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.