This is a complete grade 7 math lesson plan that compares pricing in the late 1800s/early 1900s to current pricing.
The General Store had a lot of household goods and farm tools that you could buy. What most people went there for were the household goods, like flour, salt, sugar, spices, and so on. They also bought fabric for clothing, some articles of clothing, shoes, dishes, and dolls. The most costly items were probably the farming tools. The most interesting items sold would probably have been the bear gloves because you wouldn’t see them at a store today. Wools, flannel, silks, and other fabrics were sold to make dresses and other clothing, and popular medical remedies (that didn’t always work) could also be bought there.
The prices back in the early 1900's were not like today.
1. Buttons - 6 cents