So I'm a promo button collector and a Gremlins fanatic. So naturally, I've always needed a Gremlins button for my collection. But, other than custom buttons, there aren't a whole lot that I liked. But then, I found, after a fun eBay search, there was a Hardees employee button that I wanted. I had gone to Hardees plenty of times as a kid, it made perfect sense! But, the seller was asking way too much. I'd look for one a few more times, but again, too much. As great as it looked, I'm not spending 35 bucks for it.
Then, it happened.
My girlfriend loves to give me an early present for my birthday. She's given me some nice stuff, and usually it's with the quote "You probably already know what it is", when in reality, I never do. So, I open the little package and there it is. THE GREMLINS FLICKER BUTTON:
Now, I know what you're asking. Why the heck would Hardees celebrate Gremlins? This relationship makes NO sense! Well, around the time Gremlins came out, Hardees sold special book and record sets detailing events from the movie in beautiful 1980s storybook fashion as well as a fun record read by some 50 year Hardees employee who probably never seen the movie but was being paid enough to put out a valiant effort. Here's a sample of one of the stories.
This was at a point when Hardees was pretty popular. Hardees was pretty wide spread in Maryland and Virginia, so I was able to go there a lot with my dad, as I've gone into in a previous entry about their Halloween offerings, so this button does hold some sort of weird, 9 degrees of nostalgia.
Better not get it wet though.