Since it's too late for me, and because I'm such a nice person**, I wanted to share a few important tidbits to maybe help someone else still young enough to sip from the fount of my middle-aged waters (that sounds disgusting)(like I just wet the bed or something).
Any non-perishable product that you love, or have sentimental attachment to, ... say, - a particular shade of lipstick/nail polish you wore to your graduation, or your absolute cannot-live-without-perfume ... BUY EXTRAS NOW!!!!!
Whether it's your husband's favorite aftershave, or a special clothing fad (Gauchos spring to mind ... 1976 ... wish I still had mine. OR the maxi skirt I wore to my 7Th grade Sadie Hawkins Dance) - stock up, put away, have extras WHILE YOU STILL CAN.
Even though companies have always been stinkers about this, I think they've gotten far worse over the last ten years - constantly changing formulas, discontinuing popular products (Kraft Chicken Noodle Dinner!! WTF?!) and just generally churning out new crap to keep us consumers always guessing, always spending, always seeking something *different*.
The problem with this is, nearly always, once a product is discontinued it is GONE. Unless you can afford to shell out the big bucks on ebay, if you're even LUCKY enough to find a rare whateverthehellitisyouarelookingfor ... in the first place.
Better by far, if you're the kind of gal who loves her Wisteria patterned wallpaper, or Blazing Saddles Red Lip Plumper, or Neon Grape Glitter nail lacquer by Opi (you get the idea) ... buy more than one!
What I miss:
Pot O' Gloss by Yardley
Tigress cologne by Faberge
70's platform wedges
Glimmericks (Max Factor?) paint in the box eyeshadow
Love's Fresh Lemon Bubble bath, bath powder, the entire line
White go-go boots
Glow-in-the-dark Snoopy & Woodstock velvet posters that you glittered yourself
Monsters of Hollywood model kits
Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines
Love Story (HAH! Threw that in to see if you were paying attention!)
1970 Stackable eyeshadows/lipsticks (no idea who made these)
Clackers (originally made with glass, banned sometime in the 80's, I think?)
Camp Granada board game (My childhood friend had one. I wanted it. I didn't get it.)
Gothic romances from the 70's (usually sold around .75c)(I read MILLIONS)
Dark Shadows (before Tim Burton turned it into the Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Peasant shirts, the kind that had a gathered bodice and tied in the back, these were uber popular and I loved them <3
Elaborate costume jewelry when the manufacturers weren't too cheap to make sure the stupid stones were prong-set instead of simply glued in
Metal lunchboxes, the fun, square kind with the Jetsons or Lost in Space logos
Genuine *granny* glasses ...
... and so, so much more!
Anyway, while I know this isn't necessarily funny, or even book-related, I've been meaning to write a mini-post about this topic. Just in case it helps one of you sweeties out there - so someday you can pull out a fresh tube of your favorite lipstick, when they no longer make it.
*Be SURE to store any cosmetics or colognes in a cool, dry place, in individual baggies to guard against accidental leakage or evaporation. Believe me, someday you will REALLY be glad you did.
**Nice people like me love appreciation, and what better way to show your appreciation than mailing me a new BMW or your entire life savings. Just to show you care ;D