Vidler’s Old Time Five and Dime

Want to go back to the day when you could pop in to a local Five and Dime store and pick up anything you could possibly want for a reasonable price? What if I were to tell you that you CAN? And, that the place you can do it is possibly the largest variety store in the world…..I mean, this place is B-I-G!!! Well, you just may want to visit Vidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora, NY! I did just that this week for the very first time! A friend and I wandered around this place for about an hour and a half and, while I think we say “most” of the store, I know there were sections we didn’t get to at all and others that we just glanced at!!! When they say whatever it is you want, you can find it under the awning, they aren’t kidding! And, it is like stepping back in time and walking into an old time Five and Dime store…..just like the ones every town had and every family shopped at…..only MUCH larger!

Here are a few photos I took while I was there……and, you can visit their web site by clicking here and taking the virtual tour of the store to see so much more of it!




Love the kindly shop clerk who welcomes all who pass by or enter the store!


Window display – considered getting a Where’s Waldo shirt and hat!


Any kind of old fashioned soda you could want….including some odd flavors, like Bacon and Peanut Butter & Jelly!!!


Into character items? If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist!



I was like a little kid with all these funky hats to look at! LOOK – there’s a pink flamingo one!!!


Here I am trying on a purple “Princess” tiara….and practicing my pageant wave!!!


Love this motto!!!

These photos were all taken in just the first section we walked through……I got so involved in looking at all the cool stuff, I realized I had stopped taking photos, so scroll back up and click on their web site link to take the virtual tour to see what I missed getting photos of! There is an office supply and stationary section that would put Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples together to shame……and a whole section with some of the cutest fairy garden supplies ever…….and aisles and aisles of stuff that would make any kid (big or little) squeal with excitement…..and old fashioned candy treats galore…..and so much more!!! And then, downstairs, the kitchen section goes on and on and on and on – with every gadget, utensil, pot, pan, and virtually anything you could ever want to use to cook or bake with that you could possibly think of…..and then there is a zillion more you’d never even consider!!!

Do yourself a favor and go experience this store at least once…..but, allow a good couple of hours to take it all in!!!

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