Merchandise in a mid-20th century 5 & dime might be stocked in horizontal bins such as these. In a discount store of today, much would be hung on pegs.
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5 & 10 stores would sell apparel, shoes, penny candy and cosmetics.
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There were also toys, parakeets, goldfish, baby turtles and white mice for sale at the standard dime store.
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A 5 & 10 would also carry lots of houseware items, fabrics & notions, records, record players, radios, and even sporting goods.
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