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Sex: female
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When it was popular: 1984 - 1986
Description: Popular with younger kids, not sure about high schoolers. These were plastic link necklaces with plastic charms that would clip onto them. Girls used to trade charms with their friends. You could fit A LOT of charms on them because they clipped all along the plastic links. Most of the charms had little bells attached so you were sort of noisy walking around with them. Some of the charms had cool moving parts, like a plastic roller skate with moving wheels. They were really popular around 1985 or so. In sixth grade even my teacher had one!
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Cindy - July 12, 2007 - Report this comment
We had those in high school. We would go to the flea market on Saturday's and buy as many charms as we could...usually 5 charms for $2 or something like that.
shelly d - August 16, 2007 - Report this comment
Funny, I am 29 and I just bought some off of ebay a few months ago. You would not believe how expensive these things can be. Now I have to buy more because my kids want some... lol They are also called "junk necklaces" or 1980's charm bracelets. Good luck
Lori D. - November 08, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG!I must have had like over a 100 charms on mine.They were so noisey they banned us from wearing them to school!Ah GOOD TIMES!!
Carrie - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
oh! I still have mine! I'll post a picture!
Val - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I had so many of those..I still have's a little note pad...these were so fun.
Jenn - February 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Totally brought back memories! I had like 50 charms!
Stephanie - March 19, 2008 - Report this comment
WHOA! I had one when I was little and loved it! I haven't thought it that since. what a blast from the past, I want mine back!
Angela - April 01, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! I so loved these. I had one in grade school. I had tons of charms. I thought these were the coolest. Now I wish I would have kept them.
natasha - May 22, 2008 - Report this comment
omg!!!! i still love them what a blast from the past i'm 30 and looking at the pics i've found of the charms i can still remeber which ones i had how the highlight of my week was knowing that on saturday my mom would take me to get new charms i had three necklaces full... now i have a question does anyone know where to find a gotcha bracelet
Kara - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't believe how funny it is laughing with my husband! I'm 30 and love remembering old times!
Laura - August 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the shirts you could buy that had loops for the charms?
soberseason13 - September 09, 2008 - Report this comment
OMGosh I loved mine, i wish they still sold them cheap so my kids could enjoy them like we did, they totally need to bring these back
Jenny - September 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm 30 years old and still have mine! I loved trading charms with friends! Mine probably weighs about ten pounds, lol.
katie - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
About a couple a months back I was talking to a friend about these. I couldn't remember the name, but knew what they had. With all the things they have today, I don't see why these can't make come back.
misty - December 16, 2008 - Report this comment
do you were to buy these? I had one as a kid and loved it. I wish they would bring them back so my daughter could own one.
Mac - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Man...I wish I still had mine! I remember going to the grocery store w/ my dad on the weekends just to get my charms---they were in those little machines you stick a quarter in, twist the knob, and get the plastic egg w/ some cheap toy in it. I even had a plastic belt that you could put the charms on!
SHERRY - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Me and my friend loved those. It's been over 20 years since I had one probably. I remember in third grade it was a big deal to get more and more charms.
Tera - January 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Okay...Stupid question, but where did you get them as a kid? Like a store chain name? Etc. Thanks! :)
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
WOW! What a blast from the past with these charm necklaces. I LOVED mine for a brief 2nd and 3rd grade I think (I am 32 now, so that would have been roughly 1985). I bought mine at a gift shop called "Teddy Bears Too" (local) and at Hallmark card shop. They were kind of expensive for plastic, I never found them in quarter machines. The charms were at least a dollar. Love the pic someone posted...exactly like I remember the charms!
noelle - February 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I got mine at Woolworth's
Heather - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember what they called these??? It is driving me CRAZY that I can't remember!
Scott - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
holy crap!! my whole family collected these around 1985 we had every one we bought them at a store in what used to be the Erie Central Mall I used to string the chains end to end along my bedroom wall must have had about 20 feet full of these charms oh the memmories
Crazy80's Girl - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
People from NJ called them Junk Necklaces/Charm Necklaces. I submitted one of my pictures for all to see. My favorite charms were the ABACUS, EGGS IN PAN, BMX HELMET, CONAIR PHONE & DIARY!!
Keith - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I had one as a guy! Collected until first grade was over. The girls loved me for it. HAHAHA In fact I still have the charm necklace in a cup in my room. Wore it to an 80s fanjam party the other day and again the girls were FLIPPING OUT! Has an frying pan with egg, a toothbrush...a bicycle....random things on it!
shoefly_pie - May 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a bunch of these- maybe fifty or more. I also have several chains. My favourite charm (it's hard to choose just one!) is the headphones.
Rachel - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a ton of these. They were so popular with the kids in my class. I was born in 79 and we would trade each other for the ones that we wanted. Oddly enough my son(who is 7) came home with about 20 of these yesterday from school. He said a teacher gave them to him. I was so shocked and it brought back the good ole days.
blueyedevil - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I was thinking about my old charm necklace a couple weeks ago. I wish I knew where in my mother's garage I would have to look in order to find it. I had a black necklace with a ton of charms. I can't remember what ANY of them were, which makes me want to find it even more! Eggs in a pan sounds familiar tho!
yolande - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
hi i am trying to buy the necklace for my kids they love that 80's charm necklace i told them stories about it if some one have it for say or know a store where i can buy it from please email me at thank you very very much
F.A. - July 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey Yolande: There's plenty of them on eBay. I actually have some and a few chains I've been thinking of listing. I warn you though, they can be pricey.
Megan - July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I have all of my original ones on a chinese jump guys remember those? I have right at 100 charms on there.
Kathy - August 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Gosh how fun to find this page. I still have one and am a fifth grade teacher. Does anyone now who holds the copyrignt and how we could find out? EMail me at
Suzi Bee - October 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know about the 36" necklaces that you twisted together to make a necklace sorta like a choker only looser. I am wearing mine from 1985--it has about 12 separate 36" lengths of orange or black or gold beads twisted together and clasped with a hinged O. Each length is one color and you twist them together. Some women had lapis or other semi-precious stones but I just have beads. I get them out for Halloween and I love the look now that I have an old lady neck!
Beth - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I soo remember the toilet with lifting lid...but I can't recall the name either. Does anyone know what they were called? There is a new version out now call Lucky BeeBee. Saw them in Toys R Us with my 7 yr old daughter who wants some!!! How funny.
Shelly - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Seriously, my friend just dug out her necklace and we've forgotten the name. Junk necklace doesn't ring a bell. It's driving us crazy. Anyone else got names for these?
Heather - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Actually, Suzi Bee, I think those were "twister beads..?" Maybe not. But I had those and the charm necklace... I loved my charm necklace and twister beads. =-]
julie - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
hi there. i remember these!!! they are still at my mom's house. i remember my mom buying them for me at the fair when i was a little girl...
juanita - April 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I remeber wanting those necklace and charm bracelet so badd as a child it seem like all my friends in my class had one except me, I never knew where to purchase them, do anyone know where to purchase them know, or if they still sell them?
Amber - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Hahaha, my sister and I had these. I got pissed at her for something and destroyed her necklace by cutting up each chain link so there was no way you could fix it. What an evil little sister I was lmao! Love you Heath ;)
Jeri - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one. What I remember most is when the bell would ring to change classes and the hallways were filled with jingling...LOL!
Jan Griffiths - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have several. Mine are color coordinated. Blue charms on blue chain, for example.I bought them just for fun, figuring out that maybe one day they may be worth something. I keep each one in its own large Ziploc baggie. I don't wear them; never did.
Loryss - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the necklace and I wish I had mine. Does anybody know where I can purchase one. I know ebay have some but they can be very costly.
Jessica - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these all too well as well. Not sure how I collected sooo many, but alas, my mom had sold them at a garage sale, and I was none too pleased. I wish I still had them. I'm 26, and still a kid at heart : \
Emily - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to have those in grade school! OMG! Wow.....good times.....
Judy - August 03, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandmother made carnival prize booths for a living. He had bags upon bags of those charms. I used to go raid them when I was little. This is something I wish they would bring back.
kimmy - September 05, 2010 - Report this comment
my older sister had what i always thought was aa belt (a few neclaces put together) and had many many charms on it...
Xiomy - September 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm 36yrs old & I still have mine! I have four necklaces full. Just posted a picture. :)
Tracey - October 06, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG I wish I still had mine. I remember the toilet bowl and tennis racket most.
Shannon - November 13, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I had a junk necklace with tons of stuff on it my mom and dad would take me every weekend and get more too add on ..i loved this thing wish they still made these .. wow thanks for the memories someone mentioned the toilet bowl one i had that too lol these are so cute...
Angela - January 01, 2011 - Report this comment
These comments are a blast to read! I also had the toilet bowl one! A few more I remember...frying pan with "eggs" in it, roller skate, sneaker, hair dryer.
Lisa Koffler - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a charm holder that held charms.
Ebony - September 17, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG!!!!!I had these and for the longest I thoght my i was buggin and they never existed until now thank you so much mine had and toothbush with the little brooklyn 1984
Amanda - January 22, 2012 - Report this comment
We had girls at my school whose necklaces had gotten tangled together so badly they didn't even try to separate them, they just put them all on!
Lachlan - January 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I had the air conditioner, and calculator.
katyboo - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Hi im not a child of the 80s but im tottaly in luv with tje 80s yah so if anyone can help me out by telling me where I can get a charm bracelet for cheep (in stores olny) thx
Che - January 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I definitely remember this necklace. The charm I remember the most (oddly) was a little glass bottle. The top came off and I use to put real water in it and drink it out of the bottle (lol) It's weird now that I think about it. I wish I still had mine too. I don't remember all the charms I had but I remember I had quite a few.
Charysse - January 22, 2013 - Report this comment
i must have had all the charms, we moved and I lost them. Wish I had them now to share with my daughter. Looking to buy for an 80's party. anyone knows where I can buy them, please let me know. Thanks
Jan Griffiths - September 01, 2013 - Report this comment
I would buy all the colors of each charm, since I was collecting all the colors available. I have 12 complete necklaces, all color coordinated, each in its owm large Ziploc baggie. I see how much these go for on Ebay and Etsy now, so they live in our safe. They have never been worn.
Chakra138 - October 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I love them, but I'm parting with mine :-( selling them on Ebay now. My seller ID is Chakra138 if interested!
Roiz - January 08, 2014 - Report this comment
They were 2.50 a piece back in 1984. You put them on your keychain or clip them to your book bag.
jax - March 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I dug mine out, it has about 28 charms on the chain. My fave's are the micky mouse, transformer robot and robot cat, dancing elephant, train, sewing machine, puss in boot, clown with google eyes. I still love these bell charms, not parting with mine either, not yet. One day when I grow up my great niece will get them, that's if I ever grow up?
Margene - April 01, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh wow, what a throwback! I loved mine. You could hear me coming from a mile away. Nowadays I am still obsessed with charms but opt for a more chic look. :)
Megan - May 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved mine, but was lost years ago with moving. Am desperate to buy another one, if anyone has any idea other that ebay to find these please email me. Thank You
Bernice - July 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I have quite a few of these. They belonged to my sister and have been packed away since the late 80s. Is there interest in some? Bernice 541 270-2678
Bettina - November 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi Bernice! Do you still have your charm necklaces? Cause I'm looking! If anyone else is looking to sell theirs, my email address is
Yizi - May 27, 2015 - Report this comment
My favorite charm was the baby bottle. I miss mine and wish I can get it back. :(
Mojha - June 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the name of these collectible charms? It has so slipped my mind.
JUDY LINDER - August 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Byron - November 01, 2015 - Report this comment
Judy Linder Contact me if you still have any and see this.
Esn - December 05, 2015 - Report this comment
I saw them at Michaels today! $1.99!
Madelyn - December 21, 2015 - Report this comment
They were made by a company two sisters started called Jingle Gems, Bloomingdale's picked it up and made them big. That's why they were sold in all the malls and YES they are at Michael's now - I just bought some!
Jennifer - January 09, 2016 - Report this comment
What area Michaels? I've been looking! Saw Michaels online
Jennifer2 - January 27, 2016 - Report this comment
They should be at all Michael's stores in the United States. I found them today, under the name Flash Charms :)
Sara Avery - February 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I love thees! I always buy vintage charms when I can find them and make necklaces with them. I list them on my Etsy if you're looking for some I may have them in stock.
JUDY LINDER - April 13, 2016 - Report this comment
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Angel Baby #7 - August 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I really liked these grow-up! & many other things from the good old days! I have some of the originals sill.BellCahrms have came out again not exactly the same but I wanted to share my childhood with my kids so I bought some. It feels good to share with my baby's. If you are wonder were to look for the new ones they are at micheals.
Squirrel Away Vintage - March 09, 2017 - Report this comment
I have oodles of the original, vintage 1980's bell charms on my Etsy site. Yes, they cost more than they did in the 80's, but mine are more reasonable than other places I've seen them. I collect them with my daughter and sell the ones we get duplicates of. Full necklaces for sale too. Come check out the shop. squirrelawayvintage on Etsy.
Jan Griffiths - July 31, 2017 - Report this comment
We now use my charm necklaces as a garland for our Christmas tree. We just started doing this in 2016, and they look so good on the tree that we are making it a Christmas tradition at our house. At least it gets them out of the safe, and our tree has LED lights, si the plastic won't melt.
Snow White - January 27, 2018 - Report this comment
Anyone out there still looking for the 80's plastic charm necklaces? :) Have 3, maybe 4 with TONS of charms... 2nd Time Around is Always Bliss on Facebook :) look us up!
Jennifer - August 12, 2018 - Report this comment
I am interested in buying some of these if anyone has some or knows where to find them at. Look me up, Jennifer Heavner on Facebook, just leave me a message. Thanks in advance!
Darlene - January 10, 2019 - Report this comment
I would really love to know more about these, if anyone has that information. I too would like to know about who holds the copy write. I had the bracelet but buried it in the back yard in a time capsule. Oh the memories. If you have any info please share
Kelly - March 03, 2021 - Report this comment
I have literally 100 plus charms and 5 or 6 necklaces for sale at the moment. Oogie Boogie is a large original maker of these and also there was another brand chains n charms (I believe) none are marked and even oogie boogie charms in the same box varied in size, color, weight, and other attributes. Making it hard to tell originally which company they came from. Quality of bell charms went from flimsy thin plastic with thin clips and rings to hold them together to very heavy duty plastic with larger sturdy hand clips and metal rings to connect the bells,charms, and clips. to inquire about charms and necklaces for sale.

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