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A few years ago, I was vacationing with my family in Southampton, NY and found out that there was a 'penny candy' store a short drive away. When I told my three kids where we were going, I think that I was the most excited one of the bunch. From the outside, the store appeared to be the genuine deal. Once inside, I was thrilled to see an old candy case, with brown paper bags to fill with an assortment of old fashioned candy. A flood of memories came back, especially one in particular.
For several summers when I was a kid, my sister and I would go away to summer camp in the Berkshires. On the day before we left for camp, my parents would give each of us $1.00 to spend on candy at the penny candy store. We didn't care that the walk was long because we were on a very important mission. My sister and I would labor over our selections and always made sure that we included a few strips of the candy buttons on paper. It always seemed with the candy buttons that we were getting a lot of candy for a penny. I remember that the trick to eating the buttons off of the paper, was to try to get them off without pulling the paper with the candy. We would also try to guess the colors, but we never managed to get it right.
We would fill our bags with 100 pieces of candy and gladly hand over our $1.00. The candy was supposed to last a few weeks at camp but inevitably we managed to eat half the bag by the second day of camp.Well, my kids and I made a very good dent in the candy supply at the present day 'penny candy' store and as expected, the total bill was quite a bit more than $1.00. The store sign should have read, '$10.00 penny candy store'. We sat outside on a bench and I happily ate the candy buttons, leaving all of the paper behind. ~ Nancy from Connecticut