Imagine rows and rows of long glass showcases –full of sparkly bling, beautiful antique glassware, rarities and collectibles.
Catherine and I were having a great time looking for sewing notions and thimbles, children’s hand crank sewing machines….
But we rounded a corner, found ourselves face to face with an entire showcase full of boxes of things we didn’t even KNOW existed – all POTATO HEAD related!
When I look at what kids are playing with now….and I look back at what we were playing with then…what a difference! I love how the things we played with then encouraged us to use our "imaginations" and we made our own fun.
Yes, this goes down to the “Weirdest thing in the antique mall” category ---
Did you know there were OTHER veggies, not just Potatoes?!
Where were these when I was a kid? I had Mrs Potato Head, but I never had the Potato Bird, Oscar the Orange, or Katie the Carrot! I feel short sheeted! Or is that Short Veggied?
Did you know that they had a Mr Potato Head Railroad?
Or a FRANKIE FRANK!?
((Who wants to stick a face on a hot dog anyway?!?))
There is also a Cookie Cucumber ---
Tooty Frooty Friends?!
Somehow I don’t know how much newer, different or exciting they could be….
Mr Green Pepper??
Mr Potato Head on the Moon with a cucumber and an onion??
And then Wild West Mr Potato Head…..
Pick a Veggie, add eyes, ears, noses ---
But then, this was “back the day” when I was entertained also by slinkies, wheel-o, silly putty and 10 cent super bouncing balls. Would kids of today think this was fun?
As if regular Mr Potato Head isn’t creepy enough ---
You can have JUMPING Mr & Mrs Potato Head!
Wind Her Up and Watch Her Go!
((We are laughing hysterically at this point!))
((What is that green thing she has…a vacuum? A duster in her hand??))
Oh goodness, it’s great to go browsing with a friend!
Frankie has lost his trousers!
Oh goodness, I think we had better stick to the sewing/quilt related stuff before they kick us out of the antique mall for making a disturbance in the toy aisle!
Each wandering trip through antique malls I try to find the WEIRDEST thing just for giggles….this trip was full of them, all toy related.
Things I do love to see in the juvenile section:
My brothers read Hardy Boys and I read Nancy Drew Mysteries growing up. I admit to also sneaking their copies of the Hardy Boys to read as well…..but I’m sure they would not be caught dead reading my Nancy Drews.
Oh, these stories take me back!
During the summers from the time I was 12 and “grown up” enough to do so – I’d fly from San Jose to Minneapolis and spend the summers with my Grannie and Grandpa John. I was a consummate book worm and spent many hours devouring Nancy Drews during those summer months. We’d purchase one ((At Clancy’s Toy Store ---Minneapolis)) and I’d be done with it in a couple of days and we’d have to pick up another one on our next run to town. Great memories. And a heavy suitcase on my way back home to San Jose before school started in the fall.
We still had plenty of time to browse, and I took several pics of antique quilts and machines and all that GOOD STUFF, be watching for photos of our finds in posts to come!
This was a gift for Quilt Villa from Catherine at dinner last night. She attached another favorite thing from my childhood…..a TROLL!
No matter how old I get – that little girl inside of me keeps pulling me back, speaking to my heart, making me remember when, and keeping the fun in the forefront.
This morning I am meeting up with the Colonial Piecemakers of Williamsburg, VA – Talkin’ Turkey workshop will soon commence and we’ll be busy string piecing our way into a happy mess.
I hope everyone attending will also be bringing their own inner child along for the ride – it promises to be a fun time.
Have a great Friday, Everyone!