The commerce of the playground fascinates me. Back in the day, I definitely fell victim to some absurd fads: Pogs, Beanie Babies, band-aid collections, trading a highly coveted type of stationary referred to as “Whiteys” (I don’t know what the actual brand name is, and searching for it has only lead to a lot of really, really not stationary-related websites – if you went to Point O’Pines Camp between ’93-95 and know the actual brand name, email me!).
The thing is, for the life of me, I cannot remember why these things were valuable. All the kids at camp just inherently knew that this specific style of stationary was a hot commodity. I learned how to play Blackjack when I was 9 because we would gamble for each others stationary. I don’t know why the stationary with the cows in a Cadillac was valuable, but it was apparently worth more than the one with the dolphins playing in the surf. This is just something that we all knew, and I don’t know why we knew it.
It was the same with Pogs – I showed up at school one day and suddenly tubes of cardboard circles where standard-issue. If you didn’t have a stack of Pogs and a plastic Slammer, you were banished to the black widow-infested jungle gym (yes, the wooden jungle gym at my elementary school was infested with black widows).
The point is, if it was a fad in the mid-90s, I was on board.
That being said, nothing makes me feel older or more out of touch than Silly Bandz. I don’t get the point at all. When they’re on your wrist, they look like rubber bands, but when they’re not on your wrist they make different shapes … yay?
Seriously, why is this a thing? How did Silly Bandz become as omnipresent as they are? Are kids really so easy that all it takes to make a trend is a bag full of brightly colored rubber bands? It seems the answer is a resounding “yes.”
Man, it’s a good thing adults don’t fall for that kind of crap, right?
Oh my god, you guys! Marc Jacobs makes Silly Bandz! We totally need to get them, like, now! That way, when we wear them, everyone will know how cool we are for wearing Marc Jacobs Silly Bandz!