What was something you thought was an 'indicator of wealth' when you were a kid?

Tuck shop money :yen:

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Not wearing hand me downs.

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I did envy people who had a telephone, and proper bottles of orange squash instead of orange or lemonade powder which we mixed with water, but I don’t think I was really aware that these things may mean they were richer than us.

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My grandfather had one of the few 'phones in the village.So everyone came to him.He had to make the calls sometimes too.Of course they had to make other plans if they didn’t want everyone to know their news.

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having laura ashley furniture, clothes or decor. Venetian blinds rather than net curtains. Wooden flooring. An electric shower rather than an immersion heater. Carpets in your bathroom rather than lino. Video recorder and colour TV. Not just having a Sindy doll but also having the house, car and her boyfriend, and lots of clothes. Double glazing. A toilet that didn’t have a pull chain (funny that people pay extra to have that now!)

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You are better off having lino.IMO Carpets are not healthy in a bathroom.

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For sure but in the 70s wall to wall carpeting was highly desirable. Particularly shagpile. Some even carpeted walls.

We had threads on here about carpeting and I must be the only one who loathes it anywhere in the house, but have lost the battle of having flooring on stairs and upstairs hallway (just too pricey at the moment). I’m gradually working my way to that ambition though. My ideal would be a spanish or Italian marble floored abode, but I would settle for wood. Carpets are so needy. You put marble or wooden flooring down once and you are sorted for 50 years or more.

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My BH thinks the same.We are mostly wood.

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Was this a thing? Oh I would love love carpeted walls! Imagine how cosy that would be! Also I great excuse for not socialising “Oh I can’t come out, I have to hoover the walls!” :joy:

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There was a trend in the late 70s for carpeting the bathroom and carpeting up the side of the bath.

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Wait. . .what?! Wouldn’t that get moldy? :rofl:

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Not a fan of carpeted bathroom walls, no…they would get pretty nasty with all the steam etc. I like the idea of a bedroom having carpeted walls though. It would be so cosy I would never get out of bed! :joy:

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I would say, it would be the size of your house and… Location, Location.

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Yes, think I’d agree with that, too.

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Anything with the names “Daimler” or “Bentley” on it! :slight_smile:

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Jaco Roller Skates

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I remember doing that Judd…that long toasting fork remember that every household had one :slight_smile:

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The first time I can remember thinking someone was rich was when I visited a schoolfriend who lived on the top floor of a newly built tower block near our school. It was a lovely flat with big rooms and very modern. We had to take our shoes off at the door and it was like walking into a great big blob of cottonwool, everything was white with the occasional pop of black or red. I remember sitting on the white leather sofa and looking out of the window and wishing we were posh.

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Thinking all the way back to when I occassionally snuk into the family’s pawn brokers shop close to the pub, some of the articles brought in to secure a loan was eye opening. Even more surprising was most of the punters (clientele) then went straight into the pub to drink some of the money away. As my grandparents used to say, “good bye for now and thanks for your business, see you again soon” because sure as eggs were eggs, they were right and back came the punters on payday to retrieve some of the things pawned. Unofficially, grandfather also ran a ‘book’ and again the pawn brokers helped keep the ‘book’ in good health.

Those who got bought new shoes.

Mine were often passed down from my siblings.

No harm in that but, had quite a problem with high heeled shoes!

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