Family Shoe Store, Searcy AR, 1978 Harding Yearbook.

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family shoe store searcy ar good service

Miss the service of yesterday?

I do.  I must admit that shopping now in at least one of my favorite stores of yesteryear is a disappointment.  There is no one in the shoe department to help you find a size.  There is no one in the ladies department to help you find the proper fit for you.  There are only a few checkers to check you out if you buy an item.

So look at this picture of a shoe store downtown many years ago.  They had excellent service from helping you decide what your size was to helping you find your size, encouraging you to put on the shoe, walk around with it to see how it felt, and then took your payment with a happy smile.

This picture was in a 1978 Harding yearbook and it does bring back some good memories!

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Rainmaker
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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

I grew up in a family shoe store that my brother still runs today.  

May 15, 2018 12:07 PM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
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I can sure relate to your feelings Barbara S. Duncan .

May 15, 2018 01:02 PM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Wow, that old photo reminds me exactly of the old shoe store we had in my neighborhood when growing up.  In fact we had three like that one.  And, yes, I miss the service!

May 15, 2018 01:50 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Dan, you are fortunate!  I'll bet service is still good there.

Bob Timm, thanks.

Myrl,  someone should do a book on shoe-store history.  We used to have a shoe factory in this town.  Some say that shoes started to be made in other countrys so therefore they were cheaper and that brought on the decline of well-made shoes.

May 16, 2018 04:48 AM #4
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Kip Lawson

I remember Dean well; he was always helpful and friendly and always had a story to tell. My grandparents would always send me there to get a new pair of shoes and "put on their account". Those were good times back then for sure.

May 16, 2018 05:53 AM #5
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Mike Monday

I worked for UPS and my route was downtown Searcy, I seen Dean everyday. Brings back memories

May 16, 2018 08:06 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kip, new shoes then was special!

Mike, I remember Dean also.  He was so nice.

May 16, 2018 08:37 AM #7
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Thomas Headlee

A couple of comments:
---in the 50's X-rayed feet in shoes for proper fit. Had a viewer you could look down in for instant feedback
---had "Headlee Drug" written in tile in concrete walk in front as it was a former location
Anyone remember either of those?

May 16, 2018 10:45 AM #8
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Tom, I had forgotten all about that x-ray machine. It was quite interesting to see toe bones .  I think we didn't think much about it because lots of B movies had x-ray machines used in the stories. In those days not so much was know about the hazards of x radiation. Now we try to avoid exposure as much a s possible. In fact, we try to avoid any kind od radiation even from cell phones up to the ear.

 

May 16, 2018 12:17 PM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Tom, I remember those x-ray machines that all shoe stores had.  As a little girl I thought they were so magical.  I had forgotten that it used to be Headlee Drug.  I think that when I came on the scene in Searcy there was just one Headlee Drug.

May 16, 2018 01:40 PM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, what do you think would happen if cell phones were suddenly declared as bad as the foot x-ray machines were decided?  Kids would all go nuts!  No, not really, with speaker phones so easy.  But then again, kids wouldn't want everyone to hear what is being said and the ear plugs might also be bad!  You what?  I refuse to worry about it.  LOL

May 16, 2018 01:42 PM #11
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

The shoe clerks got a lot of x radiation in a year.

Read this: https://www.wired.com/2010/11/vintage-shoe-fitting-x-ray-machines-will-zap-your-feet/s.

I find articles in Wired magazine reliable. I subscribe to it on and off.

 

May 16, 2018 03:41 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Don, that was interesting.  I am sure kids stuck their toes in it often just to see their bones.  I think I'd do it again today just to see how it works!  

May 17, 2018 04:48 AM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I thought of something else that was probably used by more people.  Sears's catalog had pages for measuring the feet.  Mother could put the kid's foot down on it and it told the size shoe to order for the child.  Lots of people used that method.

May 17, 2018 06:46 AM #14
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Barbara: And you always had to put your warm little foot on that cold metal pad to measure width and height. I remember that!

Today, if I want service, I text my personal shopper at Nordstrom and she meets me at the store. She walks all over the store to any department and assists. It's either that or online for me.

May 18, 2018 09:12 AM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Elizabeth, you are one privileged kid!  1.  Living near Nordstroms.  2.  Having a personal shopper.  3.  Having the money to shop at Nordstroms!  In Arkansas, we don't know what those things are!  LOL 

It is good to hear from you.  My blog has turned out to be more of a historical one about the town of Searcy and it gets a lot of attention.   

May 18, 2018 10:47 AM #16
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Laura Beth Harrison

What was his name? He is my shoe-buying memory! I also remember there was a gum ball machine. My mom took me there in the Spring to buy Bass sandals--usually brown, navy, white, and multi-colored...and then back in the fall for school shoes. He was always there. 😀Hope you are well. I enjoy this page!

May 20, 2018 07:49 AM #17
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