A few days ago MacGyver was on the phone and I heard him reminiscing about a plastic mold souvenir he got as a kid on a trip to Florida. I came running out of the bathroom yelling, ‘I had those things too!’
All year long I dreamed about going to Florida on vacation and every year we went to all the typical tourist traps, like Silver Springs, Weeki Wachi and Cypress Gardens, and I had molds from all of them.
I wondered if they still have those plastic mold makers so I looked it up and apparently they do although the original company actually went out of business in the 60’s. If you visit Busch Gardens in Tampa, you’ll find one of the mold makers still working except it cost more like 3 or 4 dollars as opposed to the 25 cents we paid for ours back in the day.
This was my most favorite mold of all. It was from Cypress Gardens.
Some other things I remember from my childhood are a few of my favorite toys. This was the first doll house I ever had.
It might have even been a hand me down from an older aunt for all I know but I loved it. I also had a Barbie camper and a Barbie bike and I absolutely loved them. I used to set up camp for my barbie’s all the time.
Looks a lot different than the barbie camper of today huh?
Barbie never fit right on this bike, it was a source of real frustration for me.
I also had these two dolls, Hollie and Heather Hobie.
They slept on my bed for years and even had their own bed linens which I carefully made every morning. OCD for life!
When I got a little bit older like 6th, 7th and 8th grade I was introduced to the wonderful world of lip gloss. I had these two which were from Avon. They were cute on the outside but filled with gloss on the inside so it took the teachers a while to figure it out and take them away.
If I remember correctly I stole the lips from my Aunt or maybe someone at school. Anyway, I was in the 6th grade and I didn’t get to go to camp with my friends that year so I was positive it was because my mom knew I stole those damn lips.
I had forgotten about these but lip lickers were all the rage back in the day.
These were like crack for your lips!
I found this on a vintage pinterest board, it was a bubble bath that I remember all too well. I remember it because it was about this time we realized I was allergic to bubble bath. No more squirrel bath, although back in the day for some reason I thought it was a cat. Yep, you’re dealing with a genius here.
One thing I could use though was Jergens lotion and I remember that for a few years in a row I had an aunt who would buy me a gift set every year at Christmas. It looked sort of like this:
I still love the original cherry almond smell of Jergen’s lotion! It will always be one of my favorite smells.
This was one of my favorite games:
I played this stupid thing for hours and one day it got a crack in it and the water all drained out.
Does anyone remember that wonderful orange glow you used to get when you used this stuff?
Those were the days! FYI, QT stands for Quick Tan but it was more like quick orange glow
And for shits and giggles, how bout I show you what we used to run in back in the day. I’m pretty sure when I was in high school this was my standard running attire.
I had every color combination imaginable!
Doesn’t this outfit just exude coolness?
I also wore these socks on the reg, unfortunately when the ball fell off, the socks were ruined.
And apart from the white and red and blue and white nikes that we all wore, I also had these shoes:
Except mine were blue and white.
Ah, the good old days.
Don’t worry, all those styles eventually recycle so I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually see some of you in some dolphin shorts, sportin’ some pom pom socks and I’ll just be over here laughing my ass off when your balls fall off.
What’s something you remember from your childhood? A toy, an article of clothing, anything, just tell me.