This morning I shared some graphics from old grocery store price tags & a receipt.
Here's how I'm using some of them in my home.
I've got quite a few of these metal fryer baskets, so I'm using them in my kitchen,
probably to hold fruit and candy. The wire on each is my baskets is slightly different and I really love each of them. It has been my dream for YEARS to own an old-fashioned general store - the kind with rows and rows of glass jars filled with candy, bolts of fabric, and old wooden floors.
I used to have a coffee table book that was all about old general stores that
are still functioning today. I would flip through that book and dream of the sound
of a creaky, old screen door opening and closing - of course, it would have a bell attached to it,
so you'd know if you had a customer while you were in the back room.
I think my love of old stores started as a child watching Little House on the Prairie.
I loved the mercantile that Nels Olesen (and his grouchy, but still lovable wife, Harriet) ran in Walnut Grove. I loved the long wooden counter that Nels stood behind, with the rows of staples
on the shelves behind him. I loved watching Caroline bring her eggs in each week, so Nels could purchase them from her and sell them in his store. I loved everything about it.
Then again, I loved nearly everything about that show. My sister and I never
missed watching it and our personalities were quite similar to Mary and Laura -
my sister was the smart, well-behaved one...I was a tomboy who would rather be
climbing a tree than sitting in school.
True old-fashioned general stores are rapidly disappearing from our land, so those that
still remain and are able to stay afloat financially are a real treasure.
Though my dream of owning a store like this may never come true,
it does my heart good to display items like these price tags, and
my stack of 1940's receipts in my kitchen. I DO have the old wooden floor though!