Friday, January 9, 2009

Things I Miss From My Youth

For the most part, I wouldn't go back and change a thing in my past. I recall most of my childhood and teenage years with mostly good memories (maybe I've suppressed the bad stuff). Looking back, there are a few things that I had back then that I wish I still had. For instance...


I just about wore my Spirograph out when I was a kid. I loved that thing. I found a new-fangled one at a garage sale not long ago, and bought it for Chickenhead. It sucked. It only had 5 or 6 discs and it wasn't near as cool as the original.

After playing with Spirograph for a few years, I was ready to move on to something else. My next art obsession was-

Fashion Plates! I was sure that with a few well thought out FP designs, I would be well on my way to a glamorous high fashion career in Paris. I still keep my eyes peeled at garage sales and thrift stores for this toy. I might be able to make it to Paris, yet.

As I got older though, I began to think about my own personal style. Yes, I was blossoming in to young womanhood. One of the first 'grown up' Christmas presents I remember getting was-

Yep, that womanly fragrance we know and love, Love's Baby Soft. I would love to have a bottle of this, not so much to wear, but just to take a whiff of every now and then so that I could briefly go back to 1981. (Is it just me, or is that ad a little skeevy?)

This was also around the time that I started begging, pleading, holding my breath and generally driving my poor momma batshit crazy for a pair of these babies-

I may have to break down and get a pair of retro Nikes, just for the good flashback feelings they would bring. My favorites were the purple ones I had. They were so rad! (sorry)

Finally, I'm looking around like crazy for Lip Lickers. You remember them don't you? The little tin of lip gloss that you kept in your jeans pocket, sliding the lid open and closed when you were kind of nervous (was I the only one that did that?)-

I recall having the root beer Lip Licker, and I think I had green apple, too. The Village Bath is still around, and I've emailed them about making Lip Lickers again(yes, I have no life). While they're not planning on producing them now, the appreciated my suggestion, and are sending me a $1 coupon to use towards any of their other products. Whatever. Anyway, these are the things from my youth that I would love to get my hands on again. What about you?

4 comments:

Carol said...

Holy Crap! I forgot about the fashion plates...I, too, loved those! Thanks for the flashback!

Lurker Girl said...

OMG--I had every one of those things and LOVED them all--thanks for the flashback!!

snort---my word verification is RETRO--how appropriate

Lurker Girl said...

www.vintagesister.com They bought the same type of tins and make the crazy flavors--looks cute! You can also get them on Ebay, but Allah only knows how old/gross/used they would be.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Good trip down memory lane, Miss Kelley! I well recall the loveliness of Spirograph, Lip Lickers and Love's Baby Soft. No, you are not alone in being creeped out by the image of the little girl in the ad. Her made up face teeters perilously on the precipice of soft porn.

Lurker Girl is right about offerings on Ebay - I cannot imagine who would want partially used Lip Lickers, but at one time apparently they were offered:
http://www.inthe00s.com/archive/inthe80s/1055308737.shtml

Want an unused one? They're currently on offer at a buy it now price of $150. Incredible.