We celebrated by stopping in to my favorite thrift shop and poking through piles of plastic toys and old housewares. Nothing that interesting for mama on this trip, but of course I can't help but get a few things for the kiddies. I AM A SUCKER OKAY. Especially when it's vintage.
I loved this Fisher Price grocery list/calculator. It's from 1984, and the kids approved. They are big into playing restaurant, and the girl decided that it would be perfect for taking orders and then calculating bills. She is a genius. 50 cents.
Then the girl found the most dreaded thing that your child can find at the thrift store: the giant Ziploc bag of random crappy plastic kitchen accessories. It was like a haphazardly thrown together Dollar Store explosion. Pink and glittery purple and just gross. But she really wanted it, and it was only $1, so I said okay. Sometimes you have to let them choose what they like, whether you like it or not. I mean, I totally can't blame her, because when I was little I would have definitely wanted it, too. IT'S SO MUCH STUFF FOR ONLY ONE DOLLAR I MEAN. I managed to throw a good chunk of the crap away on the sly when I bleached the hell out of everything when we got home. BALLIN.
The boy found a Bob the Builder Christmas video, so that was his item of choice. At 50 cents, I don't mind buying videos. We have a VCR in our bedroom, and sometimes the kids will go lay in the big bed and watch a video for some quiet time. It beats the consignment shops, which usually charge around $2 for a video. I don't even get that.
But then, there was the piece de resistance. There is a big shelf of board games and puzzles that I don't ever really look too hard at, but for some reason I looked up and spotted this:
YES. Strawberry Shortcake games from the 80s. I was so excited, you guys. This box has 4 games for toddlers - bingo, dominoes, lotteria and a memory game. And all of the pieces are still there. I MEAN. $1. The girl and I played with it for quite a while yesterday while the boy had his nap. Her favorite is the bingo game, because she likes the spinner.
Man, I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was little. I still have my original doll! The girl plays with it - she still smells like strawberries!
Is it weird that I am thinking about what these kids in these photos are doing now? Like, if they are just regular people or if they sit around like, "Remember that time I was on the cover of that Strawberry Shortcake game? That was a good time. Pass the crack."