Sears Catalogue, Part II

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In 1993. the Sears Catalogue was there before online shopping existed. You had a choice of ordering by mail or phone.

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Sears would deliver anything right to your doorstep, even a wooden swimming pool!

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Color was really celebrated in 1993.

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Look at how many choices you had for your jorts!

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Although, nothing compares to the classic!

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Sometimes, the color was all washed out and that was “in”, too.

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Little accents of color was appreciable. Watch out for those Crips!

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Not your average, boring socks in 1993!

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Members only had their own line of luggage at this moment in time.

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Typically, Members Only was known for their jackets, just like this one Corey Feldman is wearing in what must be Lost Boys.

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At a garage sale a few days back, I spotted a “VIP Only” jacket. Members versus VIP! What a rivalry.

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In 1993, it was trendy to wear biker shorts underneath another pair of shorts. Layers equaled more color!

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If this is the Canadian tuxedo…

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…this must be the Canadian prom dress.

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Too much denim!

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This is if you took one of those Jason Voorhees type jumpsuits and made a dress of it.

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These were considered classic, down to earth colors back then.

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Whoa, you boys are drowning in those things!

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I don’t like to think that a woman gave birth on the beach. Sand gets everywhere!

Vertical stripes were everywhere. I hope these do not resurface.

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This piece of furniture was to store all your VHSes.

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The entertainment center was an outfit that stored VCRs, televisions, gaming consoles, and stereos all in one place.

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What a status symbol!

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This picture illustrated the newer concept of motion detection lights.

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This touchtone pad was another mode of security for the home.

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He does not look happy.

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Gen X rules!

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Pure Moods!

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The perfect outfit for the first day of school.

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Thanks, again, to my great friend, Meghan, for sending me these wonderful catalogues!

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Midland Antiques Festival and Chuckie’s Flea Market

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My boyfriend, Robert, and myself visited the Midland Michigan Antiques Festival at the Midland State Fairgrounds yesterday afternoon. Boy, was it gigantic.

The first familiar face I saw was this Big Boy. This mini statuette can be yours for $650. One time I went to the junk yard and saw a trashed Little Caesars dude. Should have got him. Probably weighed about 1000 lbs. though.

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I saw this wonderful little gadget, a GPS from 1997.

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Me: Do you remember Pac Man fever?

Robert: Yup

Me: Did you have it?

Robert: Everyone did.

I told Robert one day I couldn’t understand why these detailed, lively images were featured on the front of Atari cartridges when this was what the games really looked like:

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He replied, “We used our imaginations.”

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There were affordable items for every pocketbook.

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There were hundreds of buttons, maybe thousands.

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Beep beep

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And Vanities.

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Hillary History

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Four more years for the beautiful lady.

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!!!Ah!

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A Cat with Class

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Chuckie’s Flea Market was also bumpin’ Saturday morning. If you were a band kid, you will recognize these Marshall Music folders. I used to go to the one in Allen Park for reeds.

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These little novelty earrings…it is amazing the earrings and the card have stayed together all these years.

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I was excited when I saw these cups because my mom used to have them.

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This was some kind of weird Woody Woodpecker game. Wird Gejagt means Being Chased in German according to Google.

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Finally, these two dudes had been abandoned in a picture frame.

Jello of the 70s and Caturday Fun

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This hardcover book about America’s favorite past time, Jello, had been staring at me for months from the shelves of Cat’s Meow in Essexville.

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I finally opened the book up and I am glad I did. I am not happy to think I could have missed out on this intimate family moment brought to you by Jello.

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This 1973 book is simply charming and will bring you right back to the final season of Mad Men. Or 1973, if you were alive then.

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Mmm. Spongy goodness. When is the last time you had one of these?

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There was a section of the book devoted to non-desserts. This was one of the appetizer salads.

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This bride and groom chooses Jello to cater their wedding.

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These are perfect.

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I can see them having this spread:

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Munch munch munch

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Not too classy for the kids.

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BONUS:

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In the same trip, I found a CAT CARE manual from 1980.

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I scored some vivid color images.

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TMI…How to tell the sex of your kitty.

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Cat mom

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TONKS

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Happy Caturday!

Mad Ads 70s and 80s

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This 1979 commercial is just exhausting.

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It is for Enjoli perfume. Please tell me no one spritzes on perfume before even eating and taking a shower.

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The commercial is about modern woman’s many roles.

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She can do it all and she can’t stink while doing it.

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This is the ideal woman of 1979.

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She looks a little bit like Murphy Brown but it isn’t.

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She is singing a very grating song you should be thankful that I had to hear for you.

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I did not realize perfume had a time stamp.

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Working women of the late 70s and early 80s were trying out new looks with their 8 hour perfumes. These bow ties luckily went away and haven’t really come back, which is kind of surprising.

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My mom wears Coty Musk. It smells REALLY good. She told me my dad’s friend said it should be illegal. This is a 1986 ad.

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As if Hell wasn’t hot enough, along comes Dexatrim.

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I don’t remember any stores having “Appetite Control Centers”. And if they did, Dexatrim was the only thing in it?

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These remind me of the Bee pills from the gas station.

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This 1986 did pretty good at picking someone who could pull off a speed freak gig.

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Schools don’t use Wikipedia as a source, but I do:

Dexatrim has been on the market for more than 30 years.[11] The brand was originally owned by Thompson Medical, which was acquired by Chattem in 1998. It is now part of Sanofi.[1] Dexatrim formula has changed considerably over the years. In prior formulations, Dexatrim contained the decongestant phenylpropanolamine (PPA) and the amphetamine-like compound ephedra.[11] A 2000 study by Yale University School of Medicine showed an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke with taking PPA.[12] A case of myocardial injury was also reported using Dexatrim (with PPA) at doses recommended for weight control.[13] In 2013, following the request of the FDA to discontinue marketing drug products containing PPA,[14] Dexatrim dropped PPA from its formula. In 2004, FDA banned a second Dexatrim ingredient, ephedra. Although ephedra showed some effectiveness for short-term weight loss, it was linked to raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of heart problems and stroke.[15]

Screenshot (1973)

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Cliffs Notes are NOT cheating, in my opinion. They are perfect companions for things like Shakespeare. They enhance the experience, really. This fresh dude from 1986 probably picked up his copy of Cliffs Notes for The Scarlet Letter at B. Dalton.

 

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Remember this little guy? I heard some of the very first ones are being sold for quite a bit of money, as in in the thousands. That sounds crazy to me, but it came from a reliable source. I found this ad gracing the back cover of a 2003 National Geographic.

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This poor guy was in an 80s Cat Fancy. This was cat shaming way back when. The article was about overweight cats. He does not look that big to me.