You reach a certain age in your life where you can admit all the silly infatuations you had growing up. And this would be the biggest one for me. I struggled with the title of this post. I Was…I Am…Still a Fan….anyway. My first job in high school was at one of the local hospitals. And since I was still living at home I could spend my paychecks on whatever I wanted (oh how I miss those days). So, guess where it ALL went? Yes, on NKOTB memorabilia. Hats, buttons, shirts, VHS videos, posters, magazines, keychains, and so on. I would drag my best friend with me to the Mall every payday. My bedroom walls were covered with photos. I even had one of my senior portraits taken with one of those vinyl wall coverings you can buy. But, I didn’t chose that one for wallet size, it was more of a just for fun photo.
My mom took my sister and I to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines where they were performing. I was so excited that I stood in line for over (8) hours to get a good seat up front. It was so hot that day and my stomach would not allow me to eat, so I only drank the soda that my mom kept bringing me. Then the gates opened and I earned a position in the front row. Cool, right? They the world went black! Minutes later I woke up in a seated section right off center of the stage. I had a water bottle in one hand and a cool cloth in the other. Yes, I passed out from the heat. I’m sure my empty stomach didn’t help matters. But, I still ended up with a great seat and the show was awesome!
So, this past year when I heard that they were going to be performing on the American Music Awards I became excited again. All the songs went off in my head. That brings me to their tour jacket that I have. I didn’t take it with me when I moved out of my parents house, so I asked my mom to find it for me. And she did. I purchased it (with my whole paycheck) out of one of the teeny bopper magazines that I use to buy. I never wore it, just kept it safe hanging in the closet. So, then I did some research online to see if I could find some more. Nothing other than one on Ebay selling for $500. from a vendor in Japan.
Okay, the coat is now 22 years old, so technically it’s classified as Vintage. And I decided to put it up for sale in my mom’s Vintage Shop. Now, everyone looks at it, touches it, and some try it on to take a picture of themselves. I truly think a guy will purchase it, although several women show interest in it. But when there husbands look it at, they say, “Absolutely Not!” Some laugh and some are in complete aahhh. It doesn’t bother me than some laugh, but when someone shows interest in it I want to pull it off the shelf. I’ve gone back and forth with keeping it or not. And I’ve delayed this blog post for quite some time also. Perhaps it’s my inner voice telling me to keep it. And when I catch myself thinking about it, one of their songs come on the radio. My goodness!
So, at the present time it hangs in my mom’s shop and yes it is for sale (for now). But, I only hope that I’m not working when it does sell because I’ll probably change my mind again. And I pray that it goes to a good home. My BF is a record junkie (dj) and he found a copy of their Hangin’ Tough LP in a pile of his records. So I have that to frame and put on my wall in my office. I often wonder where all of the other memorabilia is. Maybe it went in a garage sale or it’s still in my parent’s house.
I’m classifying this as my most unusual Vintage item that I have. Do you have anything unusual in your collection? Are you keeping it, or selling it?
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