On a quick trip to Target this afternoon to snag the last clearanced vintage wooden kitchen set, thanks to a heads up from a friend, I was delighted, elated, overjoyed when THIS little blast from the past caught my eye. Holy McMemories- I loved the heck outta this little record player in 1982 like you wouldn’t believe. If I’d known how deeply the fond memories of it would be etched in my heart, I would have saved it for posterity, though I’m sure it found it’s way to a garage sale or thrift store decades ago. No need to despair, or shell out a heap for authentic vintage toys…thanks to Fisher Price Classics, my kids can have the chance to love the heck out of these too.
Really? What’s the big deal? To me, these little treasures represent a time when less was more, when less was enough. Before the birds were angry and the dolls were bratty, when the only blackberry an 8 yo had was in his lunch box, kids somehow managed to get by with simple little toys. Sewing cards and paper dolls, Lincoln Logs and plastic Army men were enough to spark endless hours of creativity and imagination. No batteries required.
I hope I’m able to somehow wade through the oodles of gunk out there, thrown at us like bullets in a warzone, and manage to instill in my kids a truly deep appreciation of the value of simplicity and wholesomeness.