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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Catalog Day!

When I was a wee girl I used to walk ten miles to school in the snow with a hole in my boot and no mittens.  How's that for a long sentence?  Truth-be-told, I NEVER did that.  Not a single mile, nor a flake of snow.

But, it is true that in August I was always the first in the family to run to the mailbox to see what the mailman had brought.  I wondered which would arrive first each year.  Would it be "Aldens",  "Spiegel",  "Sears", or " JC Penney"?  If you are familiar with those then you probably remember receiving the Fall & Spring catalogs each year.  My favorite was the Fall one, since it arrive in late Summer when I had lots of free time.  I spent countless hours on a quilt out under the big Elm tree (Geez, I really do sound old!) looking through the catalogs picking out pretty dresses and such, hoping I could talk my Mom into ordering them for me.  Mom made most of my clothes, but what she didn't make was ordered from the thick pages of one of the catalogs.  Looking back, I'm not sure why we ordered clothes, rather than shopping in stores, but that was the case until I began high school. I just assumed that's what everyone else did too.


Do you remember any of those catalogs?
Do you do any clothes shopping from catalogs now?



22 comments:

Shelly said...

I do love to look through catalogues, although I don't shop as much from them now as I used to. Lots of fun, though!

laurie said...

oh yes i do! We lived 40 miles from town in rural Northern Ontario, all my clothes came from the catalog, Sears, we didn't have the others , just Sears and I loved it too.So much fun, i still love catalogs,

nancygrayce said...

I loved the Sears catalog. We didn't have Penney's at the time, but we had Belk.....too expensive for our family....we were Sears all the way. My mother ordered our school and church clothes and when the packages came, we were beyond thrilled. I also got lots of hand me downs being the second girl in the family. Sometimes, I got tired of wearing her clothes....but not now! I love wearing her clothes now! :)

We shopped the catalog because I'm sure my mother wasn't taking six kids to any store!!!! The one time we went to buy shoes, it was a disaster!

Cheri said...

Those were the good "old" days. I remember day dreaming with the Sears Christmas catalog but besides making my wish list I always went through and dreamed about what I could get my mom. We had a huge 6 floor department store and when we went there to shop it was a BIG deal.

Joy Tilton said...

Oh yes, did the same thing in Missouri! I still order some things from QVC, it's the closest thing to catalog shopping I do though. I had forgotten about Alden's!

Deanna said...

I loved to look through the catalogs, too, although I don't recall ever actually ordering any clothes. My mom would take me shopping at the mall in a city about an hour away. Still, it was always fun to browse the catalogs, turning down the corners of the pages when I found something I liked.

Marydon said...

Awww! Sweet memories. Countless hours flipping thru the pages of EACH of those catalogs ... & even more so when the Christmas catalogs came out. Take me away ... those were the moments.

Mother made all our clothes so rarely did we order.

TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Jeanie said...

I used to love getting the Spiegel catalog and the Penney's and Sears were still around when my kids were little. My mother made all my clothes when I was little, and I remember begging her to get something from the store when I was in about 2nd grade.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I don't own any catalogue clothing now but I sure do remember the Eaton's and Sears catalogues. There was a time in the very early 70's when my Mom bought almost all our clothes from the catalogue: my brother and I (who were in our early teens) were groovin' it out that year in our almost matching rawhide jackets with fringes!

Jane said...

Yes...remember doing the same thing, Debbie. Is Alden's still around?

Kimmy said...

Oh yes, I remember those catalogs. Not all of them but definitely the JC Pennys one! I used to browse through it circling all the things I wanted for Christmas! Ahh the memories!! Now we have the internet where my child likes to create "wish lists".

Do I ever order from catalogs though? Yeah, sometimes but it's usually like this....I get my catalog of choice (used to be VS but now its some cheaper version!), browse through the cute clothes and then move to the internet and place my order that way! lol

Thanks for the memory reminder! :o)

yaya said...

I'm a magazine aholic and I'm assuming it started with the sears catalog..I had forgotten about Alden's..yikes! I loved the Christmas Sears catalog even as an adult. I ordered my kiddos Christmas gifts from there because if you did it before Oct. you got a huge discount. I grew up in Chicago so shopping in a store was not a problem....but something about a catalog made it more fun. Now my catalog is the internet.

Chatty Crone said...

I still love to look at the catalogs - I get so many of them - wish I had a lot of money to buy some of those things - I love to buy! lol sandie

Life 101 said...

Yep . The sears wish book. My mom bought my first guitar from sears.

Sush said...

What's funny is I remember going through the S&H green stamps catalog. My first luggage and typewriter came from that! When I was a newlywed, our first lamp was from there. Miss licking those stamps and saving the books, how funny!
Hugs~

Madi and Mom said...

Mom and I just caught up with your week. We have been knee deep in the
Blogville Animal Olympics. We were hostesses for the Gymnastics on Tuesday.

Mom told me she and Dad bought my human sis's first stroller with S&H stamps.
Hugs Madi

SouthLakesMom said...

When we lived overseas the catalogs were a life saver -- although shipping took a v.e.r.y long time. My mom always had to order a size larger when we were in our fast growing years, knowing that by the time it arrived, we'd be in the next size. We lived in Japan so shopping in the Japanese stores for clothes wasn't an option. We were "big" Americans, not petite Japanese (yeah, I was 4'4" and 63 lbs in 6th grade ... huge, right?)

karen said...

Oh I used to LOVE that Sears catalog! I can remember when Cheryl Tiegs used to model in it.

Laney said...

I love catalogs. I remember JC Penny's catalogs. use to look at the christmas one every year when i was younger and make my christmas list.

would love to hear bk from you and get some feed back on some if not all my blogs. :) thanks in advance.

Kay G. said...

Are you kidding me? We lived to get those catalogs! Don't remember getting too many clothes from them, just dreamed about having those clothes really.
You have a neat blog, you make me laugh. Good for you!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O Spiegel -- I quite forgot about you! I loved flipping through those things. I vaguely remember one called "Past Times", something like that. It was this old-fashioned/nostalgic themed thing, with quill pens and romantic type jewelry. Very glad to have discovered your lovely blog :)

Kay G. said...

And hey, I DID figure it out and I am your newest follower! Better tell you that quick before you have a newer follower!
ha ha

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