I’m 43, and when I was a kid my mother would buy me erasers, stickers, pens, notebooks, anything that was around. There was an awesome store called Granny Mays that sold all of the above, but sadly, it went out of business by 2000 I think. Smiggle has taken it’s place but it’s not like Granny Mays was. It was warm and inviting and full of lovely smelly erasers.
So my collection grew, and grew, and grew…and then stopped.
Because stores stopped selling erasers…
Until the last few years.
We may not have Granny Mays anymore, but stores like Kmart, Big W and Smiggle are making up for it. And so my collection has started to grow again. I finally dug out my container from my cupboard and took photos. I have counted them, there’s 311…in total…for now…
Here are the new ones, some you’ve already seen.
And more new ones from Kmart.
Years ago I bought a container for my erasers. I made up cardboard trays with twistems for handles. Here’s the bottom layer #1, there’s eight in all and I start at the bottom.
layer #3 – yes…Luke…I have your eraser…and ET wants to phone home
layer #4 – mmm…chocolate…and then you can burn it off by playing sport
layer #6 – A…B…C…
layer #7 – Jurasic Park…eat your heart out!
layer #8 – the top layer where all the big ones are…like cabbage patch kids, gumball mahcines and houses!
So there you have it. My lifelong addiction to erasers…no rubber jokes…and now that Kmart is selling awesome ones, it may continue…