Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very happy 2017!
I wanted to come up with something special to welcome in the new year and to thank you again for your readership in the past, and I'm hoping this fits the bill.
Whenever the subject of Sears comes up here, it's almost inevitable that someone brings up the candy and popcorn counter, and the amazing sights, tastes and wonderful smells to be enjoyed there. The delicious aroma permeated wide swaths of the sales floor, often following you as you browsed through the Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances and Ted Williams sporting goods.
I believe this popcorn/candy counter photo, from an original slide in my collection dated January 1964, is of the Oakbrook Center (IL) location, but can't say that with absolute certainty.
Sorry I'm unable to duplicate that marvelous smell for you here, but I'm hoping this photo helps bring it to mind. And of course I'd buy you the 39 cent-sized popcorn - we have a lot of shopping to do!

16 comments:

  1. Happy new year! I'm glad to see this blog is still alive, I really love the articles and photos. Being there wasn't a single post in 2016 I was rather worried it was over.

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  2. Happy New Year! I'm very glad to see you're back, being there wasn't a single post in 2016 I was rather worried it was over. I really love your articles and photos. :)

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  3. Thanks for your great work. It is really interesting to read your blog.

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  4. Good to see you again! Happy new year.

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  5. Happy New Year! My local Sears still had this exact style of pink-striped popcorn counter in the early 80s, located near the hardware and lawn departments at the rear of the store (and as far away from the clothing departments as possible). I had my first Icee there at the age of six or seven.

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  6. In my Sears (Austin, Texas) the vacuum cleaner display was next to the candy. They rigged a blower to an upended floor cleaning attachment and kept a beach ball perpetually lofted on a stream of air over the candy stand.

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  7. From the Maple Nut Goodies to the "Pokies" (knock-off M&Ms that had a harder, sweeter shell), to the Cherry Sours, I loved the Sears candy counter! Thanks for the reminder.

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  8. I just discovered thisbog whilst looking for signage from 55-60 years ago.I'ts easy and fun to get lost here. Suburban sprawl may or may not be a good thing,but it sure was prettier back shortly before I was born (late 60's.)

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  9. It is hardbreaking to see the death of Sears and Kmart, but I guess all things must come to a bitter end.

    Would love to explore old grocery stores again with you, Dave.

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  10. Going to our local Sears as a kid, always reminded me of coming into the store through the first-floor candy section and getting my parents to get me one of their little striped waxed paper-covered bags of their most awesome chocolate nonpareil candies. :D

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  11. PS: PFS inspired me to start taking some pics and reviving an old blog of mine. There's all sorts of signage and today's entry features a couple of local grocery stores.

    https://designatedsitter.wordpress.com/

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  12. The young man looks like he could pass for the 1990s, too, for some reason. I don't remember Sears having candy/snack stands, but it does remind me a little of the ones Kmart had back in the day.

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  13. Hi. I stumbled across your blog looking for pictures of the old Medford Square Star Market. I am a recently retired Star Market employee of 46 years and am also on Blogger. I'd love to see any pictures you may have of old Star Markets.

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  14. I guess Pesky Real Life is keeping Dave too busy to pursue his hobby, but I still check in every once in a while.

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