Sears Catalogue, Part II


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


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


Color was really celebrated in 1993.


Look at how many choices you had for your jorts!


Although, nothing compares to the classic!


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


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


Not your average, boring socks in 1993!


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


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


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


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


If this is the Canadian tuxedo…


…this must be the Canadian prom dress.


Too much denim!


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


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


Whoa, you boys are drowning in those things!


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.


This piece of furniture was to store all your VHSes.


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


What a status symbol!


This picture illustrated the newer concept of motion detection lights.


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


He does not look happy.


Gen X rules!


Pure Moods!


The perfect outfit for the first day of school.


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




Forgotten Paperbacks


Don’t Tell Mom…I guessed the girl on the right was pregnant, because look at how the sister seems to be holding her stomach.


The back of the book does not go into any details about what the secret might be, only that Carrie had run away for five months. Teens, you are going to want help from an adult in the case of a pregnancy. Whatever Carrie has to hide, I am sure her mother is just glad she is home and would probably be supportive.


The Cat’s Meow had two copies so best friends could read them at the same time.


I guessed Jennifer was probably pregnant.

According to the back of the book, it turned out Jennifer hated school. It is a good thing Jennifer has a friend to turn to.

Dare she tell anyone? the caption reads.


She probably gets pregnant.


What dimension are those children even in?


She is working those pegged jeans. Is their last name Goat?


This was a book of 70s poetry.


This is a little sample of some of the prose.


I can see why the book is entitled Alone…The ellipsis makes the title all the more isolated.


If your parents say no, rebel by ruining a bunch of stuff and plowing through the new groceries.


I was most creeped out by the title of the author’s previous work.


Reading is fun!


I was not sure if this was for sale…but I was surprised this old fashioned hair tie made it through the decades. THESE THINGS USED TO BE EVERYWHERE IN THE 80S IN EVERY COLOR.

These poor guys were left in frames being sold. I hope the actual person is doing better than his baby pics today.


That is a very romantic photo for a bunch of buttons.


Wearable Art and Questionable Ads


This “day-glo”, as they called the color palette, outfit was featured in a booklet entitled Wearable Art.


The booklet was originally purchased at a now defunct retail chain called Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. I used to call it Frank’s Nursery and Craps. The store’s jingle went like this: “Beautiful things begin at Frank’s, Frank’s Nursery and Craft’s!”


This beautiful parrot was made with fabric paints and glued gem stones.


The mystery object in this kid’s hand takes away from the vest, no matter how flashy.


A bit of the very trendy valley girl dialect to describe this puffy paint sensation.


That is a lot of denim, but that’s how it was done back when this booklet was published in 1990.


Bigger is better.


It would be a shame to get that apron all stained with food spills.


Let’s give these models a round of applause.


I found this ad in a 1984 Family Circle. I feel bad that she is so addicted to cigarette smoking that she cannot even hit the slopes without a few puffs.


This was a public service announcement about keeping your kids away from poison. What a close call. How did it even get to the point where the kid is just about to take a big sip of bleach? Also, no products like these ever featured skull and crossbones on their packaging. This was an artistic liberty taken by the creator to show a point.


It was okay with this contest if you wanted to enter pictures of your child hitting a fat cigar.


Childhood is not easy.

Obscure Products


I came across a product called “Bath Glove” on a recent thrifting spree. This invention seems to be a precursor of what we now know and love as the loofah. Rub a dub dub, but I don’t know if I would want to suds up with a giant toothbrush!


At any rate, Value World was asking for a price 75% off of the original cost. I just think we should find out who this model is and send it to her. She would probably love a walk down memory lane.


This is “Photo Stack”. I like how these products do not utilize the word “the”. No use for prepositions here!

This particular product strikes me as something a creeper would employ to show off his collection of photos of ladies he pressured into giving him pictures. “Hey, you are giving Glamour Shots to everyone else…Can I have one???”

I also wonder what became of this lovely model. I wonder if she is still in the industry. Although this product was made in Hong Kong, it was distributed in Bloomfield Hills, MI, according to the packaging. Perhaps she is local!


I spotted this fancy KMart brand windbreaker at an estate sale my sister and I visited.  It was really my style, but was a bit past the gently used stage.


KMart guarantees satisfaction always here on the tag. I cannot recall a time I was dissatisfied with Kmart, except for the time I went into the bathroom and there was an unflushed toilet with a used pregnancy test in the bowl. But I don’t hold that against KMart.


Another cheerful design from Simplicity. I would place this pattern to around 1987. I wonder if that is a Swatch Watch. Is he about to lick her ear out?


There was a crowd that was die hard for Ed Hardy about thirteen years back.  Whomever owned this lit-ass Ed Hardy print was probably very cool.


Come, my lady, come, come, my lady….you’re my butterfly Sugar, baby


Finally, Hangman. It looks like Brian Cranston’s brother was a boardgame model. No one is ever pissed on board game covers. You have to be realistic because one can get really competitive and failing to represent that is false advertising.



All this gal ever wanted to be was a model…Maybe she could hit the big times and become a  SuperModel. She sent out her pictures to all of the agencies. And now here she is, for the rest of eternity, as the ROACHES lady.


These appliances were featured in a 1973 issue of Women’s Day. This mustard color was one of the great postmodern classics.

We used to have a stove this color, as well as a dryer. I think that might actually be our exact model there. My mom still has it in her basement and uses the inside of it for storage.


This beautiful 70s kitchen is fit for all of your cooking needs. Two sinks? That is luxury. That linoleum disguised as tile was popular too. God bless all of the homes in America that still have it. It is important that we hold onto our heritage.


Don’t get too tripped out by this pantry as it does appear that the floor continues onto the wall upward to the ceiling.


Here is another storage space. How to Clean Everything.


“Part of a balanced breakfast.” Why are you having both cereal and toast? Are you going to be running a marathon?


I miss Total. I have never heard of Corn Total. It must have disappeared by the time I was on solids.


OK, flushable? As women, we are constantly inundated with signs that say PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH SANITARY NAPKINS. It is like a code of restrooms. Yet, the signs still go up. And you think, what fool is trying to flush these things? Evidently, there was a time when you could flush. So, I guess there was a period of confusion.



This crochet tie is strong yet sensitive.


Here are more of those 70s colors. Pea Green and Blood Brown are featured here.

I used to hate when people called me Kathy. Now I am like whatever. I probably won’t see you again.


Time-span action…timed to your queefs.


This is cool and should return.


My mom has a ton of these. The photos still stick today.


The most impressive thing here is what that beagle can do with its ear.

Bye for now! See you next week!

The Surprising Years


The Surprising Years was written in 1985. This was pretty late in the game to act shocked when a teen dissed you or did/said something to make you feel as shitty as they. But, people were still learning and Lions Clubs International had this little booklet published just for them.Lions-Club-Scholarship.jpgweirdscholarships


These two teens are relatively approachable.


But who would want to go up to this pensive child and ask him what he wants for dinner? Are we trying to get our heads bitten off?

By the way, this kid looks just like Wheels from Degrassi.

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Derek Wheeler “Wheels”…His story is a tragedy, but I won’t take that away from you. If you have never seen Degrassi Junior High (1986), Youtube has many of the episodes.


What’s next? One of those crazy haircuts…or drugs?

If crazy hair and drugs are on the same level for this parent, that is just really sad. I hope that kid can find some consolation in that punk album I see up there.


They had Sosches in The Outsiders and they were freaking jerks. They were just jealous because all the girls wanted Soda Pop and Pony Boy. Could The Outsiders have been called The Burnouts?


Darry would have torn this book in two.


Now, “stomps” I have never heard of. Sounds freaking insulting, though. The text does not mention “nerd” but the illustration has a kid wearing the label. In the 1976 movie, Carrie, the character, Chris, calls someone a “Mortimer Snerd”.


Poor guy. Kids can conjure up the devil, for sure.


But you know what? One of these girls might secretly have a crush on the loner, you never know. Things do have a way of turning out unexpectedly.


This teen and her mother bond over laughing at dad.


This dad should not have to ask twice for Junior to take out the trash.


Big brother


Starry starry 3 AM night


These girls just smoked some grass.


This book was endorsed by Bill Cosby. He really pisses me off  one, because he is a rapist but also because he has always acted like some moral compass for America. Was he so extremist just to diminish  believability should anyone step forward with claims against him? It is just so psychotic.


Wacky 20th Century Land


The picturesque 80s bride…

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue, A sixpence bit in your shoe.


Speaking of 80s brides… Princess Di didn’t even need Prince Charles’s gnarly ass to be the biggest bride of the 80s. He was merely an afterthought.

This thimble is bone china. They could have simply used glass, but had to bring dead animals into the picture. Yes, bone china is more chip resistant and everything, but this item strikes me as more for display than for actual use in sewing.

And if you decide to get married, don’t get pricked.


This cutie pie is named Ego. He is a puppet with a presence. They used to sell puppets like these at Art Fairs in the 80s. I always wanted one. They were expensive, especially with those art fair mark ups. I don’t blame the creators. Art fair spots are expensive. And look how much a kit costs. I was satiated with little trinkets as a kid, thankfully for my parents.


Here is a similar wrap around puppet. It looks like this is the artist and those must be all of her creations for sale in the background. Her website name grates on me but the puppets look cute.


These dude were big time on the art fair scene, too.


These guys were a little more affordable. I asked for one once because I saw other kids walking around with them. My mom said I might get tired of holding it. I was like OK.


This book brings us back to a time where we could get away with just about anything. Pre-9/11, you understand.


I don’t really like that she is giving a jock strap for Christmas, but…


It takes two people to write a book this thrilling.


No More “Little Miss Perfect”. What the heck happens that Ashley suddenly spends an hour doing her hair???

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Here is Ashley on a typical day.

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Here are characters Brooke and Kelly trashing Ashley. They think the nice girl thing is all an act. I wonder how they might react in the book.


I was looking for these when I quit nic six months ago. I can’t find these anywhere, not even at the dollar store. Oh well. I don’t need all the sugar.


Um, they should have made all of these. In a pinch, I would pick blueberry, though.


Wolfgang Puck and a California Raisin to send you off.

Life and Stuff 1999 and 1989


I found this 1999 Life at a thrift store benefiting the Westland Public Schools.

This issue was actually about schools and whether they were better in 1999 than in mid-century days.


Acrylic nails were one difference, I can tell you that. Girls in 1999 loved fake nails, smelly lotion and tanning.


Life compares two school girls. I want to say these are two different personality types, anyway. There is just so much to measure!


This kid was featured in the editorial. At first, I thought he was freestyle walking, but he is showing off with the hackey sack ball.


This ad was for Coca-Cola’s Dasani. There was just a really nasty urban legend circulation about Dasani recently. It is not for sensitive stomachs.

Anyhow, Dasani’s aftertaste is nasty enough for me.


Here is a coupon. This was when the brand of water first entered the market. Coke was trying to get it into people’s hands. It looks like the cashier or whomever was expected to handwrite on the coupon.


TV in the car. The first time I saw this, I must have misseen. I was riding in the backseat as a kid. I saw a vehicle ahead of us. I thought the TV was like right below the rear view mirror. Then because of that, I though the driver was meant to watch it too. I thought it was so very stupid.


Maybe I still do.


I was looking through a Light Cuisine magazine from 1989 for this entry, too.

A lot of the ads for food included NutraSweet instead of sugar. The rumors circulationg about NutraSweet these days are downright frightening.

Oh, look, Heinz. The Democrats have been giving the people rotten candidates for years.


I was really charmed by the artwork in this ad. Squiggles.


This has NutraSweet. Remember Olestra? This product may cause loose stools. I still ate it anyway in Baked Doritos.


These look like little pills. Probably no coincidence.


Obsession smells so good. sniff


Chit Chat 1990


I happened accross this 1990 issue of House and Garden featuring the lovely and talented Isabella Rossellini on the cover.

I was disappointed in its contents, offering mostly vapid furnishings and the intermittent try-to-hard rustic design approach.

But a few things did beg celebrating.


Case in point. Why, a Scientology ad! Improving Life in a Troubled World. Yeah, OK. John can dig ditches for Sea Org instead of getting his creativity on with a can of paint.


Today’s leader of Scientology is David Miscavige. His wife, Shelly, has not been seen in public since 2007. Several individuals have filed police reports regarding her whereabouts.The LAPD claimed to have met with her in person. That does not necessarily tell me she wants to be where she is. As a public figure, I see nothing wrong with having her make a public statement. Obviously, people are worried.


Here is a photograph of celebrity, John Travolta, going through a supposedly spiritual auditing process in the 80s.


This ad if for a free copy of the AT&T Moving Book. I guess moving and setting up service used to be some big deal. I don’t remember it that way. But I like the ad for the rolled up jeans.


I couldn’t find any “Moving Books”, but I did find this attractive AT&T magnetic accordion address card. If you were a subscriber to Home and Garden, I am sure you could get real gold, too.


I also spotted this hat that looks like it could be part of a get-a-way disguise or something.


I have an affinity for silky jackets of this sort, so love. I recall our family phone source was supplied by Michigan Bell in the 80s.


Harden…O, the craftsmanship.

These two are saying, hey. You don’t always have to wear a big phony ass smile when getting your picture taken.


Outside of the world of House and Garden I found these. At first I thought they were crayons. Upon closer investigation, they were erasers. These came from Claire’s in the mall, where many young suburbanites get their ears pierced for the first time.


Finally, this is a whole separate bag for your cell phone. I guess this is if your outfit did not have any pockets. It is not too functional unless your are trying to keep your phone very clean, because why not just throw it in a purse? You might not have pockets, but what are you going to do with your wallet and tampons and car keys?


I Love Junk


It’s the Jukebox from Hell. This next tune doesn’t cost a thing.

Well, only your soul. But that’s priceless.


I found this contraption at the Vet’s Thriftstore in Westland. It is a streamlined cycle unit. Don’t hate. Form follows function.

I apologize for the blurry quality of the photograph. Everyone wanted to watch me perform the mundane task of photographing this apparatus.


This is an obviously much sturdier model. I was mildly surprised to see that Huffy manufactured a stationary bike.


It looks like someone cycled so hard they hit the ground pedaling.

The Huffy Elite. Oooooooh Ahhhhhhhh


The Vet’s was just bumping with oddities. This is a Parent’s Guide for parenting your little monster. I can tell you right now, I see that body language and I know there are theatrics on the way. Don’t let Junior bug you out too much, Dad.


This is a ticket from game A of when the Tigers won the World Series. Baseball can be fun but don’t slip into catatonia in the 15th inning. You might not return! Good thing you can always count on a bird crapping on someone’s head or something to snap you right out of it.


Dream machine, indeed. This little shit will replace your want for sleep.


My friends Natalie and Aaron pointed out this locked Sega showcase full of dolls. Does that even make any sense?

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Don’t sweat it!