The Christmas Catalogs

***Isn’t this painting of the Ultimate Warrior pretty awesome? I love it and credit goes to Jamie Marshall. Not sure if he is the original artist but wanted to plug some great talent out there. It really captures his character’s colors… Now, onto today’s story.

Do any of you remember receiving Christmas catalogs in the mail as kids? My husband does and he recalls his Mom telling the boys to circle and fold over pages of stuff they wanted. Well, years later and we still get some- only smaller ones and not like the big department stores back then. Ours are more from Wal-Mart, Target, and the best store of the past, Toys R Us. A memory I have is seeing some U.W. merchandise along with some other former WWF Superstars in those catalogs. I actually saved a tiny pic of Warrior’s image on a sleeping bag years ago. We went camping a lot so that would’ve been the most ultimate gift ever as a teen! When I moved years later, I still had that tiny pic among my collectibles. Oh, the stuff I saved.

Saving stuff is quite the dilemma. We either keep, sell, donate, or throw out but most of us Ultimate Warrior fans know the first choice is what we do. I bet many of you keep magazines or other reading material in the bathroom. Come on, admit it- I know you do. When I met my husband, he just had his reading stuff piled all over the floor in bathrooms. You girls know that’s not gonna work when we’re around so I bought a few baskets to place in each. Perfect to hold those smaller catalogs we would get this time of year.

Seven years ago, the Toys R Us one came. I still miss that store even though my kids are grown ): I know after Warrior passed, some new toys and such would be made available. Well, there was one page with a few Hall of Fame action figures near a cage. It was U.W., Yokozuna, and Rick Rude I believe. Boy, have toys changed. Now, they have props such as a stretcher, ambulance, and chairs plus much more. To think that we’d just be happy with the Action Figure. I saved that catalog. The following year we got one from Target that had Ultimate Warrior with other legends in a 7 pack. I liked how Randy was next to him. I saved that too so looked at them again since never would I remember those details. Did I think it strange keeping them back then? Nope. Now I am just because it’s funny to have them still in that bathroom basket! 🚽🧺

I gotta admit, I don’t clean them out very often. Guess I should more but no judging, I’m a busy mom! There’s probably many areas in our houses we forget to de-clutter or clean out. It isn’t just reorganizing a drawer or closet. I mean other places like maybe the top of your fridge, a medicine cabinet, or throwing out expired coupons. Yeah, I KNOW those catalogs aren’t the same thing but it did make me think of other areas to perhaps give a once over. You know what I’m talking about…

Warrior’s image in those catalogs were sentimental to me and I’d never compare them to expired coupons but I kept them for another reason. It’s never one thing for me always. I kept them to see how I have evolved. Yes, they are physically still there but my emotions have changed. I laughed looking at those pages once again unlike 6 and 7 years ago. It is hard to believe I have catalogs that old in my bathroom but considering others and their types of “collectibles,” my stuff is so tame. I’m not judging them either but I did get rid of that tiny sleeping bag pic. We may forget about some items but I am almost certain most people who have collected merch over the years know exactly what they have. Some even express themselves through art like that great pic above. They will know specifically what they painted, when, and if they save or sell it.

Would I feel sad if I finally decided to recycle those old catalogs of mine? Not so much anymore so what’s stopping me? The truth is it’s not a priority and when I’m in the bathroom, am not thinking about that! My husband collects brochures when we travel and many get placed in that bathroom basket too. It’s those you’d find in a hotel lobby of anywhere to visit within like 100 miles. Yeah, all those. We visit a few but not everywhere he picks. So, they are all on top with the catalogs in the back. Again, very different but like I always say- it’s your feeling or emotion that matters most.

I hope this Holiday Season inspires any of you to possibly take inventory on anything that you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw out. It might not be Christmas catalogs or even anything Warrior related but you’ll know when it’s time. A Toys R Us catalog is a keeper for sure and it is a reminder of how far I have come in so many ways. I should keep them in that basket close to where my SPLASH sign hangs by the tub. That’s another funny story told in my book Spirit and Belief. Let’s remember what it felt like to get those elusive catalogs in the mail and how you couldn’t wait to see all the toys. It’s a lot better than cleaning off the top of your fridge…

P.S. That painting of course will be kept as someone made it by hand just like Warrior did with all his artwork. It will always mean more and harder to get rid of when we do something from scratch. Just like my writings. They stay always. πŸ’™πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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