Remembering the Five and Dime

Fading but not forgotten

Is this the beginning of the end?
Is this the beginning of the end?

"Good Morning, Can I help you?"

It's probably been quite a while since we've walked into a store and been greeted upon entering by a smiling, helpful clerk. The fact is, the vast majority may now be scratching their heads thinking, "Store owners and employees actually did this at one time?"

I can answer that. Yes, they sure did and the fond memories linger on. So it seems a bit of history may be in order for those who were not fortunate enough to experience the good old days of the Five and Ten Cent Variety Store. There are current day models of these quaint stores of yesterday, advanced of course to the Five and Ten Dollar Store, but like so many other treasures of the past, it's just not the same.

For those of us who were there, a vivid snapshot of the entire experience remains a clear and colorful picture. Speaking strictly from a Boomer perspective, go ahead fellow-boomers, close your eyes and place yourself in the Five and Dime that stood on Main Street in your own town. The smile on your faces will tell of all the wonderful sounds, sights and smells of that little store neatly filled with bins of everything you can imagine. I remember even the sound of my shoes walking the aisles made of wooden planks and the mixture of smells, from penny candies to crisp fabrics and paper products. Yes, memories linger on when they were so much a part of our youth, beloved neighborhoods and that time in our lives when we were happy, carefree explorers of our environment.

Brothers Frank & Charles Woolworth in 1866
Brothers Frank & Charles Woolworth in 1866 | Source

A little History.

This innovative concept of the Five and Dime Variety store was introduced to our culture in America by Frank Woolworth with his first successful store opened in June of 1879 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Frank had experienced a failed attempt with a store he had opened in February of that same year, at Utica, New York.

It is noteworthy that this entrepreneur did not allow his failed attempt to discourage him, but quickly moved forward to fulfill his dream, in less than 4 months. One month thereafter, with brother Charles in partnership, these men opened their second store in July 1879 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Due to rent disputes, that Harrisburg store was moved to York, Pennsylvania in November 1880. No obstacle was stopping the Woolworth brothers.

The rest of the story consists of thousands, yes, thousands of these stores popping up all over America and even the world. Just as the big box department stores, namely WalMart, exist today with slightly different price tags and policies. However, I can tell you, we never got lost in our local Five and Dime and only one happy person served the customers with ease and a smile, usually the owner.

Welcome to "VIDLER'S," East Aurora Upstate Western New York

A perfect model of Yesterday...TODAY
A perfect model of Yesterday...TODAY | Source
Brothers Bob & Ed Vidler.
Brothers Bob & Ed Vidler.

Preserving a Treasure

Stretching from 676 to 694 Main Street, in the lovely and pristine Village of East Aurora, New York, stands 85 year old "Vidler's 5 & 10." A sight to behold and experience to love, this family owned and operated store welcomes hundreds of thousands visitors each year. Any day, any time, you'll find this fabulous 5 & 10 bursting with customers and visitors from everywhere imaginable, browsing this two-level 33,000 sq. footage thriving business, offering their customers 75,000 different items.

Those numbers are not a typo but the reality of the most fun and fascinating shopping experience you'll ever have. Once you walk through the door, you'll be mesmerized and taken back in time to the wonderful world of the Five and Dime. Hours can pass without even realizing yet you simply won't want to leave.

The original owners, parents of brothers Bob & Ed Vidler, first opened what began as a simple, modest 5 & 10 cent store. Since that time 85 years ago, the store has grown and thrived, continuing to be owned, operated and staffed with numerous family members, 4 generation's worth of creative entrepreneurs.

Vidler's is a hugely popular stopping point for tourists, travelers and even locals who have been there dozens of times. For many people,Vidler's is the destination of a family day trip adventure. It is quite simply a fascinating and fun-filled way to spend quality and nostalgic time that you'll appreciate and remember forever. Please take a few moments to enjoy these short videos.

Let's clean up!

An Older video before new additions

"Penny Candy"  Still a penny??
"Penny Candy" Still a penny?? | Source

You Should Visit Vidler's!!

Being lucky enough to live less than an hour's drive from Vidler's, you'd best believe I've been there numerous times. Each time was as wonderful as the one before and left me assured I'd visit again and again, bringing a friend along to hook them onto the Vidler's Train. Everyone I've taken along has thanked me for the best connection ever.

While there, the friendly staff, mostly family, will stop to introduce themselves and chat for a while. Visitors are treated royally. They're eager to give you a history of their beloved business and walk with you touring the enormous square footage of fabulous displays.

I'd like to mention that they carry an assortment of their own specially created Vidlers products, aptly named "Bob & Ed's" sauce, maple syrup, soup to nuts! I invariably buy two or three of these items. They are not to eat or use you see, I place them in a case for safe keeping and most of all because believe it or not, I have sons named "Bob & Ed!" It appears they have their own product line, and yes, people ask and we must confess.

The next time you're planning a vacation, why not consider this exciting part of the Country? I'm partial of course as my roots are here as well as those of my children and grandchildren. Although a few of my crew live and work elsewhere now, western New York remains "home," to them and for many a wonderful momentous reason.

Vidler's is only one of the many fascinating and exciting places to see. That information my friends, is for another time, when I'll happily share with you. Til then, think, "Niagara Falls, Botanical Gardens, Museums of Art and Science and the original authentic Buffalo Chicken Wings!!"

Keep your memories alive and broaden that smile.Nothing touches our hearts like our fondest memories and the moments here and now, as we create many more.

The Amazing Iconic Bing Crosby

More by this Author

Comments 123 comments

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks Peggy. Vidler's attracts visitors from all over the country. I just read recently that this particular 5 & dime is one of only 3 that have been preserved throughout all 50 states.

It's a whole day of browsing and reminiscing........I love stopping there!

Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 12 months ago from Houston, Texas

Vilder's definitely sounds like a wonderful place to visit if ever in that vicinity. We have lost so many mom and pop businesses through the years. Penny candy...sure takes one back in time! Ha! There were some candies in a little place in Okauchee, Wisconsin where one could even pick out more than one for a penny. That certainly puts a date on things! Those days live on in good memories. Thanks for writing this hub of which I will be more than happy to share, pin and tweet.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dolores......Thank you for this sweet response. Amazing isn't it that back then, there were actually people assigned to particular areas of the store and that's where they could be found, busily caring for their section and interacting with customers! All these years that dear woman's passing touches you.

I don't know if there are any fabulous replicas like "Vidler's" in your vicinity, but I would hope one day you can make it to East Aurora and make a day of it. You would LOVE it!! Peace, Paula

Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores Monet 13 months ago from East Coast, United States

I enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. The old five and dimes were so much warmer than today's discount stores. I remember the "bird lady" of our local Woolworths. As a teenager, I used to stop in and visit her often. She was the loveliest woman. One day I popped in to see the pet area in a sad state, messy, dirty even. I found the store manager to complain and he said that the woman had died. Who today would weep over the loss of someone who tidied the shelves at the local Walmart?

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Colleen...Thank you for stopping by. Yes, Barbara Hutton's life was not a joyful one, but overshadowed by depression and chaos. (a case in point that money isn't all & everything)

Thank you so much, Colleen for sharing the message from very true! Yes, I have never needed to ask myself "IF I should write nor WHY I write." I understand how you feel. It's like wondering why we breathe! No need.

Colleen Swan profile image

Colleen Swan 16 months ago from County Durham

Hi Paula, Though I live in England now I do recall a time in America when sales people did make some effort to appear not to wish customers would go elsewhere. We called it the 5 and 10. As to Woolworths I read the biography of Barbara Hutton, an heiress who ended by having a miserable life. Paula, Having read your profile, I really liked your saying you liked to learn a new fact every day. So do I; I read an anecdote yesterday you might like. After one of Beethoven's lectures, a young man asked if he thought he should become a composer. Beethoven said no, and when asked why, said because the young man had had to ask. That is how I feel about writing.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This hub has had such strong, positive reaction, Peg, it's easy to understand how the few "preserved" 5 & dime stores are very popular!

Some memories remain loved and lively a lot longer than others!

I'm impressed with your 5 & dime history!

PegCole17 profile image

PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas

How well I remember these great variety stores we called the Five and Dime or the Dime Store. There were a number of different ones in our town including Woolworth's and S.H. Kress's in the fifties. I began working at sixteen in a place called Neisner's Five and Ten where we actually made popcorn in an old fashioned popper and sold it by the sack at the jewelry counter located in the center of the store. We cut fabric by the yard, sold dress patterns and all sorts of other household items. There was also a lunch counter where they sold the best hot dogs on grilled buns with milkshakes and great hamburgers. Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

The items are of superior quality and THE PRICE TAGS ARE IN SYNC!

I saw a beautiful, superbly made light flannel nightgown that I wanted so badly. I just couldn't justify spending that KIND of money on something to sleep in (I usually wear over sized T-shirts! LOL

Maybe one day when I think I deserve a special treat, I'll go back and buy it! Thanks, Suzanne. You would LOVE this 5 & dime!

Suzanne Day profile image

Suzanne Day 17 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It sure must have been a good feeling to walk into a store like that! Plus I'm guessing the items would have been a better quality too ;)

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

sujaya...Thank you for visiting my site and "traveling along with me down memory lane." So nice to meet you. Peace, Paula

sujaya venkatesh profile image

sujaya venkatesh 18 months ago

down memory lane we too travel along with you

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi froggy.....LOL...Yes, LAVA soap. I'm sure that stuff could actually take your skin right off if you weren't careful! I do miss the old Five & dime. No store we have today can quite match up!...Thanks for stopping by. Peace, Paula

frogyfish profile image

frogyfish 19 months ago from Central United States of America

I punched a bunch of buttons up there for your delightful hub! Yes, I remember Daddy always wanted Lava soap for his hands - probably because he often changed bicycle tubes for my brothers and me. I just remember it being 'scratchy' to use. Then, I want one of those stemmed-jar tea glasses - I have a jar but no stem! And that jiggling horse is seen around no more - I don't think I ever got to ride one but my grandkids did....ah, those days... Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane and the 5 & 10!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

So good to hear from you! I was beginning to be concerned about my GF, "Vee!" I've been really CRAZY busy too! Believe it or not, I'm downsizing (I saw what you wrote to bill about moving into your smaller home!) My house is HUGE, on an acre's worth of yard and woods.....big 2-car/2-story garage complete with apartments.....The size of most of the rooms in my house are big enough to square dance in! I do NOT need this size of a house, to say nothing of trying to keep it up and pay the utilities. It's crazy. I'm with you GF! Me and my dog and cat are the only people here!! LOL...AND THEY'RE ALWAYS IN THE SAME ROOM AS I AM!! They even both sleep with me. I need a much smaller place.

I have more "STUFF" than 5 families. Time to clean out, throw out, sell, give away and reduce my life to a minimum! It will be a nice change! Good luck, Vee. Hope to see more of you!...Love Effer

Victoria Lynn profile image

Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA

I remember Woolworth's. And there was a cool ole Ben Franklin's on the square in a nearby town. Living where Wal-mart was started, I am less than half an hour away from their original five and dime store on the Bentonville, AR square. Can you believe I've never even visited it, while probably thousands of shareholders from all over the world have? LOL. I must do it. Neat hub!

And I miss you, too! Thanks for the sweet notes on my hubs. It's been crazy busy around here. I'm wrapping up summer teaching and hoping to be around more. See you soon, Effer!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Christin.....Hello! Just reading the comments I've received here has really astounded me as to the special....treasured memories most people have of these stores...way back when. Actually, some of our smaller communities hung on to their Ben Franklin's for as LONG as possible. I know some of the last ones closing up in the '70's!!

Vidler's is really a wonderful Day Trip. As you can see, the store is fascinating and the Vidler Family really does it up big. Visitors can see that their heart & soul are into this store. The Town Of East Aurora is an incredibly lovely, quaint town also. So yes, it is pretty nice to have nearby!. Thanks, Christin.

ChristinS profile image

ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest

Oh my goodness, I would love to see Vidler's. I had no idea such a place existed, but I remember the five and dimes from when I was a kid. We had Woolworth's and Ben Franklins and I used to love to get penny candy (that was actually a penny!) I love those old fashioned stores like that - what a cool place to have so nearby, thanks for sharing it.

I also remember right down the street having a real drugstore, and in there they had a soda fountain 50's type little lunch counter and they would give out wooden nickels you could exchange for a little ice cream. Some of my favorite (and only) awesome childhood memories were trips there with my grandparents followed by a trip to the park to feed the ducks :)

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mary.....Sounds like you had a job that you really enjoyed back then! With all the products, customers and excitement, It had to be fun...

Yes! Here's to the good old days, Maria!! Cheers.

mary615 profile image

mary615 21 months ago from Florida

Oh, yes....Woolworth's!! To a poor little country gal like I was it was a real adventure to go into Woolworths on our one day a week (Saturday) to drive into town to buy supplies and spend hours looking at all the goodies.

I got a job at Woolworth's when I was 17 working at the lunch counter. They had a machine that held warm nuts, and every time I'd walk past the machine, I would grab a handful of cashews.

At Easter season, we employees would all have the job of making up the Easter baskets. What fun that was. We took empty baskets and loaded them with candies, etc. then wrap cellophane up and around the basket, then top it all off with a beautiful bow.

Oh, for the good ole' days!

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Paul.....Yes Paul, this type of shopping experience has faded away from us a little at a time. The few that have remained hang on by the sheer determination of those who enjoy preserving the warm and wonderful memories of our past.

The "prices" have changed far more than WE have, haven't they?? LOL. Good to see you Paul. Take care... Peace, Paula

Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul Kuehn 21 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Paula, if I ever get back to western New York state and your neck of the woods, I will make it a point to visit Vidler's. I can remember going to dime stores like Woolworths in Wisconsin up through the 70s. It seems I could always find something cheap and good that I needed. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane. Voted up as awesome and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author


Gail &


Hi gang!...thanks so much for stopping by to add your "2 cents" about the days of the 5 & dime! I thought most people would have a fond walk down memory lane, but this response is much more than I expected! It's been wonderful reading all the nostalgia!! This brings back a lot of the feelings we had back then and the beauty & peace from that era. Bless you all. Peace, Paula

pgiblett profile image

pgiblett 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I remember Woolworths with such fondness from my youth - of course it was not by then a 5 and 10 cent store (and this was the other side of the Atlantic), but "Wooly's" as we used to call them always had a bargain available.

Happyboomernurse profile image

Happyboomernurse 21 months ago from South Carolina

Hi Paula,

You really pulled me in with your paragraph addressed to "Boomers" and I could see, hear, smell and taste the wonders of my local Woolworth's as a child.

I never heard of Vidlers but enjoyed reading about them and think it's awesome they're still in business.

Thanks for a trip down memory lane and an interesting read.



heidithorne profile image

heidithorne 21 months ago from Chicago Area

I so remember Woolworth's... and Ben Franklin... and Kresge's. Yikes! I'm feeling kinda old. :) Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Voted up, interesting and sharing!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

suzette &


Sounds like EVERYONE remembers! It's especially interesting that shopping at the 5 & dime or having lunch at the counter in our youth is something so vividly and fondly recalled. It sort of "takes us home again."

Thanks so much for visiting! Wish I could have offered you a Woolworth's milk shake!

The Examiner-1 profile image

The Examiner-1 21 months ago

I remember Woolworth's since we had one right up the street where I grew up. I used to go there often. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.


suzettenaples profile image

suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM

Love this Paula and it brings back childhood memories. There was always something for everyone , even kids, so I always loved a visit to Woolworth's with my mom. Ours had a lunch counter and we would eat lunch there when we visited. Thanks so much for the history behind the store.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

jACKIE.....Oh yes, "G.C. Murphy's!" there are actually a few of those remaining in small rural towns, scattered here and there! Great memories.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Faith.....Canandaigua is a beautiful rural area not too far from the city of Rochester (of "Kodak" fame).....I live approximately 90 minutes from that area. If you come this way...LET ME KNOW!!!

Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for the memories! Murphy's too was a great one and the restaurants in them for sure. When newly married we stayed in St. Augustine Fl as often as we could and would walk down the old street that led straight into town and Woolworth's for breakfast almost every morning we were there! You brought back those wonderful memories too. ^+

Faith Reaper profile image

Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Paula, you have triggered so many wonderful smells as soon as I read "Woolworth's" in this hub filled with good ole nostalgia! It is amazing how all the memories come flooding back. I remember the malts too, but I loved the floats, root beer floats.

I truly enjoyed reading about Brothers Frank and Charles and their amazing journey. I learned a lot here and all so interesting indeed.

Vidler's sounds amazing and if I am ever up that way, I will be sure to visit! We have friends who moved to Canandaigua, New York, so don't know how far away that is from there. I was delighted to learn from our friends that the farmers will leave their vegetable stands on the side of the country road and a bucket or pale or something along those lines for people to pay on the honor system! That gives me hope.

We have a local drugstore here that is about as close as one will get to a Woolworth's of today so-to-speak, but still not the same.

Super hub. Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Molly...thanks for stopping by. Loonie & twonie....what a cute name for a store.....I know that refers to some of your currency, right?

I'll have to try to find one of those next time I find myself in Canada. It's been so long since I've crossed the bridge!! Thanks again.

Molly Layton profile image

Molly Layton 21 months ago from Alberta

Vidler's sounds like a really interesting place! I know loonie and twonie stores are still around in Canada

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vicki....Thank you so much for sharing this unique part of your childhood with me. I don't believe I knew you are South African. I must now snoop your collection of hubs to see what I can find about your life there and how & when you moved away from there!

I appreciate your comment! Bless you. Paula

profile image

Vickiw 21 months ago

Dear Paula,

I must be one of the very few who did not have the same sort of memories! There were no such stores in the little Zulu village I grew up in. I used to read about American teens, and their lives. We had no TV, yet always seemed to be happy and healthy. I marveled at the idea that high school students would ever drive a car to school. All our students walked, sometimes a fair distance.

The closest we could come to the shopping you talk about was the trading store in the village. I would buy a big bag of raw peanuts there for 20 cents. Our stores were more specialised, candies in one, clothing in another, etc. but the service was friendly, and there was a shopkeeper behind a counter who would serve you.

I never knew what many of the famous bands looked like, but I loved to listen to their music on the radio. South Africa was extremely careful about advertising, so we never wanted much in the way of shopping!

Quite strange really, to realise how different my memories are, because of where I lived.

It's fun to read all your comments, and realise how different things were for you.

Lovely article, I really enjoyed it.

Hugs to you

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

color....Looks like we're in good company. Everyone seems to LOVE these memories. Thanks for your input!..Peace, Paula

colorfulone profile image

colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

Paula, I sure do remember Woolworths as a child. I would save up my allowance for when we went to town and go there mostly to buy candy. That's where I did all my Christmas and birthday shopping as a kiddo too.

The store had all wood floors and the display counter and cabinets were made of wood too. I can still remember the aroma. - Thanks for the memories.

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 22 months ago from North America

Too cool :)

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

And we have it in print that you own the phrase!!

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 22 months ago from North America

How cute! You're a peach.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Patty.....I believe you may have just created a very clever phrase.....There is, "Im having a senior moment," "Yesterday was the day from Hell.".......Now, we can say, "I think this may be a Five & Dime day!!"

LOL...thanks for coming back!

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 22 months ago from North America

I could have used a good Five and Dime to relax in today, so I came back here! Still great!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I saw a picture of a sparkling diamond and I remembered you!

Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

I saw a photo of a Woolworths on Facebook and I remembered this hub! :)

Nell Rose profile image

Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

Hiya Paula, oh this so brought back memories of good old Woolworths over here in England, your video was even laid out like our woolworths! its such a shame that these shops have closed down over here, I really miss them, thanks for the memories! lol!

peachpurple profile image

peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Wish there is such shop here

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Patty.....Thanks so much for your thoughtful & interesting comment. Yes, the model airplanes were a favorite of mine too! I can recall my Dad showing me how to assemble them just so, to make them soar far and high. We'd go out into the field and have races. No doubt he let me win!! LOL. I'm pleased you enjoyed my hub! Peace, Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dolores.....The parakeets! You are reminding me of a thing or two that I had forgotten. No, Dolores, I'm pretty sure there will be little nostalgia, as we know it, anytime in the future. The world vaguely resembles what it once was......Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

cam.......Happy Trails! and thanks for sharing my hub.

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 22 months ago from North America

I enjoy this Hub so much I;ve read it three times already!

In Columbus OH, we had Woolworth and Kresge downtown and in four shopping centers ad the Downtown Kresge was a double store - two stores separated by a smaller food concessions place. W and K both had wood floors downtown and I remember the sound of walking on them and I miss that. Christmas was so much fun in those places - little presents to buy, Little Golden Books, fun stationery, popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs, someone playing organs in Woolworth for many years, so many things - Oh! and model airplanes; I loved them. Woolco big box store then had a wonderful art supplies department until it closed down; I painted all the time.

Right now, we have only 1 or 2 K-Marts left, out in the far suburbs, and they're smaller than they used to be. It's sad.

Vidler's sounds like the ultimate 5 & 10! We had a few Murphy's stores and they were pretty large, but left town in the mid-2000s. One suburb had a Ben Franklin's and I never got the chance to go in there.

Gee, I think I have to go to New York!

Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores Monet 22 months ago from East Coast, United States

Like many here, I remember and loved the old 5 and 10s as well as Woolworths. Our local Woolworths had wooden floors and a soda fountain and a big old lady who took care of parakeets. I used to stop in to see her when I was a teenager. One day she wasn't there and the pet section looked a bit shabby. I asked for her and was told that she had died. I cried. Will the kids that are growing up today one day wax nostalgic for the Dollar Store or the 7/11?

cam8510 profile image

cam8510 22 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

By the way, I've posted your article on my facebook page for freelance writers.

cam8510 profile image

cam8510 22 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

2900 miles, Paula. I'll be on the north end of the redwoods, 2 hours from the ocean and 1 hour from Crater Lake National Park. It will be an awesoe place to be for six months. I'm a backpacker, so I'm sure I'll stay busy.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

From PA to Oregon??! You've got some trip to take! Happy trails and stay safe. Good luck to you. I'm imagining Oregon must be quite beautiful? God Bless, Cam

cam8510 profile image

cam8510 22 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

Paula, Vidler's, not Viddlers, thanks. I'll be leaving PA at the end of May. It's been a very long, temporary contract job that will soon be ending. I'm heading off to southwest Oregon for at least six months beginning in early June. If I get back east sometime, I'll definitely look up Vidler's.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Cam....I didn't look up the distance from your area of PA. but should you ever decide to do any traveling to this neck of the woods, Vidler's is only one of the numerous places well-worth visiting.

We really do have so much.....beaches galore, the Falls of course, fishing, white water rafting, wax museums, Casinos & Live entertainment Hotel Establishments (due to our Tri-County Native American Reservations), horse racing, and unending camp sites with family activities....

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Cam. Peace, Paula

cam8510 profile image

cam8510 22 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

I love this hub, Paula, and the videos are fun to watch. I hope I can go to Viddlers some day. I'd like to pick up one of those gnomes. I have a flash fiction story it would fit well in.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

poetryman......Now THAT is actually funny! "If it wasn't for all those darn customers....that employee wouldn't have to worry about even having a JOB!"...LOL Thanks for visiting. Peace, Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

wrenchBisscuit .....Nice of you to stop by and offer your fond memories & place being miserable on hold for a few moments!! LOL. It is true isn't it that thinking back to a happier, simpler time in life has the power to transform us...or at least make us smile.

I sure hope you still have that album. I could kick myself for not having treasured and protected all that I had.....those and especially the 45's! I recently visited an antique Variety store and the prices on old records in great condition yield a pretty penny!.....Thanks again wB. Peace, Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jaye...I am enjoying all of these comments. That "lunch counter' has been mentioned numerous times and it's easy to see that the milk shakes, sodas and sundaes are firmly planted in our memories of the local Five and Dime (Woolworths or other)...Been waiting for someone to mention the "Cherry Cokes."

What's amazing to me Jaye, is that even if one's last visit was 40 or 50 years ago, we can see every aisle and our favorite items, clearly and vividly. I even have a perfect picture in my mind of the twin brothers, Tony and Dominic who owned the corner store in my Village. That amazes me, because no way could I tell you in what spot of which store I bought something last week. In no way do I know who cashed me out, even though they wear name tags!! LOL We have all become as robotic as the world around us?

Every now and then, we let our minds wander back in time, because...well, it was a magical era and MOST of it brings smiles and a feeling of comfort. Thanks for sharing with us Jaye!.....Peace, Paula

JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 22 months ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, Paula - I love being reminded of Woolworth's. It seemed stocked with everything anyone could want when I was a kid. My mom bought face powder, embroidery supplies, etc. while I wandered the aisles just looking. When her shopping was finished, we went to the lunch counter where I ordered a banana split and my mom an ice cream soda. Same orders every time.

My aunt spent her entire working career at Woolworth's in my small southern hometown, progressing to a management position but retiring early when the store was closed. The advent of the new style shopping malls away from the downtown area with lots of parking space spelled the end of most of the stores and shops there. Today, "downtown" is being rejuvenated there and in many other small towns, mainly with boutique shops while WalMart on the outskirts of "town" still draws many shoppers looking for bargains (aka cheap, inferior Chinese junk).

Thanks for the nostalgia! Take care....Jaye

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait.......My goodness dear are FORGIVEN! LOL. I can assure you that I'm not sensitive & certainly would not make a big deal about a reply comment. Especially with someone like you who is always so great about interaction. In no way would I ever feel it was intentional.

Wow....I thought I grew up in a small community! Sounds like without a vehicle, your family was nearly living in solitude. The truth is, I probably would have loved it.

Gosh Au fait....those prices you mention are rather hilarious at this point, aren't they? Now we are charged 50 cents for an "extra Bleu cheese!!"

However, I too recall those prices. When I became old enough to work in our family restaurant, a full fish fry dinner was $1.25. Now it's difficult to find one for less than $11.95!

Thank you so much for sharing your memories and experiences. I do know about that famous "Southern Hospitality!" I visit my son & family in Georgia at least once a year. The first time I walked in to a "Morning, Maam, nice to see you," this dumb Yankee looked around to see who she was talking to! That was nothing compared to my reaction when a man passed me in an aisle, tipped his cowboy hat and said, "excuse me darlin."........My daughter-in-law quickly put her handover my mouth, not trusting what I might blurt out! LOL...Actually I'd have said nothing. I was speechless......

Thanks again!

Au fait profile image

Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

There was a dime store here where I live up until about 10 years ago. Now we have Dollar Stores. When I was growing up there was no dime store in the town near the farm I grew up on. There were only 365 people said to live in the village a few miles away, however the next closest town had 660 people and a dime store! I still have items I purchased there so many years ago I can't remember how many. ;)

Yes even today you can enter many businesses, stores and restaurants both, and be greeted with a smile and offer of assistance here in this town of 125,000 north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. One place that you will almost always find a friendly "hello" when you arrive, and a "Y'all come back now" when you go, is Texas. The smaller the town the more likely the greetings.

We did have a Woolworth's in Stevens Point, just 30 miles from where I grew up. Back then if you wanted a hamburger you drove 30 miles to get it, and not on nice straight freeways either. The first fast food restaurant anywhere around was Robby's . 15¢ hamburgers, 10¢ fries, and 25¢ milkshakes. So 30 miles to a dime store wasn't so bad.

Everyone drove that far, or even further -- 60 miles to Wausau -- to buy clothes, etc. There were grocery stores in our little villages, but as straighter roads were built and the distance getting shorter as a result, people chose lower prices a few miles further up the road.

Very well presented and written bit of nostalgia. Always enjoy your articles that bring back memories that I had all but forgotten.

Paula, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get here. I just found your comment on Cravings in my spam folder. Just a few days ago I went through it and it was full to popping at the seams. I sometimes keep comments in there that I can't approve instead of deleting them, but there were at least 10 that shouldn't have been in there from various hubbers. Don't know why HP programming sends them there hap-hazzardly.

Well, I thought I'd gotten it cleared out and a couple of days later happened to see your comment when I responded to someone else's. So there is the reason it's taken so long. I'm truly sorry. I guess I'm going to have to start digging through that spam folder at least once every day. Don't know what else to do to resolve this problem of so many comments ending up there. I appreciate the time people take to read and comment on my articles and I feel really bad when something like this happens. I'm pretty slow about answering as it is, I admit it, cuz life is just so packed, but when something like this happens I really feel badly because I don't want anyone's feelings hurt or anyone thinking I don't appreciate them.

Voting this excellent article up and BAI. Going to share it, and I hope that will make up a little bit for what happened.

poetryman6969 profile image

poetryman6969 22 months ago

I have heard employees at more than one business say something like: If it wasn't for these darn customers I could get some work done!

Vidlers sounds like a real gem.

wrenchBiscuit profile image

wrenchBiscuit 22 months ago

This is a good one. I had to stop being miserable for a moment while I read it. Thanks for giving me a little relief and nostalgia. It is at the dime store where I purchased my first Crosby, Stills, Nash album. I also loved the mingling of scents: the candy,paper products, hotdogs,popcorn, plastic etc.. I haven't thought of it in years. A great memory.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I certainly hope you do come to this area til! We could spend am. to pm. just going from one great spot to another. As I mentioned to Sha, if any of us happen to get together anywhere, I suggest we have a special "bail" account! Wait a second! It's not illegal to laugh out loud! Who would arrest any poor Senior Citizen with innocent faces like ours?? Don't answer that.

I'm becoming more & more sentimental. I've even thought of throwing a huge '50's-'60's party, posters, music, saddle shoes & bouffant hair-dos....ALL of it included. This summer I may just go for it.

I did not know that fact about cashews, but GF, I did work a candy counter for a summer. No doubt their profit declined that year! you feel bad? Me neither!!! LOL. Love ya Girl! Paula

tillsontitan profile image

tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Oh Paula, what is better than our memories? You really picked a winner here. Who doesn't remember Woolworth's? Might I add Kresge's? In my shopping neighborhood they were side by side. My first job was as a sales clerk in Kresge. Sometimes I worked the counter that had the nuts and I got to roast the cashews. Did you know raw cashews are almost as good as roasted?

You know the next time I get up your way there will be two stops I have to make now ;)

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Shyron.....I so relate to the warm feelings that our memories can bring. For each of us, the special time of our youth seems to remain and of course depending upon our circumstances during that time, we cling to them for dear life as we must go forward with changes & progress all around us. I have found that the older I get, the more I find myself not only "remembering" but MISSING those times so filled with simplicity & joy.

Looks to me that I am in no way alone in this! Thanks for sharing Shyron. Your hubs always inspire me. Peace, Paula

Shyron E Shenko profile image

Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

Thank you Paula for taking us on this wonderful excursion through yesteryear’s memories, where I felt the peace and tranquility that I felt so many years ago and had not given any thought to from when I was a little girl in a 5¢ and 10 ¢ store with a Soda Fountain.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

Blessings and Hugs dear Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author


Michael &


It's good to see you all! I'm glad I have been able to bring back such pleasant memories for everyone. Like I said, even though "Variety Stores" still exist in some form is just NOT the same. The products in those good old Happy Days were much better quality and not made in CHINA! We won't even mention the wonderful personal attention we were given back then!

Thanks so much for your "share."..........Peace, Paula

point2make profile image

point2make 22 months ago

Oh the memories your hub bought back to me. Thank-you so much. Some of my fondest memories, when I was a child, was being with my Mom at the local Woolworths eating at the lunch counter. I loved the five & dime store. Great hub...voted up.

Michael-Milec profile image

Michael-Milec 22 months ago

Your Woolworth photo is just as the one we were witnessing to a couple of years after my family arrival to this large industrial city shortly after huge civil unrest and destruction. Shopping in those family own Five and Dime stores as well as Woolworth made us feel as it were back in Europe, since many of them had multiple ethnic background. . . Sadly, all of them have disappeared quickly as the auto industry collapsed in this famous city ; while in our hearts memories remained on a real, true America used to be...

Voted up and interesting.

Peace with us.

FlourishAnyway profile image

FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

Although I hadn't heard of Vidler's I do recall Woolworth's. My grandmother used to take me there when we visited her from out of town. It's been many years since I've been to one. This sure brings back the memories.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

My guess would be it's the same family.......maybe one of the sons or grandchildren. I run to the Dollar store usually for ONE item and come out with a Bag FULL! Terrible habit!. Maybe I should follow your rule to your grandchildren "Only what fits in my hands!"......Thanks girl;friend. Always good to see you..

MartieCoetser profile image

MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa

Wonderful memories. $1 shops, called Crazy Store, are new in SA, and the stuff is all 'made in China'. However, I love to fill a trolley with all kinds of everything usable. Also take my grandchildren to load their hands with whatever they want, but they must be able to hold it all with their hands. Nothing allowed between the teeth! Lol!

We also have Woolworths, selling clothes and even groceries. But as far as I know ours are not the same as yours. Now I am curious. Why are they using the same name without being connected. Need to do some researching!

Interesting hub. Thanks, fpher :)

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dzy...Thanks for sharing your fond memories. We all seem to gladly recall these wonderful good old days, when to say the least, everything was just so vastly different than our fast-paced, mass-produced, impersonal experiences of today. The price of progress, upgrading and globalization, I suppose.

The only thing they cannot erase is our treasured memories. I really do miss so much of the era in which we were fortunate enough to have grown up!.......Peace, Dzy.

DzyMsLizzy profile image

DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA

Ahhhhhh, yessssss. We had just such an old fashioned "five and ten" on the main shopping street in our neighborhood when I was a child. I did love to visit, and loved that I could afford to purchase little trinkets for myself from my allowance...a whole fifty cents...with change left over!

It was an older building, with wood plank floors, just as you describe. When I was about ten, a competing "five and dime" moved in a few blocks up the street. I'm not sure if they ran the other one out of business, or not, because they really were not very comparable. The newer store had some kind of tiling on the floors (probably asbestos! LOL), and brighter lighting and a much bigger assortment of goods that appealed to adults, including a small fabric and pattern section for the home seamstresses. They also carried popular books, and it was there I'd go to spend my whole allowance (by then increased to seventy-five cents), on a new Nancy Drew mystery book every week!

Eventually, the older five and dime went out of business, and a dress shop moved in. That was there for many, many years, and my mother shopped there quite a bit. The owner did so well, that he moved across the street into a larger, newer, brighter building, and remained at that location until his death. At this point, I have no clue what is in the original building, or if it even still stands.

It is sadly nostalgic to reflect on all of this; for I've been back to the old neighborhood but a few times since moving away, and I don't even recognize it any more. It's true what they say, about "you can never go home again."

Voted up +++

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Doc....It makes me so happy that everyone has recalled their special memories, and with such detail. Apparently we're all more than willing to walk down memory Lane with our own personal and special moments.

OH! I forgot about the adorable baby chicks!

I vividly remember emptying my piggy bank to buy birthday gifts for my parents and sister and wrapping them with the comics from the newspaper! LOL. Hey, I was frugal even at the age of 12!

What on earth could be better than a chocolate sundae with Grandma?!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Why...whatever do you mean girlfriend? "Angels" like us, cause trouble?? ROFLMAO! Bring bail money!

drbj profile image

drbj 22 months ago from south Florida

Thank you, Paula, for taking me back in time to the beloved five and dime stores. I can remember pestering my folks to buy me a baby chick there at Easter time. Poor lil chickies.

And having a chocolate hot fudge sundae at the soda counter with my grandma. She was a chocoholic like me. Loved this post - it was indeed a treat.

bravewarrior profile image

bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Paula, you and I could stir up so much trouble... We'd have a blast! The thing is, I probably won't want to leave. Until it gets cold, that is.

MsDora profile image

MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

I migrated to America toward the end of five and dime stores. You do justice to their memory and lucky you with Vidler's.

dahoglund profile image

dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Although I never worked for any of these stores, one of my first job interviews after college was for a manager's job at Woolworths. Woolworths and similar stores were a part of the world I grew up in.

Writer Fox profile image

Writer Fox 22 months ago from the wadi near the little river

It's a shame that those five and dime stores didn't survive the advent of Wal-Mart and Target. I've never heard of Vidler's, but it sounds charming. Enjoyed this and voted up and interesting.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sha.....If you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods......we'd have a wonderful time. We could spend an entire day just walking through Vidler's....and there's a wonderful Italian restaurant across the street. Then we'd make our way to Niagara Falls...the Casino and the Wax museums! So, it's settled. Just call and give me the day & time of your arrival!! LOL.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bill......planting your garden? Lucky you. Our %$#$@&*^ ground is still frozen. Isn't that special? Arghhhhhhh! Thanks for putting your tools down long enough to say Hello and sharing your memories. It's just not fair! You had an inside connection to Woolworth's! LOL.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh certainly DO bring smiles to my face. You bring very vital info to my attention and make me aware of the things important to all of us. Do you realize the time and investigating you save me? Thanks to you, I don't have to walk away saying....."Duh, oh really? I guess I didn't know that!" Hey pop.....C'mon lets face it. You're one of my favorite teachers!.....

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruby....Very interesting question about WalMart......If they should ever die out and become a thing of the past, we probably won't be around to see it. But you know, with the huge percentage of us shopping for everything imaginable online.......anything is possible! Thanks Ruby. Happy to see you!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Anne......I hate to think of all the wonderful times from that era that seem to have vanished due to progress and the inevitable changes to our society and this ever-changing world.....BUT, quite obviously, they cannot remove our happy memories!!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I'm a hopeless lover of yesteryear. Anything and everything that brings those vivid memories to mind, bring me both such happy thoughts and such a longing to have it all back!......Thanks for your input, Mike.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

pop......Funny you should mention feeling you just had to have something you saw at Woolworth's. It was something special about the atmosphere and the vast array of displays that drew us in to explore every aisle. Even the costume jewelry that turned our skin green,looked like diamonds to us!! LOL

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria.....How lucky that you actually had a hands-on experience with working at Woolworth's! That had to be a fun and memorable experience. I'm afraid I'd have wound up spending my paycheck in the store! I could never resist all the bins filled with "stuff" that apparently I just couldn't live without!.....Thanks Maria. I'll bet it really was your best job ever!

bravewarrior profile image

bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

I love this ride down memory lane, Paula. I think what I remember most about Woolworth's is the long, thin, barstools-only soda fountain where they served deliciously greasy burgers. As I got a little older, I'd visit the makeup counter and buy pale pink lip gloss. I'd have to hide it from my mom because I wasn't allowed to wear it until I was 13 or 14.

I would love to visit Vidler's. I find it amazing that they still carry the brands we grew up with in the '50s and '60s. I didn't know they're still made! Although I'm not a shopper, I could have a field day in that store.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Phyllis.....It's not surprising that all of us has happy memories of stopping at the lunch counter after school with friends for a milk shake and then browsing the store to find some trinket we just had to have to spend that quarter burning a hole in our pockets! Sounds a bit like the soda fountain where the teens gathered on "Happy Days!"

In fact, I think we all had our own "Fonzie!" LOL.......Thanks for sharing your fond memories Phyllis.

I hope you do have the opportunity one day to visit Vidler's......CALL ME girlfriend...I can be there in less than an hour!!

billybuc profile image

billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Sorry I'm late, Sis. We were planting the garden yesterday and it turned into a full day of work.

Remember the five and dime? My mom worked at one in our neighborhood for ten years. I have such great memories of that store. Everyone knew me, of course, and I loved roaming the aisles looking at all the great stuff. I always bought my balsa wood airplanes at that story, and candy of course, and the owners would pay me to dust on weekends when I was only alive, you really woke up the memory bank with this one.

And Woolworth's soda fountain and the greatest milkshakes ever made....

Okay, enough. I have work to do. Thanks for some great memories, Sis.

breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 22 months ago

I loved shopping in Woolworths. I would go up and down every aisle and always find something I thought I couldn't live without. It put a smile on my face which is far more than I do for you!!!

always exploring profile image

always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Boy oh boy, this brings me back to the good old days on Main St. in Mt. Carmel, Il. When I was in junior high school we would spend our lunch hour at Woolworths. All the fake jewelry under glass was the in spot where we tried on every ring and bracelet until we found the perfect jewel. They are no longer there but there is a five and dime. I wonder in a hundred years if someone will write about the good old days at Walmart. I loved this look back. Thank's for sharing..

Anne Harrison profile image

Anne Harrison 22 months ago from Australia

What great memories - so much has been lost in the rush to globalisation.

Thanks for sharing

annart profile image

annart 22 months ago from SW England

You're so right, Paula - nostalgic, sentimental mush for ever!


Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Floridians are far from normal...not sure if it's from excess sun or something in the water...but I do love Florida! :)

mckbirdbks profile image

mckbirdbks 22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Paula. Much of my writing is based on the premise of nostalgia. So this article is right up my alley. The Woolworth's of my youth did not have wooden floors but perhaps everything else. Is Ca, they were already being edged out by more modern bigger box retailers (who are now also gone).

Now, did someone say malts?

marcoujor profile image

marcoujor 22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

"The customer is always right." "Thank you and have a nice day."

Oh sorry, having a flash back...yes, little mar was 16yo and her very first job was at the F W Woolworth at the Plymouth Meeting Mall...oh, I worked the music department, the candy counter, customer service, main check out... even "counted money" on weekends after a few years...working all through nursing school when all my pals were busy being interns. I actually learned more about people - more life lessons, one of my best jobs ever...

Thanks Effer! This hub brought me right back ... now I need a malt from The Harvest House. Join me...? Love and hugs and sharing too, Maria

Phyllis Doyle profile image

Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ohhhh, Paula ! You brought back some wonderful memories. If I ever get to New York, I will for sure visit Vidler's. I would go just for that.

I miss Woolworth's. My sister and I, when teenagers, would take the bus to downtown Tacoma and have lunch at the cafe counter then shop a little. We always bought some "Evening in Paris" cologne, our favorite. I wish we still had those lovely little bottles. We would buy our storybook dolls there, too, if we had saved enough money.

This is a wonderful hub of nostalgia. To know that the Vidler's still have the traditional Five and Dime store is awesome! Thank you for that great information. Well- done, Paula.

Voted Up ++++ and H+

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....You can bet your butt your Mom didn't forget! Have you taken a peek at her will lately? Buddy, you're probably scratched right out!

I remember Robert Hall, but not the other. Some of the familiar names for the 5 & dime stores that should ring a bell, old man.....Ben Franklin Stores, S.S. Kresge Co.`~G.C Murphy and Neisner's. There were a lot more.

So it's true what they say. I mean, why can we remember these things (You & that Jingle!! LOL).....but not the name of the store we stopped at last week? That's not a good sign, is it.

tsadjatko profile image

tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

No, you mean to say Woolworth's five and dime closed? When did that happen?

I really need to get out, all the good things in life are just passing me by. Are E.J. Korvettes and Robert Hall Clothng stores gone too? You know the jingle?

When the prices go up, up, up

And the values go down, down, down,

Robert Hall this season

Will show you the reason

Low overhead, low overhead!

I'm so sad now but I guess that's the price you pay when you don't crawl out from under your rock. I'm heading to Vidler's first chance I get. I just remembered mom told me to get something at the five and dime, oh about 50 years ago!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Belle.....our exchange sounds like a scripted exchange right out of "Petticoat Junction!! LOL Thanks so much for the comment sharing your personal memories...Luv Lily

profile image

DJ Anderson 22 months ago

Lily, this was super. My small town was too small for our own

Woolworth Store, but there was one in a nearby, larger town. It was across the street from the JC Penney Store. We could not go to one store without checking out the second store. It is sad to see the Mom and Pop

stores fade away. But, the closest thing I have found that carries the snacks and candy bars of old is Cracker Barrel. Of course, the price

reflects our times, but some of the candy bars still taste the same.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Great job!


fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Catherine....Despite the fact that I needed to google Spaldeen ball, to discover it's a very simple, common item.....I'll bet you the whole $1.49 I have in my wallet that Vidlers have them!

Oh about a blast from the past...a skate key? LOL How well I remember our heavy steel skates that fit over our shoes!

Thanks for sharing your memories, Catherine.. Peace, Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author're telling me that they are really "normal??" LOL

Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Not all that sweet unless your money is going in their pocket! Other than that...How rude! Haha!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kathleen.....I'm sure you'll keep those fond memories and little treasures you found while shopping with your Mom, close to your heart.

Thanks so much for visiting my site. Nice to meet you. Have a good night!..Peace, Paula

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Genna...we agree. What I get frustrated with the most in those HUGE stores that seem to sprawl an entire block, is being overwhelmed with losing my way. I am seriously directionally dysfunctional (I publicly confessed in another hub)....I literally get LOST, despite how many hundreds of times I've been there.

There's no sense of scanning the aisles for help because for some reason, when I'm shopping all 30 CSR's are on break, I guess. I'm sure they have a color photo of me in the employee break room, "Watch out for this old lady, she has no IDEA where anything is and you'll have to WALK her to it!" If I can't decide whether I want an item, trying to go BACK to where I saw it? HA! Forget it.

How I long for the good old days! Life was just much more simple & comfortable. What the heck is so special about PROGRESS? LOL.

Thanks so much for your contribution, Genna. Always a pleasure to see you!

CatherineGiordano profile image

CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

I remember Woolworth and The Five and Dime. I remember using my own money to buy a pink Spaldeen ball or a skate key. When I was a little older it was a little tube of Pond's lipstick. Now I shop at warehouse stores. How times changed. Going to Vidler's would be a walk down memory lane. The same concept, but I wonder if they sell Spaldeens. Voted up ++

Genna East profile image

Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

“Good morning, can I help you?” Paula, I can’t remember the last time someone asked me that when I entered a store. I’m not a fan of the big supermarkets or department stores where you have to spend considerable time to actually find someone who can help. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane and for the introduction to Vidler’s – I’d love to stop by and visit this place. I like the videos, and this great “Tradition!” Voted up and shared.

profile image

Kathleen Kerswig 22 months ago

I have fond memories of going to Woolworth's in Queens, NY with my mother many years ago. It always felt like we knew we would find some fun treasures on every trip. Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up! Blessings!

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....Hey Miss Florida....I don't suppose this was a subtle reminder that NY is not particularly famous for it's friendliness & smiling faces??? LOL I keep telling everyone, please do NOT think, "NY City".....we have nothing to do with the Big Scary Apple but the name of our State.....We "fringe dwellers" a.k.a rednecks are a whole hoot 'n hollerin bunch of fun....OK, Orlando mega trains their customer service reps! The South is rather sweet and sickening now that you mention it!!! Thanks GF!!

Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

I want to visit Vidler's! 75,000 items sure sounds like a family field trip to me! I remember Woolworth' friends and I use to eat at the restaurant of our Woolworth's in the mall, best darn grilled cheeses! Yum!

We have dollar stores all over Orlando, but they sell mostly crap. Some useful items too. I did want to point out that I am always greeted with a smile and a hello when we are out shopping, even at the grocery actually gets annoying especially if I am in a rush and don't feel like being super friendly back! Haha! Thank you for the fun trip down memory lane, I had a blast visiting the past :)

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jodah.....I must do something about this habit of mine, being so sentimental and always dreaming back to the good old days. I am an incurable boomer. Thank heaven's I at least updated my hair do somewhat and fashions! Do want to be a total "square!!"

Thanks so much for your visit, Jodah. If I brought you back , my job is done. Peace, Paula

Jodah profile image

Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

This was a fascinating trip back in time Paula. I remember these type of stores from my childhood. There are still similar ones in some of the smaller country towns here but they are few and far between. Woolworths is the biggest grocery and Department chain in Australia, followed by Coles. Vidler's sounds like a wonderful experience for locals and tourists alike. Voted up.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ann....Thank you so much. Our memories are quite similar, don't you think? I'm glad to know I'm not the only nostalgic, sentimental mush fan around!......Peace, Paula

annart profile image

annart 22 months ago from SW England

What a lovely bit of nostalgia; it sounds great there.

I used to love going into Woolworth's when I was a little girl. There were wonderful wooden floorboards, always well polished, and rows and rows of pick-and-mix sweets - such a great smell!

There wasn't much you couldn't buy in Woolworth's.

Sadly, only a few years ago, they disappeared, went bust in Britain.

Part of my childhood went with them.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article