Asa Ransom House

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10

August 19th, 2015 by asaransom

Vidler's 5 & Dime

“I can’t believe how big this store is!” We hear this every day from happily surprised customers about Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10. A great place for the entire family with 2 levels occupying 4 connected 19th century buildings. From nostalgic candy, novelty toys and kitchen gadgets to the newest items for the recreational shopper. Distinctive shops feature crafts, jewelry, candles and seasonal décor.

Take a trip down memory lane as you walk on original wooden floors, eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Hear the delighted laughter of kids taking a 10 cent ride on Sandy, the mechanical horse.

History – It all started in 1939. Today the third generation of the Vidler family manages the store which has become a local landmark and destination point for shoppers near and far. The 5 & 10 is easily recognized by the red and white awning, gingerbread trim, hand painted, gold leaf sign, and the colossal “Vidler on the Roof”. Inside you see the original wooden floors, big open counters (the same ones that Grandma… and Great Grandma browsed) and a store chock full of every kind of merchandise imaginable from lace doilies to music cd’s.

Half the Fun of Vidler’s is just wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. Candy – See the incredible selection of old-time favorites such as Necco wafers, Sky Bars, Mallo Cups, Super Daddies, Satellite Wafers, Crystal Beach Suckers, French Chew, wax bottles , rock candy and a variety of chocolates.

Gifts & Jewelry – 3 enticing rooms that flow into each other with a wounderful selection of jewelry, distinctive gifts and home accents. Party novelties for all occasions with paper products, streamers and table displays. Bows, ribbon, greeting cards, wrapping paper… unique women’s clothing, handbags and scarves… wine and cocktail accessories… bridal and baby… you can browse till you find that perfect gift!

Toys – For kids from ages 8 to 80. Experience shopping the way it use to be in a good ole’ five and dime! Select from traditional, ageless toys that children have always loved: yo-yo’s, slide whistles, wooden pop guns, kazoos and other musical instruments; puzzles, rubber bugs and plush animals of every kind; paper dolls, models, coloring books and a large selection of board games, kaleidoscopes, marbles and balsawood gliders. Both kids and kids-at-heart love our toy section.

Housewares – Too much to list! This fabulous department is well-known for the endless collection of gadgets, gee-gaws, widgets and thing-a-ma jigs! Cookie cutters in every shape you can think of, and some you haven’t. From toaster tongs & strawberry hullers to wooden spatulas and cake decorating supplies.

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10, is located at 676-697 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 716-652-0481  Web: vidlers5and10.com Open 7 days a week.

Vidler’s is a 30 minute drive directly south of the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a good central location for visiting the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal Cruses, Antique World, Niagara Falls among many other popular attractions.  The Asa Ransom House is a 10 room historic village Inn built in 1853, with 1975 and 1993 additions. Most rooms have a fireplace, some with porch or balcony, serving a full country breakfast. Dinner is available daily except Monday, Tea available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rooms can be viewed at asaransom.com . We look forward to your visit!

Vidler’s and Asa Ransom, two gems not to miss!

 

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