Last time I was in another part of South Dakota (Mobridge) was back in February, 2006. I had to stay the weekend at that time, so looking for something to do in a small town (population about 3,200) on a Saturday afternoon I mozzied (sp?) over to the local variety store and ended up with a real nice cowboy shirt and a darn good pair of Cowboy Wrangler jeans (still my favorite jeans today).
So when business brought me again to small town South Dakota (Aberdeen is a lot larger, and at 24,000 is the 3rd biggest city in the state), I decided to see what I could buy in the way of some good pants. I asked the guys I was working with that week where I could find some good jeans and they said to try the Hitch'N Post down the way.
About an hour later I left the store with not one, but two pairs of Wrangler's. One pair was your regular Wrangler Blue Jean and the other was a little dressier pair of Black Wrangler's. Boy are they both very comfortable and durable. Wore the Black Wrangler's the next day at work and between dodging the rain drops and stepping through the muddy environs on a wet and drizzly day, I kept warm and snug in those pants all day long.
I love finding good things at a local store. The staff was great and helped me to find what I was looking for. The pictures reflect the inside and outside of the store along with a picture in the store of General George Armstrong Custer (kind of infamous now as he killed a lot of Native Americans under some not nice conditions).
What to buy: Cowboy Boots, Shirts, Pants for men, women and children. Postcards were also 3 for a $1.00.
What to pay: A bit more then a discount store, but all the merchandise is top notch.
In recent years numerous antique shops have opened up in the Hills. There are three or four in Belle Fouche, which is north of Spearfish and 18 miles or so off I-90. Prices here are quite good, largely because they're not on a major highway.
You'll find a lot of junk, of course, but there are treasures to be found, too. If you can manage the shipping, you'll find good quality press-back chairs, Hoosier cabinets, and heavy oak tables at decent prices when compared with those in similar shops on either coast. If you're into 50s or 60s retro, you'll find plenty of that, too. I collect cookbooks and I picked up a 1940 edition of Joy of Cooking complete with recipes tailored to the days of war-time rationing. Price? $5!
Other towns to check out for such emporia are Hill City and Rapid City.
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100 Pine Crest Lane, Box 320, Deadwood, South Dakota, 57732, United States
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