Ah yes, Pay ‘n Save! If you’re old enough to remember them, chances are you also remember Woolworth, GEM, Cornet, Kress and Wigwam. Old school retailers around Hawaii that had an indelible impression on us folks who grew up with them in our neighborhoods.
Pay ‘n Save was essentially a pharmacy and department store, similar as a competitor to what Walgreens is today to Longs Drugs. Albeit Pay ‘n Save had a little more stuff like shoes and clothes, IIRC. Also IIRC, all the Pay ‘n Save stores in Hawaii turned into Payless. Correct me if I’m wrong on that.
While these ads are for the Leeward side of Oahu (Waipahu & Waianae locations), where I grew up on the Windward side, there was a Pay ‘n Save store in Windward City Shopping Center on the backside in its own building, while there was another one in Kahalu’u in Temple Valley Shopping Center, also in its own stand-alone building, which now houses a movie theater. Pay ‘n Save had a lot more square footage than the average Longs.
That first ad was from a June 1982 publication, while this one was from a May 1982 publication…
Circa 1982 compared today, 2014, now let’s talk prices! First of all, SKIPPY DOG FOOD! That’s what we used to feed our dog back in the day, and that price sounds about what I remember at 25 cents a can. How much is canned dog food today? I don’t know, as we buy dry bagged food (Eukanuba). The dish soaps look about the same as today’s prices, which is strange, otherwise the foil, disposable plates and cups and laundry soap are noticeably cheaper back in 1982; about double the price or more today.
Then there’s the “iPod of the 80’s”, a.k.a. the “Personal Cassette Player”. God, do I so not miss cassette tapes one single bit! From having to rewind tapes, to tape getting “eaten” by the player, to the eventual drop-outs and treble degradation, GOOD RIDDANCE CASSETTE!
I have to admit though, there’s still a weak spot in me for vinyl LP records. While I don’t have them anymore (used to have BOXES of Rock and Metal 33 LPs), along with a good player, I’d definitely give them a spin every now and then. Can’t beat the warm natural tone of vinyl records, snaps’ ‘n pops ‘n all. Of course the other great thing about 33 LPs being the gorgeous ALBUM COVERS, sleeves with lyrics and sometimes posters included in the double-albums. Miss that!
While we’re on the subject of old school multimedia technology, in the same publication these Pay ‘n Save ads were in, there was also this ad for a TV repair shop…
When I seen this ad, the first thing that popped into my head was, “there’s no way TV repair shops can survive today with flat screen TVs.” I mean, can it really be practical to repair them, compared to old school tube TVs? I mean REPAIR, not REPLACE parts. Well, I guess so, as one quick search brought up Sams Electronics TV Repair Service in WaipaHOO, who claims to provide repair and warranty service for LCD TV’s, LED TV’s, 3D TV’s, PLASMA TV’s, DLP PROJECTION TV’s, LCD PROJECTION TV’s, DVD RECORDERS from most major brands. OK, I guess so, then.
Anyway, yeah, I thought the mention of Pay ‘n Save spark more old school memories for you folks. Now to find them old ads for Woolworth, GEM, Cornets, Kress and Wigwam!
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