Chaffee was a teensy town but lively. They had a 5 & dime store (I'm pretty sure it was Woolworth's) and it was a few blocks from my grandparents house. The town was so tiny that even at 5 I was allowed to walk to town. Let me tell you, this was BIG. And I could not do it enough. I felt so grown up prancing through town all on my own.
I had an allowance and I loved that 5 & dime more than you can possibly imagine. I would walk around it for hours just looking at all the stuff that I could actually buy with my own allowance! It was just amazing.
To this day, given a choice of $1,000 to spend at Nordstrom and $100 to spend at Woolworths (I think there is one or two still alive), I'd take the $100 without even having to ponder.
Yesterday coming back from the pool, I saw a nice, new Dollar Tree Store (all items $1) and today, after the pool and brunch, I stopped in there. I was an entranced 5 year old again. I don't know why but it's like crack to me. I bought 16 things - a spice jar, toothpaste, a little solar powered dancing flower, little spatulas to dig cat food out of little cans, etc. It took me a good 45 minutes to make all my selections. Then when I got home, I opened each one - taking it out of its packaging and, once again enjoying the experience.
I cannot explain it, I just love it. And it's a way cheaper addition than crack.