Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time for VTT! Get Out Your Vintage Items!


Click on the picture to join Vintage Thingie Thursday, hosted by Coloradolady, or to visit others who are posting their vintage items today! Such fun!

This morning I have only one photo to share - I went uptown after picking up a load of hay, and noticed a RUMMAGE SALE sign by the Methodist Church. Well, I just HAD to stop in to see what they had! Nothing more exciting than a rummage sale in the spring! I found all sorts of odds and ends...and I picked up a few small items, among them is the Cabbage Patch Doll pictured here. I so remember them when they came out - I was a wife and mother at that time, but the mother of two BOYS! Rats. I never purchased one of these dolls, but I do remember the fighting at the toy stores publicized on the newspapers and airwaves back then.
This little one was so horribly dirty - stains, worn out weak ribbons in her hair, and such a filthy face! I felt bad for her - she's the hand-made variety, so a lot of work went into her creation. I bathed and disinfected her, gave her a fresh hairdo, new ribbons and a sprightly pink outfit! The sparkle has returned to her painted green eyes, and she agreed to pose with her 'beary' good friends! The Bear on the left is a jointed bear, with a tag sewn onto his leg that says 'Narnia Bear' - does anyone know anything about Narnia Bears? If you do, please add it to your comment today. The little bear in her lap, and incidentally the only one in the photo who is not focused on the camera girl, is trying to hand the Cabbage Patch Girl a posey. So cute - and he is 6 way jointed - his neck turns, but also his FACE will turn any which way. I thought that a very clever idea from the design engineer.
Enjoy the day - Happy VTT!


20 comments:

This simple Life said...

I suddenly miss my cabbage patch dolls. Thanks for the memories.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

eVERYONE NEEDS a Cabbage Patch Doll!
Even though my Girls had one...I bought myself one, way back when! I even sent out "birth announcements" to all of my friends and relatives at that time....they all thought I had a baby! :) it was Fun! BTY, his name is CHRISTOPHER!
LUV YOUR BLOG!!!!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Monica, I don't know anything about the bear but I do know about the cabbage patch doll. My dear MIL used to make them and yes it was alot of work in them. They were so hard to sew through all the stuffing to make the features, she was very fraile and sometimes my DH would help her by pushing the needle through for her. She was very independent and when her Hubby died and left no insurance she made these to help add to her little income. We tried to help and did some but she wouldn't take anything from her kids. So we bought groceries and slipped around and paid bills.
But yes these where extremely hard to make, I'm so glad you saved this one, she is guite lovely.
Molly

Jan Ely said...

I don't have any GIRLS either, rats! Love your dolly!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

since my cabbage patch doll could not be saved by any threads and needles my mom threw away it away when we moved house yonks ago.. *sob* kindda sad at that time.. but it was beyond repair.. hehehehehe..

i was thinking of buying one for my daughter but too bad she likes barbie more..

Happy VTT.. and thanks for lovely post.

gin said...

how cute. dolls and bears!!!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I remember when they came out and how hard it was to get one. All the toy stores were sold out and when they'd get a shipment we literally had to stand in line to get one. I bought my eldest girl a Cabbage Patch doll when she was about 3 or 4 years old. She still has her but now she sits in the closet intead of on the bed. Little girls grow up and put their dollies away (sigh*). I hope one day she'll remember to pull out that dolly and stop and remember the easy days of child hood.
Thanks for the memory!

CarolynQuilts said...

Good job on restoring your doll....I remember when the cabbage patches came out. I was one of the crazed moms standing in line for one!

Barb said...

That's a great find!!

I still have the ones we bought for our kids, who are now 39 and 34, so it is our own original dirt on them!! =0))

Blessings on your day and thanks for coming by and welcoming me to VTT.

Barbara Jean

Erika said...

I remember my cabbage patch doll mine was a handmade variety as well my grandmother had her made for me with blue eyes and blond hair like me. She was named Gracie my grandmothers middle name was Grace. My dd's first dolly was a cabbage patch doll and she later bought herself another one. Such fun memorys
erika@ homegrown family

Coloradolady said...

It was so great for you to rescue her...my aunt has an original CPD in the original box, I guess she was one of the ones fighting in lines at the toy stores. Ha.

Nice post, I loved your little bears too, but don't know much about them.

Miri said...

I love your Cabbage Patch doll...our two older kids had them-my Mom bought them...I wasn't the kind of Mom to stand in line for a doll but she was :)

She got a girl doll for our daughter and a boy doll for our son-I was very proud of her!!

Roslyn Atwood said...

She looks brand new but did you give her a name?! I made three of these dolls, a blond & a brunette girl for my two nieces & a blond boy for youngest DS! "Simon" had basketball & soccer outfits & jogging suit in DS team colors & blue jeans & oxford shirt!I wonder where he is now?
Roslyn

CC said...

I loved Cabbage Patch dolls. My grandaughter wanted a little boy doll, and his name was John Henry. I can still hear her say his name..John Henwee. :). She's seventeen now..and still has him. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

bj said...

What a cute blog you have. I love the little doll. Thanks for sharing..

Susan said...

I was a young crazy mum who paid a ridiculous price for one the manager of Toy R Us just threw out to the crowd. We didn't get to pick. I'll have to post about it if I can get up to the attic. Thanks for bringing one home.

Bea said...

I'm so glad you cleaned up this little lady. I have a friend that has over 100 of the original CP dolls that she gets a rummage sales. She takes the home, bathes them and makes them new clothes. Love your vintage bears.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I like that little bear very much!

marian said...

oh she looks perfectly at home with new her bear friends..i'm so glad you rescued her :)

mannequin said...

I can just imagine how relieved she was when you took her home. I always feel so sorry for old toys and things that end up for sale somewhere. Where did their life go wrong?
She's very cute; thanks to you. My sister used to collect those and I am sure there is a posse of them in the attic.