Preface: Most of these images were found doing a Google web search.
Do you ever just look on Ebay and search for toys you had as a kid? Sometimes I have this rush of memory hit me and it fills my mind with thoughts of past friends and past toys. It’s never the same thing that triggers the memory, it could be a phrase, a movie, a smell, a taste… but it never fails that when the memory hits I take a nice long trip down nostalgia lane. When my husband and I first started having kids we talked about all the fun toys and Characters we wanted to share with them. We talked about My Little Pony, Rainbow Bright, Strawberry Shortcake, Scooby Doo, TMNT, Birdman, Dinomut, Quints and a million other things that brought back awesome childhood memories. One night I decided to try to find some of my beloved childhood toys and I went to eBay in search of them. Some of the prices were out of this world and others were very reasonable… enough so that I bought some for my daughter.
Join me on my walk down memory lane.
When my little sister was born she “brought” me home a Blueberry toy and I still have it, it sits in my daughter’s room now 29.5 years later and looks just like the one in the picture. I would love to get her the whole set… but spending $45 dollars on it makes my breath catch in my throat.
I totally had these dolls and even as a teenager when the dolls were gone I would pick them up and reminisce every time I visited my Grandmas house because she still had some. I totally placed a bid on these… but did not win.
My daughter has the whole set of the new age Strawberry Shortcake dolls but these old ones are just so much cooler. I was able to find the vintage Strawberry Shortcake doll in Targets new “throw back” line but just the Strawberry doll nothing else.
The Heart Family Barbie’s were the stuff of dreams for me. I always wanted to own them and anytime I saw another one I wanted it too. Especially the Disneyland line. I have been looking for these doll for forever, for Aowyn of course!!! I actually dug into my old Barbies and found the baby and the dad from the Disneyland set with his clothes but I’m missing the babies clothes…. Is it crazy to spend the money just to get the baby clothes? Yes… yes it is!! I really want the whole family set for her… or me, no really it’s for her. I am a bit crazy desperate to have all of them for her, but especially everything that goes along with the Disney line. I may or may not have a Barbie doll cuteness obsession. Honestly I still get the same heart racing, pitter patter feelings of longing for these dolls even now as I look at the pictures.
These dolls…. oh the memories that these dolls bring back. I can almost smell their scent and the smell of the sweet makeup. I can see the twinkling of the lights in my bedroom at night when my PJ Sparkles doll would light up when I would kick her…. it’s just crazy to me how something like this can bring back so many memories.
I still have these dolls and now so does my daughter. I LOVE Beauty and the Beast and when I had Aowyn I totally cried because I was so excited to share this with her… I cried about a lot of things when I found out I was having a girl. Finally someone to share all of my girl loves with. You can read more about how I felt about all of that “IM FINALLY HAVING A GIRL” stuff, here.
We lived in a duplex when I was little and our downstairs neighbor was my friend. She had this playmobil house and I totally coveted it as a kid. It was the most glorious and beautiful thing I had ever seen. I LOVED it so much. I have always had a thing for miniature things like this, so this doll house just seemed like the greatest thing in the whole world. I wish my kids would get into playmobil.. I keep trying to convince one of them too but so far no one has fallen in love… but when they do, this house will be in my home for a mere $329.00.
I was looking at these and remembering how I had asked for one for Christmas one year (I may or may not have been 10.5). They smelled like newborn babies and those little hearts on their cheeks got kissed by me lots and lots. I finally found one at a consignment shop a few months ago and my daughter has cheeks with hearts for her to kiss now.
I remember trying desperately to collect all of those to share with my friends. When I was going through my bins of Barbies the other day I ran across several of these and got a little teary eyed at the memories that came flooding back. Great childhood friends.
I seriously LOVED these little babies. I would scoop them up as fast as I could and carry them in my pockets. I still look at them and love them so much… I mean what is not to love about those absolutely adorable little things. I wish I could get some of these.
Popples oh how I loved Popples. I had one and only one and I wanted more but I had a friend whose Popple got pushed under those old God awful heating vents that caught stuff on fire and it caught on fire…. so of course my
ubber crazy, totally over protective, very caring father decided that Popples were a safety violation and we could no longer own them. So now I went from owning one to going over to a friend’s house who had about a million of them and just never wanting to leave. That friend posted a picture of her daughter the other day laying in her bed and she was surrounded by her old Popples… I will admit the nastiness of childhood jealousy reared its ugly head.
These are the little people I remember. I loved my Sesame Street collection. We had some adoptive Grandparents, The Black’s, who we used to visit in Utah on our road trips and they had a big village of little people complete with the old school and house. I still remember it fondly and looked forward to going to their house so I could play with all of the amazing little people they had…. even when I was 12. Some things you just don’t out grow.
I got a Tamagotchi for Christmas one year and for a whole week I made sure it was taken care of and loved. I of course didn’t do much after that but every few months I would find it again among my stuff, get it out and take care of it for another week. Great life skills that toy had.
We went on road trips a lot because my Dad was in the military and we never lived near family. On those road trips (before my mom started working full-time) she would buy a bunch of dollar store toys and wrap them up and let me and my siblings open one of them a day. I hoped and prayed that it would be something from the make up and beauty department. Every little girl has a love of make up in all its fake glory. Of course they all want the real stuff too. But the clip on ear rings and the hair rollers? That took it over the top!!
I miss the old Care Bears so much. My kids love the Care Bears but the new stuff is nowhere near as cute and awesome as the old stuff… sometimes it doesn’t need updated or fixed. I still love watching all the old Care Bears movies with my kids, they never get old.
The SNORKS!!! I can still remember the song and waking up early in the morning to watch the cartoon. Whatever happened to awesome Saturday morning cartoons and the wicked awesome commercials that used to accompany them? All the stuff on now just doesn’t compare.
I totally had this Barbie and all her old wonderfully amazing clothes. They sure knew fashion back then… we have come a long way since those days of awesome Barbie fashion. This doll and accessories retails now for a cool $400 bucks!!!
This tray… oh how I loved this tray. Watching early morning cartoons and eating my cereal on this tray. My grandma also had a tray like this and I loved spending the summers at her house and eating my meals off the tray.
I would have killed for this doll (okay maybe not, but I really loved it). I was talking to a good friend about it one day and how we wish we could find some for our girls and then BAM there was a modern-day version of it at Toys R Us…. yes I totally bought it for my daughter and it was the thing I was the most excited to give her for Christmas. Ahh how I love thee Puppy Surprise.
When the movie Aladdin came out I was itching to have these dolls. I don’t really remember how or where I got them but I did and Aladdin was all of my Barbies boyfriend. I still have both of the dolls and now I enjoy watching my daughter play with them.
These two games were my FAVORITE! I remember loving to play them at sleep overs and during camping trips with friends. My sister did not like playing this game at all, so I was totally on my own in finding friends to play with. I remember playing Girl Talk during one of our school class camping trips and the boy I had a crush on, whose name was Matt, (think Jonathon Taylor Thomas look-alike) was at the camp out and everyone was teasing me that he was who I would marry and anytime he walked by the trailer bed that we were playing the game on everyone would get really quiet and then start the “hands over mouth muffled giggles”…. I’m sure he knew exactly what was going on. Mall madness had to be the best game ever invented. Shopping in a Mall on a board game? Seriously??? The genius that thought this game up deserves a big huge hug and kiss. I want to find this game just so I can play it again. Anytime I had a friend come over to play who owned this game I would beg them to bring it over so we could play. I remember the exact moment that I found this game at a garage sale and it had all the pieces, I’m pretty sure I had a kid version of a heart attack. I begged the lady to hold onto the game and I ran home as fast as I could so I could get my money to buy this game and the little glass boot I had found for my grandmother. I walked home carrying my favorite game EVER with the biggest smile on my face, I basically had won the lottery. I really wish I still had this game. I would love to play it with Aowyn
A huge part of my childhood love of toys had to be for my Quint’s. Those were the coolest toys around and thanks to a very generous family member I’m pretty sure I almost had everything a Quint loving girl could want. I had the Quint’s house and all the furniture that went along with the Quint’s. I had the ski set, the sled and beach set as well as the cowboy set, the bike set, the wagon set and so much more. I adored them. I still have my Quint babies. I had a brown-haired set and a blonde haired set that moved and I still have all the blonde ones and a few brown ones but I don’t have any of the clothes or extras, which really bums me out. My daughter uses the Quint’s as her Barbie’s babies. I have been searching Ebay in hopes of buying her the extras for Christmas, hopefully I am successful.
I remember wanting this Barbie so bad…. her rock’n 80’s clothes and her amazing hair were amazing. I still have the dress and earings but I can’t seem to find the Barbie.
I never owned this Little Mermaid game but I had several friends who did and anytime I went to their house I took every opportunity to play it. My cousin owned it and I would play it non stop when I would go visit her. Ariel is one of my favorite princesses so I was totally obsessed with this game. I still think about it every now and then.
I always wanted to be a mom. That was always my dream. If I couldn’t be a mom I wanted to be a detective or FBI profiler, but that’s another story for another time. When the Pregnant Barbie came out and I could actually have a Barbie that had a baby inside her removable belly I thought It was the coolest thing out there. I would stuff my Barbie’s babies under her clothes anyway so it was like a dream come true when they came out with a Barbie that would could actually put a baby under her clothes and the baby stay. I never actually got to own this Barbie but it never stopped me from asking for her.
I also really wanted the Seaworld Training Barbie but never got her either.
I had a wicked obsession with Trolls. My dad would get me different ones for the holidays and would bring me back some when he went TDY with the military. I wish I still had my collection, I honestly have no idea what happened to it.
Teddy Ruxpin was my favorite when I was a kid. I loved to put the tape in his back and listen to him tell me the stories while I would follow along with the book. Seeing his mouth move was the coolest thing ever. I’m pretty sure my brother was scared of that part, but I thought it was the coolest. I found a couple of the books at a Goodwill a few years back and have loved reading the stories to my kids. I also saw the movies on Amazon one year before Christmas and got my kids the TV series on DVD, its been a ton of fun to watch them and realize how much I still remember.
My brothers owned more pogs than I ever thought was possible and loved playing to game. To be honest I never really understood the thrill of the game or the game itself for that matter.
What are some of your favorites from your childhood? I have so many more out there that I would like to find for my kids. Do you ever just take a trip down memory lane and get filled with nostalgic feelings of longing? I long to give my children some of the cool things I had as a kid, they really just don’t make stuff like they used to. I often wonder what toys it will be that my children remember fondly from their childhood.
Stay tuned for some more 80’s and 90’s goodness!!! Im talking TV shows, movies, and lots of other nostalgic things the rest of this month.