When I was in my early teens, I use to love collecting Wacky Packages. I had tons of them. I spent every cent I had on those things, and not for the gum either. I absolutely loved the goofy product parodies. Whether it was Crust toothpaste or Chock Full of Nuts & Bolts, I couldn’t get enough. In fact, my favorite was Mrs. Klean whose slogan was “Will wipe up the floor with Mr. Klean if she can find him.” It still cracks me up.
I stuck them all over the place, whether it was a notebook or a cabinet door. I had an olive green alarm clock (can we say ugly early 70’s appliance colors?) that was plastered with Wacky Packages stickers. But no matter how many stickers I actually used, I made sure that I had at least one in unused, pristine condition. Even at the early age of 12 I knew the value of original packaging and near-perfect condition.
I can only imagine what that stuff would be worth today, but hey, it was my fault because I left it all behind. And I didn’t stop collecting either. I have over 250 beanie babies in my basement, 100’s of coffee mugs in the attic, and a wall display of shot glasses. My current fascination is with 50’s and 60’s bar & glass ware. I love the atomic, Eames era with it’s kitschy amoeba and boomerang designs.
I am currently working on a new blog called Atomic Kitsch. It should be ready by the end of next week. I am going to showcase all that barware I’ve been collecting as well as anything Kitschy that I come across. I’ll announce the “grand opening” on my blog when I launch my first post. It’s just my “tip of the hat” to the wacky world of 60’s kitsch and obsessive collecting!