What little old woman didn’t carry one back then? We always bought hankies for our mamaw’s. They carried them pinned inside their bras with money inside of them for when they didn’t need purses. They pinned our milk money and church tithes inside of our dresses too. I can remember mamaw Lena pulling out money to buy a bottle of soda pop from the machine outside of the Five and Dime store. The four of us would share it. It was icy cold, sweet, made you burp, or it came out your nose. The littlest usually got stuck with the last swig that nobody else seemed to want.
Nail kits (eBay.com).
Every Christmas we usually got one of these in our stocking. Along with a big fat shiny orange, a tooth brush, or hair brush and comb, a pair of gloves for church, or maybe some nail polish. There was always hard candy in the bottom of the stocking. The hard candy stuck to the stocking so it usually had red fur on it. We ate it anyway.
Shoes shine products, Shoe laces, shoe horns, Zippo lighters with flint packs, coin purses, back scratchers, collapsible medicine cups (eBay.com), all were useful things back then that could be purchased inexpensively from the Five and Dime.
Carnival Glass, Milk glass, and Early American Press Cut glass. (eBay.com and Wikipedia/Manfred Hyde)Carnival glass was treated to have an iridescent sheen. It was also called “Poor Man’s Tiffany”. Milk glass was white and opaque and pressed into different shapes, and came in several colors. Early American Press Cut was clear glass with a “Star of David” shape pressed into the glass. These also came in various colors. My mom proudly adorned her coffee table and dinner table with many of these gifts we bought for her from the Five and Dime. Mom always had a candy dish or tidbit plate sitting around, and a Milk glass bowl filled with beaded fruit decorated our dining room table for years. Now I have one on my own table. I guess it’s because it reminds me of mom's.
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Some Five and Dime stores had luncheonettes. Ours didn’t get one until many years later when our little town built its first mall and the Five and Dime moved into it. When my daughter was little I would take her there for a Patty Melt, or a grilled cheese sandwich and soup, or a root beer float. Good food and cheap! Ah …..the “Five and Dime.” Those were simpler times and wonderful memories!