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Green Stamps WTF-

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2009

Just a trip down memory lane. Remember green stamps (here)? Those little stamps sold in depressing stores filled with people on AFDC and large birthday cakes with delicious butter cream frosting. The stamps were offered as a reward for purchasing so much, you saved them in a sad/ anemic green folder that was quickly lost on the way home in the bowels of your large station wagon (old school style, see here). Yeah you and your family, packed into that gas guzzling beast, fighting over who got the front seat or to sit by the window.  You and your siblings scuffling for the last Ding Dong (dont all families finish the box before they arrive home?). Now the beast filled with the scent of chocolate and anger, stamps just an after thought, dropped em while goofing down lemon drops or that rancid candy buttons shit, or those creepy necklaces made out of candy that left little spit marks on your neck and wrists.

The key to the stamps was that when collected, you merely had to submit them to your local Hy-Vee or somewhere similar and the world would be yours. Free toasters, blenders, lighters, cuff links whatever, all you had to do was collect ’em, save the damned books and return them.

People would always ask for green stamps, stuff them in purses, usually older chubby ladies who smelled like couch cushions and kids with runny noses.
My family collected them, but not being the best at follow-up, never got the toasters, cuff links, not even any twizzlers. Probably goes to a much more deep-rooted problem of follow through or commitment, or maybe I am just over analyzing.

Damn I miss Station Wagons

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