Searching for Double-Decker Grocery Cart
I'm trying to find a folding wire mesh grocery cart w/ two small baskets (one above the other) instead of one big basket. Does anyone know where to buy one? I saw someone at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers' Market w/ one, but lost them before I could ask where they bought it.
Also, any general recommendations on grocery carts would be appreciated.
Wow, thanks for all the info and links.
I need the cart because I always buy more than I can carry comfortably when I go to the farmers market. Right now I am making multiple trips to the car. Even so, I often end up losing a purchase while shopping - I set down my bags to pay and don't end up picking them all up again. With all the people crowding around and the vendors trying to get you out of the way to help the next person, I don't pay enough attention to what I'm doing.
As you guessed, squishability is my main concern in purchasing a cart. The two-tier one pictured on themut.com was similar to the cart I want. I'll probably go with one one the carts in your links instead, as I want to get a cart now.
Good to know that the plastic carts don't hold up as I was seriously considering them.
I forgot about the 8-Shopping-Bag-Caddie. I've seen those around and then look like a good way to keep things seperated. Also, I wouldn't have to fuss w/ loading the thing (like with a traditional basket you'd have to rearrange based on squishability as you added purchases). Hmmm, I may just order one of those today.
Is it possible that they just attached a wire basket, the type that hang from wall-units, to a standard shopping cart?
That isn’t the right dimension, but it was to give you an idea of what I was talking about.
I’m interested in foldable carts because it is significant walk from my garage to the kitchen and I need something like that for groceries.
First of all, if possible, don’t get plastic. It is lightweight, but will break easily. I broke mine with a watermelon that was too heavy.
Ok, here are some questions for you when considering a cart.
First of all, why did the two-tier design appeal to you? Was it to keep veggies from squishing? That is, you could put the more fragile stuff on top?
That has always been the big reason I don’t use a cart at farmers markets and make multiple trips to the car. When you are spending five bucks a pound for peaches or tomatoes, they better not get squished.
Other questions ...
Are you using public transportation or a car?
If public transportation, you need to consider the width of bus aisles and the ability to get the cart up the steps. On the way to the market when the cart is folded, it doesn’t matter, but going home when it is full is another matter.
With a car, it is best to have something that folds as flat as possible so you can just keep it in the trunk without taking up much space.
When I first was looking for a cart, I couldn’t find anything and wound up with this
It wasn’t what I wanted, but it folds up very flat taking almost no room in the trunk. However, the watermelon broke it after a year.
I started looking at the wire carts that I wanted in the first place and then realized that these take up A LOT of room in the trunk and I probably don’t want something with huge wheels sticking out. Here’s a site that shows what some of these carts look like folded to give you an idea.
Even if you don’t keep it in the car, the space you have available in your home might be a consideration.
One guy in my condo has this really cool eight-Shopping-Bag Caddie from Hammacher Schlemmer
This appeals to me for farmers market use because the separate plastic bags would keep the veggies from squishing each other. Also if using public transportation, as you get on the bus, you could fold the cart up and carry the bags on the bus. However, not so good for some groceries going from car to house like watermelons.
When you mentioned seeing it at Ferry Plaza, the first thought that hit me was they bought it at the Container Store. However, don’t see it there.
There is the CART*WAGON which I’ve only seen on e-bay. It has two baskets, but they are side by side. Actually seems kind of cool.
This might not be what you are looking for, but in my searches I came across carts with attached seats. For me, that makes Ferry Plaza more attractive. I have a bum knee that will go out unexpectedly and I am always panicked at the thought of having to get back to the car if that happens. Walking becomes extremely painfull. If I had the seat, I could take some pain killer and sit while it kicked in.
Actually, I'm seriously considering this for air travel. Using the bag for carry-on stuff. If I get stuck somewhere I have a seat.
Not what you want, but this was the coolest thing I’ve seen ... a 4-in-one ... convert it to a chair, a back frame, a shopping cart and a luggage/a carry cart.
If squisability is your concern, then you might consider hanging a bag from the handle of the cart for fragile fruits. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, there is an example.
I spent too many years caring for any elderly mother and hanging around nursing homes. I wouldn’t want that. Too much like those storage bags that are hung off the back of wheelchairs to carry things. Too many bad memories. However, the site did have some other good things to consider when buying a folding cart even though it was oriented to the elderly.
This site was just fun. I liked the two-tier folding cart but I don’t think anyone makes this anymore.
I guess how heavy and sturdy you want the cart to be is another consideration. I wouldn’t go with canvas because it is just too flimsy.
If no one up comes up with an answer and you see that two-tier cart again, I hope you’ll report back on where to buy it. That would appeal to me for farmers markets.