Shopping Saturday: Saturdays at Wal-Mart

Originally Published January 8, 2011.

Shopping was a weekly event in my family.  It was very exciting for us on Saturdays when we would go to Wal-Mart where the toys were!

We would usually get to get a toy!  Mom and Dad would take us to Wal-Mart to the toy section and we would be told to stay in the toys while they did their shopping for household items and other boring stuff that grownups would buy on shopping trips.

We could look at each toy in each aisle and then came the hard part – we had to decide on just one to take home and it had to be within our budget!  Usually I would get a barbie doll or a small game or possibly a paint by numbers set or something to draw or a kit to make something.  The possibilities were endless!

When we would get home, we would spend the rest of the afternoon playing with our new toys!  Saturdays were a good day at our house!

Note:  I was a child in the 70s and it was fairly common then for parents to drop their kids off in the toy department while they shopped – there were many other kids there too so we would all talk and help each other choose their toys.  Now, I am an adult with a niece and four nephews and I keep them within arm’s length when I take them shopping.  That says something about the world we live in.  Many of the changes in the last few decades were positive (medical advances and the technology for communications such as cell phones and the internet) but the constant fears that we have all just learned to live with are unfortunate side effects of all this PROGRESS!

Shopping Saturday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

Many families – especially busy working families – would perform their weekly shopping on Saturdays. Tell us about the various stores and vendors that your ancestors used to patronize. Or perhaps your ancestors had their own store? And don’t forget to also document your own memories of stores and shopping.