Good Times at the Five and Dime

I have an bit of an obsession with 5 & 10-cent stores. As a kid there were still the last vestiges of them around for me to pick thru.I clearly remember the Ben Franklin that my aunt worked at, and the Woolworth’s in Garden City and Providence (both complete with lunch counters). Too bad they’re all gone!
Or ARE they?
No, there are a few left.
One of my favorites is in North Conway, New Hampshire.


It’s just a cute little hometown version that still has an authentic candy counter:


That’s pure joy, right there.You can get yourself a little basket and fill it with various candies, then they put them into the traditional little paper bags.
So-weet! They also have all kinds of things that I haven’t seen in years- Dennison seals, those little gummed stars, dollhouse furniture, etc. And, it being New Hampshire, they have all those wonderfully tacky cedar chests and balsam pillows and the like. I really wonder where they get some of this stuff. The staff assured me that the makers still make the stuff. I guess there’s just not much call for it anymore. Thanks, WalMart!

With this image in my mind, I made a new Scrap Shack that’s based on the N. Conway 5 & 10. I love the exterior color!


In my version, there’s a bear entering the shop, and the store seems to be filled with toys.
My kind of place! I made a few of them- one for me, one for my mom, and a couple for you at the Etsy shop!

NOW, here’s one place I NEED to go:


The National Christmas Center in Pennsylvania!

Amongst the many Christmas exhibits, they have recreated a vintage Woolworth’s at Christmastime.
If you follow that link, they have a “virtual” tour of it.
Have mercy!! I am so there!
Has anyone been to this?? Do tell!

2 comments on “Good Times at the Five and Dime

  • on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 9:57 am, Caroline Belliveau said:

    I LOVE that 5 and 10 cent store in North Conway, that picture makes me want to go to New Hampshire! But this store in Pennsylvania… well that’s just amazing. I think we should make a pilgrimage there.

  • on Friday, August 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm, Audrey said:

    Mmm… candy. I love penny candy. I would enjoy moving to New hampshire just for the 5 and 10 store. 🙂 I would go to Santa’s village every day… and Canobie… and the rock shop (for Evelyn)… and that cool toy store… but then I would miss Rhode Island. 😕 I am so undecided.

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