Hillsboro Christmas Shopping 50 Years Ago
If you still have some last minute shopping to do, I suggest you jump into the comeback machine (ie good old Studebaker) and go back 50 years to Hillsboro.
So where to start ? Many of you remember where Litt’s is (or was), so how about you start there? At Litt’s Children’s Shop, which is open evenings until Christmas, âYou can gobble up all the good times you want when playing in brushed cotton denim jeans with neat front pockets and flared socks. They even have a zip fly with buttons on the top for a real country look. Washable, of course! Depending on the size or if you want solids or patterns, the price of these jeans ranges from $ 2.99 to $ 4. Let’s go ahead and get some models.
As for âgifts for herâ at Litt Bros., handbags range from $ 2.99 to $ 12.99, âdresses that make you shine like hearth and bubble like champagneâ cost between $ 3. , $ 99 and $ 19, and costume jewelry is between $ 1 and $ 4. Oh, and if you buy more than $ 5, Litt’s will provide you with free gift wrap.
On the 100 block of East Main Street, Helen-Jean Fashions is open “9-9 for our shopping convenience” and “is where you’ll find goodies for everyone”.
We will stop there. From there we will visit Hillsboro Dry Goods on East Main where we can âwrap up a Merry Christmasâ. Bet the woman would love a polyester pantsuit, and if we’re spending more than four dollars, you guessed it, the gift wrap is free!
In the 100 block of West Main Street, there is “something new for every man on your Christmas list” at the Weyenberg shoe store. Another shoe store, Henry’s Shoe Store, is located on the East Main and they want us to “see the money tree” and guess the amount of money on the tree. The winner will be announced on December 24, 1971, and if there is more than one winner, the money will be divided. And yet another shoe store, Gossett’s Shoe Store, is located at 117 South High, where they are pushing the Hush Puppies this season.
OK I’m a little hungry and would like to buy some Christmas goodies, so let’s stop at 132 South High Street in White’s Bakery. White’s offers Christmas cookies, chocolate brownies, decorative cupcakes, sweet buns, butter flake buns, donuts, pumpkin and minced meat pies, salt bread and coffee to take away. (Of course White’s is now on West Main Street today and still looks awesome!)
At 123 East Main, Ellison’s Men’s Shop, the “Home of the Best Clothes,” you can “give him a gift that’s as special as it is.” They have suits, sports coats, all season coats, car coats, sweaters, Reston pants, Van Heusen and Enro shirts, Mallory hats, Metcalf ties, chic belts and jewelry, bathrobes, pajamas, electric razors, bill holders and much more.
If you are planning a holiday party, they take reservations at Jon’s Cocktail Lounge. They urge us to âmake your birthday a joyful oneâ and to call 393-4301.
It’s probably too late to send out Christmas cards, but if you want to buy some half a century ago for the future, we can stop at 117 West Main to get some from Central Hallmark Cards and Gifts.
I always laugh at auto commercials on TV where people surprise their loved one with a new car with a big red bow on the hood, but if you want to do something like that, Jerry Haag Motors and Santa are offering a Christmas bonus. for us where we can save up to $ 1,300 on new and demonstrator cars from 1971.
Oh, and we can get a free underlay on any new car purchased before Christmas. I could also drop by Hillsboro Auto Company on South High and look at a 1967 Pontiac Catalina they are advertising. My mom’s first car was a Catalina from the 60s. I’ll also be looking at the 1966 Ford Mustang V8 they have in the field. My dad had a ’65 Mustang. Sherwood Auto Sales on North High also has some nice vehicles on the lot. They have a ’68 Pontiac Catalina, and I’ll also take a look at the two-door 1970 Torino and the ’69 Nova.
Back on South High Street, Collins’ Appliance sells GE TVs with an 18-inch diagonal picture size with a beautiful woodgrain finish for $ 119.99. They have GE dishwashers for $ 218 and GE double ovens for $ 348.
Nolan’s radio and television service on Beech Street also sells televisions, including the new 1972 Zenith giant screens with 23- and 25-inch consoles. If RCA TVs are right for you, Schraw Bros. TV on Marshall Pike has it with “vivid colors, fiddle-less tuning, and reliable performance.”
At 838 South High, Town & Country doesn’t just talk about reduced prices, they have them. Wrangler knit sports shirts are only $ 8.99, bikes are priced from $ 29.95 to $ 39.95, and power tools like jigsaws, sanders, saws and drills range from $ 19.95 to $ 39.95. , $ 99 and $ 39.99.
Well there are a few other places I’d love to see but time is running out the Studebaker is running out of fuel and my wallet is strapped for cash after all this shopping so I guess we better say goodbye to December 1971.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Steve Roush is vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Highland County Historical Society, vice-chairman of an international media company, and columnist and editor for The Highland County Press. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]