I am pretty good at controlling the urge to spend money on toys and kid stuff. I have a few weakness, one being card games…but they are pretty cheap and I don’t walk through the toy section of stores enough for it to be a problem.
But nostalgia. That is where it can be a problem for me. When I see toys that I loved to play with as a kid it can be really hard not to fork over the cash without even looking at the price.
I found this on Craigslist today. I had already decided not to buy anymore Barbie stuff and to slowly phase out the few things that we have. But I saw the Dallas Barbie horse and nearly emailed the seller to see if they would be willing to ship it to me if I paid all the shipping costs. I loved my Barbie horse as a kid and got many years of playtime out of it. I will resist though…
The three other toys that have been tempting me are baby toys that have been reproduced, which I found at Target. I only found the xylophone online, but here are pictures of the darn toys that nearly bring tears to my eyes when I see and hear them.
The Fisher Price Music Box TV: wind the yellow nob and the picture scrolls as it plays “London Bridges Falling Down”.
Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock: I can hear the music in my head, but I can’t put a name to the tune. When you wind it up the hands of the clock turn along with the picture in the center which reveals activities that you do a different times of the day. My mom has been looking for the one I played with as a child and has promised to send it to me.
Fisher Price Pull-A-Tune Xylophone: The toy I first learned to play
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” on. I love the way the metal keys sound when hit. This is a noise making toy that I wouldn’t mind having in the house because it would bring back good memories.
I have many more, of course, but these are a few that I have seen recently in stores. (besides the Barbie horse)
Do you have some favorite toys that you would be tempted to buy just because they bring back the feelings you had when you played with them as a kid? I would love to hear what they are!