Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vintage Toys: Part 1

I went to a few yard sales this weekend.  Normally I try to include photos of everything I got over the course of one week in my Sunday night post.  I can usually cram all of it into 4 or 5 photos.  Throw in a few close ups, and my thrifting/yard saling posts usually have about a half dozen pics.  This week I needed 11 group pics to get it all in.  That does not include the close up shots.  ELEVEN!  Let's just say I got a shocking amount of stuff this weekend.  As a result, I have decided to break it up into several posts over the course of the week, and just focus tonight on one aspect of my finds.  Check back over the next few days if you'd like to see the entire haul.

I had a strange experience on Saturday.  I returned to the same yard sale three times.  I know.  It was very close to my house, almost close enough to walk to.  I stopped the first time and bought several vintage toys and other items.  However, I left some things behind that I was on the fence about.  It was several early 80's original Cabbage Patch Kids and a ton of their clothes.  When I got home I mentioned them to Rachel, and she agreed that I should go back and get them (hehehe).  When I got back to the sale, only about 20 minutes had elapsed, but during that time someone else had swooped in and bought them.  Remember rule number one in bargain hunting: You snooze, you lose.  Anyway, on this second trip back I spotted something even better that had not been there before.  The man having the sale told me he was still bringing stuff out, and would be for several hours.  That led to the need for a third trip about an hour later.

The golden find on that second trip is the subject of this post.  I walked back over to where the CPK's had been, and saw a box full of this:

Is that vintage inflatable Barbie furniture??!  You'd better believe it!  And who is that lovely gal seated on the blow up chair?

Oh, it's Barbie's little sister, Skipper.  She's straight out of 1970, and looking great.

I already had the large cardboard box in my hands, ready to buy it.  There was a ton of stuff under the inflatable furniture, but I didn't even bother to look at it there.  It would not have mattered if that box had contained a rat carcass from 1970, I was buying it and taking it home.  Once home I found this:

Ah, Barbie (1966) and Ken (1968) relaxing on the Dream Furniture from 1978.  The tables are missing their mirrored (mylar) tops, but they are still really fun.  That desk intrigues me.  I don't recall anything like it from the late 70's, real or toy.  Very futuristic.

The box contained many more treasures, including another Barbie and Ken, and a bunch of replacement pieces for the Barbie Star Traveler RV.  Those might show up in one of the later posts, and they will be available in my Etsy shop soon.

In fact, the plan is to put all of this treasure in my Etsy shop in the future.  That can't happen right now, though, because of this:

Yes, that's my smallest chick, fresh from her pre-bedtime shower, resuming the activity that she had been engaged in since the big cardboard box entered the house before lunch.  She knows they are not "hers", and that they are not staying forever, but she is enjoying them for now, so any Etsy buyers anxious to relive their 1970's childhood will have to wait a bit.  A 21st century kid is busy with them right now.

Linking up with:
Her Library Adventures for Flea Market Finds
Me and My Shadow for Magpie Monday
Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday
Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday


  1. Fantastic find. I do not remember those blow up chairs, but I think they would be fun to play with even now.
    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the items you found. Love great weekends.


    That must be the holy grail for a Barbie collector. Reckon you need to get them on eBay and watch them fly!!! x

  3. Oh Wow! I was a 70's kid so I love retro toys! These are fab! x

  4. Amazing finds. I wonder how much everything would go for on eBay.

  5. vintage barbie stuff is so cute. I love those blow up chairs.

  6. Lovely garage sale finds! I'm stopping by from Vintage Thingie Thursday. I'm also homeschooling a 12 year old and a 10 year old. I'm your newest follower. Come visit me when you have a minute. We'll have virtual tea!

    God bless,

  7. Trust me the Barbie items are worth a lot more than Cabbage Patch. You did just fine.

  8. Great finds! I'm too old for CPK but oh gosh, I loved my Barbie stuff so much when I was little! I found it all after my dad passed away last year, still at my parents house. I wonder if there's any market for "well loved" vintage Barbie stuff?

    Thanks for the sweet memories, happy VTT!

  9. Those are so cute! I have never seen anything like that before like when I was a kid since we were poor and could not buy toys. I had a big doll when I was a kid and my mom would make all the clothes because she is a seamstress and I guess one of the kids I played with stole it and even up to now I still wonder what happened to it or was it really stolen. I sure miss it. hehehehe... :) Anyway, those are awesome vintage toys. :)

  10. It would not have mattered if that box had contained a rat carcass from 1970...ah ha ha. I am laughing and at the same thinking, yes, go girl just pick it up and go. I am so with you on that. I could feel your excitement. Oh, it can be so fun!! Great finds. Can't wait to see what else you got!

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  12. Holy COW!! I totally had that EXACT same set...the dresser cracked me up because of the piece of cardboard on the top so as to actually be able to set things on top of it! Way cool find!!!