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Anyone Remember The Days Of The Five And Dime Store...

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I was talking with the wife yesterday during a day out for dinner. Now I'm in my later 30's so I don't go back to the 50's or 60's..but I can still remember some five and dime stores being around when I was young. I used to love those stores especially around the holiday, specifically Halloween and Xmas. I remember all the cool stuff they used to sell...things you see today that go for big bucks in some cases...

Just interested in your stories and memories about those days...It just seems some of the fun of the Holiday shopping has been taken away with all the five and dime stores gone and a lot of the older department stores too...(sigh)

I just don't get that same feeling when I walk into Walmart, Lowe's, or Kmart to check out the Halloween stuff...usually I'm disappointed....

The best selection I've seen surprisingly has been Target...they have a huge selection this year...and the only ones other than ebay selling those super cool large plastic pumpkin carriers...

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The only memory I have of the 5 & 10 is the displays were pretty. I think my dad wanted boys because he always told us girls we could have any car we wanted from the Penny Bin at Woolworths. We liked the cars. Back in the 50s, they had a shelf with little bins all around it with different little metal toys that cost a penney each. I guess that is similar to the dollar stores these days.

But the Christmas Displays were really nice.

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I guess I'll take you Waaaay back, when nothing about Christmas started untill the Saturday after Thanksgiving....We would all go Downtown (YES DOWNTOWN) to see the parade with the arrival of Santa and then go look at All the decorated Department store windows with their Christmas Themes, then we would go inside the stores and just be amazed at all the extensive decorations inside and then we would go to the 5th or 6th floor where the entire floor was only Christmas toys and wait in line to talk to Santa. We would also go back downtown a few more times during the season on either Monday or Thursday evening (Stores were only open 2 evenings a week then till 9:00) to see every thing lit up outside and the 50'? tree on public Square. YES, those were the GOOD OLE DAYS!!! Guess you have to go to NY City now to even come close to experience that.

BTW: I remember everyone in the stores would greet us with a MERRY CHRISTMAS........Guess what? I wasn't offended by that!!

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I can take you back to the five & dime I was a manager for F.W. Woolworth for 13 years. Yes those were the good old days but being in management was not fun. Had to get all the Christmas out & set before Halloween The hours were long at this time of year but I did enjoy seeing all my customers. We would talk & have a good time & yes it was "Merry Christmas" I sure miss Woolworth.

Mike

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