The Dime Store Was His World.... Great Memories
Did You Know? - A variety store or price-point retailer is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, often with a single price for all items in the store. Typical merchandise includes cleaning supplies, toys, household goods and gardening equipment. Formerly many variety stores had lunch counters for inexpensive meals.
Did You Know? - The concept of the variety store originated with the five and ten, nickel and dime, five and dime or dimestore, a store where everything cost either five cents (a nickel ) or ten cents (a dime ). The originator of the concept may be Woolworth's , which began in 1878 in Watertown, New York. Other five and tens that existed in the USA included J.J. Newberry , J.G. McCrory , S. S. Kresge , McLellan's , S.H. Kress , TG & Y and Ben Franklin Stores . These stores originally featured merchandise priced at only five cents or ten cents, although later in the twentieth century the price range of merchandise expanded. Inflation eventually dictated that the stores were no longer able to sell any items for five or ten cents, and were then referred to as "variety stores" or more commonly dollar stores. $0.05 in 1913 when adjusted for inflation is $1.15 in 2009 dollars.