Jump to content

Join the World of Atari!

Sign In or Create Your Atari I/O Account to join the party! Membership is always free! Gain full access to an amazing new retrogaming community with UNLIMITED member features, weekly high score championships, and prizes. Join other friendly retrogamers as we celebrate nostalgia & classic games, from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, TurboGrafx-16 and beyond!

Photo

Holiday Shopping Memories: Kay-Bee Toys, Toys R Us, Shopping Malls & More


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:22 AM

This time of year always brings back great memories of Holiday Shopping with my family at Kay-Bee, Toys R Us, Sears, Woolworth, and all the great places that always made going to the Mall such an adventure. Here's a look back at some of the sights and memories from an era long past. I hope you'll share some of your holiday shopping memories too!

 

 

 

Kay-Bee Toys

 

 

1.jpg

 

 

 

2.jpg

 

 

 

3.jpg

 

 

 

4.jpg

 

 

 

5.jpg

 

 

 

6.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.jpg

 

 

 

Malls-700-33.jpg


  • The Professor, RickR, Arenafoot and 3 others like this

#2 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:24 AM

Montgomery Ward

 

 

7.jpg

 

 

 

8.jpg

 

 

 

9.jpg

 

 

 

10.jpg

 

 

 

11.JPG

 

 

 

12.jpg

 

 

 

Montgomery Ward was a staple since the earliest days of the shopping mall.jpg


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#3 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:28 AM

Scenes from Shopping Malls

 

 

15.jpg

 

 

 

16.jpg

 

 

 

17.jpg

 

 

 

18.jpg

 

 

 

19.jpg

 

 

 

20.jpg

 

 

 

21.jpg

 

 

 

22.jpg

 

 

 

23.jpg

 

 

 

24.jpg

 

 

 

25.jpg

 

 

 

26.jpg

 

 

 

27.jpg


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#4 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:49 AM

28.jpg

Large modern sculptures were often a part of mall scenery

 

 

 

29.jpg

Fairline Mall (1981) outside of Detroit, MI was and is iconic of the Taubman malls

 

 

 

30.jpeg

The same view of Fairline Mall today

 

 

 

31.jpg

Fairlane Mall (1981)

 

 

 

32.jpg

The previous picture as it appears today

 

 

 

33.jpg

Other malls that were once cultural epicenters are left in ruins

 

 

 

34.jpg

Fairlane Mall had a monorail providing transportation to a nearby hotel

 

 

 

35.jpg

Neon malls of the '80s

 

 

 

36.jpg

Glamour Shots

 

 

 

Malls-700-8.jpg

Posters of Patrick Swayze


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#5 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:59 AM

37.jpg

Electronics Boutique

 

 

 

38.jpeg

The second floor was 2 Legit

 

 

 

39.jpg

Tape World

 

 

 

40.jpg

Most malls had a photo place to get your pictures developed

 

 

 

41.jpg

What's a mall without an optical center?

 

 

 

42.jpg

Before there was social media, there were Food Courts at the mall


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#6 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:02 AM

Arcades

 

 

43.jpg

Time Out Arcade (1982)

 

 

 

44.jpg

Inside Time Out

 

 

 

45.jpg

Time Out Arcade (1990)

 

 

 

46.jpg

Space Port Arcade

 

 

 

47.jpg

Atari Adventure was the Atari Store of the '80s!


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#7 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:06 AM

Sears

 

 

Malls-700-49.jpg

For decades, Sears was the go-to place for Holiday Shopping adventures

 

 

 

48.JPG

Sears Wish Book (1989)

 

 

 

49.JPG

Checking out Atari, Intellivision, and Odyssey 2 games at the counter (1982)

 

 

 

 

Service Merchandise

 

 

50.jpg

Service Merchandise had everything from silverware to video games


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#8 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:19 AM

Woolworth

 

 

51.jpg

Woolworth's were general stores. Once part of Main St. USA, by the 1970s Woolworth's were inside malls

 

 

 

52.jpg

At Woolworth's you could grab a hamburger or hotdog while you shop!

 

 

 

53.jpg

'60s style Woolworth's

 

 

 

54.jpg

'70s style Woolworth's

 

 

 

55.jpg

'80s style Woolworth's


  • The Professor and Arenafoot like this

#9 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:26 AM

K-mart

 

 

56.jpg

Before Walmart and Target, K-mart was the icon of American consumerism

 

 

 

59.jpg

K-mart was one of the most popular destinations for Atari games!

 

 

 

57.jpg

People spent a lot of time shopping for deals at K-mart

 

 

 

58.JPG

Or was it Zayre? Today Zayre is gone but spun off other retailers like TJ Maxx and BJ's

 

 

 

Hill's was another department store with plenty of toys & games!

 

 

 

53C3BD84-A443-4CF4-B4F0-54EB158D7D6B.JPG

Caldor was another good place for bargain hunting

 

 

 

652467C2-E010-4E1E-A507-472021C79E5F.JPG

Caldor is often remembered for its Orange and Brown rainbow "C"


  • The Professor, RickR and Arenafoot like this

#10 Justin

Justin

    The Shah of Atari

  • Administrator
  • 1,904 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:42 AM

Toys R Us

 

 

64.JPG

After all these years Toys R Us is still with us

 

 

 

62.jpg

A girl runs with her shopping cart. Inside is an Atari 800 Computer with Frogger, Pac-Man, and more!

 

 

 

60.jpg

R to L: Atari 5200, Atari 5200 Trak-Ball Controller, Intellivision II, ColecoVision

 

 

 

61.jpg

Board games, Footballs, Dungeons & Dragons, and Atari accessories

 

 

 

65.jpg

Star Wars Millennium Falcon play set and action figures from Kenner

 

 

 

66.jpg

Children's Palace was another toy store where kids' Christmas dreams came true!

 

 

 

63.jpg

This totally rad dude got the most bogus Nintendo games at Toys R Us

 

 

 

67.jpg

Atari, Nintendo, and Sega at Toys R Us

 

 

 

65.jpg

There was no feeling in the universe quite as magical as opening that one present you had dreamed of all year

 

 

 

68.jpg

These are the memories that last a lifetime


  • The Professor, RickR, Arenafoot and 1 other like this

#11 Arenafoot

Arenafoot

    Atari VCS/2600 Homebrew curator

  • Member
  • 2,275 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 02:18 AM

 

attachicon.gif42.jpg

Before there was social media, there were Food Courts at the mall

 

the above picture is from Belle Promenade Mall - Marrero, LA............ I hung out at Diamond Jim's Arcade all the time!


  • Justin, The Professor and LeeJ07 like this

consoles I own: Atari 2600 Vader & Jr. (short rainbow) w/box, GCE Vectrex, Radio Shack CoCo2 (64k) w/box, Intellivision, NES, SNES, N64 (x3), Xbox (Halo Ed.), PS1 (x3), PS2 slim, Wii, Mattel HyperScan (x2) handhelds I own: Microvision w/box, Electronic Football (by Sears) w/box, Tomytronic Pac-Man w/ box, Entex PacMan2, Coleco Donkey Kong tabletop w/box (w/ Coleco "Perma-Power" Adapter), & all MGA Classic Arcade's and Jakk's Pacific/TV Games Plug-n-Play.


#12 fergojisan

fergojisan

    Orange Member

  • Member
  • 222 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 03:01 AM

*starts building time machine*


  • Justin, The Professor, LeeJ07 and 1 other like this

#13 The Professor

The Professor

    Moderator

  • Moderator
  • 1,032 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 03:26 AM

:bttf_delorean:
  • Justin and LeeJ07 like this

#14 Bakerman

Bakerman

    Orange Member

  • Member
  • 235 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:03 AM

Yes, I really miss going to Kay-bee toys during the holidays or any other time searching for games on sale,etc. And Service Merchandise! God I miss that store, it was always a unique experience with so much different areas and stuff to look at, it's where I bought my first Atari computer, the 130XE. I remember the salesman trying to talk me into getting an 800XL since they were on sale for $50 less than the XE, but I just had to have 128K memory to match my friend with his Apple IIc!

 

And Montgomery Ward, another missed store. A funny thing about MW though, I thought the company went completely out of business around the turn of the century and I hadn't seen any store in Wisconsin or Texas where I've lived for the last 15 years, but I moved to Oklahoma a few months ago, and to my extreme surprise, I recently got a Montgomery Wards catalog in the mail! Does anyone else still have Montgomery Wards near them? 

 

And Zayre! Holy cow! I'd completely forgotten about that store until I saw the picture above!

 

Yeah, I need to get a time machine too!

 

I had all those Star Wars play sets, as well and the Sand Crawler and Walker cardboard sets! Man, what memories! I had a childhood friend name John Guenther, and he had the Death Star play set and a couple X-wings and a Tie-fighter, and I would bring all my smaller play sets, like the Falcon, Star Destroyer, Hoth base and the others and my "battle damaged" X-wing and Darth Vader Tie-fighter and we would spend the weekend with all of them together set up in his basement and make our own epic Star Wars stories. he had an 8mm B/W camera and we did a bit of stop-motion movie making with the action figures and stuff too, like attaching X-wings and Tie-fighters to string runners and pushing them down the string while filming! We used those fire-cracker snaps and smoke bombs for battle action with the camera too! Such great memories. I sometimes wonder what ever became of John and those old 8mm movies we used to make.


Edited by Bakerman, 12 December 2015 - 10:13 AM.

"Slugs, he created slugs?...Is this not the work of a complete incompetent? I would have started with Lasers, 8 o'clock, day one."-Evil (Time Bandits)
"...burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me..."-theme song (Firefly)
"I try to respect him, I really, really do, but he's just such a Smeg-head."-Lister (about Rimmer, Red Dwarf)

#15 Bakerman

Bakerman

    Orange Member

  • Member
  • 235 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:23 AM

The loss of American malls as cultural epicenters has to be one of the great social tragedies of our day. And it makes no sense to me why so many have gone into ruin and become giant indoor ghost towns. So many of us still go to Walmarts and whatnot for holiday shopping, so why not the great malls of yesteryear? I would, if they were still around where I live. I hate online shopping. It's just no fun at all compared to malls and window-shopping. Digital pictures online and waiting for the UPS truck suck in comparison and it's no way for the young generations to experience the Christmas season! And the tragedy of political correctness has even gotten rid of the Main street decorations in most towns and cities. It seems lost forever, just like the rest of traditional America. So damned sad and disappointing! We arel left only with Supercenter Walmarts and cruddy strip malls. Why does today's generation prefer strip malls?!? Where's that time machine again?

 

I remember my parents and grand parents always talking about how much better things were in their day, but I think we are the generation effected most by social change. We can tell our children how great America once was, and is no more, and it will be more true than any previous generations. Our parents and grand parents lived in simpler, friendlier, safer times, but we lived in a nation of greatness, if not so simple and safe, but now it seems all that is lost too.


Edited by Bakerman, 12 December 2015 - 10:36 AM.

"Slugs, he created slugs?...Is this not the work of a complete incompetent? I would have started with Lasers, 8 o'clock, day one."-Evil (Time Bandits)
"...burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me..."-theme song (Firefly)
"I try to respect him, I really, really do, but he's just such a Smeg-head."-Lister (about Rimmer, Red Dwarf)

#16 Rowsdower70

Rowsdower70

    Pear Member

  • Member
  • 2,302 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:25 PM

I really didn't like Kay-Bee toys, but let me explain why:

When I was younger, we had a WONDERFUL toy store called Toys By Roy.  (It was a Southern Mall small franchise thing)   It was a beautiful, old school toy store.  Glass display cases up front a'la the Christmas Story with elaborate displays.   Glass cases inside as well with amazing die cast toy cars, modeling gear, model rockets, Dungeons & Dragons stuff, and all the electronic games, gizmos, and video games.    As a kid, THAT was the toy store...and Kay-Bee bought them out.   Kay-Bee wasn't really bad, it was just more modern commercialization that reminded me of a smaller Toys R Us.  They had more kids toys for sure, but it wasn't as magical ever again.   Gone forever was that type of toy store.

This is the only image I can find of Toys By Roy:
David%20Game%20Store%20Retailer%20001.jpLook at that guy.  He had the best job in the world. 


  • RickR and LeeJ07 like this

"For you - Rowsdower from the 70 - have been appointed Omnivisioner of the Game Grid."  ~ Atari Adventure Square


#17 Bakerman

Bakerman

    Orange Member

  • Member
  • 235 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 02:38 PM

I would probably agree with you if I had a toy store like that near me. Actually, by the time I was in junior high, the only "toys" (besides model rockets and RPG games Gamma world and D & D) I cared for were video games, and luckily (Dan Iacavelli can attest to this too) we had a fantastic small Atari dealer near us called Mars Merchandising. He had everything Atari from consoles to computers, and, IIRC, Commodore and others too, but the specialty was Atari. And they took trade-ins as well, so I could go there and trade in my old games and consoles (and computer books I hardly used) for the newest ones. I was in heaven every time I wandered through that store! Atari from floor to ceiling and in just about every isle, not to mention the systems and computers hooked up so you could try before you buy, the latest games and systems. Sort of like that game store in the movie Cloak and Dagger, if anyone remembers that classic (the kid from E.T.).


Edited by Bakerman, 12 December 2015 - 02:39 PM.

  • Rowsdower70 likes this
"Slugs, he created slugs?...Is this not the work of a complete incompetent? I would have started with Lasers, 8 o'clock, day one."-Evil (Time Bandits)
"...burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me..."-theme song (Firefly)
"I try to respect him, I really, really do, but he's just such a Smeg-head."-Lister (about Rimmer, Red Dwarf)

#18 Dan Iacovelli

Dan Iacovelli

    Pretzel Member

  • Member
  • 428 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 04:25 PM

I remembered shopping the stores for games, I used to work at toys r us during christmas season back in the 80's


  • Rowsdower70 likes this

AVC Online:atari-video.club

VGS website: http://videogamesummit.net

 


#19 RickR

RickR

    The Don

  • Member
  • 5,421 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 07:25 PM

Very similar to Rowsdower's story:  we had a toy store like that at our local mall here.  It was really awesome -- they had bins up front for little toys for 10 cents or a quarter.  Things like slide whistles, rubber balls, army men, etc.  That made it easy to always come home with something good.  Plus, the mall was outdoors/not-covered...probably the most fantastical place to shop when it snowed during Christmas time. 

 

 

bedbc781871f9cae887b9d48dd2a9a70.jpg


  • Rowsdower70 and LeeJ07 like this

#20 LeeJ07

LeeJ07

    Pear Member

  • Member
  • 1,007 posts

Posted 12 December 2015 - 07:36 PM

In my hometown, Monroe, Louisiana, there was once a Service Merchandise, long gone.

 

Our twin city, West Monroe, had a K-Mart... No more.

 

Our first of two malls, the long defunct Twin City Mall, had a Montgomery Wards.

 

And way back in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, we had a Woolworth's downtown, along with a great multi-story department store called The Palace Department Store. It went belly up in the '80s, before my time.

 

Also downtown, about a half mile away, was a local store called Howard Griffin's, which every Christmas devoted an entire showroom to the "Howard Griffin Land of Toys."

They aired commercials on tv, with the jingle, "Howard Griffin Land of Toys! Loads of fun for girls and boys! Land of Toys is the place to buy, toy trains, airplanes, dolls that cry! Bring the kids and look around, The Greatest Toy Deal in the town!"

Sadly, Howard Griffin went under in the late '80s, and then, the final indignity, the long shuttered store was accidentally burned down by a homeless person in 2011. Here is a vid of the fire: https://youtu.be/b3wMQGGjsBQ .

 

Our other mall, the still open Pecanland Mall, likewise once had a Kay Bee Toys, but it closed several years ago after the entire Kay Bee company sadly went bankrupt.


Edited by LeeJ07, 12 December 2015 - 07:59 PM.

  • Arenafoot and Rowsdower70 like this
"I'd buy that for a dollar!" -Smash T.V.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users