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Old 02-08-2022, 11:35 PM
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Went to a TJ Maxx today, and was pleasantly surprised to see they had some balloons blown up and floating by the checkout counters. They looked rather big, probably 14 or even 16 inches, and while spherical most had a bulb shape starting to develop. Didn't ask to see if I could get any for myself since I was with someone else at the time, but worth noting. Dunno if this is something at this specific location or if each location has them and decides whether to inflate some or not, but worth checking out.
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Old 03-10-2022, 04:24 AM
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This ones are still there sometimes, but i really like Little Caesar’s orange balloons, they are 12”, but don’t know which brand, they have a more chemical smell, but when inflated, they get a bit translucent and are really soft and strong
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Old 14-11-2022, 01:46 AM
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Back in the 90’s McDonald’s and Burger King used to have decent size balloons on sticks . I always grabbed a couple every time I was in one , and they were easy to untie as well
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Old 14-11-2022, 07:08 PM
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Not sure why McDonald’s or BK did away with the stick balloons. Even Red Robin Burgers just stopped doing it. And they were helium filled back in the mid to late 2000s. It’s not like they’re still (gasp) HELIUM filled. I would make sure the balloons always stay. Period. Even if they were air-filled on sticks. Bunch of boring old wet blankets that have to get rid of everything fun.

I actually remember a BK near me having helium filled balloons as far back as April of 07. Not sure what the event was but I remember my younger cousin ended up getting one and she had it at my grandma’s house.
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Old 24-11-2022, 09:44 PM
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I loved getting balloons from McDonalds back then they were easy to untie and a good size too. They seemed to have them for a couple of weeks at a time. Had some from BK as well.
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Old 27-11-2022, 10:07 AM
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There's a chain called Mad Over Donuts, or M.O.D. that often have orange balloons as part of their decor.

These are air filled and on sticks. Quite often, these are pretty overinflated to the point of distortion, with long necks. I wonder whether it is the balloons that inflate neck first, or whether the staff are told to blow them up till they reach this size and shape. I wonder if many pop.

A bit off topic, but back in high school, one of the classes I was in got called down to the gym to blow up balloons for a disco that night, and our teacher told us to blow the balloons up to the same size as what she was going to show us. Then she took out one of the balloons, it was a gold 12 inch, and blew it up by mouth in front of everyone till it had a neck, tied it, and said that was the desired size.
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Old 27-11-2022, 03:26 PM
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I know that I have put my thoughts here earlier, but I just happened to remember one. Even though it is not a restaurant, or store…it’s United Airlines. Back in the l60s-e70s, they ran their ‘Come Fly With Us’ ad campaign, and one of the print ads featured a very pretty blonde stewardess with a bunch of helium balloons. An aunt of mine would fly either United or Pan-American when she took her overseas trips. When she flew United, I would always be rewarded with a bunch of balloons.
Another store for balloons would be Marshall Field’s. They always had some really nice big balloons! I had got one when we went to downtown Chicago for a day. I lost it to the ceiling of the Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station.
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Old 27-11-2022, 08:34 PM
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I know that I have put my thoughts here earlier, but I just happened to remember one. Even though it is not a restaurant, or store…it’s United Airlines. Back in the l60s-e70s, they ran their ‘Come Fly With Us’ ad campaign, and one of the print ads featured a very pretty blonde stewardess with a bunch of helium balloons. An aunt of mine would fly either United or Pan-American when she took her overseas trips. When she flew United, I would always be rewarded with a bunch of balloons.
Another store for balloons would be Marshall Field’s. They always had some really nice big balloons! I had got one when we went to downtown Chicago for a day. I lost it to the ceiling of the Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station.
I believe I mentioned this already but back in the early 60s, one of the very first indoor shopping malls opened in my city. Midtown Plaza. And with it was a department store called Sibleys. I hear stories about it every year from my parents and my aunts and uncles. Every holiday season, Midtown was *the* place to be. They would have the Santa’s Workshop thing with animatronics on display, a Clock of Nations, a children’s monorail ride, and then after you’d get a photo taken with Santa at Sibley’s, there was a guy selling Kazoo trumpets and … balloons. A clear balloon with a red Santa on the inside. I was able to find one picture of them even though it’s black and white but it’s the only one I found of the balloons. Pretty much EVERYBODY remembers those. The Christmas thing at Midtown lasted until about 2007, although the balloons had stopped sometime in the early 90s when Sibley’s closed. My dad took us to Midtown in 1995 and I rode the little monorail. I wonder if at some point they switched to Mylar balloons lol.

If I could find those red doll shapes, I would totally do those. They just wouldn’t have Santa faces.
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Old 28-11-2022, 04:23 AM
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Reading through this thread made me realize how commonplace balloons were in everyday life about 20ish years ago. They were used as displays at all kinds of stores, given away everywhere - I remember doctors offices, dentists, banks, restaurants. They were used often in school projects, and of course at birthdays. Being terrified of them as a kid meant that I was avoiding them everywhere, but now it feels like a rarity to even see one. I’m assuming it’s because most places don’t allow them inside buildings due to latex allergies. I think the only place I’ve even seen a balloon recently is at the grocery store near the floral corner - and I remember balloons being inflated constantly in those places! Now, it’s rare to even see anyone even standing there.
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Old 28-11-2022, 04:41 AM
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Reading through this thread made me realize how commonplace balloons were in everyday life about 20ish years ago. They were used as displays at all kinds of stores, given away everywhere - I remember doctors offices, dentists, banks, restaurants. They were used often in school projects, and of course at birthdays. Being terrified of them as a kid meant that I was avoiding them everywhere, but now it feels like a rarity to even see one. I’m assuming it’s because most places don’t allow them inside buildings due to latex allergies. I think the only place I’ve even seen a balloon recently is at the grocery store near the floral corner - and I remember balloons being inflated constantly in those places! Now, it’s rare to even see anyone even standing there.
Yes, they were more common 20-30 years ago. I would guess that the useage dropped by at least 90% since then (at least here in Germany). Not sure how balloon manufacturers even manage to stay afloat with the seemingly low demand for them nowadays.
I think it is mostly for green washing and not latex allergies though. It gives companies a bad image if people find their advertisement balloon somewhere in the wild.
In Germany there are even name and shame pages for broken balloons: https://www.bund-wilhelmshaven.de/th...ftballonkarte/
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