Do you remember those silly things called Beanie Babies?
When I was about 12 years old they were all the rage. I saved my hard earned babysitting money to buy Beanie Babies. In fact, the whole reason I joined ebay on January 19th 1998 (almost 12 years ago!) was to bid on Beanie Babies.
This isn't my picture, but it might as well be because this accurately represents the collection I had going. Somewhere I have a hard copy (thank goodness for digital cameras now) of me surrounded by Beanie Babies, hopefully I can find it when I go home for Christmas in two weeks and post it here.
I had "lots of some!"
I remember the very first time I laid my eyes on a Beanie Baby. It was at my friend Tiffany's birthday party and she unwrapped a pink pig (it's actually in that top picture, bottom row, middle creature). I wish I could remember it's name, cuz yes, each Beanie Baby comes with a name tag and poem. I was fascinated. I had to have one.
So I started searching online for retail stores that carried Beanie Babies. I found a place called Merry Tails that was a few blocks away from where my dad worked at Adobe in Seattle.
One night my dad surprised me with my first ever Beanie Baby: a green frog (also in the picture at the top, middle row, middle creature. How random that of all the hundreds of Beanie Babies made this one picture has the two that I remember most...it's meant to be). I was ecstatic. I jumped around the room and acted more like a five year old than a 12 year old. A few nights later, my dad came home with a whole bag full of Beanie Babies. Again, I jumped off the walls. But then bringing home Beanie Babies became an expectation rather than a treat and each time my enthusiasm dwindled. "You bring home one and a person is grateful. You bring home five and it's 'any more?'" I was an ingrate. But still my collection grew. I remember paying $20 for a stupid ghost Beanie Baby at a sports store. Ha. That was like four hours of babysitting down the drain!
Eventually I grew older and wiser, my obsession died down, and I sold off my Beanie Babies one by one on ebay.
And that's my random memory of the day.