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Virginia Dare

January 13th, 2010 at 01:19 pm

My father was in the service for over 30 years. On his early 50's, he retired to Florida. In just a little over a year, he had a heart attack and died. It was a week before my 10th birthday.

My mother had never worked in her life. Women didn't work in the 1920's and 30's. She had let my father handle the finances and did not know that his military pension would stop when he died.

She had to find a job and she went to work at a small ladies dress shop chain, called, "Virginia Dare"

When I was 12, she got me a work permit and I starting working there on weekends, afternoons, holidays and summer vacations.

I was hired to be the "stock girl" but the manager soon learned how good I was with math and I loved to run the register. (You had to know how to count back change back then)

So, she had me doing the books every afternoon at closing. I would take all the sales tickets to the back room and balance the books. The adding machine that I used was NOT electric. It had to be hand cranked! I balanced the books and made up all the deposits.

I got paid a grand sum of $3 per day ( 8am to5:30 pm). I used this money to buy my clothes, school supplies, movies, etc., but I always managed to save a bit. My mother just could not afford to do anything but feed me and give me a home to live it.

I am very glad that I got this experience at a very early age and I never felt sorry for myself that I had to work. I think it took a lot of burden off my mother not having to buy things for me. She taught me one thing. Only buy something IF all your bills are paid first and you really need it. I never saw my mother buy herself anything in all those years!

I found a extra $100 in my car payment envelope, so I am adding that to the challenge.
Prev. total $281.00
today 100.00
new total $381.00

10 Responses to “Virginia Dare”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Great story--wow, a money whiz since age 12! What a gift.

    Did you know Virginia Dare was the first English child born in America, and that she and her whole colony of Roanoke mysteriously disappeared? I used to be so fascinated by that piece of history when I was a kid.

  2. buddy Says:

    Thank you.

  3. miz pat Says:

    Wow! I applaud you and your mom!!!!!

  4. Amy Says:

    Wow, that was so interesting to read. Your mother taught you in a very great way. That's wonderful that you were so good at math and were able to basically run the finances of that shop when you were so young. That was very smart of you to save money from every payday.

  5. boomeyers Says:

    I love hearing your stories Julie! You were an enterprising young lady!

  6. Analise Says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Julie. You were a financial whiz, even at a young age!

    I am amazed when I encounter cashiers who cannot do something as simple as counting back change. I used to teach it to my 3rd graders, yet now most cashiers use machines that tell them the amount of change to give back. They don't even have to think.

  7. miz pat Says:

    Analise: Isn't that the problem with a lot of things in society - they don't want us to think.

  8. Ima saver Says:

    ceejay, I did know that about virginia Dare. That was who the chain of stores was named after. Gosh, I sold a lot of stocking from that store. No panty hose back then.

  9. Jerry Says:

    That is a fascinating and tragic story about your father, but I am glad that the circumstances would lead you to be a strong and intelligent woman. To think that back in the day people would work all day for a wage alone, without retirement or insurance benefits or anything else of the kind. It was, truly, a simpler time. Thanks for the insight into your background!

  10. Broken Arrow Says:

    You did bookkeeping when you were 12? Wow Ima. Learn something new every time!

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