Toys of the Eighties, Junk Necklace
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These were colorful plastic "chain" necklaces with plastic charms like a lipstick, guitar, sunglasses etc, that would clip onto the necklace. The necklace came with charms but you could also buy them separately.
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Susan - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
My best friendand i had so many of these i wish i still had them.
80sLvr - June 19, 2007 - Report this comment
No way! I saw one of these a little while ago being sold in (get this) an antique store! And they wanted $14 for it! And it only had like 5 charms!
Gab - June 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I had forgotten all about these. They'd make tinkling sounds. I wish I still had mine.
midd - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
and the lid on the toilet charm could move up and down.
lisa - July 21, 2007 - Report this comment
i still have mine and i gave them to my dauther and she loves them i have them all
Tracie - July 21, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved the toilet one! Isn't that bizarre that I used to wear a toilet on my necklace?
Elsje - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I totally forgot about these til I found this page! I remember the toilet one too! HAHA! XD
DaShon - August 06, 2007 - Report this comment
My cousin and I had so many charms it didn't make any sense! There was an neighborhood old store that my cousin and I would walk to after school every day to buy more charms! My favorite was the toilet and the baby bottle!
Audrey - August 24, 2007 - Report this comment
I wore mine as a belt with a yellow tank dress.
dubbayumm - August 26, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG I swear I had so many of these. I thought I was the crap. Theres so much on here I'd forgotten all about.
Kelly - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
When my sister and I were really little, our parents took us out for a family night every Friday. We'd go to dinner at our favorite pizza place and then shopping. I got charms every week. :)
angie - September 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I alwasy wanted one of these. All my friends had them. My mom finally got me one with the charms that were included and then I was miserable because she would never buy me any other ones! I loved the toilet, baby bottle, and the fridge one!
jayme - September 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved these and admired everyone elses but never had my own. I had forgotten about them
fawnya - October 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Charmies were BOMB...we used to trade and collect them- I remember some girls had SOOO many charms around their necks...My chain was red-I remember a notebook, a telephone, teddy bear..
jen - October 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh my gosh......I loved these things. I forgot all about them and I use to have so many charms!
jodi - October 20, 2007 - Report this comment
These were awesome! Me and my friend used to trade charms all the time!
jennifer - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
my sister had one of these up until i shoved the mini phone charm down my ear canal when i was like 3 and in the trash it went lol she was pretty mad
Carrie - December 10, 2007 - Report this comment
My favorite one was the abacus. I still have the necklace, in the picture under "charm necklaces" in the clothing section of this site. I'm such a packrat :)
merribeth - December 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I forgot all about these, I never knew what they were called, I just remember having them.
Robin - January 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I am wearing one of these necklaces (red chain) in my 1st grade school picture! My mom could not find the necklace that came with my dress so she had me wear my charm necklace instead. Looking back, that is so crazy!
melissa - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
yes i loved these they were reall fun to get and wear
Shantel - March 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Shut Up! I went overboard with these! LOL!
megan - March 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have mine packed away in my baby stuff..ill have to look at them and take a picture.
Rachel - March 23, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG I've been wondering what those were called..I had like Mom's friend owned a toy store and I had like all of them..I don't know what happened to them.
Lori - March 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh Gosh... these were my favorite memory of the 80's. I wonder if I have any of them left?
kourtnee ! - April 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Awe! My friend's big sister showed me a box full of these attatched to a long chain not too long before their house burned down. I was fascinated by them! Does anyone know where I could buy them online ?
Monica - April 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I treasured mine! We used to trade when we had doubles! Thanks for a good memory! Times were so simple then.
Kelly - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh my goodness! My sister and I loved those necklaces! A few years back, I found some of them in my parents' garage and I kept them. I've got them upstairs somewhere, I'll have to take a photo!
Lexie - May 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these and LOVED it! My favorite charm was a frying pan with a little egg inside. I would always insist on wearing it on every formal occasion.
Kwanita - May 13, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG!!!! I remember having this! I didn't remember the name of it. I forgot all about it, gosh. I wore mine as a belt and I remember the bottle and frying pan charm. Awww, I had so many charms on it that it was crazy. I think mine was blue. Man the memories. I'm glad I found this site.
brightbite - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a single chain strand of these charms when I was young. They were a present from my Aunt, who lived out in CA. Now, that was very special, because this particular necklace had a lot of charms that could not be found in the small town I lived in. So, everyone I knew asked me where I got them. It was fun.
Dee - September 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Lol,I used to take the charms off and use them for Barbie accessories.
cherie - October 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I could not remember the name for these. I loved these things. Ahh childhood and fond memories thanx
val - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
wow you just reminded me of this one. I remember the yellow necklace. I still have a purple bowling pin clip somewhere.
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
We called them charm necklaces in my 'hood. I had tons of these things. I had a miniature tube of toothpaste on one of mine, I remember. About 10 years ago when I started working in a library, the children's librarian would wear these on a daily basis. YEAH.
Miss Mouse - January 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I completely forgot about these things! I had sunglasses, a bottle, a high heeled shoe, jeez I remember I rode the bus to grade school and some rat kid pulled my necklace into pieces! I think my mom threw it out. This website is memory lane!
Megan - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahhh I loved these as a girl!! I still have some of the charms left after all these years, my 4 girls love playing with!!
Dee - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Wished I'd kept mine. I had a fruit and veggie theme to mine with one exception...a lipstick. Huh, go fig.
DR - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I have some! My favorites: frying pan w/eggs, abacus, ring toss guy, bmx helmet w/rainbow rings, sunglasses, baseball bat and conair phone. You can find GREAT pictures of these "junk necklaces" (that's what we called them) on FLICKR by searching plastic charm necklaces. I remember buying mine at a store called McCrory's. It was a 5 & 10. They were .50 each!
Val - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
omg where are you from DR? Thats where I got mine. It was on staten island McCrory's was the best in the 80's.
Angie - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh, man!! I was all about these when I was a had to get a new charm every time you saw them. I used to get a lot of mine from swap meets. I miss these, actually...I'd totally wear them now...!
Rosebee - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
WOW! I LOVED of my all time fav charms was a turquoise cuckoo clock that had lil dangly pine cones! And OMG I had the orange frying pan w/ the sunny side up egg, lol...a roller skate w/ real wheels...headphones w/ a music note on the side...tooth paste tube...tooth brush...tennnis racket w/ attached white tennies dangling...and my other all time fav was a fuschia/white pair of sunglasses w/ a Playboy bunny on the frame, in between the lens part...ohhh-la-la so very risque. ;) We used to arrange and re-arrange them and make up stories based around the charm. Example: Phone,lipstick,egg in pan...story could be: called my bff, put on my lipstick, and we went to breakfast. XD
marcie - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
my daughter found mine in an old box and she is now where it to school and all of her friends want one. I have to laught because she is 12 and I can't beleave that the kids still like that stuff
Lizzy - May 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh Wow! My mom would buy these wholesale to sell at the local flea market and of course, I had my very own necklace from her merchandise! My best friend & I would use them as markers when we played hop-scotch. And of course the most important fashion accessory when we were 7.
PeepsMcGee - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to have one of these I loved the baby bottle, and the sunglasses. I only got a few charms & then I got bored with it, I wish I had it again!
Haley - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have mine. My mom worked in retail, so I had a ton of charms when I was a kid, not too many left on it now, though.
DR TO VAL - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG I'm in NEWARK....5 minutes from SI lol
Jackie - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
For the last year I have been trying to figure out the name of these. I wish they would come back. I wonder what I did with mine. My daughters would love them.
Qiana - September 24, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG I had so many of theses I thought I was soooo cool always wearing ang getting charms MEMORIES
Jan Griffiths - February 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to sell these at the swap meet in Phoenix. I had my own custom one. I left it when I left my ex.
Melissa - May 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I love these! I had a zillion when I was a kid. And I had no friends and the little brats that picked on me all the time, used to say "If you give me that charm, I'll be your friend". I fell for it every time. : ( I have a few charms left from my childhood, adn the rest I bought on Ebay or at thrift stores. I've got about 100 charms total right now, scattered between 3 necklaces. I totally remember the toilet! Mine was white with a purple seat. And the Abaccus was my absolute favorite! I had a pink one when I was a kid. Now I have a blue, pink, purple and violet one. If you search on Flikr, I am the pink playdoh princess. I have pics of some of my charms up there.
michelle - July 24, 2010 - Report this comment
i still have my necklace with 35 different charms.If u was to ask me which one i like better .i would have to say all of them....its part of my childhood
Maura - July 26, 2010 - Report this comment
HAHAHAAAAA I loved these! I also had the toilet charm! hahaahha
Dot - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, you all were so obsessed with these! I think thats awesome tho. I had one with an ample amount of charms on it. The fad didn't last long in South Jersey. For the time I wore it, I had 2 pink whistle charm with a mousey on it. I was sick n tired of people coming up and blowing on the whistle. So one whistle was for me and the other was for everyone else, but they didn't know there was a difference!
Marie - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Melissa, if I was one of your peers I would have never tricked you out of your charms like that. Those people had no heart. I felt guilty enough when my real friends used to give me things like Garbage Pail Kid cards. And above all I HATED that "I'll be your friend or best friend if you _ _ _." People would argue and say kids are kids but even as kids, we know right from wrong. I was picked on too. You have my sympathy and I'm glad you were able to get your charms back.
Shannon - January 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I recently found all my old charms. Talk about memory lane. I have a pencil case charm and inside are tiny plastic pencils. I have the toilet also. lol
uniquelov4 - June 03, 2011 - Report this comment
omg if u grew up in washington hts in the '80s u had thousand of these !! i had soo many it was ridicolous .. lol
jennifer - July 30, 2011 - Report this comment
just want to know where i can get one.OMG! i had one what littlt girl did'nt i just want one again.
rose - February 03, 2012 - Report this comment
there acually called bell charms and you can buy them on ebay
rose - February 03, 2012 - Report this comment
there called clip bell charms and you can buy them on e bay
Danie - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
***ladies! Lost all my old toys as a child in a flood and I am desperately trying to get my collection back together. It'll never be the same but I would like to share the memories I had with my now 2 year old. If you have charms youre selling, LET ME KNOW!!! :-) Thanks!
Shannon - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I found my charms in a Chuck E Cheese box thingy packed away in my mom's attic. Memories...
mandy george - December 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Anyone know where you can buy these ?? email had as a kid and would like to find one for my daughter..
Lazy80'sBaby - April 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Every year at my hometown State Fair, I would get a new Junk Necklace. I would literally wear that thing until it was falling apart. I have to say that this is 1 of my all time fav toys/accessories.
linnybug - April 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember my sister and I ..and friends on the block in Bklyn would get these off the ice cream man !I had the toilet, tennis racket, bicycle to name a few--awesome times. You can buy these on ebay-I haven't seen many but they are pretty pricey@mandygeorge
Nicole C. - August 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have mine! they were so fun to have. my favorite charm is a purple fire extinguisher. I remember my family and I were at a store called Service Merchandise and they were sold in the jewelry section of the store at the display counter. Dad stopped there before going to my elementary open house when I was in the 2nd grade. I wore that necklace with pride!

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