Celebrate tradition

  • By Sarah Jackson / Herald writer
  • Saturday, June 17, 2006 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Downtown Snohomish, chock full of old-timey shops and antiques stores, is just the right place for Weed’s Variety Store, a shop so rich with nostalgia, it’s practically dripping with it.

Yes, you can find plenty of baubles, kitsch and tourist distractions here. It is a variety store, after all. But what owners Kathryn and Dale Deierling seem to prize most is high-quality clothing, toys, games, books and educational projects for kids.

Weed’s, named after the Weed family’s five and dime dating back to the 1920s in Snohomish, is at 906 First St.; 360-568-5161. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Snohomish style: Express your love for one of Washington’s oldest and most quaint towns with cotton blend T-shirts, hoodies and tanks made exclusively for Weed’s, including this junior-size medium for $15.95.

Old-fashioned: Long ago, flour came in large cotton sacks that could be used as dish towels when the flour was gone. Add a touch of nostalgia to your home with reproductions made of 100 percent prewashed cotton; $6.50 each.

Cowboy up: Weed’s selection of metal toys from Schylling is something to behold, including Roxy the Robot as well as this Cowboy with Whip. Wind him up and his horse rattles while he twirls his lasso wildly; $11.

Hop to it: Give the gift of exercise with these wood-handled jump ropes from House of Marbles; $5.50.

Old-school learning: Dick and Jane books were a staple of education in the 1950s and ’60s, but kids today still need beginner books, and these reissues are delightfully precious in softcover ($3.99), hardcover ($7.99) and hardcover compilations ($10.99).

Too cute: Is there any duo more adorable? Raggedy Ann and Andy are available in at least three sizes, including these size-large darlings; $32.

Car games, anyone? Need a way to distract the kids, or yourself, on long road trips? Try these awesome auto bingo cards, featuring all the things you might see on a highway or interstate; $1.89 each.

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