Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Vintage Fisher Price
When I instagrammed this picture a couple weeks ago I received lots of comments about the vintage Fisher Price Little People camper set. Which, to be honest, was sorta the point. Yes, notice my cute kid first, but please don't let her cool toy go unnoticed. Lamp got this camper set for Christmas and it may have had everything to do with the fact that I had that same camper when I was a kid and I loved it. As much as I used to despise the idea of loud, battery operated push button toys, with blinking whirly-bops and loud doodle-snaps, I have been super grateful to have toys like that for Lamp. Having some limited fine motor skills those toys are really great for her. But that's another reason I love vintage Little People. There are no tiny plastic dresses to take on or off, the guys fit in little notches so they stay in place and there are movable parts that aren't too small or tricky for her to maneuver. That and the fact that they're just cool + vintage means I'm sold. These are toys that actually get played with. (We have a farm set too).
Since I did so much trolling for vintage Little People sets before Christmas I was pretty well versed in the different sets, what they cost, etc. Well last week on Etsy I came across the Little People holy grail.
Behold, the Amusement Park.
Merry-go-round, spinning swings, single swing, cars, boats, a bridge, and a train. Not to mention 7 wooden figurines.
You guys. This is a complete set. And while the bridge is broken (we'll glue it) and one other piece has a small break, everything else is in great condition. On ebay a complete amusement park set was priced anywhere from $300-500! Um, I didn't pay that much. Also, the seller informed me that this was from her neighbors house, originally purchased circa 1962 and I'm only the second owner ever. I love knowing little details like that. And the girls really love playing with it. They get that it's special and not like their other toys. And they get that mama will go ballistic if they don't play nicely with it.
First Susan, now this? Thank you vintage toy gods... thank you.
Do you too find yourself rather invested in the toys your kids play with? My kids have plenty of random, mismatched toys but I also like having sets of certain brands that I think are quality. Especially toys that actually encourage creative, interactive play. In addition to Little People I'm also a fan of Playmobile--another set my girls love that are often on sale at Toys R Us. Do you collect toys for your kids? Am I the only one that can get as excited by certain toys as my kids are?