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“Yak, yak, yak. He talked to everyone. He didn’t know any of their names but he had a name for everyone. There was the Frito Man. There was the Beer Man. There was the bread man. We sold a lot of beer here and a lot of milk,” Mary recalls. “We had a lot of fun here.”
When they did away with groceries and produce, the customer mix changed. No longer did families come in for milk, bread, melons and beer. Nowadays, it’s antique collectors looking for unique items and bargains.
“It changed everything,” Mary said. “It just wasn’t the same.”
Some of those collectors will be back at month’s end for an auction. Mary and her daughter are setting up displays of items for sale. The property and some surrounding ones purchased over the years will stay with the family.
“That is unless someone offers me a million bucks for it,” she laughs. “Maybe they will.”