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.

Superlinguo

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 everyting 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 wa too dark for me to see.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) - Grocery store on 't Havik, Amersfoort
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) – Grocery store on ‘t Havik, Amersfoort
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
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
Grocery shopping with Junior (Sugar Trail) by Pete Hawley
Grocery shopping with Junior (Sugar Trail) by Pete Hawley

WINDOW SHOPPING

Power Tool Window Shopping, Stevan Dohanos (1907-1994) 1951
Power Tool Window Shopping, Stevan Dohanos (1907-1994) 1951
L. L. Combes-1948 Let's go shopping with Pierre and Pierrette
L. L. Combes-1948 Let’s go shopping with Pierre and Pierrette

A BOOKSHOP

THE BEAN & THE SCENE (1969) Barbara Westman, The Harvard Lampoon and the Starr Book Shop full of old books
THE BEAN & THE SCENE (1969) Barbara Westman, The Harvard Lampoon and the Starr Book Shop full of old books
Book shop by Arthur Getz (1913-1996)
Book shop by Arthur Getz (1913-1996), 1962
Norman Mills Price (1877 - 1951) book shop
Norman Mills Price (1877 – 1951) book shop
Edward Penfield (1866-1925) Illustrations for The Dreamers A Club by John Kendrick Bangs. Published by Harper & Brothers,1899
Edward Penfield (1866-1925) Illustrations for The Dreamers A Club by John Kendrick Bangs. Published by Harper & Brothers, 1899

OUTDOOR TRADING

Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
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
by Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) doll shop window
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
Ralph Hedley - The Old China Shop
Ralph Hedley – The Old China Shop