Pleasant Family Shopping
This blog is pretty interesting as it charts the Zayres company through out the seventies, I had never heard of their toy chain "Spree!" before.
When Zayre went down the Ames stores bought up most of them around here. Those have also gone bye bye in recent years. The Zayre near us had a Hit or Miss across the street. Never knew they were affiliated. My Mom and aunt liked the Hit or Miss stores and went there often. I've found some stuff around with Zayre tags on em at toy shows and stuff. I'm sure my mom has some Zayre flyers around the house wrapping up old stored glass stuff or something. I also never saw a Spree store. Wish I had thay look cool. Must have been an older version of KB.
it turned into crap when Ames took over,I do remember getting some great deals when it was closing down,we got the Wizard of Oz 12" dolls and Ghostbusters for like 90% off
Very cool. I remember going to Zayre and then Ames. Great site.
WANTED: Boxed, Carded and Kresge Carded WGSH
My local Zayres store always had strange order.
Aside from that it could be a great place for buying toys.
That was suppose to be ODOR.
I don't remember any Zayres growing up in Philly (but we did have a Hit or Miss), but I find this stuff fascinating. If only it had been for Two Guys
Last edited by Wee67; Sep 23, '08 at 2:46 PM.
WANTED - Solid-Boxed WGSH's, C.8 or better.
I loved Zayres. I looked forward to nothing more than seeing their Sunday flier and all the new toys they had. Zayres would get in everything much earlier than other major store chains and they really had a good selection.
Sunday mornings you had to get to the store early or most of what you were after would already be gone by the time you walked in.
They also used to carry plenty of other odd toy line series or ones not from major brands (in fact Zayres was the nly place where I found my long lost toy of Fiddlesticks: World of Mazu)
My local Zayres store always carried really weird toys like the Lion Rock soldiers years before I saw them elsewhere. They also had the last few years of Mego products gathering dust on the shelves long after the company was gone. I was very sad when they closed and liquidated all their merchandise. The last one around these parts that became an Ames went down in 89. It was the anchor store for a low rent mall in a bad neighborhood.
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