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A “rolling store” salesman carrying sack of flour into rural home. Coffee County, Alabama

A "rolling store" salesman carrying sack of flour into rural home. Coffee County, Alabama

We all know the Rolling Stones are going to be around forever, but will rolling stores be making a return?

Papa’s Rolling Stores and Customer Service

by

Becki McAnnally

March 3, 2012

Today, we hear so much about “Customer Service” and “ Customer Satisfaction”. There are reams of articles and books written on the subject, and billions of dollars made every year on programs teaching hospitals, businesses and others how to instill in  employees the desire and skills to deliver the best of customer service….and on how to measure the quality of the services and the satisfaction levels achieved. This will be of even more importance when our Health Care Law really goes into effect.


Inside of rolling store with tank of kerosene on back (at left). Coffee County, Alabama. Average daily sale is sixty dollars and they take in lots of produce

 Inside of rolling store with tank of kerosene on back (at left). Coffee County, Alabama. Average daily sale is sixty dollars and they take in lots of produce

Customer service meant delivered to your door

But this story is about an earlier time when the best of customer service meant that products and services were delivered right to your door !!! (It really caught on, because nowadays we can’t get a lot of the services I remember, but you can certainly get many that are very useful, and some, due to improved technology, are delivered instantly!!!

I can remember when the ice man delivered a huge block of ice, which went in a wooden icebox lined with metal…a piece of treasured furniture that I still have to this day. He came at least twice a week, because there were no freezers then, except for very small sections in the earlier refrigerators, which so many people did not have. Then there was the man who picked up and delivered the dry cleaning, and of course, for those who did not have a cow, how could we forget the milkman???

They operated two rolling stores

When I mentioned to my husband, Dale, the topic of my article, he reminded me of his great-grandfather, Joe D. McAnnally, and his son, Dault, (his grandfather, “Papa”) who owned and traded a vast parcel of farming land known as part of “McAnnally’s Cove” in Blount County, to a man for fully a stocked grocery store and large home in Garden City, Alabama, in 1923.  In the late 1930’s , they began to operate two rolling stores, and Dault also owned a chicken, eggs, feed and potato business, and quite a lot of the surrounding farmland.

He hired drivers and sent out the rolling stores to all the surrounding area in Cullman County.  The stores were made from new bus frames and chassis, then the back was covered in plywood. The inside had slanted shelves, so the goods would not roll around or fall to the floor and be damaged. On these rolling stores, there were canned goods, bread, bologna and other sandwich meats; butter, cheese, vegetables, watermelons and cantaloupes in season; sacks of flour, meal and sugar in white cotton sacks that made great dishtowels; soft drinks in a large drink box filled with ice; material, sewing goods, candy, kerosene (“coal oil”) and many other items that were so useful to the farm families who couldn’t always get to the store.

Folks had no money so they bartered

A great many of these folks that the rolling store served had no money, but would barter chickens and eggs and other produce for items they needed. For that reason, the drivers carried chicken coops on top of the truck, and a ladder so they could access them for the trades. They met a serious need during a perilous time.

Dale said that on occasion Papa would drive the store, and he would accompany him. He vividly remembers the people out in the field who would see them coming, stop the mules, lay down the plow lines, and come running to the truck! The ladies would always come out of the house if they were inside, to look at the materials, ribbon, and sewing notions, and the children, of course, always wanted candy and soft drinks. Papa would fill the kerosene cans, then put a potato in the spout to keep it filled, if there was no cap!

He would talk too much

The other drivers and my husband’s mother hated it when Papa drove, because he loved to talk to everyone so much. He would walk the fields, check the height of the corn, examine the cow, chickens and pigs or talk about how dry or wet it was .They wouldn’t get home until really late, and everything in the truck had to be restocked …making everyone late to get home . And Dale had missed his mother’s supper, but he certainly wasn’t hungry…he had eaten all day!!!!!

It was a simpler time, but the idea of great customer service wasn’t lost on Papa McAnnally! And if he had thought to do a satisfaction survey, I am sure he would have scored in the high 90’s, if not 100’s, because he believed in great “Customer Service”!!!

 

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255 comments

  1. Patricia Camp Mullis

    My Grandma Lizzie would say “The Peddlers” coming today.

  2. Beamon Bryson

    I well remember the ‘Watkins’ truck coming around…a long long time ago.

  3. Pete Corrado

    My dad’s first cousin had one! At a time when not everyone had a car, it provided a valuable service. Not a safe business any more, as the robberies of pizza delivery persons has demonstrated.

  4. Russell Williams

    My grandad had a rolling store. I loved those stories

  5. Karen Holland

    My husbands Uncle had one. We knew what day it was supposed to come and we would wait patiently all day for it to get to our house!

  6. Steven Shotts

    My grandmother loved when the peddler came once a week. She had no transportation of her own other than kids coming by.

  7. Patricia Singleton Jandt

    Oh yes I remember these very well, grandma always let of get one piece of candy. What a piece of memory.

  8. David Rabren

    Back in the 50’s a Rolling Store came by my grandmothers house. As a child back then it was a real treat buying a piece of candy off the store.

  9. Sherron Hayes

    I remember these…. Back when we lived in areas around Birmingham!!! Also remember the ice wagon coming around!

  10. Ray Linda Hannon

    I remember them well. Ray

  11. Linda Webb Cleveland

    my cousin told me about these too.

  12. Jim Springer

    My grandfather had a rolling store and sold/bartered around Pickens Co.

  13. Deby Davis

    I remember the Watkins Company coming to Mama’s house and the Fuller brush man.

  14. Lucy Jackson

    yes they came by our house

  15. Vickie White Cowen

    I remember the rolling store coming by my grandmother’s house. I agree with David Rabren, it was a treat to buy candy from the “store”. My grandmother bought necessities.

  16. Mindy Sherk

    ZZana Zaidan Lord I love this page!

  17. Carol Nimrod

    These were followed in later years by the “dollar-a-week man” who sold furniture, fans, etc., from a pickup truck. Items were paid off in weekly payments.

  18. Bobby Bulloch

    Another great article and piece of history.

  19. Cheri Clark

    My neighbor’s dad drove the rolling store for the Piggly Wiggly in New Brockton. I know it was still going out in the 1960s, maybe a later than that.

  20. Mary Kirkpatrick DeLoach

    My Moma use to buy vegetables from a peddler . Wish we still had that, maybe that business will come back.

  21. Margie Padgett Slaughter

    Today’s rolling stores sell cupcakes and tacos throughout Birmingham!

  22. Leon Parrish

    I can remember when they used 2 deliver by the house

  23. Marilyn Karr Warner

    There was a rolling store that came to my grandmother’s house and it was such a treat for us yankee kids. We lived up north and only came in the summer…good memories.

  24. Jean Brooks

    Rolling Stores came through rural South and carried basic groceries also sewing goods and some hardware. they would take eggs as money a penny apiece. but in those days you got a lot for a penny.It was great for people living way out in the country with only a wagon and a mule for transportation.

  25. Laura Garrett Cranford

    I remember the rolling store as a child coming to my Aunt’s house.

  26. Barbara Morgan

    I loved seeing this coming down our old dirt road! Momma would usually have eggs that we exchanged for other things she needed. On rare occasions, we would get candy. We called it the peddler.

    1. Wilma Moore Christian

      We called him the peddler, too…We were always excited to see him comin on that ole dusty dirt road…..

    2. Doris Dagen

      I remember that…

  27. Noah Davis

    Criders groceries in Forney Al. Had one years ago they still had the truck when they close their business just a few years ago

  28. Pansy Brunson

    My mother remembers rolling stores from her childhood in Coffee County.

    1. Connie Mack

      Frank English ,my husbands grandfather ran one around Elba !?!

  29. Malen Paul Wray

    When I was very little it was a rolling store and the book mobile that got us through the summer. Just had 1 car and my dad was gone every day to TCI to work so we look forward to both and had the days they came by marked on the calendar.

  30. Deborah O

    It would be nice if they would. Without ridiculous government regulations. We enjoyed buying produce from the back of a truck/wagon.

  31. Mike Prater

    I remember the ‘peddler’ coming by my Maw and Paw’s house on rural Lookout Mtn in NE AL growing up.

  32. Johnny Penuel

    In N. Bham at my grandmothers on 14th ave and 14th street there was a man in a bus converted to a vegetable vendor who drove by once a week. Remember those wax cola bottles filled with sugar water!!!

    1. Bill Bolton

      I believe that bus is the same one that came through Elyton Village on 3rd Avenue West around 1961

    2. Johnny Penuel

      Sounds like the right time Bill Bolton!!! Lucky cakes!!!

    3. Don Crabtree

      I grew up on 17th Place in West End. That Produce Bus came by our place too.

  33. Debra Armstrong-Wright

    They have returned …. food trucks!

  34. Debra Armstrong-Wright

    They have returned …. food trucks!

  35. Stewart Wynn Faust

    Probably not going to return any time soon.

  36. Diane Riley

    I can remember a Mr. Dunn’s bus coming by my Granny’s house in West End,Bham in early 60’s

    1. Bill Bolton

      Me too in Elyton Village on 3rd Avenue West

  37. Beamon Bryson

    I barely remember the ‘Watkins’ man in the late 40’s in Blount County, AL.

  38. Betty Jo Harrison Hicks

    Growing up in a rural area we always looked forward to the Rolling Store coming by. We usually had something to trade for something that we needed.

  39. Rejetta Balentine

    I remember these. We could exchange an egg for some candy!!!!

  40. Sandy Richards

    i was born in bayview ( a coal minimg camp) &, at the age of 9, we moved to wylam( both in jefferson county). i remember the ” truck farmers ” coming around… the guy always had candy for the kids & the produce was always fresh…. ah, the menories! ( both houses were in alabama)

  41. Horace McLean Holderfield

    I remember the rolling store stopping in our yard here near Cumbee’s Mill in the late 1940’s and I remember the ice man too!

  42. Rhonda Ness

    My father has told a lot of stories about the rolling store.

  43. Carolle Wright Bump

    I remember them Especially out in the country !!

  44. Kathy East

    I loved it when they showed up, I was getting a Coke!!! And yes I would buy from them today!

  45. Betty Shubert

    I remember the rolling store, excitement when he came by

  46. Karen Mellema

    I remember stories my Grandmother and my mother would tell me about the rolling county store in South Alabama, how when my grandmother was a girl they that was the only way the would have sugar was when the peddlar man came by and they booted for it with chickens and eggs, and when my mother was a girl, they bought the girls shoes from the rolling store and a few kitchen goods.

  47. Buck Jay

    We had a rolling store come by our house. My Dad and Mon have seven kids to raise ,most food we raise ever thing else came off the rolling store We live Rockey Hill Alabama

  48. Sheila Johnson

    I remember them from the sixties coming by our house in the town of Clio,Al.Wish they were still around (I hate going to town)

  49. Jack Hagemore

    THERE WAS A ROLLING STORE THAT CAME AROUND THROUGH JOHNSONS CROSSING BACK IN THE FIFTIES THE MAN WHO RAN IT WAS WOODROW ALLDRIDGE OF THE WHITE CITY COMMUNITY

  50. Alison Fordham

    We use to wait on the ice cream truck at my grandmother’s in Georgia

  51. Georgia Brown McKay

    I remember staying with my grandparents andthey had 2 rolling stores each wk. I would the one listening for the sound of the truck as it came down the gravel road ! My grandma would always have money tied up in a handkerchief in her apron pocket ! I can see the big corner with money tied up in one corner ! My grandpa always bought cheddar cheese that was cut and weighed and came in a big hoop ! He always bought cinnamon rolls and ate them along with bites of cheese ! My Grandma bought sewing notions such as thread and buttons and she would but items she wanted but most supplies were bought when they went to town !

  52. Sandra Steagall Brown

    I lived in West End from 1948-1958 and remember the rolling store well.

  53. Sharon Vinson

    My grandmother bought a little red rocker for me off one of these. It was always a treat when they showed up in our rural area of Fayette Co.

  54. Wilma Moore Christian

    Before I started to schoo, I remember a “peddler” coming around evry few weeks to sell his wares…..My Maw Maw would buy Standard Coffee, pie filling and other things from him—she would get cups and saucers and plates as rewards for buying a certain amount or a certain thing…I would buy penny candy or bubble gum…It was an adventure to gointo the peddler’s truck..

    1. Charles Moore

      I remember that peddler truck Wilma. It was really an orange and black panel station wagon type thing. I remember the goodies like you said in it. Isabell our neighbor would buy candies also to give to us and her children and grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and she said to sell, although I don’t know how much she really sold. I remember eating a coconut three colored candy bar lol

    2. Wilma Moore Christian

      Those are great memories……

    3. Wilma Moore Christian

      Those are great memories……

  55. David Speigner

    My uncle Roy Stokes had a rolling store in Dale County during the forties and early 50’s. I can remember him coming by our house during the summer time

  56. Patsy Bonner

    I always like forward to getting the banana suckers they were wonderful.

  57. Troy McWilliams

    I remember them well, came by our house every Saturday afternoon.

  58. Janis Smith

    Would have been interesting to see at a younger age. My favorite book to check out from the library when I was in elementary school was “Project Boy” and related many incidences of the rolling store coming to the project and what could be bought in that manner. Loved hearing about that.

  59. Terry Carter

    I do not recall the Rolling Store. However, I clearly remember the Fuller Brush salesman going from house to a house.

  60. Pete Corrado

    Dodson Graham owned one in Elmore County! He was a wonderful man that was handicapped, but let nothing stop him! He was my second cousin & I still think of him often. I loved him dearly!

  61. Sherry Hall

    My daddy drove a “rolling store” when we were babies! We heard some fantastic tales of his experiances!!

  62. Joan Murr Callaway

    I remember the rolling store, a sort of miniature Walmart, coming by my grandmother’s house in rural Blount County (late 1950’s). What it didn’t have on board could be ordered for delivery on the next run. My grandmother had a standing order for some items. I loved the hoop cheese with the red rind! Good memories of the “peddler”. Would be nice for seniors to have a rolling store and also a rolling library now.

  63. BeeGee Martin

    Loved going to my grand mother’s house and getting candy from the Rolling Store.

  64. John Osborne

    I remember the one that came through Jefferson on Saturday mornings. It was an old converted school bus. Usually got to spend a dime on candy.

  65. Joe Duke

    We had one that came through in Gosport,AL when I was little and you could hear it coming about a mile away. All the rattling and clanging of the truck because the roads were all dirt back then. My Pawpaw bought me some overalls off of it. It even had a few tractor parts !

  66. Larry Meadows

    Had one in Limestone County in the early 50s

  67. Gerri Mooney Ballard

    We had a peddler Same thing.

  68. Gene Crowder

    I remember the one around Grady and Dublin

  69. Winifred Allen Akridge

    I loved the rolling store. We lived in a very rural part of Elmore County and the highlight of the week was to see the Rolling Store come.

    1. Janice Goodman Watson

      That was probably my Dad! He worked Elmore County and I rode with him every chance I got. His name was Marvin Goodman.

    2. Janice Goodman Watson

      That was probably my Dad! He worked Elmore County and I rode with him every chance I got. His name was Marvin Goodman.

    3. Winifred Allen Akridge

      Janice, I don’t remember his name it I remember that I spent the night at his house with his little girl and coughed all night. His wife was so sweet to me. They lived in a house just going into Wetumpka ca 1941.

  70. Virginia Thomas

    A rolling store came by our house every weekwhen I was a little girl. We got our groceries off it. Had no way to get to town except walk. The rolling store was a blessing.

  71. Sherry Phillips Fleming

    We called them the Peddler. Cam by my grandmothers n pawpaws every week.

  72. Carolyn Hestla Yates

    I lived in the Country and they came to our house

  73. Sherry Hill

    This is still common in a lot of european countries. It really supports the sense of community. Some rural areas also have large ‘village ovens’ where food is cooked for anyone that brings it on a daily basis. Wonderful lifestyle imho.

  74. Arlee McCoy

    I remember my Grandmother Mann talking about exchanging her eggs for flour and sugar from the Rolling Store. . . Newsite Community, Tallapoosa Co., AL 1920s

  75. Jerry Smith

    Remember the rolling store very clearly. The one that worked areas outside of Collinsville was an old school bus body filled with about everything you might expect from a general store.

  76. Howard Bodiford

    We had one in Greenville. That would have in the 50 s.

  77. W. Travis Cox

    I was child in rural north Alabama, we referred to him as the peddler, you could sell him Eggs, chickens, or farm produce. So if you had no money he would barter your goods for what he had that you were in need of, such precious MEMORIES!

  78. Claire Steadham Noojin

    I’ve heard mama refer to rolling stores…interesting concept. I remember when we had vegetables and fruits driving thru neighborhoods. All the ladies would hear it coming and go pick them veggies. I remember them and bought from them

  79. My Dad was raised in Coffee county and I, well remember, the sound of the mule drawn rolling store coming up the washborded dirt road hill at Granny’s house. If you needed it, they had it on the rolling store….

  80. Myra Bailey

    I remember the peddler coming to my grandmothers he would have flour sugar cornmeal eggs fruit potatoes veggies candy

  81. Paul Harless

    I had many a shirt made from flour sacks after they were empty . The rolling stores were critical in the rural areas on up until at least 55 years ago.

  82. Dave Holland

    Our dad (Moxley Holland) drove a rolling store in Crenshaw county back in the day.. He had some interesting stories to share!

    1. Hey David, my grandfather (Brad Thompkins) also had a Rolling Store in Crenshaw Co. before he open his barber shop in Luverne.

  83. Joseph Lamberth

    We had them in Coosa County into the 60’s, we also had a station wagon Watkins man selling candy and notions, liniment, and the wonderful cure all Caster oil

  84. Mary Giles Stokesberry

    Jerry I too remember the rolling stores. Mother could get the things we didn’t grow. She sewed and always needed needles.

  85. Howard Russell Butler

    Mr. Williams had a ton half ford truck rolling store you could buy or trade goods around Weogufka and Coosa Co. ala. when i was a kid.

  86. Kay Sanders

    My Uncle Bill was a sort of “rolling stone.” He drove a station wagon stocked with things country people couldn’t get easily and made his rounds.

    1. Nancy Thomason Rabren

      Yep, and I enjoyed riding his route with him in the summer. After word of his passing began to spread many of his customers began calling the house telling my mom and me how much they still owed on their bills and sending the money to my mother.

    2. Kay Sanders

      I meant “rolling store,” of course!

    3. Nancy Thomason Rabren

      It was a real treat to tag along when he re stocked his supplies and filled orders at the wholesale houses in Birmingham. Sometimes I would wind up with a new dress on those days.

  87. Nyoka Smith

    I remember my first Honey Graham cracker came from a rolling store!!!

  88. Becki Jacks Burchfield

    Sharon Vinson, what part of Fayette County? I was born on what is now cr100 between Pilgrim’s Rest and Newtonville. We had a rolling store come there.

  89. Hollis Mckinley

    Had them in Escambia County, lived on a rural route from Atmore. What a jog of some good memories.

    1. Doris Dagen

      Did we grow up in the same area? My grandmother lived in the northern end of Escambia County, what is known as Walnut Hill Florida on a dirt road. Dorothy and I would spend part of the summers there. I remember the “rolling store” would come by so often. My mom and dad had a fish market in Ferry Pass when we were in school. My dad bought an old telephone truck. He would put ice in the different compartments and would take fish to the same area and peddle them. Thanks for allowing me to stroll down memory lane.

  90. Sharon Vinson

    Becki, she lived in the big city of Bankston. It may have been the same rolling store because I know he went all over. I can see him in my mind’s eye and can almost remember his name but just can’t quite grab on to the memory. Both he and the Watkin’s Salve guy.

  91. Patricia Camp Mullis

    My grandmother,who lived in Marshall Co.,Al , would say “Here comes the Peddler”.

  92. Gloria Guin Wilson

    My Daddy ran a rolling store in Walker County in the 50’s. He sold feed, grocery Items, meats, kerosene, and had cages for chickens in the back. Sold much to his customers on credit or would trade them for eggs, butter, milk, fresh produce, etc. When he retired the rolling store he turned it into a playhouse for me and my little sister!

  93. Joyce Pierce Fitzgerald

    I remember the rolling store coming to our house when I was about 5 or 6 . Yes I grew up in Alabama.

  94. Carolyn McKinley Austin

    YYes, yes, yes,! I am now sixty nine and I was a smal child back then. We would hear the rolling store and would run to the chicken house in search for an egg or two to exchange for candy. it carried Watkin products and rosebud salve. yes, I would love to see that blue truck again come rolling down our street. It would be great, especiallyy for us seniors.

    1. Hollis Mckinley

      We had two if you remember, Preacer White had the blue one and a fellow named Henderson had the red one.

    2. Hollis Mckinley

      We had two if you remember, Preacer White had the blue one and a fellow named Henderson had the red one.

  95. Peggy Phipps Griffin

    My Dad had one in Tennessee when I was a baby, selling Raleigh Products.

  96. Tim Luker

    I bet them folks got rich lol

  97. Peggy Wesley Chesteen Caylor

    One day the rolling store came first ,we traded eggs for fruit ,then the ice truck came brought a block of ice and while leaving backed over a chicken .That day during the week we had a Sunday Dinner -ice tea, fried chicken and fruit 🙂

  98. Joseph Walker

    I remember Mr White’s rolling store coming to the end of the road. All us kids would run as fast as we could and mama would carry the eggs to trade for necessities… Lard, flour, sugar, etc.

  99. Yes I do remember the rolling story in Winton county way black then

  100. Yes I do remember the rolling story in Winton county way black then

  101. Deborah Martin

    I remember them also

  102. Deborah Martin

    I remember them also

  103. Janice Goodman Watson

    My dad drove one and I loved going with him on his routes in rural Elmore County. There wasn’t a dirt road we didn’t travel! Some people traded goods for other goods and others bought stuff, sometimes on credit. This brings back so many memories!!!

  104. Janice Goodman Watson

    My dad drove one and I loved going with him on his routes in rural Elmore County. There wasn’t a dirt road we didn’t travel! Some people traded goods for other goods and others bought stuff, sometimes on credit. This brings back so many memories!!!

  105. Theresa Veasey

    My Aunt told me about these in Chilton County.

  106. Theresa Veasey

    My Aunt told me about these in Chilton County.

  107. Jeannie Crumbley

    I grew up in Cullman county. I got my first pair of cowgirl boots from the rolling store.

  108. Jeannie Crumbley

    I grew up in Cullman county. I got my first pair of cowgirl boots from the rolling store.

  109. Joy Gorham Smith

    So interesting. We didn’t have this although I lived in country in lee county. My kids would run out to the ice cream truck in town.

  110. Joy Gorham Smith

    So interesting. We didn’t have this although I lived in country in lee county. My kids would run out to the ice cream truck in town.

  111. Sharon Kay Dison

    Mama always said “it’s the coffee man”. I have no idea what this meant id love to know. She died when I was 16. I’m now 57. Anyone got any ideas?!

  112. Sharon Kay Dison

    Mama always said “it’s the coffee man”. I have no idea what this meant id love to know. She died when I was 16. I’m now 57. Anyone got any ideas?!

  113. Hubert Fayard

    I remember those days

  114. Hubert Fayard

    I remember those days

  115. Carla Watson West

    My mother and daddy had a rolling store business in dale and Houston counties in Alabama. I remember them talking about trading chickens for hard goods. I would have loved to see rolling stores…in my day, it would compare to seeing the pinky dinky ice cream truck coming down the road!!

  116. Ron Taylor

    YEPPER I REMEMBER THOSE.

  117. Sarah Bailey

    I love to see the rolling store coming to my house
    One day each week!!

  118. Tricia Lett White

    I only remember he Watkins flavoring man coming to our house.

  119. my Granny lived in Santa Rosa County FL..right across the Escambia River from AL..fond memories of the Rolling Store..fascinating..remember the smells and how my cousins and I looked forward to getting to go inside the store!!! enjoyed reading and remembering………

  120. Judy Jackson Gray

    I remember the rolling store. When we moved to Coker it use to come to my friend’s house in Buhl. And the Watkins man ( Mr. Moon) came every week to our house.

  121. Edna Israel

    We had Mr. Boyd who came by on Wednesday afternoon. Mom sold butter, buttermilk, and eggs. We bought sugar, flour and powdered sugar and always got a penny piece of candy.

  122. Virginia Englett Hamlin

    My Uncle, Jesse Englett, in Orrville. Alabama. had a rolling store for years. My Dad tried one for a time, too.

  123. Tanner Charles

    We had the rolling store by our place in North Alabama years ago. They came by once a week or every other week and had much of the food items that we all needed like flour, sugar just about it all.

  124. Marsha Cummings

    What a wonderful historically significant photograph and article .

  125. Blu Skyes

    We had a school bus full of candy that came through the neighborhood in West End back in early 70s. Pretty cool memory.

  126. Kevin Mardis

    My grandmom just said the coffee man is here when they arrived

  127. Myrna Overton

    I remember these, we lived for awhile with my grandmother on their farm, simmsville rd I actually have some of the feed sacks that came from the rolling store, had flour I believe. Probably had a dress or two made out of them. Good memories

  128. Larry Kenneth Griggs

    WHEN I WAS A KID, WAY BACK WHEN, I remember we had one that came by our house.

  129. Linda Leachman Goldman

    Being the oldest I remember the rolling store in the summer when we visited my great aunt Fanny in Georgiana, Al. She got flour in those sacks big enough to to make me and my sister Patsy dresses alike. Of course we were city girls (Prichard,Al.) and really didn’t,t appreciate the love this was from a woman who had no children of her own but raised 9 of her husbands children all boys. We hated to go UP there because no indoor plumbing and no electric lights when rolling store came but later they got electricity. My sister and I had to sweep the yard everyday after playing hop scotch no lines were allowed in the yard of dirt. Great memories now. Loved Aunt Fanny but hated the farm and pigs,chickens, and cows.

  130. Susan Lambeth Bryan

    I got the banana squares candy

  131. Joyce Strickland

    Wish they would return!

  132. Carolyn Watkins

    This is such a fond memory of my child hood in Brook wood Alabama.

  133. Charles Lones

    Mr Campbell ran one here in Madison county back in the early 50’s .

  134. Mike Quayle

    They even came down our street in Jackson in the 40’s and early 50’s.

  135. Clifford Webb Sargent

    You could hear them coming a mile away with pots and pans banging…thoses were the days

  136. Mittie Hoggle Karthaus

    So wonderful back then!! Remember them well!!

  137. Robert Davis

    I remember one in st,Clair Co in moody lol

  138. Patricia Williams

    Peddler truck was such a treat to see coming down the ol country road

  139. Rose Ream

    Coffee County!!!

  140. Carol Brannon Wilkerson

    My granddaddy had a rolling store!

  141. Lynn Lupei

    1040’s in Birmingham. Truck farm veggies. 1960’s Thompson Home Furnishing in Selma area.

  142. Velinda C Patterson-White

    I remember growing up when a pick up truck would ride through our neighborhood stop blow his horn and people would go out and buy fresh vegetables for supper. They were so good.

  143. Kayron Triplett

    Baby Ruth bars. My favorite treat from mr.Boyd rolling store.

  144. Jimmy Price

    Had one to come in Blount County Alabama

  145. Cecilene Justice

    We called them peddlers. Had two a week. Monday and Wednesday

  146. Billy Richardson

    been there, done that–traded two eggs for two pieces of penny candy.

  147. Ned Mcclendon

    I remember one coming bu our house. One of my uncles used to run one of them!

  148. Bud Sears

    Hell the Rollin sto had it all including castor oil

  149. Bill Danford

    Our Rollin’ store came by on wednesday..old converted school bus..loved it..in Elamville, Al..near Clio..Barbour county.

  150. LaDean Schaneville

    We had one come by on the rural areas of Autauga County. Could get almost anything! The owner was kind enough to let us buy on credit if we didnt have anything to trade or money until the next week!

  151. Jo Anne Bingham

    The Rolling Store came to rural Holmes Co, MS, too. When we were at my grandmothers, we would meet it to get candy. My grandmother got some groceries in between monthly trips to town that my granddaddy would make with a neighbor. They didn’t have a car just a mule and wagon.

  152. Kenneth Wayne Pate Sr.

    Coffee county al.my grandparents home love it

  153. Becky Spurling

    For Judy …Gotta tell ya this here story Judy about the rolling store in my momas day, She had married some fello she had been working for in his cafe and on a whim they got married, cant member his name but neway they went to live with his parents. Well when the rolling atore came along, mom had money her husband had left her while he went to to business far off or something. anyway she told mother n law she was going to buy what she liked to eat cus they never had anything she liked so mom sweet lil mom was picking up stuff taking it to the driver pay and get it bagged but most of the time the customers would bring baskets for their items course mom didnt have one and when she paid for her stuff she asked maw n law if could drop her 4 cans of FRUIT COCkTAIL in her basket, mom said she turned all red and her neigbors were staring at mom & her and mom just 17 said whats wrong. damn I’l just carry it myself and about that time the old mnl just slapped the t total crap outa momas face and told her when ye get home the old mans gonna whoop you in the out house… moms still stinging from the pain of being slapped backwards but finally asked her what to hell did you slap me for you old bitch,moma said she looked like was gona faint & she tried to slap her again mom caught her hand now tell me what I did wrong b4 I snap your wrist into! the mnl said why you embarrassed me N my neihbors by talking dirty in front of the driver, mom says what to hell did I say? and she said you were talking about a mans thing between his legs and you wanted him to stick u in the tail! SERIOUSLY this ole woman was so damn backwards anyway ends there mom went gathered up her meager holdings not much Im sure and packed in her wicked eveil perverted sexy fruit coctail and walked all the way to Granny Franklins. her granmother woman who had raised her. Mom said she did cuss them out told then what it was! its was mixed fruit in a can and b4 she left.. she called them every redneck hickseed, inbreeds she had ever met! lmbo so funny now

  154. Mark Ray Tosh

    As late as 1982 there was a rolling store in Morgan County.

  155. Pat Mccullough

    When I was little we had a rolling store come by house almost every week, loved it.

  156. Joan Smith Pearson

    We had one that ran on Tuesday and another came on Friday. They would buy your chickens, eggs, coke bottles. Those were hard times, but such memories. Walt

  157. Cheryl Booth

    Coffee county rode the rolling store van with a friend. Anything you wanted coffee flour cornmeal snacks drinks tea bread etc

  158. Marie Clark

    I remember these well at my Mammaw’s in Conecuh County, Alabama.

  159. Lane Ward

    I remember this as a very small child

  160. Annette Grider Rice

    I remember rolling stores. Lol

  161. Marsha Myers

    My grandad always gave me a dime to spend. Could get a bag full of candy.

  162. David Revere

    When the economic collapse occurs.

  163. Linda Webb Cleveland

    Well that’s why we have Schwans. it’a kind of like a rolling store.

  164. Jack Bottoms

    Stopped in Elba and picnicked on our way down to Destin two days ago . The other two occupants of the park were trusties wearing their Coffee County duds . We shared our lunch with them and for a while were their rolling store . It was one of those unexpected , enjoyable encounters .

  165. Bart Anderson

    I used to have to help stock Jessie Englett’s rolling store in Orrville Alabama along with Mike Englett…i sure do miss those times!

  166. Woody Johnson

    l remember when was 3-4 seeing one on Sand Moutain, in the late 40’s……..

  167. Mike Spreafico

    This is because people were poor, it is not a good thing.

  168. Susan Pamplin Benson

    Amazon is today’s rolling store.

  169. Syble Cranford

    My dad did this way back in the 1950’s – 1960’s.

  170. Rejetta Balentine

    I remember Murphy Brothers in Lauderdale County!!

  171. Betty Jean Adams

    I remember the rolling stores, couldn’t wait for them come by

  172. Deb Hicks

    Granny used to give us a quarter when we were children and we would walk with her to the main road to meet the rolling store.?Sweet memories!

  173. BeeGee Martin

    We had a rolling store come through our neighborhood once or twice a week. Had good candy!

  174. Constance Irene

    My great grandfather died by getting hit by a rolling store. Ironic to see this today. Awesome read.

  175. Pam Brammer

    I remember. They use to roll by & stop by our house. From Headland -Cheryl Sellers in-laws. Loved it.

  176. Ann Hardy Beaver

    Remember well the one that came around Sardis, AL. Loved for Papa Chance to walk me to the end of the road and get peppermint stick candy. I think he ate more than I did 🙂

    1. Jennifer Turberville Warden

      I remember the bread truck when i was little.

  177. Vivian Hasselvander Latham

    We had a rolling store in Wilcox County. Remember buying supplies when it would stop at our house in Ackerville, Alabama.

  178. Glenda Birchfield Pitts

    I remember being at my grandmothers in Clay County, Al., and the rolling store would come once a week. I would always get in and choose a piece of candy while my grandmother would shop for other things.

  179. Sandra Banyacski Jones

    We had a rolling store on Orme Mtn. South Pittsburg, TN. My kids loved it…

  180. Our rolling store always stopped in front of my Papa’s grocery store! He was out of 8 Mile, AL, typical plus he had a tinker’s dam and would actually repair a pan or such while you waited!

  181. Mr Gibson was our peddler came every Thursday when I was a child.

  182. Sherry Lemarr

    I remember grandmother sneaking to buy some kind of medicine. She didn’t want your dad to know she did business with him.

  183. Barbara Hollingsworth

    I remember rolling store in Pickens county Al.

  184. Karen Tipton

    I remember Mr. A.W. Herndon saying that he had one.

  185. Faye Rich

    We had one in Jefferson county Al. when I was very small. It came by my grandmothers who lived in the country. It was fun to walk through.

  186. Pat Hancock

    We had one of these that came thru our neighborhood. It was a big day! Thrills were few in a mining camp. Yea! Here comes the “Rolling Store”. Only 2nd. to the Popsicle man on his bicycle ringing a bell to let u know he was on his way. My Dad always said I could hear that bell ringing 2 miles away! LOL

  187. James Garnhart

    You can have a complete meal delivered to your home already for you to cook it. Sort of like a Rolling Store.

  188. Bobby Isler

    I loved those Rollin’ Stores.

  189. Ruth Morgan

    We had Rolling Store, here in Madison County for Years ,,,

  190. RandyWanda Sue-steen

    We had one in Williams Community in Alabama. I can barely remember my Granny looking at the stuff.

  191. Bill Hewett

    My Grandmother traded eggs and butter for things she needed.

  192. Jerilyn Collins

    MY stepfather had one he operated out of Lafayette, GA when he was young.

  193. Jean Tidwell

    I remember them very well .that was the good Ole days.

  194. Vicki Lynn

    Sounds like a good idea.

  195. Angie Creswell McGhee

    My grandfather, Chester Sims served Summerville, GA from Sand Mountain. Fresh chicken meant he took a live hen from the coop and if the woman wanted he’d wring it’s neck.

  196. Glenda Gray Anderson

    Actually, in some areas Publix and Walmart are delivering to homes.

  197. Glenda Gray Anderson

    Mildred Frisbie Englett did you see this.

  198. Connie Conner

    When I was growing up in the hills of Cleburne County, AL, a “peddler” driving an old school bus used to come by, for several years, we loved to see his wares, and sometimes bought things. Then he stopped coming, and we learned he had gotten too old and in poor health. I remember my folks taking us to see him. This was in the early sixties…he must have been the last of his kind, as I don’t ever remember seeing a peddler before or since.

  199. Tommy Vaughn

    Loved them as a young boy. Robert Moon’s was one of the best! Loved ur dads baked coconut bars (red, white, & blue) for a nickel

  200. Linda Rasco Howard Martin

    I remember well , one would come by our house in Gardendale, Al.

  201. Sharon Hornsby

    I remember them, growing up in rural Alabama!

  202. Ric West

    I remember a guy with a flatbed would come through the millvillage in Clanton. Vegetables, milk and eggs mostly. Mid 50’s

  203. Annette Smith

    I remember rolling stores in Bibb county. We would get a treat of candy if we were good.

  204. Yes,I remember peddlers of produce and such coming by. I also remember a “Coffee Lady”, This was in the 1940’s in the mining community of Bayview,Alabama when I was a young boy. This lady would come by in what seems to have been,in my memory,a station wagon with a picture of a bag of coffee on the side and my mother would buy coffee from her. For some reason it seems to me,in my failing memory, that her name was Maxine. I do remember she wore a type of uniform with a military type hat. I just wonder if anyone else remembers the “Coffee Lady”.

  205. Dona Smith

    They are in form of Food Trucks, Rolling consignment stories and even traveling produce trucks with locally grown produce and dairy products.

  206. Bill Sutton

    They have returned to some areas.

  207. Daisy Marsh

    Big Papa drove one in the ’20’s and ’30’s.

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