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#31 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:49 PM

I occasionally shop in Ikea but I never enjoy the experience.  It's very difficult to navigate, deliberately so.  They want you to look at everything and unless you know the store really well you have to walk that serpentine dotted path to get out.  I find it more than a little irritating.

 

And, after you've finally exited their maze, you get to assemble their furniture.  That can be a delight. 

 

I believe the IKEA in Elizabeth NJ, by Newark Airport, only charges 3.5% sales tax.


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#32 joethefoodie

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:59 PM

On Long Island we had some great precursors to the big box stores TSS and Great Eastern. 

 

This is great! My high-scool buddy Dave, long ago moved to Boca, and now runs an auto-repair business in Delray Beach.

 

But after school, he ran the auto-repair department at TSS in, I want to say, Island Park.

 

And when we were in like 6th, 7th, 8th grades, we would ride the bus to Great Eastern Mills in, I want to say, Elmont - they had a section in the back dedicated to pinball machines! Even had some mechanical stuff.



#33 Suzanne F

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

I don't want to get all picky (well, yes I do ;) ) but a lot of the stores now being discussed, even by me, are not and never were five-and-dimes.

 

Thanks to whomever for mentioning McCrory's. Now I really feel old. :P


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:36 PM

Until I was in fourth grade, my parents owned a true mom-and-pop five and dime.  I have a red and white-handled potato masher from "my daddy's store."  I'm old enough to remember cheap, flimsy toys stamped, "Made in Occupied Japan."  I waited on customers from a very young age and knew how to count back change, and the proper way to hand it to the customer.  I loved the racks of sewing thread, arranged by color.  You can imagine the size of my paper doll collection.   My mother loved making Easter baskets, with chocolate eggs and rabbits, jelly bean and the original Peeps  nestled in yellow and purple paper "grass." 



#35 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:52 PM

Majolica plates stamped with the Made in Occupied Japan commands a high price among collectors, I've been told.  Following the American withdrawal, many chauvinists destroyed  MiOJ pieces as part of a national cleansing of the stain imposed by the Occupation.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:53 AM

 

On Long Island we had some great precursors to the big box stores TSS and Great Eastern. 

 

This is great! My high-scool buddy Dave, long ago moved to Boca, and now runs an auto-repair business in Delray Beach.

 

But after school, he ran the auto-repair department at TSS in, I want to say, Island Park.

 

And when we were in like 6th, 7th, 8th grades, we would ride the bus to Great Eastern Mills in, I want to say, Elmont - they had a section in the back dedicated to pinball machines! Even had some mechanical stuff.

 

I remember the Great Eastern in Elmont!


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#37 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:28 AM

Aussie Woolworths is a grocery store. It also never had a connection with the woolworth family. They just stole the name.
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:03 PM

I thought the Aussie business was spun out during g one of their emergencies.

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#39 Suzanne F

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:52 PM

Are they maybe part of Woolco, which used to package spices?


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:29 PM

Bonner was right.
 


Woolworths Limited was founded in September 1924, originally under the name "Wallworths Bazaar Ltd.", a play on the internationally renowned F. W. Woolworth name. After discovering the name had not been registered in Australia, and Woolworths had no plans for overseas expansion, the company became "Woolworths Limited" on 22 September 1924.

 

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:42 AM

I thought the Aussie business was spun out during g one of their emergencies.

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Amazingly the only two remaining Woolworths brands (Au and Za) had the same origin story
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Posted 16 March 2017 - 06:24 PM

I was going to post that the Woolworths in South Africa (aka "Woolie's) is somewhat upscale, particularly regarding food--the SA equivalent of Waitrose, only on a smaller scale.

 

When I was in college, we had the National 5 and 10 on Main Street (this is in Newark, DE).  Our Hillel used to meet in a little rented space above the store before it got its own house (which was after I graduated).  The 5 and 10 is still there, but it seems to have morphed into a store exclusively selling UD apparel and collectibles.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 01:30 PM

Snopes says the "Usa, Japan" thing is fake: http://www.snopes.co.../genius/usa.asp

Usa (宇佐市 Usa-shi?) is a city located in Ōita PrefectureJapan. The city was founded on April 1, 1967. On March 31, 2005, the towns of Ajimu and Innai (both from Usa District) were merged into Usa.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:26 PM

 

Snopes says the "Usa, Japan" thing is fake: http://www.snopes.co.../genius/usa.asp

Usa (宇佐市 Usa-shi?) is a city located in Ōita PrefectureJapan. The city was founded on April 1, 1967. On March 31, 2005, the towns of Ajimu and Innai (both from Usa District) were merged into Usa.

 

 

I think we're talking about 2 different things.  In the U.S. in the 1950s and early 1960s Japanese goods had the reputation of being shoddy.  It was cheap stuff and poorly made.  Kitchen implements, low end children's toys.  My father told me about the "usa" stamp that was used as a subterfuge to get Americans to buy these things. 

 

I never saw anything stamped "made in usa" that looked like it was actually made in Japan.  In fact a label like that wouldn't be particularly convincing if it was stamped on obvious junk.  At the time I didn't know what an urban legend was but I thought "usa" was a myth.

 

By the mid 1960s Japanese electronics started to make their way into the U.S.  First there were transistor radios, then small Sony TVs.  All of them were well made and within a few years the reputation of Japanese products had improved markedly.  The change was complete when Toyota started shipping cars to the U.S., also around that time.

 

That "usa" city Orik mentioned was founded in 1967, well after the reputation for Japanese goods had turned around.  I think the name is a coincidence.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 11:46 PM

I know Lex, I was kidding. I don't think they even make anything in Usa and electing Trump as their mayor won't change that.


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