At the Candy Counter

posted by Sharon October 28, 2014 20 Comments
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What were your favorite childhood candy treats? A general store in the mountains stocks some candy that instantly transports me back to my grade school days. Neccos and Smarties and Moon pies, oh my!

My friends and I would hop on our bikes and race down to the corner store after school. I saved up the coins from my allowance to buy goodies. Junior Mints and red vines and wax bottles with a thimbleful of sugared drink inside.

Oh, look! Cracker Jacks! Did you go for Cracker Jacks? I didn’t eat them. I just dumped them out to get to the prize. Great fun.

This general store does have what you need to get by, like soap and candles and bowls.

Then I found this train case.

Today we choose luggage for its air travel features. We consider whether to buy a carry-on, what size will fit in the overhead bin on the plane, and whether the wheels will allow us to dash madly from one airport gate to another trailing our rolling bags. Train cases, on the other hand, are boxy and awkward. They are not really practical, but they fill me with nostalgia. My mom had one I still remember–tan with blue edging and a removable tray. I used to play “packing” it up at home in between trips. Old luggage stirs up a wanderlust in my heart.

I kept coming back to the candy section, though. I love remembering those carefree days pedaling around the neighborhood, laughing with friends, counting our coins and venturing to the candy counter. One of the blessings I enjoy is that I’m still in touch with some of these friends. We may have progressed from train cases to wheeled carry-ons, but inside we’re not so different. We still love to laugh together.

How about you? What candy brings back memories?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Opening photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Lilly.

 

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20 Comments

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Marilyn Gallas October 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

Great images….they bring back so many childhood memories. I still like Neccos and the little hearts at Valentines with sayings on them. I think they are the same as Neccos.

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elizabethfstewart October 28, 2014 at 6:58 am

I would have loved this shop judging by your fabulous photos!

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Tamar October 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

What a great place with such great blasts from the past!

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dmh60 October 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

A little nostalgia creates a great mood for my work today – thanks for the walk down Memory Lane. Looks like a very welcoming and creative store with lots of photo props! I wish I could shop there . . . Your photos gave me such a lovely tour and your stories of childhood make me remember my own with fondness.

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rmh555 October 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

What a wonderful shop and such great photos! We had the pilgrim candles when I was a kid (in fact, my mom still displays them at Thanksgiving)!

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Abrianna October 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

What a wonderful store. I could spend hours in there, I think. All the photos are great. Pixie sticks were my childhood favorite.

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Thoughts from the Desktop October 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Wonderful memories. We don’t have those sweets or if we do I’ve never seen them. Love the first image, I want that cupboard.

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dalettre October 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Oh, wow…what a fun store!

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kim at picking poppies October 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

What a fun place….I remember Benfranklin and penny candy and when snickers were only 5 cents! lol

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Dotti C. Rinehart October 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

What a delightful trip through the general store {too bad they’re so rare} and down memory lane. Yes, we had a terrific little corner store {also too rare} to go to when we managed to have enough nickels and dimes to spend on candy. Life was good. Life is good.

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Evelyn in Oregon October 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I’ve always loved Necco wafers and buy them now and then. Never had a Moon Pie, though. Must be a regional thing. What a fabulous “general store” this is! I would think it would be great to spend a long time there. Love your images.

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Sheila October 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

What a cool place! I love Necco wafers – I love it when I can find an all chocolate Necco wafer package. I could spend hours in a place like this!

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cathy @ ma vie trouvee October 29, 2014 at 2:48 am

what a fun happy post! I loved cracker jacks – still do. And the caramel creams – the little round ones with the white in the middle…and of course swedish fish! what a wonderful store. they need to hire you to do their marketing : )

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inspiredbyjune October 29, 2014 at 3:04 am

What a fun shop! Great images!

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Life Images by Jill October 29, 2014 at 5:45 am

what a fabulous looking store – so many old memories and nostalgia in there! We didn’t have a lot of money for candies when I was little, but I did manage to save a few pennies to by penny sticks now and then. I have recently acquired some old cases when I packed up my Dad’s house recently. I didn’t have the heart to throw them out. And an old hat box of my mothers – still with the hats inside! I might have to blog about it.
Have a wonderful week. I am joining you over on Communal Global.

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Buckeroomama October 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

I love general stores… and especially ones like this one! I love those bars of soaps in those giant jars. Candies? I’m not much into sweets. I prefer savories.

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Catherine October 29, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Wonderful post! Love this nostalgic general store and the way everything is displayed so beautifully… The Cracker Jack boxes bring me back!! I remember always tearing them open for the prize 🙂

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Earl October 30, 2014 at 4:14 am

What a wonderful store. Really brings back lot of sweet memories. I lived near a Necco factory in the 1960’s that was near MIT.

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Anne@Grit and Giggles October 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm

What a lovely looking shop. I love the character of it. Those travel cases look like something I want to own.

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jeanne stone November 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Love love love your shots in this store! I too remember candy. Remember breaking in to my piggy bank and taking a whole sack of money to the candy store to stock up. That was back in the olden days when they then called my mother up to see why i had all of that money. LOL! I loved candy corn. My grandma always had it out on her counter in a cute littlle dish. i was actually looking for a post you did on paris, and when I tried to find it, my compputer said they could not find the post. I know it is there because it came on my email. Silly computers! i too Love paris! The first time I went there, it was just for a day on the way to my “real destination” which was normandy. As soon as I saw it, I said I am coming back here, and the next year, I came back for 2 weeks. Still not long enough! A fascinating place! Great shots you posted on the post my computer could not find.

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