Snowdens! Who didn't like a 5 & 10 cent store??

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Snowdens Dime store 

Searcy, Arkansas had its share of dime stores.  At least that's what I heard them called as I was growing up.  Snowdens was one of the dime stores in Searcy.

"Mama, can we go to the dime store?" 

When Mama said yes we were happy kids.

Snowdens was still in Searcy AR when I arrived in about 1967.  It was located on the South side of the court square.  The Snowdens lived on Arch Street and evidently they never threw anything away but built a building behind their house to hold all the stuff. 

Arch Street wasn't far from where I lived and I had to drive by there all the time.  Once the store had closed and the Snowdens had died their heirs were cleaning the place up and throwing things away.  The pile of old stuff beside the road was enticing.  I stopped by and started rifling through the trash and throwing a few things in my car.

One of the heirs came out and INVITED ME TO LEAVE!  What a grouch and a waste of all that beautiful junk that was to be picked up by the trash man. The items that I salvaged were 1940's order books for items that they carried in the store.   You can see what they cost per item or per dozen.  Junk?  Yes.  Shoulda been thrown away in the 40's?  Yes.

But that's what makes an item collectible.  Almost all of them were throw away! 

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Sherry

This is a great picture of the old Snowdens Store.  I remember it as being dark inside.

What is the store next door.  I cannot remember.  I would love to see more pictures of the buildings back then.

Nov 01, 2008 02:52 PM #1
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Is this entire picture the front of Snowdens?  I don't remember it being that big.

Nov 01, 2008 02:55 PM #2
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Sherry, I think Snowden's just took up under the sign but you are the Searcy expert.  Rodger didn't remember what was beside it.  He even got mixed up as to where it was.  He says it smelled old and everything in it was old.  He liked the dime store that smelled like popcorn.

Nov 02, 2008 12:10 PM #3
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There's a dime store near here in Bethesda, and it's so funky and old-fashioned!  I love it!

Nov 02, 2008 12:44 PM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Patricia, there's one in Branson MO that I always try to visit when we go there.  They're still fun!

Nov 02, 2008 12:54 PM #5
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Debi Boucher
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Barbara, What a terrific old photo!  I remember the 5&10's, too. Ben Franklins, Woolworth's. The end of an era. I just posted about another soon to be ending era- the newspaper. Funny, when we're young, things come and go and we take no notice. As we get older, we get nostalgic about those losses...

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Nov 02, 2008 01:02 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debi Boucher, I believe we had a Ben Franklins store and a Sterlings.  My husband said that Sterlings smelled good whereas this one pictured didn't.  Thanks for comments.

Nov 03, 2008 12:37 AM #7
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Barbara, How funny! Did he say why Snowden's was stinky? ;)

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Nov 03, 2008 12:42 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debi, he said it smelled like old clothes or old stuff and it probably didn't have air conditioning in those days.  One of my friends said it was also dark. 

Nov 03, 2008 12:47 AM #9
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Barbara, I can imagine it - the old, musty building smell!

Debi

Nov 03, 2008 01:03 AM #10
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We called them dime stores, too. There was a Woolworth's on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. I would get a $5 bill for my birthday and knew I was rich. I'd spend the whole thing at Woolworth's. Hoola hoops, swimming tubes for the beach, candy and clothing.

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Nov 03, 2008 03:57 AM #11
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Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
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Barbara,

I loved Snowdens and Ben Franklin's, we called them dime stores too.  Thanks for memories!

 

Nov 03, 2008 06:22 AM #12
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Elizabeth, my memories are like yours only I was given a dime to spend.  : (   But it took me a long time to decide how to spend that dime!!

Mary, you forgot Sterlings!  Did you go there too?

Nov 03, 2008 08:53 AM #13
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Alexsandra Stewart
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I love the old photo!  I do have a bias for photos of any kind. :-)  Great memories of the 5 and 10. Your post reminded me of 'Nickle Day'  When we were kids our mom would give the 3 of us 5c on Wednesdays, and we could spend it ANY way we wanted!   You could buy a lot of penny candy for a nickle back in the day! Woolworth's, Kresge's are few of the names I remember - but we usually went to one of the little corner stores, because the owners would often give us a little extra!

Nov 03, 2008 05:26 PM #14
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Alexsandra, that sounds like happy times!  How to spend a nickle or dime is the same as kids of today trying to figure out how to spend $20.  Time just marches on, doesn't it.

Nov 04, 2008 12:00 PM #15
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Searcy ben franklins was on east side of court square where some of 1st Securty banks office are now and Sterlings was on block next to JC Penny or now the radio station office..ben franklins had bulk candy bins and sterling always had popcorn....

Aug 29, 2009 09:36 AM #16
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John, I do remember those old stores even though I came in late.  If you have any old photos why don't you share them with us.

Aug 29, 2009 10:13 AM #17
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