nyc shopping cart
In 3 months I've broken three shopping carts on the way home from Fairway. Zabar's was all sold out tonight on new ones. Does anyone have any strong feelings on what the best cart is and where to get it? To be clear, I'm not talking about stealing one from a grocery store. I'm talking about the granny-style carts that you, well, push your groceries home in or use to go to the laundromat. I'm a fan of the wire basket kind, and I need a big one. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
I found a GREAT site for folding shopping carts! If you don't like the "elder" name, then ignore it. It has good information on how to pick a cart that fits your needs too. I have 2 carts from them. The Big Bruno, which is heavy duty metal! And a fabric cart....I think its a Versacart or Handycart, or something like that. They were also super helpful on the phone. Anyhow, here are the links. I hope you find one you like.
Cart page link: http://www.elderstore.com/folding-carts_102.aspx
Info page link: http://www.elderstore.com/how-do-i-se...
In another futile attempt to organize my apartment I trekked to the Container Store on 6th Avenue and saw a really nice looking 'ole'lady' cart recently. It seemed much sturdier than the ones in my local hardware store but was over sixty dollars. Might be worth it if it was actually going to last.
On Broadway (East side of the street, a block or so up from Canal) there is a store that always has quite a few large carts on display outside, they have cross bars at the side and seem sturdy.
Yes, a New York problem.
The bigger carts I've had aren't very sturdy, handles hurt, and they have pretty big squares of mesh, so the plastic grocery bags slide down and get caught in the wheels. It's a nightmare, unless you put a cardboard box in the bottom and look like a bag lady. Not worth the cost, as you know. I still have one left from a friend, but it's only used for very occasional laundry/garden outings.
Santa brought a very fancy, small fold-up cart a few years ago, Carry-Max by Busse Design. If the small size of the basket can work for you, the cost of one of these may be worth it, compared to the four hardware store carts you'd go through otherwise. It's a folding hand truck with big wheels in a plastic folding housing, you drop in the folding basket, if you want to buy it. With a bungee cord, I've been able to take care of a bunch of awkward NYC moving tasks with this thing, like moving computers, books, etc, as well as food shopping. Saved some grief during the transit strike.
I had to laugh reading your post. Shopping carts are such a "New York" thing, I think. I do own one, and do use it to do my laundry!!!(I schlep my bags home on the subway, from Fairway!!)
I can't recommend a particular brand, but I would think the local hardware store would carry them, and may be able to suggest a sturdy one.