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Where I grew up, school always started the day after Labor Day. It’s fitting that I post this today as a reminder of that seasonal anxiety we all used to get this exact day for 13 years.
Did anybody else get those small Sanrio catalogs in the mail about two times a year in the mid 90s? My Hello Kitty Headquarters was the My Doll & Toy Shoppe (which always sounded like you were saying “Midol Toy Shoppe”) in Hampton, Virginia. I stopped going there some time in high school, the last trip there was when mom bought me a Pekkle Duck purse after I got my learners permit. The store died with the 90s.
This was the second year CK One was really big. Yes, I wanted this notebook and bag set, no I never got it. I still don’t own a bottle of CK One and its 2014. Such a heavenly middle school scent.
I was a fat kid growing up, I still am. Mom thought if I wore baggy wide-legged jeans like the ones these girls are wearing, it would hide my fat. I think they just made me look even bigger. I wanted that rainbow purse. I think Delia*s sold a similar purse.
The first time I ever went to Target, I bought a pair of shoes that looked similar to the oxblood ones net to the blue lace up shoes. The first time I wore them in 8th grade, I paired them with a pair of light green plaid pants, as was the style back then.
I remember this page as though it was yesterday. I had a purple hologram notebook, and those silver hologram Yikes! pencils with the little ridges. Everybody at my school would pencil fight on the bus with those shiny rainbow Pentech pencils. WalMart used to sell them individually in big bins, I’m sure they stopped when they realized half of Hampton’s middle school students were stealing them.
Aren’t those lunchbox purses amazing?
Afterthoughts was the home of this kind of jewelry, and I had it all.
Has anybody actually shaved with those little BIc Razors? Even with the Teflon, they’re leg shredders for sure. I actually used a disposable Bic the night before I wrote this, and blood was just pouring out.
I had the coffee Bonne Bell Lip Tints, and the Peach Sunset Cafe body spray.
I always wanted one of these packs, but I never saw them in the store. Mom probably would not let me let me buy one at the time anyway because they had omgtampons in them. Why did the boy pack have shampoo and conditioner? I think we needed conditioner more than boys, although back then boys grew their hair out more, they weren’t lazy and buzz cut it like they do today. Boys didn’t get soap though. Just dump some Canoe on and you’ll be okay.
I had so many of these shirts and skirts. I wore a skirt in this pattern on the last day of 7th grade.
I wanted to wear all these outfits in 8th grade.
I actually remember where I was when I read this issue. I was on a plane from Norfolk to Chicago, en route to Anchorage to see my relatives when I was 12. It was my first flight.
This was the last breaths of the mom jeans of the early 1990s. We all remember those awful jean deliminas from the January,1994 Seventeen.
I had these shoes, mine were brown, green, and fuchsia. It was back when hiking boots and sneakers merged together for a bit. My Social Studies Teacher had a similar pair, and I was jealous of them. Everybody thought I was copying my teacher, and teased me for it ;(
It’s going to be 91 outside on the first day of school where I live. ‘Ain’t nobody going to be wearing a corduroy jacket tomorrow.
A few years ago, I wrote a entry in my retail blog about how I thought that you had to be “in” if you had Cover Girl compact in your backpack purse in middle school.
Oh man I wanted a pair of Gap jeans so bad in middle school. I was in denial that I was a fat kid.
Trauma-Rama was always a favorite. Why would you hide your maxi pad in your hat?
Every girl had those corduroy shoes the first week of 7th grade. I had those Adidas, damn those stunk. I had to stop wearing them.
I hated that those green shoes didn’t exist in stores, they took them to a shoe repair place to have platforms added on.
Those blue shoes. I’d still wear them. Back then we had chunky dress shoes we could walk in. I can’t walk in “normal” dress shoes.