Do you shop locally? Do you carry all that you buy for blocks, haul it up and down stairs, or shop where the space is a bit tight? Do you wish there was a better way to do it all? For most of us living in cities, especially New York, the answer to these questions is “heck yeah!” Schlepping your shopping is simply a fact of city life.
There are plenty of simple, inexpensive shopping carts on the market to help carry the load when we anticipate buying heavy things or a big volume, and they work, but their design has barely changed in decades and they are really very basic. Isn’t the urban shopper in America eager for a great leap forward in the design and functionality of the carts in which we haul our stuff around? We think so, and Zabar's is leading the way!
Playmarket has been designing shopping trolleys for the European market for nearly half a century and are only just beginning to make their wares available to US retailers. Zabar’s is excited to be one of the very first retailers in the entire country to carry these terrific trolleys. We really think that New Yorkers (and people in other "walking cities") are going to fall in love with these, because a Playmarket trolley is to your basic wire shopping cart as a fully loaded Cadillac is to a Model-T. We are carrying two models; the Go Up and the Go 2.
There sure were lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" when we showed the Go Up around to everybody in our offices. The first things that people noticed were the overall sturdy construction, and the wheels. The front double wheels swivel, very like those on a stroller, so maneuvering is super easy. The rear wheels are large and will roll even when the trolley is fully loaded, and its assembly folds for storage and for rolling up stairs. The non-slip handlebar adjusts to be comfortable for the short, the tall, and people in between.
We admire the heavy-yet-soft fabric and the machine-washable liner, as well as the large capacity of the bag; this baby holds lots of groceries (or a new set of cookware, or many pairs of fabulous new shoes, or whatever you need carried around)! My personal favorite feature is the big zippered insulated thermal pocket on the front of the bag for cold items. It also folds down to a teeny 19” w x 25” h x 12” d. Fantastic, right?
There are yet more bells and whistles but suffice it to say that we’ve not seen any shopping trolleys in the US that equal those from Playmarket. I’ll tell you about the sleeker, not-quite-as-tricked-out Playmarket Go Two next time, but if you’ve already decided you have to have the Go Up, it’s available (in Black, Red, and Lilac) online at Zabars.com and in the store. $149.98. Remember, ground shipping (schlepping?) your order of $49 or more to any address in Zabar’s Home Zone is free.