Philadelphia Steals & Deals Empty Shelves HelpfulHannah

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

Had a great lunch this week we went to Dim Sum in Northeast Philadelphia. A few years ago I had a Real Estate Closing in Center City in the China Town section we brought up that afterward we intended to have Dim Sum. The selling agent recommended a place in NE Philly called China Gourmet  at 2842 St Vincent street 19149. She said we would love it and we did. I have been going there ever since. I think next week we are doing a Jewish Deli as Endre Barath, Jr. asked how lunch went 

Speaking of eating have you noticed shelves in the pet aisles of stores, especially cat food are bare.  Yes, they are empty. I hear tell people have been fighting over cans of cat food. I have been lucky last time I ordered Cleo's food I ordered extra. I just checked, I am hoping that by the time I run out there will be more food available. It is not healthy to suddenly start changing pet food or giving your cat or dog table food. What the heck is going on?? Cleo is a finicky cat food eater. She will not eat people food. She will only eat a certain kind of cat food. Why suddenly can we not purchase things that we have always been able to purchase?  

It is supply and demand. How many people remember when you had to stand in line for gas. 

Gas prices are ridiculous - get your gas on Monday 

Netflix raised their prices with the promise of better entertainment we will see 

Amazon has also raised their price to $139 - for Prime members first raise since 2018 This gives you free shipping and for those who enjoy Prime TV - and this week the Marvelous Mrs Maisel series - Movies like the Courier - Being the Ricardos and their special deliveries and special prices Revlon One Step Hot Air Brush a Steal $34.88 sells for $59.99  a real DEAL - Chrome Book AP 11.6 (32GB) $150 4GB ram reduced from $269  - Apple newest earbuds water resistant air pro $190 reduced from $249 -  or maybe you want an Amazon Fire TV 65" Omni series 4KUHD smart TV with Dolby vision $499  saving $300 also includes shopping at Whole Foods with free delivery

You may also want to consider Walmart's club it is only $98 a year, but it does not have a TV channel and to be honest, I have not had, great customer service as I have had with Amazon as far as food delivery or pick up. I do enjoy the in store buying experience when needed .They do however stand by their products, but I think I will stick with Amazon. 

Brian England gave me a heads up on  Amazon a few weeks ago, so I have had some time as our friend Michael Jacobs  would say to ponder over this decision. Amazon has always been fair to me and to be honest, what would I have done without them during the shutdown. So they have me for another year. 

 Dollar Tree: No Texas Toast ,Great deals on pots for spring flowers$1.25 ,seeds 4 to $1, seed soil mix $1.25, windmills for outdoors variety of colors $1.25, Godiva dark chocolate Ganache heart Belgium $1.25 OMG delicious, Cream cheese, pepper poppers with directions for air fryers and  were excellent $1.25 ,Boom Chicka Pop $1.25.Edwards Key Lime Pie $1.25. There was some Saint Patty's decor there, but it was going fast.  

I could go on and on but will save it for next time. 

Thinking of listing your house for sale? It is time to get rid of clutter anything you will not be taking with you throw away or give away to Goodwill or other charities . Have a yard sale if you do not want to give it away. Call me we can discuss your plan . You will need a plan. Homes are selling quickly and you will need to know where you plan to move and the timing. I have helped sellers since 1984 so you can rest easy with me. Seriously, this is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your lifetime 

Please come back next week 

Hannah Williams your local realtor 

215 820 3376  call direct 

HomeStarr Realty

eight local offices NE Philadelphia, Bensalem, Southamton,

Warrington,New Hope -Pennsylvania  

New Jersey offices - Cherry Hill and Vineland 

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Comments (23)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Hannah,
I saw that Amazon was increasing their price again but it's still a good deal for all they offer. It's mind-boggling, though, if your multiply their 200 million subscribers by $139. 

Happy Saturday!

Feb 19, 2022 01:29 AM
Hannah Williams

Carol Williams  Yes, it is but look at all their employees .Plus, they are always expanding their locations  and services 

Feb 19, 2022 07:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Hannah - Thank you for the mention and I will add there's always time to ponder as it is a do anywhere and do anytime activity.  I enjoyed dim sum on Sunday.  Unfortunately, there are still some empty shelves where choosing substitutes can be a challenge.  I guess I would rather be wondering about the many other possibilities in life if I had to make a choice.  

Feb 19, 2022 04:29 AM
Hannah Williams

Michael Jacobs  Unfortunately, I am worried about my Cleo. She is a finicky cat . She only eats wet food and a certain brand . She will eat some dry food, but will not keep it down. Not even Chewy has it in stock she is in auto delivery so I am hopeful .  

Feb 19, 2022 07:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning Hannah - I was going to suggest but I see Ron and Alexandra Seigel already did. I've had great success with them.

Regarding Amazon, when I heard they were having a price increase, I went to check my account and see what I would miss if I canceled. Free shipping is the main thing and I don't buy a lot from them anyway. But then I saw my annual renewal just happened a week before at the current rate so I might as well keep it for a year. I also put a reminder in my calendar so I'll reassess before my next annual fee. I'm probably going to cancel then.

Feb 19, 2022 05:12 AM
Hannah Williams

Kat Palmiotti  Cleo is on auto -ship, but her brand is temporarily out of stock and has been for several weeks . She is finicky and gets sick from other brands, especially dry food. 

Amazon employees deserve a raise as far as I am concerned plus I enjoy Prime movies and series and other services. Therefore, I will continue my membership  

Feb 19, 2022 07:20 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, I can't believe that I was the one that you heard about Amazon raising their prices from first, haha.  It still feels like a fair deal for what you get.

Feb 19, 2022 05:56 AM
Hannah Williams

Brian England  Yes, you were my source . I am happy with Amazon. I do not use them as frequently as I used to but when I do I get a bang for my buck - plus I enjoy their movies, watching Marvelous Mrs Maisel series now  and just finished a movie the Courier a true story 

Feb 19, 2022 07:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hannah... I love dim sum... sadly the best dim sum restaurant in Charlotte shut down some time ago... no not even sure where to find it here now. Miss those wonderful Jewish delis in NYC... we were waiting for one to open in Uptown this fall and then they decided to go to another location... so nothing yet.


Pet food has been scarce on our shelves for months (since last summer). I order mine from and have had no issues with availability. 

Feb 19, 2022 06:18 AM
Hannah Williams

Nina Hollander, Broker  Traveling to Center City to eat Dim Sum was expensive as parking would cost $16-$20  unless you found a meter was highly unlikely plus fighting traffic . Now it is a 10 minute drive with plenty of parking . 

Unfortunately Chewy is temporarily out of Cleo's brand I do check several times a week. she does not eat dry food. Right now we have enough for a few more weeks. Stores however, the shelves are bare if you noticed -sad  

Feb 19, 2022 07:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, had not noticed bare shelves in the catfood aisle here yet, I bought some earlier this week, and had a giant bag of dry food delivered by Amazon.  I too kept my Amazon, and justify the monthly fee by watching a movie each week.

Feb 19, 2022 06:23 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In a land that offers so much it seems ridiculous that we should be looking at shortage

Feb 19, 2022 07:06 AM
Hannah Williams

Ed Silva  My feelings exactly - when I asked Chewy why Cleo's food was not available I was told the it needed to be unpacked and shipped  it comes from Vietnam - it was a temporary inconvenience 

Feb 19, 2022 07:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Hannah, for sharing your shopping adventures.

We have the first new Lidl store in our area and have enjoyed the bargains.

Feb 19, 2022 07:37 AM
Hannah Williams

Roy Kelley  We have one also .I have not been there yet . I will have to go this week .Thank you for the heads Up 

Feb 19, 2022 07:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We have not noticed the cat food shortage here yet, Hannah. With the cost of everything on the rise, it is going to be a struggle soon for people who are on fixed incomes and the 40% rise in gas prices in the last year is ridiculous!

Feb 19, 2022 07:48 AM
Hannah Williams

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  This has been happening slowly here in Philly  This week I have noticed that the shelves were bare of canned cat food.I also read articles about people fighting over what cans they could find . I was told they were waiting for containers to be empty and shipped

I agree with you on Gas prices lower the taxes on gas - read prices are cheaper on Monday?      

Feb 19, 2022 08:05 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Joan Cox There is plenty of kitty little and dry food, but when you get to wet food not much of a selection of top brands that were at one time filled the shelves . Look at chewy it is there, but when you click to order it says sorry temporarily unavailable 

Just like houses be prepared for shortages, things are going to get worse before they get better be prepared for inflation . Supply and demand if we do not make products   here, there will be a shortage  

Feb 19, 2022 07:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

HMMM, still haven't seen that here, I buy canned food for them every week.

Feb 19, 2022 08:03 AM
Hannah Williams

you are lucky Joan Cox  just checked  Chewy not available 

Maybe it has not reached us here on the East Coast - 

Feb 19, 2022 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Hannah- now I'm hungry for Dim Sum but nothing near here. We bought live mealworms for the baby bluebirds and they'd gone up 25%. The lady at the pet store said that they have had a serious cat food shortage. And yes, Amazon was a lifesaver when the pandemic began. 

Feb 19, 2022 04:37 PM
Hannah Williams

Kathy Streib Dim Sum was so good took sticky rice home and some dumplings . My Niece said her order from Chewy was short on cat food she is in Florida and said the aisles are empty there also.Amazon deserves some loyalty, at least this year plus enjoy watching Prime TV

Feb 20, 2022 01:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

These are such crazy times.  I did a lot of shopping today.  I'm furnishing my patio.  The furniture arrived and it is beautiful.  However, today, I ordered a propane fire pit, and I'm currently looking for outdoor curtains I like.  

I also got the message about the raise in rates for Amazon Prime.  It's still a reasonably good deal.

Feb 19, 2022 05:44 PM
Hannah Williams

Myrl Jeffcoat Still too cold for outdoor here in Philly unpredictable weather, snow one day and 70 degrees the next .

I agree still think Amazon is worth the money. Your place sounds like it is shaping up beautifully.  

Feb 20, 2022 01:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Hannah, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 19, 2022 05:44 PM
Hannah Williams

Oh Myrl Jeffcoat  You make me feel loved 😄 Thank you so much 

Feb 20, 2022 01:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Haha Hannah Diane does not do grocery shopping or wine shopping:)Endre

Feb 19, 2022 10:07 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr.  You are the head Chef - Love when you do your serious cooking 😄

Feb 20, 2022 01:13 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

So much info wrapped up in one post Hannah! Jewish Deli...hmm some matzoh ball and a thick corned beef sandwich would be on my menu!

Feb 20, 2022 05:08 AM
Hannah Williams

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  do not forget the coleslaw and Russian dressing  no seeds and hot, please Oh my mouth is watering just thinking about it. The problem is Hot Foot my favorite shoe store is right next door . I have a serious shoe buying problem and they have fabulous clothes too!  

Feb 20, 2022 01:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah Williams - As usual, you shared a lot of good information.  I just got the email about Prime going up. As you said...we shall see!  I have noticed that restaurant prices have gone up quite a bit lately.  

Feb 20, 2022 04:47 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® As far a restaurants go they are really hurting . I know here many have closed permanently and the ones that have stayed opened, you are right have raised their priced. Thank you for stopping by 

Feb 21, 2022 09:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, I thought of you yesterday while grocery shopping, and the canned catfood had some pretty empty shelves.   It must have happened after the last shopping trip I took.

Feb 22, 2022 05:56 AM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox I am scared for my Cleo she will not eat certain foods and when she does her sensitive stomach does not digest . We are not a third world country, why are our shelves bare for our  beloved pets?? Thank you for stopping by 

Feb 22, 2022 10:33 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ha ha Hannah serious cooking? I just did a Corn Chowda the other day.... Endre

Feb 22, 2022 10:42 PM