It would have been an extremely expensive store if the same quality of merchandise were to translate as well.
5 and dimes were a thing 50 years ago.
No way, a dollar was a ton of money back then!
Source: my grandpa
I think that's what OP means.
But you could buy like, an entire house with a dollar! That's no "normal store"!
Yeah, they were actually "dime stores" when I was a kid.