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!