The old 5 and 10 variety stores have all but gone the way of Route 66, drive-ins, and IBM typewriters. Gone are the cozy little stores that dotted Main Streets throughout America, packed full of sweets, toys, and household wares. Now, they are just delicious remnants of our past.
Tucked away in small towns and rural byways, however, there are still a few of these vintage and antique stores remaining that are sure to bring back delightful memories. A great way for old geezers and gals to feel young again, while at the same time introducing the new generation to the way we grew up.
While these vintage stores are located at various locations throughout the United States, they all share some remarkable similarities. The scent of aged interiors with their old oak floors and shelves stocked full of candy, inexpensive trinkets and toys from our childhood.
Most all of the remaining 5 & 10 stores have roots that date upwards of a half-century or more and are guaranteed to remove the years off the old and add memories to the young just by simply being in the presence of their nostalgic charm. Many of these stores have been lovingly handed down through the generations.
It’s always a delight to stumble on a wonderful antique store, or a truly vintage store. If you’re wanting to take a day trip to a vintage 5 & 10 variety store and you’re not sure where the closest one to you is, the Internet is always a good place to start your search. In the meantime, here are a couple ideas to get you started. By the way, it’s a good idea to call prior to your visit to make sure they are open for the season, since a few of the stores close down for the winter.
With a history that dates back to 1908, Berdine’s Five & Dime is America’s oldest Five and Dime store. When you walk through the doors of this treasure, you will feel as though you’ve travelled back a century. This store is located at 106 N Court St., Harrisville, West Virginia. ~ 304.643.2217.
One of Branson, Missouri’s, must-see spots is the Dick’s 5 & 10 variety store. This vintage store is going on over 55 years of delighting the young and the young-at heart. It’s located at 103 W Main St. Branson, Missouri ~ 417.213.8020.
The Sines 5 & 10 Variety Store celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. Going on five generations, this family-business features a soda fountain that serves breakfast, lunch and, of course, ice cream sodas and sundaes. It’s located at 236-240 W. Broad St., Quakertown, Pennsylvania ~ 215.536.6102.
The Guerneville 5 & 10 has made its home in the northern California town of Guerneville since 1949. It carries all the dime store treasures we love so much, as well as artist supplies and river gear. They are located at 16252 Main St., Guerneville, California ~ 707.869.3404.
Vidler’s is a must-see on everyone’s bucket list whether you’re a baby-boomer or millennial. For once you step inside these walls, age is totally irrelevant. Vidler’s, located in Western New York, about 20 minutes from Buffalo, is a great way to spend the day. The largest remaining 5 & 10 stores in the world, Vidler’s boasts more than 75,000 fun and unique items on two levels throughout its four connecting buildings. From retro toys, old-time candies, fabrics, candles, crafts, and kitchen gadgets, you’re bound to find something you can’t live without. You’ll recognize it immediately because Ed Vidler is perched right above the red and white awnings! This store is located at 675 Main St., East Aurora, NY ~ 716.652.0481.