A memorable shopping trip to Beall's first store in Bradenton
Originally published on March 14
I appreciate the Herald coverage to the 100 years of the Bealls department stores. May I suggest that you solicit memories of our shopping days at that first V Dollar Limit Store?
Please give credit to those who spent years working at that store.
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I am now sharing one of my shopping trips, the first time that I bought something with the money I had earned working my first job for two weeks.
I was hired by my uncle to take care of his 3-year-old son after the birth of the second baby.
A woman from Bradenton rode the bus to the Cortez village to bathe the new mother. Those were the days when mothers stayed in bed for 10 days after a birth.
My first job required entertaining the 3-year-old, opening Campbell's soup to feed him and washing baby diapers. This was the first time I had washed diapers on a rub board.
I enjoyed my first job. When Friday came at the end of the two weeks I got my pay. On Saturday, with that money in my purse, my mother took me to shop at the V Dollar Limit Store in Bradenton, where I spent the total amount on a dress.
I can still see that dress. It was off white with lavender, blue, and green designs on it. I spent all that I had on that lovely dress.
I was so proud of me for working and being able to buy it myself.
Are you saying that I was not wise for spending all I had? To me it was worth all I had made from that job. That whole one dollar ($1), I spent at the downtown V Dollar Limit Store for a dress in 1937.
Mary Fulford Green
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