That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 3, 2008

Some Bags

Filed under: bags,bath & body works,dead chains — Anita @ 12:17 am

I found some old bags in with our Christmas decorations last month:

Hills Holiday Bag, mid 90's

From the 2.5 seconds (ok, more like a year and a half) we had a Hills in Hampton. Bag is either from 1995 or 1996.

Stuart's Bag (mid 90's).

Stuarts died in the late 90’s I think. My mom and I spent way.way.way. too much money at Stuart’s Plus in the 90’s on clothes for me. We went to both the Newmarket Fair and Coliseum Mall locations until they closed in about 1997.

I guess Marianne and Jean Nicole were what Stuarts was in other states?

Blue W_a_l-M_a_r_t Roll Back Bag

I remember these from the 90’s. It seemed like every store had blue bags back then, something to do with recycling.

I found one of these in a rickety barn in our yard the other day, next to a Pepsi can from the 90’s.


iPhone Bag

AT&T iPhone bag. November, 2007.

Bath & Body Works Christmas Bag</center.

Bath & Body Works Christmas 2007 bag. I found a Bath & Body Works bag from 2000 in a box of things the other day.

Some newer bags:



  1. I shopped at Jean Nicole (Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto CA) back in the early 80’s. They were a knock-off store…if you wanted designer jeans and your mom wouldn’t pay the $30 then you found the knock-off at Jean Nicole for $15. Talk about a blast from the past!

    My wrapping paper for Christmas resides in “The Limited America” bag from 1997. Heh!

    Comment by KP — January 3, 2008 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  2. Anita –

    I just wanted to say I love your website. It’s just like a more personal version of the Deadmalls, Labelscars, and urban exploration websites out there. I mean, even simple things like a Hills bag (we used to have one in Central Ohio that turned into an Ames, and then a Steve & Berry’s went in) is enough to make me have this site bookmarked along with other repositories for extinct/fading popular (shopping) culture.


    Comment by James NeuFutur — January 4, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  3. Anita, Petrie Stores went bankrupt and liquidated in 1994. They operated 1,700 stores under the Petrie’s, Stuarts, Marianne, Hartfield’s, Jean Nicole, G&G, Rave, Winkleman’s and M.J. Carroll names.

    Comment by Dave — January 4, 2008 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  4. I know that Michigan had all four brands: Jean Nicole/Jean Nicole Plus, Marianne, Petrie’s, and Stuart’s. Marianne often went into smaller malls, it seems. There was one in Alpena Mall; now the site of a JCPenney home store, it still looks exactly like it did when it was Marianne.

    JCPenney assimilated another former Marianne in Courtland Center (nee Eastland Mall) in Burton (Flint). This former Marianne, still in its original green Marianne guise, is currently used as JCPenney’s intimates department. (I’m not making this up!) Penney’s also operates a Home Store out of a former Perry Drug at the other end of the mall. The Home store and lingerie store will both be closed when Penney’s opens its new store in the former Mervyn’s pad at the other end of the mall.

    Comment by Bobby — January 5, 2008 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  5. Anita, FWIW here are some old tags and a bag from old retail:

    Comment by Kevin Seward — January 12, 2008 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  6. If you could find an old Foley’s bag, the one that says FOLEY’SFOLEY’SFOLEY’SFOLEY’S down the whole bag, then you will be my hero.

    Comment by Jonah N — January 13, 2008 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  7. I have the same Bath And Body Works bag and some older ones, I keep them all. I should take some pictures and post.

    Comment by Bath And Body Works Fan — January 22, 2008 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  8. Hills!! I used to LOVE that store! *sigh*

    Comment by Dara — February 12, 2008 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

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