Dagashi ("da" is "poor" or "cheap", and "gashi (kashi)" is "confection") originally referred to cheap candies of low quality, but over time the word came to be used for candies children can easily afford with their small allowances.
Until the 1960s-70s every Japanese town had a dagashi store, where coin-clutching children gather and hang out with their friends. Dagashi stores were filled with candiesand toys - Beegoma (spinning tops), menko playing cards, Mamagoto (handicraft) sets, Ohajiki (marbles), and so on.
The types of candies and snacks that can be bought include candy drops, chocolates, cakes, juice powders that you dissolve in water to make juice, rice crackers, flavored squid, and many more. Wrapped in colorful packages, and some come with a sort of lucky draw that allows you to claim a second candy or snack if you get a win.
Every sort of things sold at a dagashi store are very cheap costing 5-10 yen. Kids could compare their budget with what they wanted and consider carefully over what to buy or consult with their friends.