My kids play so well at their grandparents’ houses. They take out the toys, vintage blocks, Fisher Price, My Little Ponies, Tinker Toys and so on. They’ll play for hours with those toys, and I sit and reminisce about my own childhood, playing with these same toys. They have lasted through 4 children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild so far, and they appear to be capable of lasting through many more. So the lightbulb turns on. Why not buy vintage toys for Christmas? No more new toys to buy, no packaging, no environmental concerns from production, no more toys in the landfill. Vintage toys tend to be high quality because they have lasted this long in the first place. AND (this part is really exciting to me) I get to think about all the toys I played with, and select the ones that I loved best, to give to my children. Not only is this proof that these toys are good ones, but it also guarantees a certain amount of mommy-play too! How can I not play with these toys I remember so vividly?!
I selected some Fisher Price toys to start with. We had a lot of Fisher Price toys growing up, and they are easy to find secondhand because they are so well made they are still around. I found a great local Etsy store that sold vintage Fisher Price. She had a huge selection of toys, including the Truck/Camper set, Tent Trailer set, and Farm set I grew up loving. Since she was local I was able to skip on shipping by driving there to pick them up. Full sets too!!!
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