That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

July 23, 2010

Moar Caldor

Filed under: caldor,dead chains,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:18 pm

Found all of these on microfilm while researching my thesis (The Civil Liberties Act of 1988) last year through the NYT microfilm.

Caldor white sale ad July 5, 1981

July, 5, 1981. Those whites just look sooo comfortable…not.

Caldor in Bankruptacyto Shut its Stores January 23, 1999

"Caldor Will Close for Good", 1999

“Caldor in Bankruptacyto Shut its Stores January 23, 1999” (oh, the one pictured is one in CT)

{big size}

Leases of 23 of States's 31 Former Caldor Stores Sold

“Leases of 23 of States’s 31 Former Caldor Stores Sold, November 21, 1999” {big size}

July 20, 2010


Filed under: Target — Anita @ 11:50 pm

(seriously, this just c&p’d off of my online journal from 2008)

It’s a little movie called Career Opportunities. Or, as I like to call it, “the movie that takes place in a Target.”

That’s how I found this movie one day after school way back in 1998 while flipping through the channels (as I would do after school since we didn’t have a computer back then). I got hooked into the movie due to it taking place in a Target, and I loved seeing what Target used to look like back in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s (we didn’t even get Targets in this part of Va until 1996). It gave me the warm and fuzzies because back then Target looked a lot like the discount stores we would shop in at night when I was a little kid. Years ago, I had mentioned this movie to a friend, but I told him that I had forgotten the title of the movie, and I had only seen it once on TV. He automatically knew what movie I was talking about and he said that he liked it a lot too since he was a Target freak. A few days ago he sent me a “feel better package” and it included a copy of the movie.

I love seeing all the old products that I remember mom buying when I was little, like Leggs pantyhose eggs, and



…. CABOODLES. omg, this was the best scene in the movie. I have the light purple and dark purple one, the bigger one on the center shelf.

Also note the Jovan Sex Appeal box Josie is holding. Back when I was able to shop at the BX while waiting for mom at the Commissary, I’d always go over to the cologne section and smell the Sex Appeal.

July 16, 2010

YouTube – Super Fresh Reach Out 86.wmv

Filed under: You Tube Garbage — Anita @ 11:35 pm

YouTube – Super Fresh Reach Out 86.wmv.

I think Apple hired the same people.

The person who posted the Super Fresh video, has a ton of old super fresh photos here.

July 14, 2010

Cover Girl packaging from the past

Filed under: commercials,old packaging,then & now — Anita @ 11:57 pm

I noticed recently that Cover Girl changed its packaging for the compacts:


Which reminded me of the “collect them all” mentality I had with Cover Girl compacts when I was in middle school in the mid to late 90s. I didn’t really pay attention to what the different formulas did, I was just excited when I saw a new color of a compact I didn’t have.

I found some examples of the ones I had on eBay this afternoon:


Ok, I didn’t have this one, but I remember seeing it in the old cruddy Rite Aid inside Coliseum Mall when I was a teenager. I think all the makeup in there had to be at least five years old.


This was my first compact, the Clean Sensitive Skin one. Farm Fresh has these on clearance right now along with the brown “regular” Clean compact:

Cover Girl compact, old design.


“Fresh Complexion” which seems to be in a dark navy compact. I remember seeing this one growing up, but I don’t think I ever had it. I dunno if “Fresh Complexion” was the same as “Clean Complexion” which recently had a makeover too.


Clarifying. I don’t believe I had this one.


Fresh Look. This was the last Cover Girl compact I bought before I bought the brown clean one pictured above. I remember I got this Christmas of 2001, and was not very impressed by it.


CG Smoothers. By the time the Smoothers line had come out, I had moved on.


Finally, there was one Covergirl Compact that was my absolute favorite. I only found it one time in the earlier mentioned ratty Rite Aid. All I remembered from it was that it was dark green, translucent, and I bought it with Christmas money from my grandma when I was 13 in 1997.

I finally did a search for it today after uploading that picture of the brown Clean. it took me forever, but I finally found ONE picture of it online, from here. It’s from Cover Girl’s moisturewear line. The compacts are nowhere to be found on eBay, but the liquid foundation is still floating around:


I found some other ancient Cover Girl packaging on eBay too:


It was popular for a while in middle school to have these lipglosses. Cover Girl still makes them.


I ❤ the packaging on this mascara. Always have. Never bought it though.

And finally, this is 20 year old makeup:


I even have a commercial of it from the 1st regular Simpsons episode, “Bart the Genius from January 14, 1990 (thanks to my friend Kristin):

July 4, 2010

Caldor, Queens, NY, closed 1999

Filed under: caldor,dead chains — Anita @ 12:02 am

Ok, so there has been a vacant store that I’ve been sorta obsessed with since joining flickr in 2005:

{from Flickr user iandavid}

{From Flickr user XISMZERO, who also runs The Caldor Rainbow}

Caldor builds urban focus with N.Y. units – opens stores in Flushing, New York, and Bronx, New York, New York” The store opened in 1994 and was four levels.

From the article:

Its regional nemesis, Bradlees, has plans for a Brooklyn store, but that unit will not open until 1994.

The Flushing store included some merchandising that seemed designed especially for a city store. The women’s department, for instance, featured gold lame and other evening style dresses–not common in most suburban Caldors.

Here is a photo of the Caldor in 1994.

I’ve read recently that finally something is going on at the old Caldor.

I’ve been looking all over on Flickr tonight to see if anybody ever had the chance to get inside of there when the store was still vacant. I haven’t found anything yet.

What are peoples memories of this store?

//edit, July 5th//

Video of the Woolworth’s store that was next door to Caldor.

July 1, 2010

My 1991 Group of Localish commercials

Filed under: commercials,dead chains — Anita @ 11:17 pm

From a Gone With the Wind tape of my mom’s from 1990 or 1991.

Includes several dead chain mentions in a Master Card spot, and Food Carnival, which was I think Farm Fresh’s short foray in a discount grocer?

“Nsect Club Commercial (Hampton, VA) 2/15/1994”

Filed under: commercials,dead stores — Anita @ 10:58 pm

Now where Walgreens is.

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