Visit Crystal Bridges in Bentonville but don't forget to go to the Dime Store.

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

As a child I wanted to go to the "Dime Store."  Perhaps it was called a five and 10 cent store but to me and my kin it was the Dime Store. 

I could go in there with one dime and find many items that would please me. 

In Arkansas we now have the famous Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville AR.  I absolutely insisted that Hubby take me up there to see all the art work.  He didn't object too strongly because he likes the drive in North Arkansas.  Even he was delighted with the new museum. 

We also took in downtown Bentonville and the downtown is something that you can't miss.  Sam Walton's dime store is there and turned into a museum telling about Sam and his rise to the top.  One of the top things to admire was his old red pickup truck with the dog pens on the back of it. 

Here's the dime store front.  You will enjoy prowling through it!  And the man who hold it open was so friendly and willing to tell all the good stories of how Newport Arkansas missed out on being the home of Wal-Mart.

 

Sam Walton's 5 and 10 cent store

 

Comments (16)

Anonymous
Anita Fuller

Allow me the privilege of being the first to write on THIS blog:  I, my husband, two friends from Illinois, will be visiting Crystal Bridges a week from tomorrow.  We will definitely go downtown and visit the "dime store"...

Now a small world story:  Bob's Uncle Lewis Mann lived in Newport (was Supt. of the schools).  He had the opportunity to move to Marion, Ark. and Sam Walton bought his house, and subsequently opened his first "5 -l0 Cent " store.   If that isn't 6 Degrees of Separation, I don't know what is.

May 04, 2012 09:09 AM
#1
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, before you go you might get the book "Sam Walton Made in America" written by Sam in 1992 telling about his road to wealth.  I especially liked the part about his beginnings in Newport.  He got shafted there by his landlord and had to choose another place to live.  His wife refused to live in a town that was over 10,000 population so he had to find a small town.  Poor Newport and rich Bentonville!  I bought book at the dime store and read it on the way home.  Wish I'd read it earlier.

May 04, 2012 10:42 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, P. S.  I may have heard the Newport story from the man at the dime store more than in the book. Can't remember for sure.

May 04, 2012 10:43 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

All of us oldsters remember Sterling's 5 & 10 or Nickle and Dime store in beautiful downtown Searcy don't we?

I wold like to take this opportunity to add a story told by dear Paula Anne about her experiences of working  at the notion counter at Sterlings one hot summer day.

 

                       One of Life's Learning Experiences

 

One never really understands the human population until they are exposed to the masses.  At the very early age of 16, I went to work at the Sterling Five and Dime on Spring Street.  This was truly a 5 and 10 cent store. Oh they did have things that cost more, but not on the notion counter that I was given to serve the customers.  

This was in the days when you actually had a person seeing you, and asking if they could help and then taking your money right then and giving you your change and a package.

 Well, when you have not been exposed to the things that people purchase or wear it is truly an experience as I was to discover.  I started to work in the summer, and it was very hot. A lady came to the counter  and I noticed her thin cotton dress with large arm holes. I noticed she wasn't wearing a bra but I think she felt she was dressed properly because her nipples were covered with band-aids. I was amazed and amused at that sight.

 Gee, who says women took off their bras in the 70's.  In Searcy we were really  into the modern era much earlier. I thought this was a wonderful idea, but decided not to try it as I did not like the adhesive on the bandages!!!

 Another learning experience was to see what folks bought for Christmas gifts.  During the Christmas rush, I had people buy 10 comb sets for gifts.  I just could not imagine giving a 3 piece comb set as a gift.  So you can see that working in the public place is always to be considered one of life's great experiences.  Take advantage and learn all you can....

 

May 05, 2012 12:28 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, Paula had a good story to tell.  I'm trying to go back, however, in time.  When DID women start wearing the modern breast coverings?  Didn't Howard Hughes have something to do with designing those pointed things that women wore in the 50's?  More work for you, dear Don.

Mary, I can see your confusion.  I always thought they were called "bloomers."  I also did a stint at a dime store.  I obtained my social security number because I worked there.  I had to hop on a bus in "Coolidge" and ride 12 miles to "Thomasville" and then probably walk to the dime store and then ride the bus back home.  I think it was such an ordeal that I didn't last anytime to speak of.  I thought it was going to be a high class job compared to working in tobacco.  I guess it was but my memory is dim regarding the job.

May 05, 2012 03:48 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I just checked my earnings that were taxed for social security according to their records and I made $11 at that dime store.  Surely I didn't stay long!! Looking back at your earnings record is interesting.

May 05, 2012 03:54 AM
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

I remember the article of clothing being called step-ins.  I haven't heard of any stories about WHY they were called that.

May 05, 2012 04:29 AM
#7
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Barbara, I would be happy to research "pasties". According to Wikipedia,

Pasties emerged in burlesque and striptease in the 1920s as a way to avoid breaking the law by performing topless. Pasties came to be regarded by some as more aesthetic and erotic.[3] They were worn in cabarets such as the Folies Bergère and Le Lido. Burlesque performer Carrie Finnell is attributed with adding tassels which hang from the center and incorporating tassel twirling as part of a performance.[5]

 Pasties are also at times worn as an undergarment and occasionally as beachwear. Some women wear pasties to avoid irritation of the nipples by rubbing against the fabric of the outer garment. When worn under clothing pasties are sometimes called breast petals.[2] I

 I could go on, but I think ya'll get the meaning o.k. I didn't find a Howard Hughes connection.

Hmmm, looks like this blog has grown legs again.


 

May 05, 2012 04:33 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you seem to have been researching in a field that is slightly risque.  What we asked for was when bras started.  You got carried away.......LOL  Striptease, burlesque,tassels, breast petals......I may get kicked off activerain......

May 05, 2012 12:01 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

We no longer have a 5-10 store.  I enjoyed your post, but the comments more.

May 05, 2012 12:15 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kay, the Searcy Sleuths do a great job with their comments.  Thanks for giving me yours!

May 05, 2012 10:49 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

How funny! You're phrasing of the question about breast coverings and pointed things led me to believe you were talking about "pasties". Sorry I got carried away with my enthusiasm.

Now to the question of pointy bras.

 In 1943 Howard Hughes, famous billionaire, genuine lover of cleavage,  and one-time film producer, famously used his skills as an aircraft designer to develop the cantilevered , pointed bra that made so much of Jane Russell's assets. in the movie 'The Outlaw'.

The ladies in the recent TV series "PanAm", were true to form in their pointy bras and step ins.

 



May 05, 2012 11:18 PM
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

I"m thinking I need to "step in" and call this blog CLOSED.

May 05, 2012 11:55 PM
#13
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, now you did it!  You got it right.  When we review some of the old movies and see the girls with sweaters and two pointed things we can thank Howard Hughes for his engineering skills.  Mostly they look ridiculous.  I think I have "Outlaw" in the huge amount of movies that I inherited.  Must go watch it again. 

Anita, I agree with Mary Dunn.  You are a spoil sport.  But I guess we can blame Don for turning an innocent dime store blog into a blog about step-ins and cantilevered women's undergarments.

Mary, well said!

May 06, 2012 02:59 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anthony, I think I will come back!

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