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my icon is TOTALLY APPROPRIATE because asparagus is an awesome crayon! But it misses mulberry!

August 6th, 2008 (02:44 pm)

Why, oh, why, is there no venue in which I can buy retired shades of Crayola crayons?

I take my coloring very seriously. I don't post about it on here very often, which is shocking given that I blog to the point of exhaustion about every single other thing that I care about at all. But, yes, I color and it is very serious business to me. I search the Internet regularly for new and exciting coloring pages; and I will only color with crayons, because there are many people in this world who color with art supplies designed for serious artists, and all those people who color with those art supplies are better than me, but I am QUEEN of the crayons, man. Nobody is better at crayon-coloring technique than me. I can blend and overlay and just generally color the shit out of whatever coloring page you give me, as long as I've got my box of crayons by my side.

But they've got to be Crayola crayons. I will not color with anything else. This is actually an artistic preference, and I am not kidding about that: whatever formula they use in creating their crayon wax is the only one that I find suitable for optimal blending. If you give me a box of RoseArt crayons, I will scowl at it, and then use them strictly for doodling and grocery-list-making, because you just can't color properly with those. Thus it is that whenever Crayola comes out with a new, bigger 'n' better box of crayons*, I'm the first one in line to get it. And then, of course, my old box inevitably gets lost at some point, or someone asks to borrow it (CRAYONS ARE COOL, MAN, EVERYBODY WANTS MY CRAYONS) and never returns it.

I always assumed, you know, that there were other people out there who were as ardent fans of coloring in general and Crayola crayons in particular as I. I knew that Crayola had a habit of retiring certain crayons and having people vote in new colors, but I always thought that it was okay, because there were *sure* to be people selling collections of retired Crayolas on eBay. I figured there would be, like, Crayola dealers, people who would buy up a box of old crayons when they heard certain colors were to be retired, and then sell them at a profit down the line. I'm serious. I really thought this.

I was wrong.

eBay has precisely three boxes for sale containing retired crayons. Now, these retired crayons sound very nice: I am particularly attracted to the idea of having a blue gray crayon, because there just aren't enough crayons on the blue-gray spectrum, and both green blue and maize sound like they would be very useful to have as well. But all three of these boxes contain the *same* eight retired crayons. They are centennial boxes, and as such contain all the crayons retired before the year 2000.

They do not contain the four crayons retired in the year 2003.

I have no access to the four crayons retired in the year 2003.

Blizzard blue, magic mint, mulberry, and teal blue. They are PHENOMENAL COLORS! They are SO AWESOME. Seriously. OK, I could probably do without blizzard blue, which is probably exactly why I stumbled across that one lone crayon in a drawer the other day, lost remnant of a 100-crayon box long since lent to someone I haven't seen in six years. But magic mint? Mulberry? Teal blue? I DO NOT KNOW HOW I CAN GO ON COLORING KNOWING THAT THESE BEAUTIFUL SHADES ARE LOST TO ME. Mulberry would be amazing! There are, like, four dark-red crayons, and NO MORE. Seriously, it's maroon, brick red, and -- and then there's plain red, and THERE IS NOT EVEN A FOURTH ONE. Because they RETIRED MULBERRY. And magic mint would be lovely for cooling down the more intense shades of green that are pretty much your only recourse when you are coloring hills and things -- I have been using spring green for that, but not all hills require an undertone of yellow -- and teal blue is an important ocean-and-river color, people. I'm telling you, it is.

They retired these. All four of them. And do you know what they replaced them with? Inchworm and wild blue yonder, which are meh colors, and mango tango, which is worse... and JAZZBERRY JAM. Jazzberry jam is, bar none, my *least favorite* crayon in the *entire box of 150 Crayola crayons*. It's worse than, like, neon carrot. It's an abomination.

And for this I lost my mulberry.

Also they took thistle out of the 120 and 150 boxes, and the site seems to differentiate that from "retiring" it, but I don't know why, because it doesn't look like you can get that anymore either, and I want a thistle crayon.

Why is my life full of woe? My life is so full of woe.


*About nine, ten years ago it was 100 crayons; then it went up to 120, and finally, this year, to 150, PLUS a badly-needed spiraling display case so I can actually see all the colors I can select from! Huzzah! Also a box of 150 crayons costs like $16 or something, but NEVER MIND THAT, IT IS IMPORTANT. A piano costs like THOUSANDS of dollars, so WHATEVER.


Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)

I have a box of 64 Crayola crayons which is, as far as I can tell, from 1990. It has teal blue and mulberry; I haven't sorted through every crayon to see what else it has, and I don't know which of them are retired or what you might want, but those two, at least, are yours if you want them (the tip of the mulberry's worn down slightly, but they're both in very good condition).

(Actually, when I say "I have"...it's got my name written all over the box, but it was in a drawer of my mom's/the family's art supplies; I'd probably have to check before giving away the whole box, but a few crayons should be fine.)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)

Hee! OMG I COULD GET MULBERRY AND TEAL. THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT. I should probably double-check to make sure that there aren't any Crayola boxes on eBay that definitely contain them; there are no sets specifying that they contain "retired crayons" (the ones from 2003), and 100-count boxes are hard to come by, but I used different search terms today and found more results than I had before. The difference is that people apparently do not understand that their crayons are VINTAGE. Weird people, to eBay something without understanding its rarity. Anyway, yeah, but I will keep your offer in mind! Because DUDE. MULBERRY.

Posted by: roseyviolet (roseyv)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)

Now, are you absolutely 100% sure teal is its own separate color? Because when I think of the actual color teal (and mind you, I'm not a Crayola fanatic), I think of the color that used to be called "ultramarine." But probably that's just me.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)

According to the List of Crayola Crayons wiki that andrewducker just linked me to -- and the people who wrote it seem as obsessive as I -- teal was its own color, and was in fact replaced by wild blue yonder. They have a whole list of the renamings and replacements.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

If you happen to find a 64-count box from 1990, it definitely has mulberry, teal, and thistle; not having your expertise regarding crayons, I have no idea if any of the other sixty-one colors it has (okay, so my box only has sixty others - but still, eighteen years and I only lost one!) might be rare.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)

At this point I think that my plan is to write to Crayola and DEMAND FREE RETIRED CRAYONS. Because they are SO lying about what they've retired and what they haven't, and I require reasonable compensation for my unofficially-retired-crayon deprivation.

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