Monday, May 19, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #4

I'm having a hard time remembering the name of this once busy grocery store. I know I know it, but I've given up. I'll probably wake up in the middle of the night and go, "Oh, yeah!"

When I was in the 1st and 2nd grade, we lived just down the road from this store. There is another across the road and I do remember it was called Wampler's. I know because I went to school with their grandson in Jurior High and through High School.

Regardless of the name, it is no more. I remember going into the store with my Aunt Edna after church on Sunday evening and she bought Dinty Moore Beef Stew and RC Colas to serve for dinner or, as it is still commonly referred to up here in farm country, supper.
Sadly, all the little mom and pop stores once scattered around the countryside are no more.


26 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I remember many little country stores like that. We used to stop at one on the way to school sometimes.

Buttons said...

Oh I love that old store we had a store like that when I was a kid it was limestone and the floors were very crooked but it left wonderful memories and stories in my head much like yours. Great shot. Hug B

Pix Under the Oaks said...

We had a Mom and Pop store like that in the little Missouri town I grew up in. I remember my Mom going in to buy hamburger. I remember walking on the hardwood plank floors and I always got a Coke. They sold little button candies on a strip of paper!

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, the memories a place like this evokes!

TexWisGirl said...

what a great memory - and a great old store. :)

Sharon Wagner said...

That is an oldie but goodie alright.

Halcyon said...

Now people like to do one stop shopping instead of a special store for things like bread, cheese, meat... It's nice to have the memories though!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is a very sad sight, isn't it. We see so many buildings like that. But I bet there's a Walmart nearby.

Brian King said...

It looks like a house. I bet it was a cool store back in the day!

Gail Dixon said...

It is sad how the Wal-Marts and other chain stores have resulted in the demise of the mom-and-pop stores. I wish we could return to those days...

Rose said...

I miss the little mom and pop stores...our little town used to have 3 in it...and probably more than that before I moved here...but I miss them.

Ginny said...

So sad! At one time, it was someone's home, and not rubbish. Hi, I come from Rose.

Robyn Goddard said...

Roan,
It is sad to see the Mom and Pop stores go out of business. The ones still going are usually full of neat things and have lots of character.

bettyl-NZ said...

Having those memories are so important to pass on. Great shot.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

That looks like it was also someone's home.

Our town had several of them, too. One of my hubby's friends converted an old neighborhood grocery store into two apartments back in the 70s. The last time we were by (a few years ago) it was still apartments even though our friend sold it long ago.

~Lindy

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful old house.

Hazel Ceej said...

I love those evenings after church - no house chores and the food was always special; those country stores I used to go to with cousins to buy candies.

georgettesullins said...

During the Depression, my mother's grandfather had a small grocery store. According to her, "We ate out of the store."

Amy Burzese said...

It is always fun to see one of the old stores, even though it is sad to see them abandoned.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This makes me so sad. The Mom and Pop businesses are what America was founded upon. It is the end of an important era.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I remember a 'neighborhood store' also. Awwwwwwww, the good ol' days.

marilyn said...

So many fond memories of the small community store(s) and the people that owned them and how they looked out for us.

Lady Lilith said...

Nice picture. I like the old mom and pop stores. It is sad to see them go.

Tanya Breese said...

i love the stories you tell with your pictures...you made me think of a little market i used to walk to with my grandma. it was called meat packers in el cajon, ca. we lived around the corner from it, my grandma lived with us. when i was really young i remember a story about one of the cows getting out when they tried to butcher him (they kept cattle in the back of the market!) and supposedly he was running the streets. i don't know how much of it is true! i can still smell the inside of the old market, the meats, even though i haven't been in there in probably 30+ years! they tore it down years ago and it became a car dealership.

Weekend-Windup said...

Old is gold! I love the old shop in the picture!

Abraham Lincoln said...

The old grocery store that I used to go to is still there but is in terrible condition. I would love to see inside of it but the current owners live in the livable quarters at the rear and closed off the store part. So getting in would be a trip for them I suspect.