Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Childhood Friends for VTT

Another fun Thursday of vintage goodies can be found at ColoradoLady! Suzanne has an amazing quilt she got for just $20.00, plus she is having a name this photo contest. Lots of fun to be found there! Toys, housewares, cars, jewelry, anything goes on Vintage Thingies Thursday as long as it's old. So show us what you've held on to, or what you collect!
I have some "friends" from my childhood. They are still in my bedroom in Connecticut, waiting for me to come get them. Be sure to check out the awesome wallpaper I picked out 32 years ago. It's back in style and goes great with the lime green carpet I chose.Of course everyone knows these are Cabbage Patch Kids and a Hollie Hobby. Did you know that Hollie Hobby was originally an American Greetings image? They were approached by Knickerbocker Toys, who manufactured the dolls. The original artist who created the images in the 1960s is actually named Holly Hobbie! If you're interested in more HH info, try Karen's Holly Hobbie World. There is even an annual convention!
I bought the two Cabbage Patch Kids in February 1985 during a school trip to Spain. At the time they couldn't be found anywhere in the US. 1984 was the Christmas that it was THE toy people wanted. My mom had given me extra money for emergencies, so I bought 1 for my sister and 1 for me. Wasn't this an emergency? Mine is the red head. I have always wanted red hair. I picked the blond because she looked like my sister as a baby. Because they were bought in Spain, they have Spanish names. I'm pretty sure my dad still has the boxes for these in his basement.
Did you have a Cabbage Patch or Hollie Hobbie? Is there a trendy toy somewhere in your childhood memories?
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36 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Elizabeth, I don't think I had either one of these dolls, but I so remember them. Yours looks like they were taken well care of. Have a great VTT.

Amy said...

Those are cute, I think these came about when I was a teenager, I remember my cousin had some.

CC said...

I love your dolls and Holly Hobbie is my second favorite...with Sunbonnet Sue being my favorite. Your dolls are so pretty..and so well taken care of. Happy VTT and have a wonderful weekend.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

my daughter had a CP kid in the 80s & it's still around somewhere...i've still got my kader dolls and Sindy doll from my chidhood :)

Susan said...

Elizabeth, you and I are on the same page this week. I have been in love with Holly Hobbie since she came on the scene along with Betsy Clark. Love those dolls.

Sarah said...

I remember the Christmas of the CP dolls. My daughter received one from her grandparents and as a joke they gave one to my son also...talk about embarrassed! We still have the dolls and their "birth" certificates.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Well, I don't have either one, I had all boys and at that time I wasn't buying toys just for me like I do now...lol...I did have a home made cabage patch doll that my MIL made and a My Buddy boy doll my BB owned and beat up everyday.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I remember it being 1985 that the CP doll was the toy to have because my eldest girl was just 5 months old when I bought "her" one for Christmas. She still has it! As for Holly Hobbie. I love her! I have an old HH jewelery box but alas, my beloved doll went missing years and years ago. I loved that you posted this because it literally made me smile when I saw the dolls. Thanks for that !

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

aaaahhhhhhhhh my fave doll! used to have one when I was a kid.. it was a big hit.. almost every one have one.. thanks for sharing.. and happy VTT

Marie Reed said...

That was without a doubt an emergency! DO you remember their Spanish names? That#s just nifty! I had a little boy named Sherwood:) I got a boy because the girls were all sold out!

Jesmi said...

I love your dolls and Holly Hobbie is my second favorite...with Sunbonnet Sue being my favorite

penny-wise people said...

Brought back memories when you said you got your Cabbage Patch Kid in Spain. In 1984, my father took my sister and I to France for a 2 week vacation - while we were there, we too each got a Cabbage Patch Kid. There were piles of them available in the stores there! We hadn't been able to get one back in the states because all the stores were sold out. So we came home with them in our luggage and always pretended that they spoke French when we played with them!

Smilingsal said...

I always loved Holly Hobby. I have an ashtray with her on it.

RetroRuth said...

I had a Holly Hobby doll! Or was it my sister? Ha ha, I suppose it doesn't really matter. In any case, it was the best. If you pulled a braid on one side, she closed her eyes, and if you pulled the other she opened them. My sister and I used to fight over who got to open her eyes in the morning...

Anonymous said...

what a blast from the past! I had the Sears "patchwork" wallpaper, matching bedding, curtains, etc. along with the LIME GREEN carpet. Kasi and I shared a room....fun times!

BTW, we went to Houston this past weekend for my neices 1st communion. David and I took a drive down memory lane... 1960 has really changed, all the way into Champions. My apartments are now called "La Jolla at Champions". The High School on Ella is ENORMOUS. Downtown looks fantastic. We went to the Galleria to kill some time - loved the "international" feel. Seems like yesterday we were all down there. ~Kari

T Lee said...

These came around a couple after high school for me. I may have one that we acquired somehow that my now 18 year old daughter played with. I remember the rage for them, though! Crazy! I was just never into dolls. Loved Barbies for a while, but that is a sclose to dolls I got! I was more about football and climbing trees or riding a motorcycle!LOL

That wallpaper brings back memories, too! Looks ver similar to what my sister had going on in her room!

Jan Ely said...

So sweet how they are all together! Thanks for sharing!

T Lee said...

sorry for all the type o's

i should have re-read before i sent it!

Miri said...

Love the dolls...I never knew Holly Hobbie was a real person! Wow! :)

I have my kids Cabbage Patch dolls somewhere! My Mom got them for the grandkids in 1984-her friend was on so many waiting lists that she passed her spot to my Mom once she got the dolls for all her grandkids!:)
My Dad thought they were all nuts!

ClassyChassy said...

Love the cabbage patch dollies - The one I posted a story about several weeks ago found her way to my oldest grand daughter for a Happy Easter gift! She named it Julie, and she takes it everywhere she goes!

Lala said...

Cabbage Patch dolls are still a hit. both my daughters have one and played alot with them. I even made them clothes. My favourite dolls were Tippy Toes and my Mrs. Beasly (Family Affair) They are tucked away in the basement.

Raggedy Girl said...

You gave me a lovely memory. I wanted to give one of those to my Grand-daughter but could not afford it so I sewed her one all by myself and she named it Toiyabe which was the name I wished my parents had named me...what a wonderful really old memory and so thank you so much.

The Raggedy Girl--Roberta Anne

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Protector of Vintage said...

I, unfortunately, never owned any of those sweet dolls. They sure are adorable!! Have a nice day!

Heather said...

Love the dolls! I never had a CPK, but I did have a Cabbage Patch Baby (and I still have her). I also gave my nieces their own Cabbage Patch Kids for Christmas a couple of years ago.

Stephanie said...

I definitely had one of these dolls! She had long blond hair. She is not around anymore because I absolutely destroyed her. My sister and I loved to play war as much as we had tea parties. I guess I loved the poor thing to death. hahaa! Great post.

Julie said...

Wow..you have brought back some childhood memories for me.
When I was a little girl...my whole room was decorated in Holly Hobbie!
Have a wonderful Thursday...Julie

Lisa (aka) French said...

Nope didn't have one but my daughter did;) Just wanted to pop in and say Hello///haven't been on much these days so wanted to let you know I am still alive;) French

SueLovesCherries said...

Yes, I remember the Cabbage Patch "buy out"! Wasn't it ridiculous? Glad you got yours and saved them, too!

noreen said...

I still have my holly hobby and my two cabbage patch kids too

mannequin said...

You have Spanish Cabbage Patch Kids?
What a memory :)
And Elizabeth? Of course your dad has the box downstairs silly!

salmagundi said...

My daughter had two Cabbage Patch kids - a boy named Conan and a girl named Eleanor - and I made scads of clothes for both of them. They are still here at my house and the grandkids play with them all of the time. I don't think my daughter had a Holly Hobbie, but I did make her a dress when she was 3 that looked just like Holly's. I still have that, too. I'm thinking I have too much stuff!!!! Sally

Bea said...

Some how, my then MIL scored a Cabbage Patch for my DD1 the Christmas of '84. It was her first Christmas. We aslo had several of the CP babies that had pafs (DD2's name for pacifier).

Carrie said...

While on a trip to Puerto Rico my brother and his wife bought their daughter a Cabbage Patch doll. I have a photo of her with the doll at Christmas. I just can't remember the doll's name, but it was Spanish.

farmlady said...

I missed these dolls by about 30 years.., and then I had no daughters.
Oh well, maybe in my next life.

Patty said...

Thank you for linking to that HH website! I had a HH doll and her friend and I finally found out the friend's name: Heather. I'll be back later to catch up on your blog some more.