Thursday, February 02, 2012


Day 2172 - Are You Old Enough?

Greetings, Bloggy Flashbackers!

Are YOU old enough to remember five and tens? They were inexpensive stores where you could get a lot of merchandise for a little bit of money.

Other names for five and tens were five and dimes, nickel and dimes, and dimestores.

Five and Ten Cent stores were still around when I was young, and are now referred to as variety or dollar stores, because NOBODY CAN SELL ANYTHING ANYMORE FOR A NICKEL OR A DIME!

Even the penny candy is a thing of the past, but that's another blog...

Originating with Woolworth (remember them?) stores in the late 1800's, some of the leaders of those concepts became Kmart and Walmart in business today (uh - I'm not sure Kmart falls in that category, I never go in there).

I remember Woolworth, Grants and McLellans off the top of my head, and there were lots of others.

Thanks for the 'nickel tour' down memory lane!

It was J J Newberry's in our nearby town. We would go there before school started for "back-to-school" clothes: one skirt and one blouse, and one dress, and probably new shoes and socks and underwear. The new clothes were such a treat! Gil said we had a Woolworth's too but I don't remember that we shopped there.
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