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Nostalgic treasure at UG White Mercantile

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Old fashioned cash registers stand at the ready to tally your purchases, as a lantern lights the way. Old fashioned cash registers stand at the ready to tally your purchases, as a lantern lights the way.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Stepping across the threshold of the UG White Mercantile is almost like turning back the hands of time. Founded in 1917, it changed locations in 1937. The current owners bought it in 2007. Then and now, it's still a mercantile.

"Implements, plows, skillets to soft goods, so they have a little bit of everything in these stores," said owner Derrick Young.

Old fashioned cash registers stand at the ready to tally your purchases, as a lantern lights the way.

"We still have the old fashioned, old timey toys. Radio flyer, multiple items, and some that are still made in the USA."

Old fashioned nail bins turn into a sweet treat. "We actually have candy, various old fashioned candy that you can get and put them in the bins. You weigh it out yourself on these scales, as much as you want, as little as you want, and you buy it by the pound."

An old fashioned mercantile is not only a place to buy things. It's also a place where you can come in, get a cold drink, find your favorite seat, sit down, and socialize with your friends.

There is even a place to whittle away the hours with your friends. There are old gifts with familiar names, or new gifts with an old fashioned concept. Unseasoned cast iron skillets just like grandma started out with. While there are plenty of new kitchen gadgets, there are old treasures you can plot up. Local honey and store brand condiments grace the shelves.

"It's another way to market, get your name out there," continued Young.

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