Livingston, Texas: Run Shoppers Run!The New Economy: Shoppers at this country store run outside whenever a train rumbles past. If they get the engineer to toot twice, everyone gets a 20 percent discount.
- 2464 Old Hwy 35 N., Livingston, TX
- Thomas Mercantile. Drive north of town four miles on US Hwy 59. Turn left (west) onto little Marston Rd (no stoplight). Drive a half-mile to the train tracks and turn right onto Old Hwy 35. You'll quickly see the store on the right.
- Th-Sa 10-6. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Run Shoppers Run!
North of Livingston there's a little gift shop, Thomas Mercantile, that opened in 1913 and is run by the fourth generation of the same family. The funny part is that it's on a dirt road out in the middle of the woods across from a railroad track. If a train comes by while you're in the shop, all the customers run outside and try to get the train engineer to honk twice. If they do, everyone gets a 20 percent discount. Nothing funnier than older men and women running full speed and flagging down a train.[Terry Smith, 08/18/2012]
When you become older you'll wish you had a tooting train to flag for a 20 percent discount. That said, we enjoy the idea of linking sale prices to a goofy group activity.