Wednesday, May 11

The Babysitters Club: Closet Hipsters?

I recently ran across a huge box of books from yesteryear. Black Beauty, The Island of the Blue Dolphins, about 17 Nancy Drew books (Which, confession: I didn't know that Carolyn Keene wasn't a real person until about three years ago. True story.), and a two-foot-tall stack of Babysitters Club books.

Man, I loved the BSC. From The Truth About Stacy to Mary Anne and the Great Romance to the BSC Super Special #6: New York, New York.... I loved them all. I particularly identified with Mallory, the young one, the freckle-faced, curly-haired awkward one. Uh-huh.

So when I unearthed this buried treasure, I feasted my eyes and remembered a time when I would prop all of my animals and frou-frou pillows up around me, and spend hours with my friends. Ok, yes, I had real life friends too, but our adventures never compared to the Babysitters Club's, or to Nancy and Bess and George's, for that matter.

Anyway. When I came across this cover, I thought it rang a very contemporary bell:

Oh, that Claudia and her Crazy Aunt Peaches. So wacky. So zany. I always envied Claudia Kishi and her impeccable, unique style.

But look a little closer:



Hipsters. 



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5 comments:

  1. I always wanted to be like Claudia! I hid candy around my room, I thought that would help.

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  2. I love BSC! I am trying to collect all of the books. I am missing about 20! Are you coming to the Arkansas Women Blogger conference? There are less than 2 weeks left to register! Check out our website to register soon! We hope you come! http://arkansaswomenbloggers.blogspot.com/p/featured-blogger.html

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  3. I loved BSC as well!! Sometimes I get sad that I traded my collection for credit at a used bookstore {and then they upped and closed!}

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  4. I started collecting BSC books in 4th grade, then in college I decided to actively pursue filling in all of the missing pieces. I scoured used book stores, thrift stores, gargage sales, etc. to try to complete my collection started 10 years prior. I managed to track most of them down. That was 10 years ago. Here is a confession that only my husband knows... last October I started reading them! I picked up where I had left off when I "outgrew" them as a middle schooler. It was like reconnecting with old friends. Last night I was reading Super Special #6 New York, New York and suddenly noticed that 20 some odd pages are missing! Not torn out, but the book was printed that way. I found this page in looking to see if this were a known issue. I'm sure it is, the book was printed 20 years ago :-) Anyway, thanks for listening, it was nice to find someone who can identify with my nostalgia.

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  5. I love BSC! I am trying to collect all of the books. I am missing about 20! Are you coming to the Arkansas Women Blogger conference? There are less than 2 weeks left to register! Check out our website to register soon! We hope you come! http://arkansaswomenbloggers.blogspot.com/p/featured-blogger.html

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