Availability: Scarce (See
Date of Manufacture
These are trade tokens from the
Convenient Food Mart in Southport, NC. The Convenient Food Mart was
located at 701 N. Howe Street. Trade tokens, and other forms of
trade scripts, were often used in small communities, such as
Southport, in lieu of cash and were designated with a face value,
much like a coin. These particular trade tokens appear to have acted
like food stamps. They may have been issued directly by the store on
behalf of the County, or perhaps given as change from a food
purchase using food stamps issued by the County.
September 11, 2012 from Oklahoma City, OK
Availability Scale: We have loosely defined 4
categories of availability for classifying items in our
collection. There are many degrees of availability within each main
category and the opinion of availability is subjective. These 4 main
categories have been created to convey to the reader the approximate
availability of an item within our collection. The availability
is subject to change as new research comes to light.
Common - A common item is one where many examples
are known to exist. Most modern items are considered common
due to the large numbers of items made, published and distributed.
Uncommon - An uncommon item is one that does not
surface often. There may be many examples of an uncommon item in
circulation, but just not as readily available as a common item.
Scarce - A scarce item is one that is hardly ever
seen outside of a few well known collections such as
The Southport Times' Collection, the New Hanover County Public
Library's North Carolina Collection or the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection.
Rare - A rare item is an item where only 1 or
2 examples are known to exist. Items in this category may not
even exist in the largest and most complete collections. Items
in this category have extremely low distribution rates, adding to the rarity of the
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