Has your household been hit by the Silly Bandz craze? Hardly a day goes by that I’m not picking one of these rubber silhouettes off the floor or digging them out of Nathan‘s pockets before throwing his pants into the washer.
The first time I saw these stretchy sensations was at the Hallmark Store at Edgewater Mall just before last Christmas. Apparently, a new shipment had just come in, and a group of preteen girls were excitedly making their selections. I asked one of the young ladies what they were, and she told me they were rubber bands in all kinds of shapes that kids wore on their wrists. They were “very popular” she told me.
At the time, I thought Silly Bandz were only popular with girls, so I bought a set ($4.95 for a package of 24) to add to a Christmas present for one of my nieces. After Christmas, my son (8 years old at the time) asked for a set. New styles are coming out all the time, including dinosaurs, sports symbols, and other shapes that appeal to boys.
Each set of 24 usually has 5 or 6 different designs. Kids use their duplicates as traders. On any given day, I get news of a great trade that went down at recess: a brontosaurus for a castle, an umbrella for a guitar, or a music note for a horseshoe. We even had a Silly Bandz swap at Nathan’s recent birthday party. “I’ll trade you a cowboy for a mermaid.” (Not the sort of trade you hear every day.)
What I’d like to know is how much fun is the fella’ who dreamed this up having? Is he vacationing in Miami? Did he purchase a condo in Hawaii? And what’s on his wrist? The latest Silly Bandz? Or a Rolex?