If you asked me if I collect vintage toys, I would say, "No." I really don't think I do collect them. But, what I do collect is memories. I pick up cute little things here and there, beloved little things from other people's childhood. I pick up things left behind at sales, thrown in boxes of Happy Meals Toys and things not appreciated. A tiny bedraggled doll, an old toy car, a colring book, an old game - one tiny thing that someone used and loved. I hate to see a random tiny thing lying in a heap or in a box and know it was once loved by someone. So, I bring it home to be loved by me. I have an old cabinet with screened doors where I stick all the teeny things I find.
Lots of loveys from other people's childhood...and a few from my own.
Many tiny things I have brought home over the years. The marbles were mine - when I was a kid, every time it rained, I could go out in our ditch and find marbles. I filled up an entire jar full of found marbles back then.
I love that tiny worn dustpan in the middle - some little girl really used it - a lot! The toaster with the rose was mine as are the little Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. The Steiff Ram on the edge was bought to sell, and I will someday. The prices aren't what they used to be, so I will just love him a bit longer.
Two more Steiff - a lion and a Schnauzer - to be sold someday. I think that pink poodle with the original tags is one of the very first vintage things I ever found - and fell in love with.
More things - many of these from the ebay stash. Old kaleidoscope, tiny playing cards, wee ping pong paddles, marbles made from end of the day 7UP bottles (mine as a kid), blocks and a fun old giraffe, to name a few things.
All these bears and bunnies have arms and legs that snap off. I found the white bunny first, then the other two bunnies in a free box along the way. The three bears came as a group from Etsy.
My sweet little toaster and dolls.
Some of my favorites. A tiny little rabbit rattle, a nekkid baby in a stroller, a teeny doll in a teeny cup and another nekkid baby. And, of course, that stinking dustpan.
At that big digger sale I sent to last Fall, I bought a large amount of Fisher Price toys. I have put most of them in the Flea Market booth and on ebay. But, this "There was an Old Woman Who lived in a Shoe" has snuck into my heart. I need to find some people to sit in the toe.
So, as you can plainly see, I do not collect vintage toys. :)
It's just about time to put them away and bring out my beloved bunnies and chicks. I ((heart)) my Easter stuff!