R.I.P Packhorse..

My beloved buggy is no more.  Held together by cellotape for the last few months, it has finally given it’s last hurrah and collapsed in a little metallic heap.

IMG_2366Not surprising given the extensive tours of duty it’s performed over the years.  And truth be told, for much of this year it hasn’t even been used as a buggy really except for the odd sneaky sleepy…

IMG_2879Instead I’ve been that mad woman walking the streets of South West London pushing my vacant buggy like an unaccepting empty-nester.   We got attached Buggy and me..he became my ever-faithful ever-there friend getting me and my clobber from a to b in relative safety..picnic stuff/blankets/cricket bits/footballs/school bags/swimming/gym kits/shopping..buggy did the lot with never so much as a word of complaint, saving my sanity, shoulders and let’s be honest..multiple trips to the chiropractor.

IMG_2878So what am I to do now?  I can’t carry this lot..I swear most people drive to the school because of the amount stuff required on a day to day basis.  I don’t want to drive to the shops or order on the internet either, I get little enough time to exercise as it is..and I’m rather proud that in the urban sprawl that is London we actually do more walking than the majority of our country friends.

So is it wrong to be thinking of getting a trolley? (she whispers very quietly) Can I break the old woman stereotype? Is there a fresh, modern perspective on the art of lugging?

shopping_trolley_frontThere is this option I’ve found that looks pretty/traditional (picture with plaid picnic rug and warm baguette peaking out..she urges in hope..) ..even if it would take up half the hall…and is’t waterproof.

Folding_Boot_Cart_Box_Crate_Trolley_on_wheels_633400_2 Or this ..ugly..but cheap and sort-of practical?

shopping-trolleysOr these, playing the trump card of up-cycling, they’re made from old cement bags and not bad at £39.99 a pop.  Bit more street cred? Or am I sadly kidding myself?

shopping trolley recycled sails 7I found this one made from an old sail…at bit more expensive at £85.00..but?…. still granny?

plegamatic-mono-black-white-213-p[ekm]199x300[ekm]rolser-folding-trolleys-9-c[ekm]133x150[ekm]Or this one made in Spain by Rolser where they have cobbled streets (it has to last and they swear it does)..it’s £66 and folds up as a shoulder bag till you need the wheels..then ‘ping’ …trolley!..an acceptable-face-saving-vaguely-trendy-compromise?

What do you think? Which would you choose? Would you choose? Help!

Laters, Kate x


  1. katdesigner

    Two words: Dragon’s Den!

    Come on, really? Your hand bag is bigger than any of these wheelie bags, plus they are not looking exactly glam either, are they?! Looking at your baggy, reminding me a Christmas tree, you need something like clothes wheelie rack on big wheels with lot of hooks/hangers. Or one of those Dutch style buggies behind the bike.xx

  2. itwasjudith

    i like the picnic or the fluo one….
    but would any of the candidates be able to do the same duty as the late buggy? for one, it won’t be possible to hang bags on it like with the buggy
    On the other hand, these will be more compact
    🙂 xxx

  3. vintageattitude

    I still remember the pain of my blue and white striped buggy buckling under the weight of fabric rolls…..I made curtains when my kids were little. I bought a fabulous pink and yellow flowery trolley from IKEA couple of years ago and went through that shall I shan’t I stuff before purchase. Trolleys were on my “if you do that you are old list”….but I couldn’t do my vintage fair stalls without it now. Love the wicker one! Xx

  4. Fashion Mayann

    R.I.P. beloved buggy … Honestly, I’d choose the striped black-and-white one, because it could be from Chanel (I can definitely picture this on the classic-yet-fun Karl’s show sets) ! xxxxx

  5. jackiemallon

    I’d choose the one on the beach…or maybe I’d just choose the beach…Oh…
    But I think the old ladies are onto something with these (Plus they’d identify with you in the supermarket queue and wouldn’t try to cunningly get ahead when you’re late for a school run leaving you to feel guilty for a week after…)
    Verdict…It’s the black and white one!

  6. dievca

    I am all for the basket trolley in a very country garden way. What was that BBC show about gardens in the city? Or was that just part of Ground Force? Hmm, 2nd thought, maybe it looks like a traveling laundry basket. Ugh! Good Luck.

  7. Anny

    Well I love the last one but don’t think I’d tote it on my shoulder (you mentioned chiropractor.) The cement bag is cute and funky. But I think my favorite is the basket.

  8. pernillelunde

    YES to the trolley, I feel your pain at the loss of your buggy… I say straight up traditional, or the recycled…the recycled looks really funky and they do have the environmental angle…trolleys do not spell granny!!! Xx

  9. mylifeintheair

    Haha I understand the granny thing. I had to buckle and buy the supermarket one when I was in Florence . I would use my granny trolley to walk 2 km with groceries. I didn’t care what it looked like it was very helpful 🙂 I saw some with triple wheels for taking up stairs.

      • mylifeintheair

        I ended up with just the general granny trolley. But I saw some that had three wheels on each side . Imagine three circles placed together to form a rounded triangle and as they roll they roll up the step. Hard to explain… Hehe granny.

  10. Jessica Sarah Handy

    My “baby” is 2 and a half – we still frequently use our buggy. We also walk a lot, which I too am rather proud of- I know too the buggy days are coming to an end…. I have an enormous bag for non buggy days and I have looked at carts wondering could I ??? You will have to buy one and road test it for all of us wondering if you can cart your “cart” with style!!!! 🙂

  11. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist

    We have a trolley! They are big in Singapore for the same reasons you’re contemplating one – the driving is awful but the public transport/walking is actually alright.

    Love your picks, though. I am rather inclined towards the wicker one just because it’s different but some of the others might be pretty and also more practical.

  12. thelinencat & rockcottageyear

    How funny, I was having this EXACT conversation with a friend yesterday – the ‘is it OK to have a trolly?’ convo – yes it is! I was lamenting the fact that Orla Kiely doesn’t do them any more and shouting the virtues of the wicker model. Sorry to hear about the loss of your buggy, we’ve been without one for years now (youngest refused to go in it quite early on) and I remember the slightly painful shift of loosing places to hang and carry things. Good luck and think of the arm muscles you’ll get 😉