Hold On, My Bangs Need More Hairspray

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ebay-disclosureI’m 100% a 90s child. I can’t relate to your Duran Duran references, but I can sing you every song off NSYNC’s first album. The 90s saw me from elementary school all the way through high school. I wanted to crimp my hair (not allowed, per Lola’s rules, because of potential heat damage), I wore sleeveless denim shirts, puka shell necklaces were my jam, and I certainly sewed a patch or two on my L.L. Bean backpack. Nothing was better than playing Oregon Trail in computer lab, trying to forge rivers without dying of dysentery, and if the memory of my junior year in high school had a smell, that smell would be Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon body spray and Herbal Essences shampoo. Can I get a witness?

eBay #ImBornToWhen I’m feeling particularly nostalgic, I surf eBay for some old faves. I will – without guilt – drop dolla dolla bills down for the entire Babysitters’ Club series (not with the new cover art, please). Part of me wishes I kept more things from my youth, but most of me realizes that my retirement fund consists of a couple of crates of Beanie Babies, so….


How do I not own a Kelly Kapowski t-shirt right now? Hmm.

So, eBay is hosting a new #ImBornTo campaign called the Curate a Collection for a Cause series. For every collection created (here’s my 90s 4 lyfe nostalgia collection), eBay will donate $1 (up to $25k) to the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is such a necessary organization, and I’m hoping to help them reach that 25k so lots of babies can be born to love the 90s. Well, the 2010s.

I’m going to let that sink in for a minute. In a couple of decades, Remmy’s going to be like “No, but listen to this. You know how we can download food from the internet and eat it? Back in the 10s, my mom had to order pizza online like some sort of animal. Crazy, right?”

If you create a collection, I’d love to see it. Throw a link into the comment below, and then tell me if you own a Bronty the Brontosaurus Beanie Baby. Oh, you don’t?? I do. It’s going to fund my Bingo nights out in 2055.

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with eBay as one of their influencers. All opinions and worthless Beanie Babies are my own.

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  • Reply Serenity M March 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Yeah… my retirement is also two crates of beanie babies (I WISH I had a brontosaurus!). I still believe my Lady Di bear will help fill the Social Security gap someday :)

    Oh and I will always remember high school smelling like cucumber melon body spray. #90sforlyfe

  • Reply Sarah F. March 5, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Your collection is spot-on. The 1999 prom hair clips?! Dying. Yes to all of it. I would just throw in a reference to Tommy Girl perfume too, loved that stuff.

    • Reply Kim R March 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      How about those awesome twist-in updo jewels that ripped out chunks of hair and scalp if they got overtightened or caught on anything? Mom – what is wrong with this prom pic? Do you have buttons in your hair?

      • Reply Sarah F. March 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        OMG, I literally (said in a Rob Lowe-Parks and Rec voice) had those for my prom. They were stuck into my French twist. Ugh. The 90’s.

        • Reply Kim R. March 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

          Yep. French twist and “randomly natural (completely over exaggerated) whispy ringlets around my face. Rock on.

          • Kim R. March 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

            I don’t know what those quotation marks are doing. I guess imitating the ringlets.

  • Reply Mary March 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    And now I feel like I neeeeed a Bayside Tigers shirt to wear to the gym. That’s totally my next “going to the eye doctor present”

    Also, I’m sure you know it, but there’s a BMW spin off coming soon, Girl Meets World. I seriously cannot wait.

    And 90s music at the gym is pretty much my jam. I try to listen to other things but always go back to 90s music. I’m sure I look pretty special head bopping and lip syncing on the treadmill.

    You’ve totally made my day.

    • Reply Roo March 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      I cannot wait for GMW. CANNOT WAIT. I might start doing the Feeny call to prepare.

  • Reply Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. March 5, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I’m just gonna say this and let it sink in for a moment:

    A friend of mine liked B&B Cucumber Melon so much, she wrote a song about it called Cumbermelon.


    • Reply Roo March 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Stop. Is this real life?

  • Reply Leah Butler March 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I recognize all of the things (well a couple I don’t, truth be told), from your Ebay list….but sadly most weren’t my thing back in the day. Scooted out of highschool mid-90s and entered the world of post-shoulder pads (ok, there were still little bitty shoulder pads in there) HELL, I mean retail work while I went to college part time.

    I remember a lot of flannel, large jeans (like swimming in your giant older brother’s Levi’s jeans), belly shirts under the flannel (because bellys be getting cold ya’ll), UGGS (like the original UGGS that the surfer girls would wear to class first period since 50 degree Pacific Ocean water is brrrrrr….), crochet sweater vests that reached the floor, Birkenstock sandals (no socks please), etc. My older brother rocked a multicolored striped beanie that trailed to his waist that was shame-inducing for ME. My uniform was baggy jeans, solid color tshirt, jean jacket and Doc Martens. I was trying to fly under the radar, yo.

    But that might just mean that I went to high school in Northern CA, versus a difference in decade. I remember Saved by the Bell, I had a hot, sweaty crush on Slater….oh please, oh please, take your shirt off AGAIN. Do. It. DO IT!

    I remember Boy Meets World, in an ironic, eye rolling, kind of way. (sorry).

  • Reply Alicia March 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    omg I NEED those SBTB dolls… and my birthday is coming up :) I also totally wore those Adidas sandals with socks…those little bumps felt so good on your feet after a long day of rollerblading.

  • Reply Emily March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Literally just spent ten minutes googling Oregon Trail because I missed it so much and needed to see the old school graphics. Best. Game. Ever.

  • Reply Laura @losingrace March 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Nsync, Oregon trail, patches on backpack…yep pretty much nailed it. Hello flashback!

  • Reply Jess March 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Your collection is awesome. Seriously, the Adidas sandals with socks? What were we thinking?

    I’m sorry you didn’t get to crimp your hair, I could not have felt more awesome. I not only had the regular crimper, but also the one that did shapes, like hearts and stars. Try to contain your jealousy.

    And if you want Baby-Sitters Club, my blog is all over that.

  • Reply Kala M. March 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Fantastic collection. And I totally used the Cucumber Melon glitter hand sanitizer. Oregon trail was amazing! And I am kind of excited to watch the new Boy Meets World spin off – Girl Meets World. I wonder how much of the shows audience will consist of 90’s kids. I may also be holding onto bins of Beanie Babies. Damn things were supposed to be worth something by now.

  • Reply Natasha March 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ahhhh, Cucumber melon. That deliciously chemical smell knocks me straight back to HS. My still in decent condition POPPLE is totes my retirement. Along with my original Felicity and all her stuff that is locked protectively away. My mom wouldn’t let me have it for the longest time, I think she was planning to sell it for HER retirement.
    I would kill to have my Rainbow BRITE doll back, though :(

  • Reply Anna // Gone Banannas March 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    You just described my entire childhood and I don’t hate it. In fact, it’s really just made me feel closer to you, Roo :P

  • Reply Megan March 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Cucumber Melon, why are you so fragrantly delicious? I won’t lie, if I ever still used perfume, I’d still rock the Cucumber Melon.

  • Reply Amanda March 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Two words for you: Delia’s catalogue ;)

  • Reply chrissy March 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    My best friend Tyler did my hair and makeup for our Homecoming in 1997, complete with a huge HUGE HUGE hair clip and what he called, “twin hoochie” ringlets on each side. I recall also wearing a super short silky dress, panty hose, and chunky shoes. He wore a vest, white shirt, and one of those circle gem things instead of a tie. We were resplendent.

    PS — You can get Kelly Kapowski shirts at Urban Outfitters. You’re welllllcommmmme.

  • Reply Margaret March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This title makes me said only because I wanted bangs sooooooo bad. Curse this cowlick. As a former Connecticut resident, I remember going to Bob’s, begging my parents for L.E.I. jeans (and/or cords, thankyouverymuch) and sambas, and then going to Friendly’s for a vanilla coke with my peeps. My Trapper Keeper was forest green….which was obviously so cool. And I distinctly remember being offended that the girls ahead of us at our class picnic did karaoke to “The Boy is Mine” right before us – we had to make a change to Destiny’s Child, which could have been ruinous.

  • Reply Kristin March 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This post totally took me back to jr. high/high school when I french rolled my jeans, wore that Cucumber Melon, used half a can of Rave hairspray to feather my mile high bang back, and drooled over k-swiss tennis shoes. My kids totally didn’t understand my euphoria when I spotted a caboodle at Target awhile back.

    • Reply Roo March 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      RAVE hairspray! Thank you for that bit of nostalgia, Kristin. Forgot all about that crazy can of hair shellac.

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