Friday, October 10, 2008

Remembering S & H Green Stamps

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Margie: Edna, look what I found in the cupboard while I was rummaging around trying to find my box of prunes. Mama left these to me in her will.

Let's test your memory. Do you recollect where Mama got these lovely cups?

Edna: Are you telling me that Mama left you prunes in her will? How very odd, since I got furniture.

Of course I remember where those cups came from, I'm not a complete idiot. I remember her saving up green stamps for a good long while before she traded them in for those pretty things.

Margie: I loved those stamps. Remember how Mama gave each of us our own book to put the stamps in? Once we'd filled our book Mama would let us get whatever we wanted.

I got a beautiful mirror once but you looked at yourself in it and it cracked. What did you get?

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Edna: I got a pretty little lamp, I had that for years until you sold it at our last yard sale. I remember that you could get quality merchandise with the stamps, too. It wasn't like that cheap stuff you buy in the stores today, that falls apart after you've only used it a few months.


Margie: Isn't that the truth? Companies used to take pride in how long their product would last. Nowadays, they want it to tear up as quickly as possible.

Here's a little Ideabook, Edna. You can look at it and enjoy the memories.

Edna: Why, thank you sister. I wish they still had the green stamps redemption program, I could use a new lamp.

17 comments:

Lidian said...

I remember those green stamps very well and I used to go to a Green Stamp Store in Manhattan with my mother when I was little (late 60s) - the catalogue is ringing a bell too.

I thought they were quite terrific! Thank you for the reminder - that is great that you still have the catalogue.

KentuckyGal said...

Ah...Green Stamps. I remember when you got the ones worth "10" and stuck them on the outside of the page, so the book would be fat on the edge and nothing in the middle. :)

Kelly said...

I used to love them! I spent my summers in Kentucky on my grandparents farm and my grandma would save them. (This was about 20 years ago) I used to LOVE going to the store and picking things out. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

~Kelly
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Mike Golch said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. we used S&H green stans as much as we could. Guess I'm getting old.

Lynne said...

I remember getting to lick the stamps and place them into my mom's book! What a great memory!

Broadway Matron said...

yup, my mother got a milk glass punch bowl (why I have no idea. I actually got a guitar! Good ole S&H Green stamps - Nice memory

Lux said...

I used to lick those stamps for my mom! That was so much fun, deciding what to get ...

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Babs (Beetle) said...

In the UK they were called 'Green Shield Stamps' and I remember them very well. My mum used to collect them :O)

I so agree with about the fact that they used to make 'quality' goods that lasted!

Rich said...

Ah, it's hard to forget Green Stamps.

My grandmother, who was raising me, always appreciated a good value. Great timing on the story too.

All my best,
Rich

Cindy said...

A local grocery store did their own Green Stamps in the 80s in my hometown. I thought it was so neat to save them up and paste them in the booklet. I remember going to the store with my mom to redeem them, but I can't remember what we got.

Ellen said...

I also remember those Green Stamp books. Wow, how time has flown by! I also vividly remember helping my mother stick them in the book and choosing a gift.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You guys had nice moms. Mine would maybe -- maybe -- let me put them in her book. And I have no idea what she ever redeemed them for. For all I know, she trashed them.

lala said...

Yep, I remember Green Stamps also. In our town, it was right next to Hancock fabrics, so mom could kill two birds with one stone.

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

I remember those too, but I don't remember anything we got with them. I do remember collecting them with my mother though.

ter said...

I remember putting them in the book for my mother and grandmother and going to the local s@h store in New Jersey to cash them in. My mother had left me the cookie jar that she had gotten and it brings back a lot of smiles when i think about all the times we drank hot coco and that cookie jar filled with fresh baked cookies.Those were the days. thanks for making me smile. Ter from florida

ter said...

I remember going with my mother and grandmother to the s@h store in New Jersey and trading them in. I still have the cookie jar that they got. To this day we make homemade cookies and drink hot coco with my kids and grandchild and that cookie jar sits on the table. Thank you for putting a smile on my face when i read your site. Those where the good old days when life was a lot simpler. Ter

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