Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Five Cent Ice Cream at Thrifty Drug Store

Back in the 1960's and 70's, Thrifty Drug Store sold everything from household detergents to cosmetics. It was the Walgreen's of its day. The chain no longer exists, but I still have vivid memories of it, especially its ice cream.

As a kid I could get a scoop of Thrifty's ice cream for five cents, a double for ten, and a triple for fifteen. Each store had a stand inside selling pre-packaged ice creams by the pint or quart and a walk up counter where you could buy a cone. My favorite was a double chocolate chip. Yummy!

When the Thrifty chain was sold to Rite Aid in 1996, Rite Aid continued to have Thrifty's ice cream stands at some of their stores. Today, I was reminded of Thrifty's legendary ice cream when I visited a local Rite Aid. Alas, a single cone now costs $1.79, an increase of 3,480% since 1970. (The US inflation rate for the same period was a mere 502.8%.)

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