The Geneabloggers daily prompt of Shopping Saturday got me thinking about my earliest shopping experiences. When I was born, we lived on the same farm as my dad's parents. There were two houses with the barn dooryard between the two. I was the first grandchild and my grandmother spoiled me rotten. She took me everywhere with her. One of her favorite places to shop was the Mammoth Mart in Rumford (Maine). We would go in her VW bug and my favorite place to ride was in the well above the motor in the very back - no car seat rules then. How did we survive without car seats, bike helmets, riding in the back of pickup trucks or on the top of a loaded hay trailer? Grammie had a big checkbook with bubblegum pink checks - the kind with the stub on the left side for recording the check information instead of a separate check register. It was impressive to my child's eyes. My sister was more fascinated by the color and once questioned Grammie at the checkout, "Are those the ones that bounce?" Oops! Be careful what jokes you make around little kids because who knows when they will come back and repeat your words. I doubt my grandmother ever actually bounced a check but her joking comment was remembered and my sister had a knack for just saying the first thing that popped into her head (and she was only about 3). So this post is in honor of my grandmother, Lyndell (Cotton) Carter, Mammoth Mart, and old VW Beetles. Thanks for the memories!

Not the store in Rumford but it looks very simiar

1960 model - I can't remember the color or year of Grammies's but this must be close

Fern Lyndell Cotton Carter - I miss you every day! 

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Comment by Troy Jordan on August 30, 2012 at 7:52am

HAHA Love it Pam.  I remember that one too!  Woolworths & LaVerdiere's in South Paris, Newberry's in Norway and the Globe in Gorham were my other favorites.  Loved to scan the Globe for my Agatha Christie paperbacks!

Comment by Pamela Carter on August 30, 2012 at 6:34pm

Yes, all those places were favorites of ours too. I also remembered that we often stopped at the Rumford Animal Farm on those trips to the Mammoth Mart. I think I bought a lot of 45s at the Globe. 


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