When I was growing up, we got enough snow every year to warrant a new sled from Santa every few years or so. Mine was looked something like this:
When you are robbed of winter temperatures and wintry precipitation, you look around the internet and see what everyone else gets to enjoy and, since I have been robbed of winter again this year, I perused the internet for winter fun and noticed sleds have changed. Dramatically.
|25 bucks at Target. I think our wooden sleds were cool enough, thank you.|
I couldn't help but wonder why there was a need to change sleds. Weren't we having BIG FUN with the wooden sleds?
|40 bucks at SnowSledsDirect. We used garbage can lids and cardboard boxes. They worked just fine.|
|TWO pack for 50 bucks at Walmart.|
|30 bucks at Kohls. An inflatable tube. Aren't those for water? Ha! We just used those black inner tubes.|
WHY did we need new sleds?
Well, apparently, it's not for profits in that the sleds cost more. All of those I looked up very few hit the $50 mark. But the minute you add the words traditional, vintage, or wooden to your sled search, you'll find some expensive sleds-- $99.00- nearly $200.
Why in the world do we need to add traditional or vintage to our sled search? Those words alone are probably responsible for $50 of the increase in cost. I suppose the wood part increases the cost as well.
The most insulting part is that something I used when I was a kid is now considered, vintage. How old do these people think I am? When I 'Google' myself, nothing comes up which is a good thing in my book. But I wonder what would happen if I added the words, 'vintage,' or 'traditional,' or 'antique'?
So, I Googled, vintage people. And I got all sorts of black and white photos of folks from the early 1900s. Google gave me further choices: retro, classic, woman, child, man...I could even choose from ethnicities or actions- dancing, singing, or professions- baker, nurse, doctor...
The sad part? Some (more than I'd like to admit) of those pictures reminded me of my childhood. There is it, y'all. I'm vintage. Retro. Classic. And of those choices, I'm going with, classic.
Or maybe I'll change it to, classy. Ha!
Did y'all have sleds like mine? Did you know they were vintage? Did you know WE are vintage?