Tuesday, February 1, 2011
So I still rock the Swatch Watch. I have 2 of them but I'm slowly adding to my collection. Remember the guards??? That little piece of rubber that went over the face. I haven't been able to locate a store in NJ that sells Swatch anymore. On ebay they range between $10 and $2,000+. I wonder where my childhood swatches ended up? I remember kids wearing 2 or more on one hand. They were an excellent friend to the "jelly bracelets". **Be sure to share you swatch story. Here are some pictures I found on various websites to show you:
We bought them, traded them and loved them. I bought mine at a store called Mc Crory's. It's similar to a dollar store. For .50 cents you could buy one of these bell clip charms. For a $1 you could buy the plastic chain. Everyone had them. They made a lot of jingle noise. Everyone had their favorites. Mine included: The Abacus, The Eggs In Frying Pan, The Lipstick, The Sink, The Sailboat, The BMX Helmet and the STAR.
I wore my necklaces everywhere. I remember the hot lazy summers running around my backyard in my florescent bathing suit jumping off the pool ladder wearing my charms! I never took them off. I would do anything I could to earn .50 just to buy more charms. My sisters and I would drive our mom crazy all day...until she took us to Mc Crory's. I mean some days I think we would go at least 3 times. I was addicted. I couldn't get enough. They were found on everyone. Sadly, as time went by they slowly started to disappear. I was about 11 and in 6th/7th grade when the charms made their first appearance. By the time I got to high school...the charms were a simple memory. It's funny because when people see my charms (pictured) they remember everything about that care free time in our lives. A time when bell clip charms were our everything.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Meet my TRAPPER KEEPER. It's in mint condition with the red, blue and green folders. Who didn't love this invention? All the different patterns, colors and shapes. That dizzying vinyl smell. Making cubicles with them on your desk. The sound of the velcro. It's music to my ears. Here are several that I found:
Who could forget the toys of the 1980's? It didn't make a difference if you were a boy or girl. There were toys for everyone. Little kids, big kids, tweens, teens and even adults. The toys of the 80's were simple and fun. Everyone loved the Toys R Us Kids commercial. It was the universal sign that Christmas was on it's way. Santa was coming with your childhood wishes.
But, not everyone's wish came true. We all have that 1 toy that haunts us from our past. The one we wanted but never got.
In 1986 CHOSUN made HEART TO HEART BEAR. I was 10 years old and didn't get that bear for Christmas. I did however meet the man of my dreams and on my wedding day that bear arrived brand new mint in box from ebay! Better late than never I suppose.