When I was a kid back in the late 50's and early 60's, there was a "salvage"
grocery store in Brentwood, Long Island.
You never knew what they were going to have in stock and the merchandise was
displayed moslty in case lots with a few boxes cut open. All boxed and
canned goods. No shopping carts but the guys working there would cary your
cases to the front register as you shopped. You paid in cash only, your
purchases were totalled up using a crayon on the side of a brown paper bag
and the guys who worked there were very easy about giving people extra stuff
Not for nothing... but all the guys who worked there could have come from
central casting for the Soprano's. That area of Long Island was heavily
populated with Italians moving out of New York city. Common wisdom of the
time was that most of the stuff they were selling "fell off the back of a
truck" in New York and it wasn't unusual to find them selling government
My Mom had 4 boys to feed and she loved the place.