07 December, 2012
My dad figured it would be cheaper to purchase empty capsules and have his daughters fill them at home rather than paying for the prefilled ones. I can still see the boxes of empty capsules in our family room and the bags of tiny items we used to fill them. My sisters and I were paid $1.00 for every 500 capsules we filled. Talk about child labor rules!!! My parents did not believe in us ever relaxing in front of the TV. If we were sitting we needed to have something to do with our hands and so we filled those capsules.
Probably the most memorable item to go in the capsules was the live Mexican Jumping Beans! (We learned very quickly these had a short shelf life.)
-Carolette Cromer Turner