Saturday, February 18, 2006




We Give Green Stamps

Becky Irvin, who ran the Kingsport S&H prize office until it closed in 1990, remembers the Christmas Eve that a man came in with his two kids right at closing time. “They wandered around looking at everything. He had two books to spend.” In the end he and his two small children picked an electric can opener for his wife. “I’m sure that was the only thing she got that Christmas.”

If you have any old Green Stamps books lying around the house, you can still cash them in. Here's how.

2 Comments:

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Johnnie Wagner said...

HEY VINCE,I'M ADDRESSING THE GREEN STAMP ISSUE.I GREW UP IN THE HIGHLAND AREA,LIVED ON HIGHLAND STREET FOR MANY YEARS,YOU AND I ATTENDED THE SAME SCHOOLS,I WAS A 1967 GRADUATE.I KNOW YOU REMEMBER THE WILLIS MARKET IN HIGHLAND,THAT'S WHERE MY PARENTS DID THEIR GROCERY SHOPPING,IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN I BELIEVE THEY GAVE GREEN STAMPS,THEN THERE WAS THE GIANT SUPERMARKET IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN I BELIEVE IT WAS LOCATED WHERE BIG LOTS IS TODAY.I REMEMBER MY MOTHER COLLECTING BOOKS OF STAMPS,I USE TO GO DOWNTOWN WITH HER AT THE OLD McCRORYS STORE WHERE SHE TRADED THEM IN FOR MERCHANDISE.I REMEMBER THE ED LEEPER STORE NOT CERTAIN IF THEY GAVE STAMPS.I HAVE READ YOUR ARTICLES ON THE OLD POSTENS STORE ,I ATE LUNCH THERE EVERYDAY WHEN I ATTENDED ROBINSON.ALSO THE KABOOLS GROCERY ON CENTER,MY BROTHER CONNIE WAGNER BOUGHT THE STORE,MY MOTHER USED TO MAKE THE CHILI FOR THE HOT DOGS WHICH AT THAT TIME WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST IN TOWN.I GUESS WE HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES OF THOSE DAYS,ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COULD BUY A WEEKS WORTH OF GROCERIES FOR $25.00,NO MORE DAYS LIKE THAT,THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS THAT WE'LL ALWAYS TREASURE.KEEP THOSE ARTICLES COMING,ALWAYS ENJOY SITTING DOWN IN THE MORNING WITH A CUP OF COFFE AND READING YOUR COLUMN.UNTIL NEXT TIME SINCERLY JOHNNIE WAGNER

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Mary Ladd said...

Hi, Vince, How about this for an awful job? During the summer of 1966. after my freshman year at UT, I worked 8-5 at an S&H Greenstamp redemption store! All day long- counting pages, and getting people's dream objects. This was at the S&H Redemption center in east Knoxville0 Waaaaaaaaaaaay past the Knoxville Zoo. I rode an unairconditioned city bus (girls didn't "need" cars back then) to and from the UT area where I lived. I think I just got the green dye off my fingers last year! Mary Ladd

PS the Wheat pattern china that you got with TV stamps is now one of the most collectible pottery types around.

 

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