When we bought the 5 and 10 in 1977 the first question asked by almost every local person was,"You're NOT going to change it, are you?" Of course, we had no reason to disrupt a proven success, but we did phase out the stove bolts and folding red, white and blue yardsticks. There was a mad rush when the local kids found out we were handing out free yardsticks. They came for the first one, then went home to change clothes and pick up another. They thought we wouldn't remember, but we did.
Some things have changed over the years, but mostly to emphasize more of the past. We stripped off the battleship linoleum to expose a beautiful pine floor in the back of the building. It even revealed the carpenter's pencil marks. Under the front 1950 tile was a maple floor showing years of wear back into the 1800's. We have added our own homemade displays here and there to fit in with the atmosphere and make use of every inch of space. The old counters complete with glass dividers are still here along with the original candy case from opening day in 1939. Almost all the antiques lining the top shelves were once used in the store. Our 1935 cash register was bought secondhand and is still going strong.
Merchandise has changed over the years, but all the good old items are still here. There's bag balm, white gloves, weaving looms, dominoes, clip earrings and all kinds of dress-up items to spur your imagination. As a matter of fact, there is too much to list. You'll just have to come in and experience it for yourself.