In Western Illinois, in the small city of Mount Carroll sits a small building on the town square that still bears a sign reading GENERAL STORE. The day we were there it was officially closed but still accessible through the café next door.
Holy Mackerel! This place was a wonderland of dead-stock toys, clothing and other gimcrack doodads and assorted gewgaws. Click to enlarge and savor the outdated electronic connection devices!
I think the General Store is where Charlie Arglist would buy his
Christmas presents if he were still around. Enlarge to get a load of the
cheap old plastic playthings:
Ladies, are you looking for vintage accessories and odd articles of clothing preserved in
metaphorical amber? A "No-scuff" Heel Pad, perhaps? "Ped" brand sheer
nylon stretch shoe liners? Would your fellow enjoy seeing you in a
"Temptease" brand leotard, circa 1980? It's got "Terri Guard,"the Knitted -In Seamless Cotton Terry Crotch!
Non-flammable hair extensions of the finest quality!
More toys! Does your child require a Dr. Beverly Crusher action figure? It can be had here.
Finally, a classic, old-timey scale. I wish I'd bought it.