My first purchase I remember making on my own was a big one, and an accident at that. I had just moved into my first apartment and the circa 1980’s washing machine I had just inherited went kaput before I could even hook it up. So, off to the store I went. I found the cheapest washer in the store and went for it. Almost gave me heart palpitations with the price tag but it was a good fit for several years thereafter.
This story was giving me big Wawa vibes and I could smell the store's interior while reading...the stacks of TastyKakes...the soft pretzels...
P.S. beautiful post, I could relate to a lot of what you said.
- What’s the first purchase you ever remember making without your parents?
It was probably space raider crisps from the local store. They were 10p then.
-What’s the equivalent of ‘Andersen’s’ convenience stores where you grew you? Do you think most convenience stores are the same no matter where you go?
We had a Happy Shopper about 15 metres from my house across the road. “The brand name was used broadly for a convenience store franchise between 1971 and 1998” I was a shy, chubby 8 year old in 1990 and loved going there for crisps, sweets and a panda pop on a hot summer’s day.
- Who was your friend whose parents were more lenient than your own?
Most of my friends had more lenient parents than me. Mine were no means strict, but my mum was very anxious, one friend, Graham (name changed) was a child of a single mother who we later learned had schizophrenia. So G was very street wise form a young age, he’d go out at age 4 and wonder round the high street. We lived in a small market town so it was very safe. His mum let him go out and do whatever he wanted but he never really got into trouble.