If you’ve spent some time at French marches or grocery stores, you’ve surely seen a few chariots de course (also called pousette de marche), that serve in place of grocery bags. Not only are they easier on the environment but they are easier on your body especially when you have a bunch of groceries and a long way to walk. I used to think these grocery carts on wheels were only for the senior citizen crowd, but in Paris, they seem to be the chic way to transport your groceries from the market to your house.
Let me confess that I broke down and bought a red Rolser chariot de course this weekend. Our new house is right next to the marche and close to the supermarket and I figured it was about time to ditch the grocery bags and look more French. But I can’t help but think these carts are for people who are 80+ years old. Would this fly in New York City? Would anyone under 40 use one? Well, in Paris that answer is a HELL YES. Tom’s brother wheels his cart to his grocery store in Paris like it’s totally normal. And that’s the thing, it IS normal.
From a practicality standpoint, they’re fantastic. Mine is waterproof, insulated and cinches closed at the top (keeps the rain, sun and curious dog noses out). Going up the stairs is a breeze. They save your palms from getting torn up from the handles of heavy grocery bags and make walking 20 minutes a breeze. The roller carts even come in a bunch of chic patterns, colors and styles.
But something tells me the Whole Foods back home in the U.S. doesn’t have these things. Instead, they sell all kinds of chic grocery bags and NOT chic carts.
So what’s the problem? They just seem like something for senior citizens who physically can’t carry groceries. But hey, if the cool kids in Paris use these things, why can’t I, right?
Anyway, I think I’ve crossed over. Not sure if I’ve crossed over to being more French or more like an old lady.