Does Anyone Remember the Five and Dime or Dime Stores?

United States
July 5, 2007 2:00am CST
When I was a kid, my grandmother used to take us to the "Five and Dime" or the "Dime Store." This was when there were things that actually cost a nickel or a dime, believe it or not. I remember that we used to buy those bottles with the soap in them and the little tool to blow bubbles. We could spend hours playing with those. Or, we bought jax and I was a jax pro. I used to play in the competitions at camp and just loved them. So, do any of you remember going to the "Five and Dime" or the "Dime Store" when things really only cost that much?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I can't ever remember five and dime stores actually selling anything for five or ten cents--the only five and dime store, at least that is what it continued to be called, was the good old Woolworth's near me..but they did have bargains and literally sold everything there at cheap prices...alas, that store is long gone..and I still miss it
• United States
7 Jul 07
Woolworth's was called a five and dime and I'm not sure that five and dime stores had only items for five and ten cents in the end but I think that the original stores did. Of course, the original five and dime stores may have been started back in the early 1900's when five and ten cents was a lot of money. Who knows how they got their name but that's what my grandmother called them and the store she used to take us to in Pascagoula, MS was this large store with so many long aisles full of all sorts of interesting things. It was so much fun to go there knowing that my grandmother was going to buy us whatever we picked out. I used to love those trips to the five and dime.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Oh yes, I so remember those. And I miss them a lot! There was one where I lived when I was a kid that I haunted pretty much every day after school. They had so much awesome stuff. I had the jax too. As a matter of fact I think I had three sets! I miss the good ol' days.
• United States
6 Jul 07
You know what's really funny about this discussion is that I was watching an episode of "Mama's Family" tonight and she mentioned the five and dime. I thought that the timing was hysterical! I enjoyed jax, too. And, what about jigsaw puzzles? I grew up working them and still enjoy them when I have a place to work one that's more than a hundred pieces. I like the big ones but until I move into my house that God is providing somehow, I have no place to put one without the cats getting into it. I'll be so glad to have my house and a place to work a puzzle again. I haven't been able to work a big puzzle for almost 7 years.