My family lived in a new subdivision of brick homes called Cherokee Park in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a brand new shopping center had just been built nearby. Several of us neighborhood girls would jump on our Schwinns every Saturday afternoon and pedal to the dime store to spend our money.
What sounds like an unbelievably small amount today actually stretched pretty far back then. My favorite purchases when I was in elementary school were Banana Bike penny candies and plastic hair barettes. As I got older, I spent my allowance on Tangee lipstick (the kind that looked bright orange but turned a "natural pink" on your lips...and pushed up rather than twisted up out of the tube), Cutex nail polish and the latest 45s by teenage heartthrobs like Fabian, Frankie Avalon or Ricky Nelson.
My friends and I would stroll the aisles of the TG&Y and weigh the merits of this purchase or that, enjoying the process of deciding as much as we enjoyed the purchases themselves. Eventually, we would make our way to the cash register, pay the cashier, put our bags in our bicycle baskets, and head for home, where we would gather at a friend's house and sit cross-legged on someone's pink bedspread listening to records, giggling and admiring our swag.
|Banana Bikes wrapper|
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|Plastic hair barettes|
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