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My obsession with toys… (Contest)
Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Linda Crawford!

I’m 63, almost 64, and I am obsessed with toys. It gets worse the older I get. The kids in the house know this, so when they get a kid’s meal from Micky D’s, they don’t keep it for themselves. They bring it home to me so I can find it a “forever home” like a lost pet. I’m not even kidding. The 8-year-old sometimes comes into my office to take down a toy or two to play with on the carpet. She even says it’s better than keeping it herself because she’d just lose it in her messy room.

I have certain collections—all the dragons from How to Train Your Dragon, superhero figurines (and a Funko Pop RGB—because who doesn’t?), Star Trek’s Enterprise models, a SEAL time on a boat with all the weaponry, and on and on. It’s truly ridiculous. I know it. But now that the kids are involved with finding things that make me smile, it’s endless. And the clutter will be their mom’s problem when I’m gone. 🙂

Here’s one little collection of weird things I collect. I love tin wind-up toys. They don’t have to be vintage or precious. These are cheap ones made in China. I have a couple of keys around to wind them up. It’s fun to get them all pecking, walking, and hopping at the same time.

I don’t know why I have this obsession. Maybe it’s because I was the oldest kid and my toys got passed down to be destroyed by the younger kids. I don’t know. And if joyful toy collecting is an early sign of dementia, well, I won’t know it, will I?

In the meantime, I’ll pause when I’m bored with words and play.


Do you have a toy from your childhood? Or do you collect some toys? If not, do you have a favorite memory of a certain toy? My favorite memory was of a Barbie clothes case that my mom filled with home-sewn outfits for Barbie. Answer for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

16 comments to “My obsession with toys… (Contest)”

  1. Patty Jones
    · May 17th, 2022 at 11:07 am · Link

    My absolute favorite toy was the Fisher Price farmhouse! I wish I still had it – and I’m 54!!

  2. N. J. Walters
    · May 17th, 2022 at 11:39 am · Link

    I wish I still had my Barbies. All my childhood toys are long gone. As an adult, I’m a rock and crystal junkie.

    I worked at a store years ago that sold windup toys. I recognize the frog, rabbit, chicken, and bluebird. LOL

  3. Colleen C.
    · May 17th, 2022 at 12:39 pm · Link

    I still have some of my childhood toys, occasionally collect stuffed animals and some of the toys from McDonalds

  4. Vicki Kyte
    · May 17th, 2022 at 5:27 pm · Link

    My oldest brother gave me a shaline pink doll on my 3rd birthday. He was leaving that day on an airplane to report for duty with the Australian army. I still have it , very worn but very loved. 💕💕

  5. Linda Crawford
    · May 17th, 2022 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I’m going to be 75 & still have too many of not only my dolls but now a couple of Mother’s.

  6. Elaine Howell
    · May 17th, 2022 at 6:45 pm · Link

    I had dolls and my Mother and Grandmother made clothes for them all. I still had my dolls until a tornado came through our town and took the roof off of our house and had to cut down on all the tings we kept.

  7. Mary Preston
    · May 17th, 2022 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I had a train set. Thank goodness for forward thinking parents.

  8. Diane Sallans
    · May 17th, 2022 at 7:24 pm · Link

    I had the dollhouse my grandfather made me – I passed it to one of my great-nieces.

  9. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 18th, 2022 at 3:21 am · Link

    I used to love collecting little toys like from the McDonald’s Happy Meals. I think I got the obsession from my mother. She had several printer’s trays hanging on her walls with all kinds of small things on the shelves. Sadly, I had to give up collecting things when I down-sized 10 years ago.

  10. Debra Guyette
    · May 18th, 2022 at 5:04 am · Link

    I used to love a game delivering milk. You set up your town and then delivered milk and other things.

  11. miki
    · May 18th, 2022 at 10:26 am · Link

    i collect little animal plushies keyring; so cute and i can take one with me when i want
    my brother collect starwars ( before disney!!)

  12. bn100
    · May 18th, 2022 at 4:27 pm · Link

    don’t have any

  13. Rachel
    · May 21st, 2022 at 8:22 am · Link

    Those are adorable! We find them all the time thrifting! I was obsessed with these babies called Quints and Magic Nursery Dolls. I get excited when I see any of them out in the world now!

  14. flchen1
    · May 21st, 2022 at 4:04 pm · Link

    We loved this little Fisher Price hotel with little people in it. My sister and I spent hours playing with that! We also had a hand-me-down Barbie whose hair had been most chopped off by a previous owner, so we devised a lot of outfits for her involving kerchiefs and hats, LOL!

  15. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 22nd, 2022 at 1:33 pm · Link

    I still have my teddy bear from when I was a baby. It’s patched and mostly bald but it makes me so happy.

  16. Delilah
    · May 28th, 2022 at 4:13 am · Link

    Ah! I loved reading about all your special toy memories! And I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one who still loves toys. 🙂

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Linda Crawford!

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