Ye Old Shoe Shop

Italy still has many little mom and pop businesses, although fewer than when we first arrived 30 years ago. These small shops, from tiny grocers and appliance stores, to shoe repair shops and fruit stands, are pratically icons of Italian society.

More than just a shop, don’t expect to just run in and out. The clerks, like in this rather messy shoe repair shop, take time to chat. You’re sure to find out how so and so’s uncle Mario is doing, hear about Signora Teresa’s aches and pains, and learn all that the present mayor is doing wrong (or right).

Shopping is more than just filling your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community. And you know, it’s good to be a part of it all. Certainly it gets tiresome at times. But in today’s world of impersonal online communications and shopping – I wouldn’t want it any other way! How about you?

In Italy, shopping is more than just checking off your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community and be a part of it all!

Image is mine.

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

6 thoughts on “Ye Old Shoe Shop

  1. Abitiamo in un villaggio di 220 persone con un villaggio più grande nelle vicinanze dove acquistiamo. Lo shopping richiede in genere mezz’ora con tre ore di conversazione. Alla fine compriamo solo un po ‘ma facciamo molti nuovi amici. 😉


    1. Sì, è proprio così, Allen! Ed è così bello interagire con altri e avere l’opportunità di fare nuove amicizie! Mi dispiace tanto per le persone in culture dove vivono dietro le loro recinte di privacy; è triste. Il nostro paese ha circa 3,000 persone, ma il nostro “villaggio estivo” solo 400. Ma entrambi sembrano una grande famiglia!


    1. Wow, that’s great that you have a little market like that right by you!! These little mom and pop shops are so much more friendly. But I do hope you are able to get some real Italian delicacies there!


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