I was looking at my Facebook newsfeed the other day when I noticed that a friend of mine had posted pictures of a building being demolished. Not serious. Until I realized it was the old Playtogs Plaza on Dolson Avenue in Middletown. I guess it’s still not that bad since Playtogs hasn’t been open for years, but a flood of memories came to mind. I remember the old days of Playtogs.
My sister moved into one of her very first apartments in Middletown around 1978 or 1979. She and her fiancé were quite young and poor at the time, so sprucing up the apartment wasn’t going to be easy. She already had second-hand furniture, but rugs, bedspreads and other household essentials were still needed. Where did people on a budget go back then in Middletown? Playogs, of course!
We gathered up what little money we had to decorate the house and headed to Playtogs. We found a living room rug for around $19.99. Maybe even $15.99. It obviously wasn’t the best-made rug, but it did the trick for a young couple in a new apartment. I think they have one of those rugs for the bedroom too. Sheets, bedspreads, kitchen gadgets. They got them all, and all for a great price at Playtogs. Playtogs never claimed to be an upmarket store, but it was still one of the busiest places in Middletown.
Over the years, Playtogs closed and National Wholesale Liquidators took over. This place actually made Playtogs a high end store by comparison. The store has been empty for years, so I guess it was about time. The end of an era happened years ago, but demolition makes it so final. According to my friend, they are making room for a new Amazon warehouse, which makes sense these days. And the demolition photos? Here they are. Let the memories begin…
Demolition of Middletown’s iconic department store
Photos of the demolition of Playtogs Plaza in Middletown