Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Banana Clip Ecstasy
This is my banana clip. I mentioned it in a previous post. I cannot sleep without it. This banana clip has traveled to two countries and probably 8 states. As you can tell, it is stretched out and well used. There was a banana clip scare a couple of weeks ago. I woke up with hair in my face and panicked - I reached up and felt only one half of it in my hair. I had those quick succession of thoughts race through my head: What will I do now? How will I sleep without it? Dang, I knew this day would come. Luckily said banana clip was not broken in my sleep, but had just separated. Both halves were reunited, disaster avoided.

Banana clips have been a part of my life since the 80s. I had every color, some with ribbon on the edges. I could french brain my hair down the back, tuck under the ends, then place a banana clip with a ribbon on it around the braid and somehow I thought this looked good. At least everyone else, or a lot of people, were doing it (or had their own equally hideous 80s hairstyles going). I no longer wear my banana clip out in public. But I still use it to pull my hair up while I sleep.

Starting about 10 years ago I noticed it was getting harder to buy banana clips. There was a new line of hair accessories on the market. Target was replacing Goody, with Sucii (or however you spell it.) That brand's banana clip was unacceptable. Too thick, too short, didn't open up wide enough. I thought it was a temporary problem, but slowly noticed - they were gone, extinct. I've searched dollar stores thinking that they had old banana clip stock they were trying to sell off for $1. All to no avail. One by one my personal stock dwindled down. Till there was just one.

Imagine my complete shock and awe as I opened a package from my niece, Amanda:

There, in my hands fell out a BRAND NEW PACKAGE of Goody banana clips. Be still my heart.

Isn't it great when something so simple and inexpensive can rock your world. Thank you so much, Amanda, for knowing how much this would mean to me!


Ashley & Matt Marx said...

Good job Amanda! Hey where is your cute new background?

KimMarx said...

I've been gone, but I did stop and peak in at that website real quick. the fleur's latest samples don't do anything for me. I'm wishing I could figure out how to do it from scratch. I know others are doing it. Ugh. Just won't have the time for the rest of the day. I'm trying to figure out digital scrapbooking as well. It looks like a lot less storage space to do it digitally.

Andrew & Heidi Dixon said...

I too had a plethora of banana clips in different colors, ribbons, etc.

Funny though, I actually saw a woman wearing one the other day and thought of you!

Jill Johnson said...

You are so dang funny. I am just so glad you are not wearing them in public. I was the banana clip queen. I really want to do more digital scrapbooking too.

Manders & Taylor said...

Yeah man, they're at the local Lubbock Walmart, should I grab a few more? I certainly thought about it. Glad I could make your day :)

TexasTwinsTwice said...

HI Kim--I just wanted to visit your site & this post made me laugh. I feel like manufacturers have a conspiracy going sometimes. As soon as I become 'product loyal' they go and change it or discontinue it! Nice to see you've got someone looking out for you! =)

Firehouse Youth Ministry said...

At least I am not the only person on the planet searching high and low for the BIG 7" clips - sighhh - seriously I have had this clip since 1979 and am desperately looking - it has been superglued - hot glued - tied and I am getting ready to put it to pasture - there must be someone out there willing to surrender just one

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