Have you ever searched in a store for a favorite product and been disappointed to discover they no longer carried it? In late 2010, my friend Marian and I were shocked when we learned that our local grocery store no longer carried Red Cross Germicide. I discovered this nice smelling disinfectant at Vermont Country Store and had given it to her as one of her birthday gifts. For years, we had bought it at this supermarket. I have also had familiar web sites discontinue carrying products. Last winter I hoped to buy more jars of luster crème shampoo and discovered that Vermont Country Store longer carried it. I have requested it and they promised to keep looking for it.
This summer I have become more adept at using search engines such as Google and ask.com. I discovered that Blue Grass Cream deodorant is still available and I have found it convenient for travel.
I found Mennen skin bracer in a local CVS right before Christmas. Its gentle unobtrusive scent was appreciated as a thoughtful Christmas gift for my friend.
Last Wednesday, while shopping at our local CVS, I inquired whether they had Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers and White Shoulders cologne. I was happy the salesperson immediately found both items. At my local supermarket, I have found Eclipse coffee syrup and, recently, Hershey’s syrup in a can. They both sit in my refrigerator for flavoring milk or coffee.
I will give readers phone numbers, web addresses and information about six websites where you will be able to find useful and vintage products.
I discovered Vermont Country Store in 2001 thanks to a summer issue of the Matilda Ziegler and Home readers. I search their website often during the holidays to find out what new products they have. They carry everything from clothing to food and household items. I have often purchased delicious bittersweet chocolate-covered cherries for gifts at Christmas. I have also gotten Lustre-Creme shampoo, Cashmere Bouquet powder and Yardley’s English Lavender powder and soap.
www.goodolddaysstore.com, www.harmondiscount.com, and www.blindmicemegamall.com have hard to find brands and are recent finds on the internet for me. Browsing www.goodolddaysstore.com I have found a variety of merchandise, including lilac laundry powder and dish soap, as well as class toys, books, and movies. I was impressed by the accessibility of their website, and it is easy to get on their email list. There is also a Good Old Days which is available on digital cartridge from the Perkins Library.
www.harmondiscount.com is where you can find such products as Prell shampoo, Adorn hairspray and Mennen skin-bracer. www.hardtofindbrands.com is a real gold mind for medical, household, personal care and diabetes products. The store now has the Prodigy Autocode Glucose meter for $10.50. They also carry test strips and solutions for this item. I briefly looked on www.blindmicemegamall.com and found they have cooking wares, household mobility products and numerous other items. I find the CVS website accessible, and some stores have point of sale devices.
Here are the phone numbers and web addresses for these stores.
Vermont country store phone – 802-362-8484 www.vermontcountrystore.com
Their customer service is great and they are helpful to blind customers.
Hard to Find Brands phone – 888-796-4832 www.hardtofindbrands.com
Harmon’s Discount phone 866-427-6661 www.harmondiscount.com
Good Old Days phone 877-226-5388 www.goodolddaysstore.com
CVS toll free number is 1-888-607- 4287 www.cvs.com
Blind Mice Mart phone 1-713-893-7277 www.blindmicemegamall.com
I hope readers enjoy browsing, shopping and finding Labor Day discounts. Our last summer holiday will be here in a week.