For over 30 years, Sidney and family owned a clothing store on 111th and Third Avenue, Kirby’s Clothes. In the basement of Sala and Sidney’s home sits the original cash register used in the store in the 1940s. It’s a beautiful machine, still in impeccable condition, and was a major fixture of our childhoods. Playing restaurant was a lot more fun with a working vintage cash register on the counter!
Since I was a kid, I’ve had the same routine when I visit my grandparents: I kiss them both hello, drop my bags at the top of the stairs, and head downstairs to ring up the cash register. When Liz and I took Dylan to visit Bubbe and Poppa in Monsey this morning, I thought it was about time that the newest great grandchild got to see a piece of the family history. He seemed intrigued.