In "The Way It Was", 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, Colleton County, S.C., FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, Round O, S.C., STORIES on March 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

During the day in the store we would have customers. Some would sit and chat for awhile in order to warm by the fire or to get the news of the day. The post office joined the store so some were getting their mail. Some would bring in corn, peas, chicken or eggs for exchange for other items. Salesmen whom we called drummers (drumming up trade) were in and out and had all kinds of thing s for sale. Most of them had their car full of merchandise trying to sell and if they didn’t have what you wanted, they would bring it the next week. Some took orders and then there were big delivery trucks which would bring goods that had been ordered a head.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Twelve: “THE STORE,” 1999

  1. I remember the pot-bellied stove, centered at the back of the store. Facing it, the door to the left went into the post office and the door to the right went onto the connecting porch. There was a pendulum wall clock that I dearly miss having – at least somewhere in the family. But I think it’s gone – probably to some antique scavenger. The front double doors were secured by a 4″x6″ beam that was held in place by a bracket on the left and right door frame. I remember being able to lift it, but it was a job. I think I remember chairs on the left side of the stove, but it may be more having read Momma’s memoirs. The post office had a egg-crate wall shelf that held the mail, sorted by receipient. By the time I came along, it also held the wringer washing machine.
    Momma used to talk about the 100 pound sacks of rice, and would always tell the story of a doctor in Charleston who didn’t understand that. He asked a patient why she wanted a 100 pound sack of rice. She, having been raised in the country rather than the city, said that if she didn’t get the rice – someone was going to be sick. Once while Momma and Daddy were living at Gangplank, Penny and I thought we’d have some fun. We found a 100 pound sack of rice at Sam’s Club and left it in their kitchen while they were away. Momma was flabbergasted – but happy. They finally ate all 100 pounds!
    Those sacks, including fertilizer, feed, and seed sacks, used to come in floral and other patterns, since once they were empty, they were the material for homemade clothes.
    I don’t remember many customers, but things had slowed quite a bit by the time I was up to “remembering” age. It may have also been that when Aunt Floy saw someone coming, she ushered us out of the store!

  2. I wonder what Douglas’ memories of the store are?

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