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  • Toby Knobel Fluek :
  • Grocery Shopping

    Grocery Shopping

    grocery shopping

    Most of the essential food was grown on the farm; we had to buy only a few products. These were oil, sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and kerosene for the lamp. Candy was a luxury. To buy oil, you had to bring your own bottle to the grocery for them to fill it up. There were no paper bags, so the grocery used brown paper or sometimes newspaper to make paper cones, and the sugar, salt, or whatever, was poured from big sacks into the cones for us to carry home. Since newspaper was scarce in the village, a piece of cloth tied to a bundle was often used for grocery shopping.

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