Writing Activity: Describe The Shops

Writing Activity: Describe The Shops

The word shop originally meant a shed or booth for work and trade, like a workshop. Around the mid-1300s shop also became used to refer to a place for the sale of merchandise. The first use of the verb ‘to shop’ actually meant bringing something to a shop to sell. The sense of coming to a shop to look at and purchase things is from almost a century later, in the 1760s.

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A CONVENIENCE STORE

A convenience store is a world of sound. From the tinkle of the door chime tot he voices of TV celebrities advertising new products over the in-store cable nework, to the calls of the store workers, the beeps of the bar code scanner, the rustle of customers picking up items and placing them in baskets, and the clacking of heels walking around the store. It all blends into the convenience store sound that ceaselessly caresses my eardrums.

Convenience Store Woman, opening paragraph, by Sayaka Murata

A PORN SHOP

Frenchy’s wasn’t exactly inviting – it was lit like a 7-eleven, which made all the plastic seem much more plastic, and the metal seem much more metal, and the naked people on the covers of the dvd cases look even less hot and more like cheap porn. passing up go down on moses and afternoon delight in august, i found myself in this bizarre penis produce section.

from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

In high school I developed a habit of wandering through shopping malls after school, swaying through the bright, chill mezzanines until I was so dazed with consumer goods and product codes, with promenades and escalators, with mirrors and Muzak and noise and light, that a fuse would blow in my brain and all at once everything would become unintelligible: color without form, a babble of detached molecules. Then I would walk like a zombie to the parking lot and drive to the baseball field, where I couldn’t even get out of the car, just sit with my hands on the steering wheel and stare at the Cyclone fence and the yellowed winter grass until the sun went down and it was too dark for me to see.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Grocer’s Shop, Frans van Mieris (II), 1715
The Grocer’s Shop, Frans van Mieris (II), 1715
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) - Grocery store on 't Havik, Amersfoort
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) – Grocery store on ‘t Havik, Amersfoort
Anton Pieck (1895 - 1987)
Anton Pieck (1895 – 1987)
Höllandischer Cacao. Erven Caspar Flick, Johann Georg van Caspel, 1897 art nouveau
Robert Fawcett (1903 - 1967) Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie
Robert Fawcett (1903 – 1967) Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie
Zippo Christmas shopping advertisement
Garrett Price (1896-1979) for a 1951 New Yorker cover, antiques shop
Garrett Price (1896-1979) for a 1951 New Yorker cover, antiques shop
Wrigley’s Chewing Gum advertisement, published in the November 1927 issue of Ladies Home Journal magazine
Perry Barlow (1892-1977) 1936 cake shop
Perry Barlow (1892-1977) 1936 cake shop
Hat Shop by John Philip Falter (1910-1982) 1945
Hat Shop by John Philip Falter (1910-1982) 1945
'Summer Sales', Horace Taylor for London Underground, 1926
‘Summer Sales’, Horace Taylor for London Underground, 1926
Bakery illustration by Ben Kimberly Prins
Bakery illustration by Ben Kimberly Prins
'Bottle Return', art by George Hughes (1959)
‘Bottle Return’, art by George Hughes (1959)
The Toy Shop, from The Alpha Individual Arithmetics, Book One, Part II. Kay Draper
The Toy Shop, from The Alpha Individual Arithmetics, Book One, Part II. Kay Draper
Reader’s Digest July 1952 Life In These United States
by George Hughes (1907-1990) The Saturday Evening Post cover March 12, 1960
by George Hughes (1907-1990) The Saturday Evening Post cover March 12, 1960
by Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) 1938 shoe shopping
by Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) 1938 shoe shopping
NEW YORK, CITY ON MANY WATERS (1956) Friz Busse Fat Men's Shop on the back cover
NEW YORK, CITY ON MANY WATERS (1956) Friz Busse Fat Men’s Shop on the back cover
Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) November 23 1957
Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) November 23 1957
Don Madden from the book, Estimation by Charles. F. Linn, 1970 shop
Don Madden from the book, Estimation by Charles. F. Linn, 1970 shop
No Roses For Harry
Mr Shortsleeves’ Great Big Store A See-Saw Book by Edith Thacher Hurd pictures by Bernice Myers 1952
The Romper Room Do Bee Book of Manners by Nancy Claster, illustrated by Art Seiden (1960) shopping
The Romper Room Do Bee Book of Manners by Nancy Claster, illustrated by Art Seiden (1960)
Grocery shopping with Junior (Sugar Trail) by Pete Hawley
Grocery shopping with Junior (Sugar Trail) by Pete Hawley
Miroslav Sasek (1916-1980) The Sausage Shop 1966
Miroslav Sasek (1916-1980) Hippo Moderne
‘A Dublin Fish Shop.’ (c1930) May Guinness

OUTDOOR TRADING

Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
Vida Gabor (1937 - 1999) The Chestnut Vendor
Vida Gabor (1937 – 1999) The Chestnut Vendor
The Butcher's Shop under the Trees 1899 Sir William Rothenstein
The Butcher’s Shop under the Trees 1899 Sir William Rothenstein
by Anton Pieck 1895-1987 clock shop
Martine does her shopping, Published by Casterman, 1964 Text by Gilbert Delahaye Illustrations by Marcel Marlier
Natural Food Store by Tibor Gergely
Natural Food Store by Tibor Gergely
Old Curiosity Shop, Dieppe c.1895 Bernard Sickert
Old Curiosity Shop, Dieppe c.1895 Bernard Sickert
Leonard Dove (1906-1972) shop pipe
Leonard Dove (1906-1972) shop pipe
Constantin Alajalov (1900-1987) Christmas shopping 1949
Constantin Alajalov (1900-1987) Christmas shopping 1949
Calling All Girls shopping
Calling All Girls shopping
Dutch edition of THE MAGIC SHOP (1946) Fritz Eichenberg
Dutch edition of THE MAGIC SHOP (1946) Fritz Eichenberg
Joyce Mercer (1896-1965)1930s illustration for The Magic Shop by H.G.Wells
Joyce Mercer (1896-1965)1930s illustration for The Magic Shop by H.G.Wells
1952 November night shopping window
1952 November night shopping window
Edward Ardizzone shop from The Blackbird in the Lilac by James Reeves (Oxford University Press, 1952)
Edward Ardizzone shop from The Blackbird in the Lilac by James Reeves (Oxford University Press, 1952)
Morgan Dennis (1892-1960), American illustrator known mainly for his paintings of dogs. Puppies in a pet shop, 1947
Morgan Dennis (1892-1960), American illustrator known mainly for his paintings of dogs. Puppies in a pet shop, 1947
A couple of alien slavers disguised as cowboys arrive to Earth and open up an E.T. pet shop in a small desert town where FBI hides witnesses against the mob to kidnap human children and sell them off at alien slave auctions.
A couple of alien slavers disguised as cowboys arrive to Earth and open up an E.T. pet shop in a small desert town where FBI hides witnesses against the mob to kidnap human children and sell them off at alien slave auctions.
Marie-Madeleine FRANC-NOHAIN [1878-1942] Alphabet In Pictures 1933 cake shop
Marie-Madeleine FRANC-NOHAIN [1878-1942] Alphabet In Pictures 1933 cake shop
May 29, 1954 Illustrator - Edna Eicke (1919-1979) wedding window shopping
May 29, 1954 Illustrator – Edna Eicke (1919-1979) wedding window shopping
Lemon girl young adult novella

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