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By Sandy Laumeyer
Just A Thought 

Treasures In The Closet


Have you ever noticed how something that was popular 30 or 40 years ago suddenly becomes the rage again?

For instance, tie-dye clothing. In the 1970s it was seen everywhere. There were tie-dye shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets. You could even buy matching tie-dye shirts and pants. Now, 40 years later, you can find tie dye clothing – and even shoes and purses – in just about any store you go into.

Remember autograph books? In the late 1950s and early 1960s, practically every high school student had them. I did. When I explained to my mother what an autograph book was, she said she'd write something in it. Here's what she penned: "If Wisdom's ways you wisely seek, five things observe with care: Of whom you speak and how you speak and why and when and where."

Of course there was always the comical verses such as "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I know my feet stink, Yours do, too." Or "Mary and John sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First comes love, then comes marriage, Then comes Mary pushing a baby carriage."

Some teens of those years were fortunate enough to be able to get autographs from their music idols.

I've noticed jewelry styles of the 1960s are again popular. The large, chunky necklaces and bracelets and necklaces comprised of 10 or more chains.

My Christmas gift from my dad in 1960 was one such necklace. I've always had an inordinate amount of curiosity and it was that curiosity that led me to shaking a prettily wrapped package that rattled so deliciously. When I opened it on Christmas Day, I found a necklace of 15 chains that took a good share of the day to untangle.

While I was looking through a catalog of women's clothing a while back, I saw bell bottomed slacks, and they had silver embroidery down the sides of the legs. Glory be!

Too bad I didn't keep a lot of my clothes from times past, but then I could never have worn them. They had stayed the same size as when I was in high school. I didn't. But maybe I could have sold them online and earned enough money to take a cruise.

As I was browsing through an online auction site, I saw a lady's hat that had reached the price of $75. I knew it was from the 1960s and at that time probably cost $5.

So, I guess that's the lesson to be learned. Pack up those clothes and store them. Even if you can't wear them 30 or 40 years later, they will not only be vintage, but back in style.

You just may have a treasure chest sitting in that closet.

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