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Thursday, September 28, 2017

You Know You Are Old When...

Facebook is a wonderful thing. I enjoy keeping up with friends and family online. But every now and then some posts will pop up that serve to remind you that you are no longer a spring chick.  This happened to me this week on my home county site.

This is Hufstetler's Grocery Store. It is the first grocery store I can remember. My mother tells the story of my pitching a fit in this store because I wanted a Raggedy Ann book that was on display. My parents did not have a lot of money for extras but they got it for me. Mother and Daddy probably ate pinto beans all that week as a result of my hissie fit.  As I got older, the Tankersleys switched their allegiance to Shop Rite.

The Dixie Dime Store was next door to Shop Rite. After getting groceries we would take a little spending money and visit the dime store. I usually had a dime to spend. I am so old that a dime would purchase a medium size bag of pop corn, paper dolls or a coloring book. I usually opted for pop corn. How could you resist the smell of that tasty treat?

Neither of these stores exist any more. The buildings are there but downtown Chatsworth is nothing like it used to be. When I was growing up there were several local department stores, two dime stores, a shoe store as well as a jewelry store. I can remember picking out my wedding china at Chatsworth Jewelers.  Sunday afternoons were special if we got to stop at Carlton's Drug store and get an ice cream cone. I am so old that most stores were closed on Sunday! The drug store was open for emergency drug needs or an emergency Ice Cream Cone.  It really makes me sad to see very few stores in the town..most shopping must be done in Dalton, Chattanooga or Cleveland.

Thanks for taking a trip back in time with me....the sixties and seventies were a great time to be growing up!!

11 comments:

Mildred said...

I enjoyed your memories and the photos this morning. Karen and I enjoy looking at the Old Alpharetta fb page. Stores we remember as children that are no longer there. God bless you and Marvin today. xo

Mary said...

Arlene, I agree with you 100%, the 60's and 70's were a great time to grow up.( great music for one!) I had an allowance of 25 cents a week in the early 60's for doing the dishes each night and each Saturday morning I would go to Finest Supermarket and buy 6 bars of candy for 25 cents and then share them with my siblings. Such a big deal! I could go on and on but I really enjoyed your trip back through time!! Mary

Sandy said...

It is fun to look back sometimes. It is amazing to think what we could buy with a dime. Paper dolls were usually my choice. My life was definitely a lot simpler back then.

Karen said...

I hear you! Lots of changes since I was young!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

It's always fun to see old photos and see how the town has changed. I don't like it when things close down and remain empty. So sad. Glad you had these photos, and you remind me how much I loved paper dolls!

Phoebes World said...

The 60s and 70s were my childhood... and I was blessed to have a happy one. Im very nostalgic and not one for change and it saddens me when I go on my home town page on facebook and see the places I remember altered...or gone altogether.
I loved looking at your photos this morning... thank you so much for sharing

Blessings
Phoebe x

Terri D said...

I will agree but add the 50s to that list of decades! I remember Five & Dime stores (replaced today by the Dollar Store, perhaps). I am so old I remember getting 20 pieces of candy in a brown bag at the candy store. A dime went a long way back then..... good times and good memories!

Mary Hutchins said...

That sounds so much like my town. At one time our main street was always busy, there were dress shops, shoe stores, drug stores, grocery stores and yes a dime store. Now those buildings are mostly resale shops or sitting empty. The big malls of Houston took all the local businesses. Seems people wanted what they thought to be bigger and better, I never felt that way and I felt sad seeing one little shop after another close their doors. I still miss our "Main Street."

Mari said...

Such fun memories! Shame on you for pitching a fit. :)
I remember going to the dime store too. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Arlene, the era we grew up in wasn't perfect by any means but I'd take it in a NY minute over today. There was an innocence that is no more.

RJ said...

I remember good times growing up too. Our main street was actually called "Main Street" and in the center of town was Meyer's Hardware, Stanton's Drug Store, a wonderful florist with greeting cards, The Valley Spa for magazines, candy and of course an ice cream bar with the seats that spun around.

I remember so many good times. Whenever my Mom took me to the dentist we would go across the street to Meyer's Hardware so I could get a book of paper dolls for being a good girl. As I got older, my best friend and I would buy hit music magazines with all the words to the hits of the day. We would learn them all and put on shows.

We had a small movie house too in town called the Oxford. I saved my money so I could go almost every week with my friends. No electronic games ... just good old fun back then. I miss those days. RJ