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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:45 PM
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Do you remember Green Stamps?
I remember my parents saving these when I was just a young dude. You got strips of stamps when you bought groceries,then you pasted them into a booklet and went to some place (Service Merchandise?) and could buy stuff with them. What a weird thing, what was the purpose of these? I was too young to really know why they were given out or redeemed.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:47 PM
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1. My mom used to save them
She redeemed them for things like small kitchen appliances.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:48 PM
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2. I sure do
My mom used to collect them. You could get them almost anywhere...the grocery store, the gas station. You could buy almost anything with them...my mom bought stuff around the kitchen, mostly.
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rustydog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:49 PM
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3. I remember green stamps and the gold stamps
they are the membership shopping cards of today.
:hi:
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:41 PM
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32. my friend's mom worked at the yellow stamp store
she got all the albums Leslie Gore ever recorded at that store.
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:52 PM
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4. Ah, yes
I remember my mom was exstatic when she finally got enough books filled to get an entire china set. She had been saving them for years.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:54 PM
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5. Our family also collected Green Stamps
Edited on Mon Feb-27-06 12:55 PM by LynneSin
My brother and I would fight over who had the rights to paste them into the book

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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:56 PM
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8. Oh my god yeah that's the booklets right there
Thanks for the memory
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:49 PM
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44. I remember that booklet.
Our dad got a BBQ with them. The good ole days.
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:54 PM
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6. My grandma, who is a packrat, still has booklets of them. n/t
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:55 PM
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7. I suppose there's no place to redeem them anymore
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:01 PM
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11. Oh yes, there is
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:08 PM
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12. WHOA
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:10 PM
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13. My aunt redeemed a bunch of books a few years ago
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:56 PM
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9. We colleccted both S&H Green stamps and Blue Chip stamps.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 12:59 PM
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10. Created by Minnesota businessman Curt Carlson
Here's a good story about him:
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/2... /

Carlson Companies is one of the biggest companies in the hospitality industry, owning TGI Fridays and Radisson Hotels among other brands. They are also one of the largest employers in Minnesota.
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Ravenseye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:11 PM
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14. We got a Television with them
My two brothers and I collected the stamps, and our three step-sisters did as well. It was sort of a competition between the six of us. We wanted a canoe, and they wanted a sewing machine.

In the end our dad talked some sense into us and we pooled our stamps and got a new color television for the whole family to enjoy.

:evilgrin:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:13 PM
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15. Sounds like a good compromise
A canoe would have been fun though. :D
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Ravenseye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:17 PM
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16. I agree
My brother Greg though I think had the hots for my oldest step-sister Marcia and he always made us compromise.
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:20 PM
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18. Wait a minute here
I think I'm catching on to something... ;-)
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:42 PM
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40. That's the Brady BUnch!
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Ravenseye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:47 PM
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43. Tee Hee (nt)
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:18 PM
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17. I remember them well. I got a lot of good stuff with them.
And you went to a Green Stamp redemption center to exchange them.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 01:40 PM
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19. They're still around (sort of).
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:03 PM
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20. I remember them. How old are you?
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:24 PM
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22. In my mid 20's
I think they were just on their way out when I was a kid. How old are you?
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:38 PM
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24. I'm 36. I remember them too. But I was thinking they were on the way
out when I remembered it. I guess I remembered the way I wanted and not how it was! I keep forgetting that I'm on up there!


Wow you have a great memory if you remember them. I know some 20 year olds that don't even know about rotary phones.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:49 PM
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26. I am 35 and they were on their way out when I was just a tot for the most
part. I lived in North Carolina, New York,Wisconsin and Michigan and they were not big at any time in my childhood. :hi:
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:16 PM
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21. Got my first baseball mitt with them...
" signed" by Ron Perranoski!
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:35 PM
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31. Was that before or after the season
('63) he went 16-3, 1.67 in relief?

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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 04:01 PM
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36. after...
it was in 1965 when he was 6-6 but had a 2.24 era...
I loved those Dodger teams from the mid 60s...Koufax, Drysdale, et al...
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 04:08 PM
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38. Koufax was my idol
Hell, I guess he still is. Sports idol, anyway.

Do not get me started trippin' down Dodger Memory Lane. :crazy:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:26 PM
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23. I remember them!
My mom collected them, and they were still around in the mid-1960's, when I was a newlywed.....

I did use the Blue Chip stamps more.....got lots of great stuff, some of which I still have!

:hi:
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:39 PM
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25. My grandmother recently suffered a series of strokes
She's in a very poor condition at this point, but is capable of speaking and maintaining semi lucidity. We're going to have to go through the house she and my late grandfather lived in and prepare it for sale. When my mother asked my grandmother if she wanted certain people to have certain things, the only thing she said is that she wanted my father to have a non-descript, barely noticed mirror that hangs in her hallway, because it belonged to my great grandmother and she saved up her green stamps to get it.

I thought that was very touching. Communication from another time.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:51 PM
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27. You went to a redemption center strictly for the redemption of the stamps.
My grandmother remembers them fondly. I, at 35, am too young to remember them ever being very big in any of the states we lived in (New York, North Carolina, Michigan or Wisconsin).

Service Merchandise was a store unto its own. :hi:
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 02:52 PM
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28. Yes, I do.
Wonder why they stopped doing that.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:43 PM
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42. They still do redeem them -- and give them out is some states
Edited on Mon Feb-27-06 05:44 PM by LostinVA
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:27 PM
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29. Heck yes
I used to have the job of pasting them in the books. Mom would accumulate several months' worth and then I'd have to paste them in. Sometimes instead of using a sponge to apply water to the adhesive, I'd get our German Shepherd to lick them. He loved the taste of the paste. About once a year we'd count up and books and check out the catalog. Mom usually got something for the kitchen or the bath with the stamps, although once I remember she wanted a new drill and got it with Green Stamps.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:44 PM
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33. LOL! I am picturing Timmy and Lassie
in their black and white farmhouse kitchen!
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ChickMagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:32 PM
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30. You betcha
We had a redemption store close to where we lived and you could even get a washing machine.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:49 PM
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34. essentially the same thing as those damn "loyalty" cards they use now
I remember still getting them in the early 80's when I moved to Tucson - prolly still in a drawer someplace.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 03:50 PM
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35. We saved tons of 'em.
It was a job I enjoyed.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 04:04 PM
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37. Instead of lowering prices grocery stores gave green stamps.
I believe they were more or less replaced by coupons.

And then someone (Costco) had the brilliant idea, "Why not just have low prices?"
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 04:59 PM
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39. I worked in a Green Stamp warehouse
back in the 70's. Bunch of pricks.
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Science Of Myth Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:43 PM
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41. I get 'em confused with food stamps
but my mom used to get em I remember
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-06 05:50 PM
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45. I used to collect them back in the day
got some cool stuff too
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