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7. Woolworth’s

It’s weird, and a bit depressing, to think that at one point in time, you could get essential items for as low as five cents. To put it in a better perspective, something that costs $2.50 in 2014 would’ve only came up to about 11 cents in 1913 at variety shops. These “five and dime” stores were huge in the early to mid-1900s, and Woolworth’s was the big daddy of them all. After selling everything from clothing and footwear to furniture and jewelry, the brand started to experience heavy competition from a heap of other stores looking to cash in on discounted goods. After a decline in the 1990s, they renamed the brand to a name you guys might know pretty well: Footlocker. Think about the origins of that brand the next time you head out pick up a pair of Nikes.

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