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Retro Round Up // What I Wanted for Christmas!

Hoo boy.  Still reeling from Newtown CT. I think I hugged the Peach every 10 minutes this weekend.  I grew up in Connecticut an hour away from Newtown and my brother and his family still live in that fine state.  I remember my days at Kings Highway Elementary School as being perfect, cozy with Harvest festivals and afternoon ice skating on Mill Pond.  My heart goes out to my old home state and the Newtown community who is in mourning from the worst tragedy thinkable.

So, this Round Up was rather cathartic for me–remembering my favorite toys from my days in elementary school in Connecticut. I hope this round up makes you smile and remember the fun of childhood. So, here we go!

Sorry Barbie,  you are wonderful and all, but you are not CHER! ‘Nuf said. From Etsy seller, Miss Kitschy’s Cache.

I loved Gilda Radner. She opened up her comedy special with tap dancing. I know. Amazing. So, of course I wanted the paper doll. It is pure eighties. From Etsy seller, Sophie’s Wonderland.

vkm118_gilda

Kerplunk!  Man, I loved playing this game with my cousins!

kerplunk toy seventies

I thought Sea Monkeys would make an excellent first pet. They were so stylish—just what anyone would want in a pet.  Unfortunately, my parents did not. Sigh.

sea monkeys

Who wouldn’t want to find this beauty under the Christmas tree? Purple? And did you see that banana seat. Floral purple banana seat.

vintage banana bike

Ramona Cleary wrote a lot of great books, but The Luckiest Girl was one of my favorites! I remember checking it out of the library several times re-reading it.  From Etsy seller, Camp Wilder.

ramona clearly luckiest girl

My brother had one of these rock tumblers and of course he wouldn’t let me touch it.  But man, my entrepreneurial dreams of starting my own jewelry line to pay for my college was set wit this. But I lost interest once I saw the barely buffed gray rock my brother gave me for my birthday. Sigh.

rock tumbler seventies

Do you know how badly I wanted these Super Girl Underoos?  I know everyone wanted the Wonder Woman ones, but I totally wanted these–hello—the top is like a BRA!  Aw yeah!

super girl underoos vintage seventies

When I was a kid, my grandparents always gave me a subscription to World Magazine, the kiddo version of National Geographic Magazine. I wish they had that available today–I would totally get a subscription for the Peach!

world magazine national geographic kids magazine seventies

BONUS! You have to wonder about the toy inventor who came up with the Punch Me toy.  I guess kids need to get their aggressions out somehow… Alas, I couldn’t find one of the original vintage ones for sale, but the images from it alone are pretty genius!

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

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  1. Alix says

    I love this annual round of your Xmas Wish List!! OK, so I totaly remember the NAME Kerplunk but seeing the game, I realize I have NO MEMORY of it. Not sure if I ever played it?? I TOTALLY wanted Sea Monkies too but I really thought they would look like the photo, with little cute faces and hair bows. HAH! Of course CHER was oh-so-glamorous! I have a Sonny doll in my collection but alas no Cher. I remember being obsessed with her and watching their show briefly….but don’t think I ever knew she had a doll back then. I’m SURE I would have wanted it!
    I was also obsessed with lapidary…my 3rd grade teacher gave out polished rocks as a reward (you could select one from this huge jar she had) and I was determined to be a geologist when I grew up!
    OH, and finally….there IS a National Geographic magazine for kids! I’ve acually been meaning to post about it, my dad got Wolfie a gift subscription to it and it’s really great! It’s not called World anymore (it’s Nat Geo Kids) but its really fun. And what kid doesn’t like getting mail?? I hope you are having a fabulous florida holiday!!! I’m so jealous. It’s cold and rainy here!!

    • Dottie says

      I’m so getting Nat. Geo Kids when the Peach is older. And I totallly thought of you with Cher! The perfect antidote to the blonde Barbie. My cousin had one and I was DESPERATE for it. She of course wouldn’t let me touch it.

      I’m dying over the fact that you loved the rock tumbler too!

      Keep an eye out for Kerplunk for Wolfie. He’ll LOVE IT!

  2. Tara says

    Just a note, cause I’m a nerd like that…Beverly Cleary is the author, Ramona Quimby is the character in her books. :)

    • Dottie says

      GAH! Hand smacking head! I’ll make the change right now! Thanks, Tara for the heads up!



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