Our favorite toys when we were growing up

Toys today can be pretty complex – and expensive.  If you were a product of the 70’s, you know that we had some very cool toys and collectables growing up. Let’s see if you remember or owned some of our faves:

Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven


Although I never owned an Easy-Bake Oven, I always wanted one! I still dream of making cupcakes by mixing a package together and cooking it with a lightbulb. A childhood friend of mine had one growing up, and I was quite envious of all of her skill and baked goods. Can you tell that I am still bitter?  A 41st birthday coming up, hint hint. This Easy-Bake Oven has been repackaged and upgraded and is available today for our offspring.

Big Wheel


Damn did I love my Big Wheel with the awesome ribbons dangling from the handles. I felt bad to the bone driving this thing!

Cabbage Patch Kids


I remember my mom stood in line for hours so that I, too, could be the adoptive parent to a Cabbage Patch doll. I had one that looked much like the one on the far right with the brown hair.  Her name was Christine Georgie (I still remember) according to her adoption papers. Apparently, if you still own a Cabbage Patch doll which is still sealed in a the box, you can make some good coin. Collectors will pay top dollar!

Lite Brite


Here is another toy I never owned, but always wanted. This is still such a cool toy.

Hungry Hungry Hippos


What an absolutely neurotic and chaos-causing game – I loved it! I remember hanging out upstairs in my grandmother’s house playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with my cousin and brother. This classic game has also been repackaged and is available for kids today.  Too fun!

Now, besides searching online on ebay or other odd sites, where else can you find some Vintage toys?  I’ve been thinking about getting a couple of those great vintage toys I’ve always wanted – for the kids, of course. Vintage shows are fun and I’ve decided to go to the Toronto Toy Show this coming Sunday (Feb 28, 2016 from 10AM – 4PM at the Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue). There are a few toys I want to check out, just for nostalgia’s sake, but I will be on the hunt for my Easy-Bake Oven.

Happy birthday to me!






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