Friday, July 19, 2013

Barbie Memories


I retrofitted my Barbie Memories post for random 5...

5 great things about a miniature super market.  

1)  No parking hassles.  And no need to slump over to the cart return.  The cart just spins around the store.  Over and over...

2) There is no need to walk to the complete opposite side of the store for the only thing you need.  A carton of milk.  Why?  Because the dairy is just sitting at room temperature behind the lettuce.  Look close...

3)  Your kids will think it is the best time they've ever had grocery shopping. No crying fits. Unless they are looking for the candy isle.

4)  There is no cookie isle temptation.  There are no cookies.  No wonder Barbie is so thin.

5)  The paper bags are only big enough to hold a container of tic tacs.  Shopping here means weight loss and fresh breath.  But not much exercise.

For the rest of the story stay tuned...



I dug up my old Barbie Action Super Market last week.  My studio is full of an eclectic mix of old and new objects.  This one is a gem.  Is it cool or what?  The 70's orange colors and all those cute little vegetables.  Priceless! This blast from the past evokes great memories as well.   

 We were on a family vacation in Florida when I received it.  It wasn't even on my Barbie wish list.  My parents did their usual bait and switch at the Hotel room.  Actually, we usually stayed in flea bite motels.  But this was Christmas Eve!  Hotel all the way.  My Dad would say, "Let's go down to the playground." Or what ever excuse they could dream up.  Then when we got back to the room all my Christmas gifts would be there.  We took many a family trip over Christmas.  And I tell you what.  When there is a Disney World involved.  Who needs a Christmas tree!  But this Christmas I remember we went to the weird and wonderful mermaid park,  Weeki Wachee.   If you have heard of this park please leave a comment! I had a blast watching the mermaid performers swim like dolphins.  And I also got to make one of those classic wax toys where you put money in a machine and watch it carve your object.  Cool!  But not as cool as my new Barbie Grocery Store I'm sure.

There's lettuce, canned pineapple and peas, tomatoes, peppers, lemons, oranges, and orange turnips.  Go figure.

The checkout is so cute.  Push the green button and the yellow tab goes up.

Real brown paper bags and paper coins.  I was such a good little girl that I bet I didn't lose one coin!

You put your Barbie in the shopping cart and then turn the wheel and she shops!

 The box.  Priceless.

P.S.  My husband surprised me and put some of my business cards in the shopping cart.  I left them there.  Cute.





20 comments:

Mary said...

That supermarket is pretty well preserved. What a cool item for a little girl...happy memorial.

Donald Urness said...

Very cool. My brother and I ended up blowing up all our toys when we reached the age that firecrackers where cool. Very sad.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

now THAT'S one that I missed. Probably cause I am older than dirt and by the time that came out I was in Jr.High lol

Happy Memorial Day!

Linda Hensley said...

Yes, I did see mermaids swim in Florida! I can't believe you kept your toys in such perfect condition. What a treasure :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I don't remember any of that stuff!
love
tweedles

Nancy said...

I don't remember this particular Barbie accessorie -- but you've taken very good care of it. :)

Maria Gagliano said...

Cool. I remember that. Are you saying you still have this? If so, it is in great condition. Thanks for sharing and linking up to Color Carnival

Au and Target said...

What a perfectly preserved Barbie set! Must be worth a bomb.

I never liked dolls and used to give all mine away. Stuffed animals, now that was my thing!

Pat Tillett said...

My wife buys and sells vintage barbie stuff. She has a lot of old stuff!

Mary said...

I never had the supermarket. This is neat! And yep, Barbie could definitely use a few cookies.

I did have the Barbie fashion show though. She turned in robotic circles to a sound sot of like a tiny washing machine...

Leave It To Davis said...

Lucky! I never had a supermarket for my Barbie and Midge and Ken and Skipper...and what was Midge's boyfriend's name? I forgot! nOOOOOOO! Can't believe you still have that after all these years! You MUST have been a good little girl!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this special memory with us all...loved it!

Lynn said...

What a great thing that you've still got all that memorabilia-I never had a Barbie, I think I'm too old and my doll time was before B and K.

Snap said...

What a fun post! What great memories you have. I didn't have a Barbie, but I've sure given enough of them as gifts!

EG CameraGirl said...

Cute post! I was always at home for Christmas so your adventure sounds way more fun.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What fun! You have preserved this toy so well! I don't even have my Barbies anymore.

Sharon said...

Awesome! You took such good care of this set. It looks brand new! I played with a kitchen set at my Grandma's and I still remember the spices -- celery salt and dill. This is a great idea for a blog post!

Mary Walker said...

Toy memories are my favorite I've never seen one like this my girls would love that if it was still on the market. I've seen the mermaid place {like how I skipped repeating its name?} On travel channel from a child's point of view it must have been magical.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

This is a blast from the past. My mom still has our Barbie Motorhome.

:)

Hilary said...

My Barbie days were long before all the nifty collections. We amused ourselves with clothes and shoes. I would have loved something like this as a child. I'm impressed that yours is so well preserved. Of course.. it wasn't all that long ago that you were a child. ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We went to Weekie Watchee last month, first time, I felt like a kid again. You might have seen my post. We used to take our kids on trips for Christmas breaks often and your post brings back fun memories...