In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –
As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March. With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.
In today’s post I write the following –
Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago. Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years. Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake. Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash. I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.
One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments. This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.
I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19. I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.
One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘prices today’; I thought I would share with you the prices of some items back in 1979.
Food items –
Hamburger: $0.89, Coke: $0.50, Shake: $0.60, French Fries: $0.45 – back in 1979, we did not have all the different ‘meals’ like most fast food restaurants today – most food items were bought separately.
Pizza: $5.00 – I guess you can still get a $5.00 pizza today, but back in 1979 our pizza was larger and included more than 1 topping for this price.
Printed items –
Tapes: $12.00 – this would be 8-Track, you younger folks may need to Google this.
Magazines: $1.00 – I have no idea the prices of magazines these days.
Books: $1.95 – this would be hardback books.
Clothing items –
Jeans: $22.00, Shirts: $15.00, Sweaters: $30.00, Jackets: $40.00, Shoes: $25.00 – either these items never change in price or I was buying expensive clothes back then.
Other items –
Sporting Events: $2.50 – I doubt this was a national sport team event.
Car: $8,000.00 – I would guess I paid this amount for my Ford truck that I had at the time.
Cigarettes: $0.75 – a pack before they were considered bad for you and the government decided to tax like crazy on these.
Interesting how some prices are very cheap compared to today and others seem about the same.
In the future I will post about fads & fashions, top entertainment, events of those years, and a few other odds & ends.