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Cabbage Patch Woes

I have the Cabbage Patch woes.

My collection of well-loved dolls and clothing shouldn’t be stored anymore. I have two boys so they need to go. It’s sad though. I won’t be having any little girls that would want to play dollies with me!

My twins were a gift from Santa one Christmas. I remember watching parents snatching up Cabbage Patch Kids from department store shelves. They were the Furby of that year.

Many of the clothes they have were hand sewn by my mom and grandmothers.

Up until recently I owned a preemie, a baby, a kid, plus a set of twins. I still have the twins (the red-heads), the preemie above and most of the birth certificates. Maybe I am a hoarder… a recovering hoarder.
A few weeks ago, I found a home for the baby and some of the clothes pictured.

 All of these pictures bring back precious childhood memories of mine.

It’s amazing that one of grandmothers went to so much trouble to knit for my dolls.

My twins came in the outfit pictured below.

Of all the pictured items above, there are only a few outfits missing and the one doll. What should I do with them all? I don’t want to give them to Value Village.

Any suggestions?

Do you live in the Lower Mainland and know a little girl who would love to have these Cabbage Patch Kids plus the clothes? For free of course.

~Stephanie

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese Proverb

Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. ~Terri Guillemets

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

Discussion

13 thoughts on “Cabbage Patch Woes

  1. Good luck finding a home for your well-loved dolls. While I have two grand-daughters, one is too young and the other I just don’t know if she would love them as you did/do.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 30, 2012, 8:58 am
  2. You may have a grandaughter one day Stephanie….and seeing as you love them so much I would wait and see…you have done such a terrific job already of “downsizing” so give yourself a treat and keep them as you would a treasured necklace or such from your Gramma….

    Posted by Adele Priestley | May 30, 2012, 9:59 am
  3. I agree with Adele. A much-loved dollie from grandma would be a prized possession. Especially with all the clothes sewn by your own grandmother. (If you just cannot take the clutter, give me two weeks….I may have news to share and someone who would like them very much! So, hold your horses!)

    Posted by Jennifer | May 31, 2012, 1:50 pm
  4. I still have mine. Teresa Marie and my sister has hers–Troy Jake. Though I don’t know where the birth certs ran off to. My brother even wanted one because we had one (he was way younger than us) so my mom bought him a knock-off. He named it Michael and it wore a yellow onesie. I wonder what ever happened to Micahel…. LOL! 🙂

    Posted by Jennifer | May 31, 2012, 1:52 pm
    • Poor Michael! Oh now I don’t know what to do. Don’t listen to Adele… she loves to convince people to keep things. The suggestion that I pack them up for another 30 odd years in hopes that one of my boys has a girl is funny really. They aren’t in that great of shape to keep that long. But now I might box them back up and throw them into the crawlspace for a year or so 🙂

      Posted by stephanieough | May 31, 2012, 8:55 pm
      • LOL! Michael. I’ll have to bring him up in conversation the next time I talk to my brother. He was such a precious little kid. Yeah, hang onto them for a year. My mother always says, if you haven’t used it in a year, toss it. (I listen to my mother a lot, huh?) You’ll be closer to either closure in a year or you’ll be ready to part. You won’t be so torn.
        And seriously, I might just know of someone who would LOVE them if you’re ready to part after a year. The sex just hasn’t been determined yet…

        Posted by Jennifer | June 1, 2012, 6:29 am
  5. Your blog is get rid of the “crap” and the way you expressed your love for those dolls doesn’t make them sound like they are “crap” to you Stephanie….and you’re right i am a hoarder so get nervous when others toss things but especially when they are things with such meaning attached to them…..Jacob, get busy don’t make your Mom wait 30 years to have a little girl to play dollies with 🙂 ps you are doing an amazing job teaching the rest of us how to get rid of the “crap” (have even started putting stuff in a container for our next garage sale…and we just had one) I figure like your “clothes idea” I have planned to gather 33 items and then another 33….so the next sale is not a lot of work gathering at last minute……it is so gratifying to see “why” people buy things at our sales…one little boy bought a candle holder for his mother for Mother’s Day….another lady was all excited to buy plastic cutlery as she was hosting a party for her daughter’s wedding….and another couple bought bill’s movie camera and light bar for their daughter who goes to art or photography school…it is never about the money we make but about the people’s joy with the items they find…..it was part of the city-wide garage sale Chilliwack has twice a year…..

    Posted by Adele Priestley | June 2, 2012, 3:38 pm
    • I love you Adele 🙂 I promise to put all of the dolls and clothes into our crawlspace for at least a year. At that time I will make a decision. I’m so glad to hear that Abbotsford is doing their city-wide garage sale again! What a great event. I love your idea of picking 33 items at a time to store away for the sale. I haven’t decided if I will do another garage sale thins year. There isn’t that much left to sell. Maybe I will have to come and buy some stuff from your sale ;P

      Posted by stephanieough | June 2, 2012, 6:24 pm
  6. Want me to store them for you Stephanie? (tee hee)

    Posted by Adele | June 2, 2012, 3:42 pm
  7. Thx for your kind words Stephanie….Bill (Uncle Bill) says he so wishes he had kept his John Deere tractors etc. from his childhood….he gave them to a neighbour child who wrecked them….Bill had kept them in superb condition….i said “yes but would you have let our boys play with them?” (he said, “with supervision” 😉 but he still regrets that and he is not a saver……it was chilliwack that had the city wide sale and we take part every year….my favourite thing right now is using up food in the freezer and pantry…i took an inventory…and said “until this is gone” we are to buy no more of the same! Today i printed out a list of how long to keep food in the freezer….was shocked at some of the answers…I guess that free chocolate cake we got from Canadian Tire is long overdue to be eaten…but after my cholesterol check is done! 🙂

    Posted by Adele | June 2, 2012, 7:49 pm
  8. Stephanie, what did you ever do with your dolls and clothing? How many times have I thought of you and this post. Just shortly after you wrote it I found out I was pregnant, but wasn’t ready to share it with social media yet! Now that little girl is going on three years! Wow, how time flies. Anyway, I wanted to find out what you did with them all—decided to keep them after all or would be willing to sell them to me? She’s at about that age where I think she’d be ready. We’re also learning clothing IN SPANISH (as we are now down here in Miami) and I don’t have any doll clothes for her to use. She’s not interested in having a fashion show with her own clothes, and I just thought this would be a great way to learn the Spanish words for clothes while we practice taking them on and off.
    Give me a shout. I’m still over at my corner, shooting off posts every once in a blue moon.
    And I think of you so so often as we try to declutter and downsize here. It is sooooo slow going. I wonder how you came out with all of this since it was a few years ago now.
    And every time I get on an airplane I think of you too because you are the only person I have ever encountered who takes your plastics off the plane to recycle them. I was so touched by that! I thought I was the only one!
    Jennifer

    Posted by Jennifer | October 22, 2015, 9:19 pm
    • Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. It was really hard but I ended up giving them to my cousins daughter who’s my god daughter. I made them promise to pass them to my other god daughter after she’s done with them. Part of me hopes they will stay “in the family” and maybe my grandchildren will play with them. I would have answered sooner but my email address changed and the computer I was using for posts needed fixing so I went away from blogging for three years. I finally logged back on a few days ago. I’m not sure if I will post in mycrap again. I’m definitely not zero waste and I think it was starting to get that way. I do try hard to buy second hand for quite a bit but I’m still a work in progress. I decided to start a Vegas blog which hopefully will inspire me. I’ve been spending too much time playing candy crush. At least I’m not playing Pokemon. I shouldn’t be surprised your daughter is getting that age but I imagine her as a baby.
      Keep in touch!

      Posted by stephanieough | July 22, 2016, 7:46 am

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