K is for Kellogg’s Cereal Bowls

I have NO recollection of ordering these bowls.

kelloggs cereal bowls
This is an odd little story.

Back in early 1980s, my (now) parents-in-law had befriended this older woman named Alice. She became part of their family. I met her a few times; she was a nice lady.

Around 2003, she died, and my parents-in-law were tasked to take her stuff from the trailer in which she lived, plus a storage unit. The items were removed en masse, without looking much at what items were present. They did sorting as time allowed.

Jump to 2014. In the midst of their own move, the in-laws discover this box with Alice’s handwritten note, “A Gift From” my wife. But the box initially had been mailed to ME at my address before we got married, from E.P.I Fulfillment in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Contained therein were four Kellogg’s cereal bowls, the same ones pictured above, with a 1996 copyright date.

I have NO recollection of ordering these bowls. Nor does my spouse remember having given them to Alice. Still, they’ve made their way back to us.

They go for about $20-$45 for the set on eBay, depending on condition, and they appear to be in near-mint condition, so I doubt she ever used them. I’m not inclined to sell them anytime soon.

ABC Wednesday – Round 16

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

30 thoughts on “K is for Kellogg’s Cereal Bowls”

  1. Great story, but isn’t the more interesting question: What else has your wife given away?

  2. Those bowls are awesome! I wouldn’t sell them either. In fact, IF you ever want to sell them, let me know 😀

  3. That’s truly an anecdote, so I don’t blame you for wanting to keep the bowls regardless of their value. We have a couple of those bowls that one of my aunts gave to my girls when they were little. However, I doubt mine are worth anything, since the girls got a lot of use from them. Blessings!

  4. Quite an interesting story about finding forgotten (never-known) treasures! I am sure you will enjoy using them, since you aren’t selling 🙂

  5. Hang on to them for a while. They’ll probably end up being more valuable.

    PS I’m having trouble on and off with the ABC links page. I let Trubes know. Maybe it’s Google or too many posting at the same time??

  6. Hi Roger, what an amazing find, couldn’t you send away tokens from the cornflake box to obtain a bowl, I think when our girls were little we did just that. They certainly are in mint condition.
    I too would be inclined to hang on to them, they could become quite valuable.

    I had to smile at Ellen asking me to help with LINKY….If she but knew the amount of times you have had to sort mine out when I’d made a ‘pig’s ear of it’!
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

  7. Wow, now I’m really jealous… great Kelloggs cereal bowls AND conversations with Spiegelman. You are very cool!

  8. Oh, that is going back. K. Bowls. My Mom used to collect plates at the A& P store back then. She had to have spent so much money on groceries and show her bills then she could buy dinner plates that were on showcase in the Aand P.
    In Canada, we have points if we want to buy things from the grocery store we shop at now.

  9. That is going back in time. Pretty bowls. You are showing.

    The grocery store my Mom shopped at. If she collected all her grocery bills
    she could buy the showcase plates each week. Say two at a time to make up six
    plates. That is when I was ten years old.

  10. Nice story – and I can relate to things being stored away and forgotten, – I think everyone should do inventory at least once a year, – maybe every three months for the ancients….

  11. They would would cheer up any morning, great story. I used to like it when Kellogg’s gave things away amongst the cereal,

  12. I have 3 sets of the Kellogg’s bowls. Way back when I bought 4 sets. I used one of the sets for my boys when they were little and saved the other 3 sets for them when they start their families.

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