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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Memory Box - "Hee Haw Overalls"

Some of the papers in the Memory Box have very few words, but they are well-chosen and conjure up a myriad of memories. This morning I drew out a paper with just these three words - "Hee Haw Overalls" - and laughed until I cried. Hopefully, I can find a photo somewhere.

We were on a very tight budget when the children were growing up. I was very diligent about using coupons and shopping the sales. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, the children were too young to protest a lot of my choices. The Hee Haw overalls were a real bargain! I didn't really like them at first, they were too far out for my taste, but the price was very right. The style was right off the farm - bib overalls gussied up for city folk. They were made of a serviceable denim with a cream-colored background for the country style designs printed on them. II could have chosen blue-denim, but it wasn't available in the right size. The designs were in brighter, more noticeable colors - chickens, flowers, and Hee Haw printed all over. In fact, the whole effect was "Here I am!" For years now, we have only had to mention "Hee Haw Overalls" and everyone dissolves in laughter. The name doesn't help.

In spite of later jokes and protestations, the children loved to wear those overalls. I say children because, of course, everything was passed down from one to another. Actually, I think these were new for DD#2 and only passed to DD#3. They wore them everywhere. When the knees finally wore out and / or the girls grew so tall the overalls became "highwaters," I did what any normal mom on a budget does - I cut them off and made shorts out of them. Since the girls seemed to grow long legs before the rest of their bodies caught up, the Hee Haw shorts got a few extra months wear. Now, I wonder where I put those photos.......


  1. Are you sure DD#1 didn't wear them too? I thought they were well worn before they got to #3... I know there is a picture of #3 in them, I think at the church preschool during the time of Carolee.

  2. Our girls had them also, must have run in the family. I may have a slide of one of them but when you have thousands of slides, finding one is a chore.

  3. DD#3 remembers painting the house in them.

  4. just ran across your blog while looking for a picture of Hee Haw overalls for my blog...

    me and 2 of my sisters got them one year for christmas, my youngest sister got it the worst since she had to wear all 3 pairs, hand me downs. :D

  5. i had a pair too and they were awesome!

  6. I had a pair when I was a young girl...They were a handme down from my older sister...about three years ago we were cleaning out my mom's attic and came across a really old box and found them...since then they have been worn by my sister's son and now my daughter has them...hopefully they can hold up untill my newest one gets here in may! The overalls are now kinda a family heirloom

  7. I have a picture of the hee haw design in an apron. If you want it email me at

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