Wednesday, January 28, 2009

vintage toys


When Abbott was an infant, the bath tub toys available for purchase seemed to lack quality and imagination. I bought the above Fisher Price "3 men in a tub" toy for him on ebay; I remember long baths and lots of imaginative play with this set in my childhood. As Abbott got older, I came to wish that many of my childhood toys had been saved. I missed them and wanted Abbott and Cal to enjoy what I had played with. One Christmas my sister and I were given the Fisher Price "village" set pictured below; I recall long hours of play with it. I spent an embarrassing amount of money buying it for them on ebay. I find it difficult to sort out, as my boys start to outgrow toys, what to donate and what to keep.

We love delivering the mail...


getting gas, fighting fires, driving around....


being an auto mechanic...


barber, jailor...


...even still.

33 comments:

Debra said...

I have saved some of my sons special toys and even have a few of mine. As I go through boxes in the basement from time to time- I can't bear parting with them. Your little village is giving hours of fun- and such imaginations.

kks said...

i don't remember any toys except my barbies...still have them! (never had kids)

pve design said...

I have saved the Kapla wooden blocks, the legos, some games and the huge dust pan that I would scoop everything up at the end of the day, they loved this part - covering every inch of the ground.
As a child, my favorite things were made up. Like jelly containers to make into a sink for playing barbies-
I have to say the "made-up" things were the best.

preppyplayer said...

My younger sisters had the village, I had forgotten about it. Thanks for jogging my memory.

When I was in college my parents moved three times and "edited" their belongings along the way. Needless to say, many toys I would have saved were donated.
I think it would be cool to see my old barbies, I used to play pioneers with them, I think this was influenced by the show, "Here come the Brides!"

KPiep said...

My mother in law saved practically everything - and has been searching garage sales for other gems every since we announced our first pregnancy.

My favorites when I was little were definitly my dolls. I'm not at all sorry that Mom got rid of the Barbies. We kept all of the Madam Alexanders (I even have a fashion Madam A of Mom's! She has the most beautiful hat and lots of clothes.), the clothes my grandmother made and the heirloom doll beds. I also have my chalkboard and all of the school supplies - mostly old textbooks that my elementary school gave away. I alternated mostly between house and school...in the wonderful playhouse my Dad built for me.

I don't regret any of the things we got rid of....but my brother is still mad that Mom sold his Star Wars figures at a garage sale!

Ina J Offret said...

I had Barbie and all her accessories... also Ginny, a Madame Alexander doll, who came with a lovely trunk for her clothes. Still have Ginny. Many happy memories of playing with Ginny with my friends.

Also loved to play Life and Mouse Trap, if anyone remembers those games.

kelly said...

tears...i had that playset, wish i still did, they don't make toys like that anymore..simple!! Everyting now is tons of little pieces to complicated. Save that one for your kids kids..they will be happy you did!

Paula Fowler said...

Lecia,
I have the Fischer Price house! Your village is in great shape-lucky for your children! Still have all Barbies with convertible and camper. Ina, I've got my Life game too! Remember Trouble? Lecia, thanks for the memories!
Paula

heidi said...

Gorgeous pic!
We have been making some very important decisions, on what to keep & what to give away.
The varminst LOVE playing with hubby's old childhood circus toy at grandma's house:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_REcQ2hCLkz0/SFhSAIvJyGI/AAAAAAAAATo/HoqtBKN4tos/s1600-h/circustoy.jpg

Joyce said...

It was worth every cent for this toy to create the special memories. I love it!
I still have my Barbies clothes etc... my favorite baby doll, a couple of books AND my purple sting ray bike! My love is always asking if we can get rid of the bike. I think he gave up because now it is high up on a special hook in the garage. LOL...
Thanks my friend for a trip down memory lane! xoxo

seesaw designs said...

I totally grew up with the Village - I think it was a hand-me-down from a cousin. I so wish I had saved it now!

Stacy said...

Oh I loved that Village. I never had it but played with it at other people's homes many times. I had the Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street and that was awesome! The only toys I've saved are a couple of dolls - again Fisher Price - My Friend Mandy and Natalie. My boys don't play with them but I could never part with my dolls!

Amy said...

I love the 3 men in a tub toy. I used to have that also. I also wish my mom would have saved the vintage fisher price toys. they are the best. She did save all my cabbage patch kids and my girls have enjoyed playing with them.

annechovie said...

Lecia ~ I haven't seen that FP village since I was little - I had forgotten about it and seeing yours brought back wonderful memories! Thank you! Also, my sis had the 3 men in a tub and loved it. My mom saved a ton of my dolls, books and some toys that were still in decent condition, so I am looking forward to having them for my future children. Great post!

Elissa said...

these old fisher-price toys are the bomb. i'm not so fond of the new little people, but old ones are GREAT! i loved the castle with the rap door and the village and the house and the barn that mooed when you opened the door! great fun!!! i had the rub-adub-dub men too, but they sort of fell apart when cal was a baby... there must have been cracks in the plastic and well... anyway, writing a book. really is hard to know what to save.. what your kids will find nostalgic. it cracks me up that all these 80s things are back... strawberry shortcake, my little ponies, cabbage patch.... i'm going to stop writing my novel now... ;-)

Katee said...

OMG I totally had a Fisher Price Village when I was little. Loved it!

Honestly though, probably my favorite toy ever was a real working cash register that my grandpa got for me. I was obsessed with it. I could play hours with it, ringing things up in the house, lol.

Thimbleina said...

I have saved some of my children's toys hopefully the ones that others will want to play with and they have loved dearly.

My mum saved the dolls wooden cot that I used to have that was played with and repainted by me when I was little. Lady A now plays with this and loves the fact that the cot is so old and that it used to be mine. My mum also saved some books as well, but unfortunately not the one that I remember so vividly from my childhood 'The butterfly ball' which had such beautiful pictures.

annechovie said...

HI Lecia! I nominated you here:
http://annechovie.blogspot.com/2009/01/share-luv.html

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

My husband and I have many of our childhood toys including our stuffed animals. I think it is because we were the oldest, first out of the house and took them before there was too much for our parents to save.

We don't have children but put out all the toys at Christmas where they are a big hit. I've added handmade blocks, blocks made out of tree branches, papier mache pull toys etc. You and your children won't regret having better quality and more interesting toys and they will be saved and passed on as a result.

Our handmade dollhouse and children's cupboard are on the third generation — at least. (For anyone interested in pictures, stop by).

please sir said...

Oh I love vintage toys! I used to play with Barbies and My Little Ponies...very much girlie!

nicola said...

i love this post, especially as i just posted about our mail deliveries today! :)
legos and a couple of special dolls, their bed, and high chair were kept, as was the small table and chairs my brother and i spent countless hours at with homemade play dough in hand.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Becky said...

Great post! I am dying because I had totally forgotten about that 3 Men in a Tub toy until I saw your picture. My sister and I used to play with that.

And that village is at my mother-in-law's house, though lacking some of the pieces. Hank loves to play with it when we go up there.

He is also playing with some of my husband's 30 year-old legos. Those things give and give!

Vanessa said...

My dad is a carpenter and made some really great things for me when I was little. A doll house, furniture for my American Girl doll (yes, I was a fan). Looking back, it's so wonderful to have and probably would be great to have in pictures. Now if only my camera would work...

amy said...

i adore these fisher price sets! they remind me of being a kid!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Debra: I'm glad you saved things for your sons' sakes; how special that you have some of your own childhood toys too!

PVE: agreed - we did far more imaginative play - lots of mud pies and snow forts - than we did with the toys we had.

I didn't like Barbies. My Grandmother made me a number of dolls I dearly loved; I still have them. I'll pull them out of storage to photograph and post someday. I also had a doll that I could wash the hair of; don't recall its name.

Anne: I'm so glad your mom has saved things for you!

preppyplayer: sorry about your barbies. I never saw Here Come The Brides.

KPiep: Lucky you, your MIL sounds great! Also your mom. Sounds like an amazing doll collection! I too have some school supplies and texts from childhood and loved playing "school". Did you notice that's what Abbott and Cal were doing in the "SAC"? It starts early!

Ina and Paula: I remember Life! But not Trouble.

Elissa: I forgot about the barn - drat! My kids are too old now. Didn't know that Strawberry Shortcake etc were back - probably because I have 2 boys.

Elaine: neat that Lady A can play with something from your childhood. Have you been able to locate another copy of that book?

Katee: the cash register sounds like fun.

Vanessa: sounds like you have some treasures, thanks to your Dad! Hope your camera's up and running soon.

Nicola: I'm glad you have those things to cherish!

Becky: I know - aren't Legos amazing? I don't know if I'll save all 10,000 of ours when the boys get older though...

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Heidi: thanks for the link! I've seen that circus before but didn't have it.

Anne: thanks so much for the nomination!

Stacey: I have my dolls too and am glad the boys don't want them; they're safer that way (they are a bit worse for the wear).

Mis Wis: great that you share what you have at Christmas. I'll check out your photos.

Thank you so much everyone for visiting!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I totally remember this toy!!

I had a HUGE dollhouse that my grandma had made for me by a local handyman/dollhouse maker (to this day, it's probably the best Christmas present I ever got!). It sits in my mom's basement now...with its killer 1970s wallpaper :-)...and I just can't bear to get rid of it. I've tried to pawn it off on friends' little girls...but they've all inherited their mom's dollhouses it seems.

Annie said...

Oh, my! I had that Village too, and seeing that picture brought a flood of memories of playing with it for hours. How it sparked my imagination. I'll have to dig through my folks' attic on my next visit home to see if I can find it and save it if/when I have kids.

Debbie said...

We have my husbands legos (thousands of them) and my sons loves to play with them. I loved playing with my dolls...barbies too, why did I let my mom sell them??? :) We are saving the legos, hot wheel cars, dolls,a doll house and wooden kitchen.

michelle said...

OMG...you have just brought me back 35 years! Weebles just weren't the same. The Fisher Price gang rocked!

gRace said...
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gRace said...

OMG!!!... i have this toy when i was 5, now s already 24 years since ihad lost it...miss it very much, can i copythe image and post on my f? thank u

Anonymous said...

I used to have the Little People Village. I loved that thing sooooo much. The letters/mail and the barber and dentist chairs were my favorite things about it..and the street light....