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Back when I was a kid, growing up in the 70's, this was the place everyone went shopping on Saturdays.  The right side had an S & S Grocery Store, and the left side had a Globe Department Store.
This was before Walmarts, Kmarts, and large chain grocery stores, at least for Rochester, NH.

Each week we had our chores that we had to do: cleaning out the animals stalls in the barn, splitting and hauling wood, inside chores in the house (yes, it stunk to be the only girl lol).  If we did them well and didn't give my mother grief for the week, we would usually end up with around $2 by Saturday.  Sometimes I was smart, and saved that money for a few weeks, so that I could buy something more expensive.

But more often than not, I would go with my mother on Saturday mornings and spend it right away.   While she was shopping in the grocery store, we would go to the Globe, and look at toys, coloring books, and all sorts of "shiny" things.  More times than I can count, I bought drawing pads, colored pencils, markers, and watercolors.  I loved art (and still do today), so I was able to buy things that would make it more enjoyable.

As I became a pre-teen and teen, the focus turned more to closes.  Trying to assert my independence from my mother's choice of what I would wear (who the heck invented polyester!!??), I would save for a month or better just to buy a shirt or sweater that I truly loved.

Like in the "old" days, when a family who lived on a farm might have only "gone to town" once in awhile, that was our "going to town" trip, just weekly.  We lived 20 minutes from these stores, and so it wasn't convenient for my parents, who both worked.  I have many fond memories of those stores, and the extra treats my mother would get us on the way  home, either at the A&W drive-u

 


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01/12/2013 3:01pm

What a great memory. I have lots of memories of shopping with my family. Thanks for sharing. By the way, your title was so intriguing. I'm glad I clicked through.

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10/14/2013 11:48am

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