Thursday, March 3, 2011


My parents relocated from Ohio to Virginia and as a result they had to purge many of my childhood things including my toys. My mother called the other day to ask if that was ok, and I said it was but that the only item I really wanted saved was my Samantha American Girls Collection doll so I could give it to Nia someday. I can't believe she's been discontinued:

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My mom was surprised I didn't want to save my My Little Pony palace or Strawberry Shortcake toys; I told her she could sell them on Ebay if she wanted,  but I honestly don't have room for them in our under 1,000 sq ft NYC apartment.

We don't have a lot of toys for Nia and we honestly don't want to have our apartment overrun with them. We introduce toys every few months and we know what her favorites are. For now we store all her toys in this handy Lands' End tote our family friend gave us; I love the vibrant green trim and how it's monogrammed with her name:

I got carried away last week and actually put Nia in her bag!

Speaking of toys, Time just posted the list of 100 greatest toys of all time. Without looking at the list I imagined what this list would include:
  • Lite Brite
  • Legos
  • Play-Doh
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Slinky
  • Jacks
  • Hula Hoop
  • Cabbage Patch Doll
When I checked the list I was happy to see most of these items made the list except for the jacks. I really like how the list is broken out by decade. There were a few others on there that I forgot about:
  • Pound Puppies
  • Silly Putty
  • Etch A Sketch
What are your favorite childhood toys? Have you saved any for your kids to play with someday?


  1. I have no toys saved at all and neither does The Mister. I don't know what happened to all that stuff but my parents moved from our childhood home so I'm sure they purged it then.

    The Mister is saving a bunch of Star Wars figurines and a Superman collectible for Lewis now. He purchased these as collectibles though so they aren't his own.

    That list from the 80s takes me way back. Pound Puppies, Koosh Balls and the Snoopy Snow-Cone Machine! My sister and I had Chubbles and Chiggles whos eyes lit up when you clapped. My sister also had Cricket who "talked" through a tape in her back. Along with the food making toys, I had one called Buzzy the Cookie Maker or something like that. It was a teddy bear where you sawed graham crackers into shapes and then decorated them with icing.

    Ahhh...memory lane!

  2. My mom used to give my toys to other little girls when I was done with them (Barbies, My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, etc.) I think it's funny now because a lot of this stuff came back out or is still around so it would have been nice to have for Caroline. Oh, well. I think it's great that you still have your American Girl doll. I don't think they came out until I was older so I never had one, but am already planning to get one of the "design your own" type dolls for Caroline's first birthday. I think it might be more for me though :)

  3. I saved mostly books. My whole collection of Berenstein Bears books from my youth I still have and get to read to my kids. Now true, most of them are torn up and probably wont last until their teenage years but I will enjoy it while it lasts.

  4. Jacks! I forgot all aobut them. My favorite toy and I'm not sure if it qualifies as a toy would be my double dutch rope and my hula hoop. Unfortunately I don't have any that were saved.

  5. Oh gosh, what a blast from the past! I think I had every toy on that list except for Pound Puppies. Funny you are posting about this now because my parents are also going through all the stuff in their basement and purging. Now that J and I have a house of our own my parents want me to take what's mine.

    I can't believe they discontinued Samantha! I think that was the first doll I got. My parents saved them and all and the books I collected too. I took a bunch of my childhood books a few weeks ago and need to go back to get my dolls. I told my parents they could throw away all the Barbies (they had seen much better days), but keep the Porche and Jeep! They don't make toys like they used to. I still have my CareBear and Cabbage Patch Kid too.

  6. Thank you everyone for sharing your memories!

    @Keyalus -Ahhhh the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine! I was never a fan of snow cones, but remember seeing this I think in the JC Penney Christmas catalog year after year. I used to drool over that catalog!

    @Natalee - Those look alike dolls are SO cute! I can't believe how far American Girl has come. I agree I know I'll be into it once Nia gets of age. I can't wait to be a kid again with her =)

    @K.Rock - I LOVED Berenstain Bears too! Nia received a couple of those books and I can't wait to read them to her. I still remember the one about learning to ride a bike, it cracked me up as a kid! Also, the one about strangers scared me when Sister Bear imagined the unfriendly world and everyone was frowning and looking mean - even the owls.

    @Mimi - I sadly never learned to double dutch but would love for Nia to learn. At least I can show her how to hula hoop and play jacks!

    @Sarah - That's awesome you still have your CareBear and Cabbage Patch Kid. I still remember the name of mine: Cheri Annabelle. My mom saved her Barbies from the 60s and I used to play with them! Not sure if she still has them. I don't plan on giving Barbies to Nia, but we'll see how that plan goes!