster!


  5. Loved the visual of the toaster and the toast! Naughty! I have a struggle especially with hardware stores. We have a lot of Home Depots and Lowes locally but it was a local shop that carried the bizarre stuff you need that you can’t get at the chains. Sadly it closed and is now a medical center. We have one independent hardware store left. You can get anything there only it’s across town. I try to patronize it when I’m in that area because I fear it will close. Then I have to buy everything in big packages when all I need is one good screw!


  6. The little guy is getting squeezed out no doubt about it. Not that I’m opposed to a Barnes and Noble, on the contrary, I spend a lot time in them, because I like them. But I also like the smaller places too. We need a little balance here, as well as spending a little cash in both. But lets keep the lions share of our money for ourselves. Now I’m just being selfish. ;O)


  7. Today’s post is so true and sad. The Italian community Center was demolished this winter – S.H.U bought the property . Do you remember when Khun’s Corner in Fairfield was torn down for a shopping center ? Ann’s bakery is gone now too. Well we at least have the memories. Sincerely Bob.


  8. That’s a good argument for paying a little more. There’s a hardware store in town (the only one) that doesn’t seem to get much business. I feel bad when I got in and buy a few screws for a dollar or something and I hope others go there too, since if it closes, I’ll have to drive to the next town to pick up stuff like that.


  9. Janice Wald says:

    I know Elle. Those toasters are so cute! Thank you so much for following my blog! I look forward to getting to know you better. Welcome!


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