Woolworths were still plentiful in New Jersey when I was growing up in the 1980s. Oddly enough, as plentiful as they were , I remember very little about their commercial lineups. While browsing and looking for ones I did remember, I stumbled across this gem from the UK. I find it interesting enough seeing commercials for Woolworth that focus on different regions of the US, so one from the UK is a real treat. Not only do we get to see products and prices from a different country we get a heck of a musical Christmas treat.
I spent a lot of time at Woolworth as a kid. As a young kid I would get ice cream and grilled cheese there with my Grandmother and as a college student I would buy cheap supplies and grilled cheese to get me through the lean times. It was a dark day when they finally shut their doors. So for all of you who had a great time at America’s corner store, perhaps you got your first Halloween costume there, here is a vintage Woolworth Halloween Ad that will take you back to their golden age.
Woolworth always had such great candy and costumes during Halloween. You see the awesome Darth Vader and Boba Fett costumes. Well I had the one they didn’t show. The very lame C3P0. If you thought the a prissy golden robot was sad, you should see a kid wearing a vinyl C3PO costume, begging for candy. Nothing sadder.
So if you lived in NJ between 1978-1981 I was that sorry looking kid in the ratty C3P0 costume that visited your house 4 times Trick or Treating. Oh and yes, I was the C3P0 who later that night stole your pumpkin and threw it into the Hackensack River. Whoppers are not a good treat! Seriously.
I know you want more commercial joy. Here is a second Woolworth commercial. Check out the Halloween record at the end, “Sounds to Make You Shiver”.
Here is a sample from “Sounds to Make You Shiver”. Shall we go then?