Scoop and Save (Jump and Wave)

scoop and save 1Is it just us or when you think scoop and save do you immediately want to say jump and wave – as in….. ‘Scoop and Save, Jump and Wave’!?? Ok yes then! Anyway if you didn’t before you will now!

scoop and save 5A digression indeed…… the question is what happened to ‘scoop and save (jump and wave) shops’? When Becksie was young in the mighty metropolis of Skegness there was a scoop and save (jump and wave) shop. Becksie clearly remembers going with her Grandad and being allowed to scoop the items into the bags. The bins were red with a plastic white scoop. Ian also recalls aĀ  similar shop that he used to visit with his Nan.

scoop and save 2Nowadays the only place we ever see this kind of shopping is on trips to Devon! What’s Devon got that we haven’t? Now Millets Farm have frozen ‘scoop and save, jump and wave’ selling fruit, vegetables and baked goods but……. what about everywhere else?

scoop and save 3Questions are:

1) What happened to these shops?

2) Does anyone know of one local to us?

3) Do you have fond scoop and save, jump and wave memories?

4) Are they not around for hygiene reasons?

5) Do they actually help you save (wave)?

6) Can someone open one in Faringdon?

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33 thoughts on “Scoop and Save (Jump and Wave)

  1. Hi TeamPugh! We have a few “Bulk Food stores around us here in Michigan, USA. We use to go there often; and yes, we would scoop and save. However, we learned that the items are not always fresh. So now we only go on occasion. Years back there was a big turnover of the foods offered. I don’t think that is the case anymore. So much of foodstuffs are packaged and readily available in grocery stores now. Good luck with your search! Kathy

  2. The shop Ian used to go to with his Nana was called Supa Scoop, There was a chain of them around South Birmingham and if it was available in a packet at the supermarket, you could get it in a bin in Supa Scoop. Not only groceries but things like washing powder, Cadbury’s Roses and Quality Street as well.. The bins were bright yellow.

  3. I love those shops! My Nan used to take me to one whenever I used to go to her house in Solihull for holidays. I loved the exotic smells, and the fact that each trip was usually followed by an afternoon of baking with the lovely stuff we’d bought there!! I wish I had one near me!

  4. YES! There was one in Weoley Castle! This really did take me back you know. I remember they had sweets in the bins and my mum always told me not to touch anything… oh and being confused that the bins weren’t full to the ground but had a false base about a third of the way down. Those were the days!

  5. Yes! I have fond memories of a couple of these: one in either Chesterfield or Mansfield I used to visit with my granny But the best was in the Merrion Centre in Leeds and was called ‘Bag n Save’ which we used regularly as students. They had a great variety of herbs and spices plus exotica like Smash and soya chunks!

  6. Apparently in the USA and Canada they have ‘bulk aisles’ in some of the supermarkets. These are a brilliant way to cut down on the waste that comes with all the packaging. I think it would be great if all the supermarkets here could adopt the same thing (I realise this doesn’t help you in your supermarket free quest, but it would make a big impact on the amount of packaging thrown away!), or even if the all the health food stores did it. We have nowhere near us. There is a fab place called Unpackaged in London.

      • Hello there! I’m considering opening a similar sort of store in SE London and am currently trying to work out how much demand there would be for this type of shop. I personally think it would be great to have this type of shop locally as it would be cheaper and also save on a huge amount of packaging. Could you tell me briefly your opinion? If you had a place like this local to you would you shop it in over a supermarket?

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever been to one but Daisy’s great-great-granddad had a shop which you could scoop and save in. Daisy’s great-grandma remembers helping bag small amounts of dried goods and cutting butter into 2oz portions. they even sold single cigarettes!!

  8. Yes i remember the one in Kings Heasth do wish they still arouond, great for us bakers!! Is it the Health and Safety issue, so sad.

    L Carol Robinsonx

  9. Our health food shop does nuts, seeds and dried fruit that the peeps behind the counter scoop for you but you can have the amount you want. Good for things like pecans that cost a small fortune if you only need a few. Leicester used to have a scoop and save shop, it’s probably a hygiene thing and consumer laziness of being able to get everything from a supermarket. Shame though.

  10. There is a stall in Coventry market that still sells a few things from bulk like that. My husband remembers them and there was one near his work in Birmingham until a few years ago. It sold sweets as well – he used to call it the scoop and puke!

  11. Hi Everyone! I posted this in response to a comment above but if anyone has an opinion please feel free to respond!

    Iā€™m considering opening a Scoop and Save style-shop in SE London and am currently trying to work out how much demand there would be for this type of shop. I personally think it would be great to have this type of shop locally as it would be cheaper and also save on a huge amount of packaging. Could you tell me briefly your opinion? If you had a place like this local to you would you shop it in over a supermarket? Thanks šŸ™‚

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