Sunday, September 29, 2013

Childhood Memories

We all had our favorite toys growing up. Those ones that we couldn't lived without. I had 3. One was a glow worm, the second was a dolly, and the third was a Fisher Price Happy Apple. I don't know if anyone remembers the Happy Apple. It's exactly what the name implies, a happy smiling apple. I would hold it from the brown stem and swing it around all the time until the stem broke. I loved that apple. Somewhere in one of our moves it went missing. Sob.

This weekend I was at a local flea market and what did I see from a distance? A Happy Apple. I ran to it. It was all in slow motion like you see in the movies. I thought I wouldn't be able to reach it in time. But I did. It was like coming home when I scoped it up.

I showed it to mom and she remembered it right away. I paid my dollar and was once again the proud owner of a Happy Apple. And this one had its stem fully attached. I took out a wipe and cleaned it up. Then I called Princess over and told her what I had  found. She was really happy to have the same toy Mommy once had. It touched my heart to see her play with it. I know it won't become her favorite toy but both girls can get some enjoyment out of it for a while.

It's funny how It never occurred to me to try and replace the apple from eBay. There are plenty for sale.  When I saw the Apple and how happy It made me I wish I had bought it sooner. It made me realize and experience the reason people look on eBay for replacement toys both old and new. A favorite toy isn't just an object. It's a feeling you get and memories you cherish that surround that toy that you can't put into words. Selling toys I have sold several replacement toys to parents that emailed me how happy they were to have found the toy for their child because they had lost it and they were so upset. It always made me feel good from a sellers point of view to be able to provide the toy for them (and make a profit). But now I appreciate it even more. 

Anyone else have a favorite toy they replaced from childhood? Or am I the only weird one? 


  1. Replies
    1. I loved my glow worm but was always afraid of Teddy Ruxpin.

  2. I had a teddy bear who was extra special because I won him in a local coloring contest. His name was Repeat Pete, and he had a voicebox that would repeat everything you said. I just looked "Repeat Pete" up on eBay and then Googled it, and can find almost nothing about it. How strange. (And I am sure that I still have him. With so little info, I wonder if he is really valuable, or worthless? Not that I want to sell him! :-)

  3. My kids had the happy apple! Lots of memories :-)
    Lisa @ Happy Girl Thrift

  4. For me it was the Speak and Spell. Love that thing. Bought it on Ebay for my kids, but they had no interest in it. After holding on to it for about 7 years, I resold it and make quite a profit on it! :)

    Margaret @ Live Like No One Else