Raising Memories: Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Have you noticed the re-appearance of Strawberry Shortcake dolls? If you were a child of the 1980s (as I was), then you will likely know & love Strawberry Shortcake & all of her dessert-y friends with their fruit-y pets... like literally. ahem..

So, I have noticed them and my Talia has noticed them. In fact, every time we walk by a strawberry shortcake doll box (with all of its mini accessories) she picks it up and presents it to me with her sweet, pleading eyes and asks if we can buy it.

She has never done this before, and she hasn't really done it with any other toys (wait... not true. She did do it with some "Tangled" Barbies). Anyway, I recently decided that I might have to surrender to the toys with the million mini accessories, and get her a Strawberry Shortcake Doll set for her birthday. It is what she really wants after all, and it would be sure to get an excited reaction and a lot of love.

But then I started thinking about my old Strawberry Shortcake dolls that lay hidden in a box in my mother's basement somewhere. I knew I had 3 or 4 of them at least, and a horse & carriage, a dancing doll with a barre, and some sort of multi-person swing with strawberry seats.

So, the other night when we went to visit my parents for my dad's birthday, I went on a hunt for those dolls & I found them! They are looking a little rough though ;) And... they're missing some clothes. But, I've set out today to restore them the best I can, and see if I can make them a worthy gift for my little one's birthday. I'll definitely be posting about the process when it's complete!

(And mom, I think I'm coming over sometime before T's birthday so I can hunt for some of those missing clothes! ;)

6 comments:

  1. Would love to hear how you restore them. I think my Mom may still have mine somewhere but I am sure they are not in the best of shape. Kerri

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  2. I'll definitely be posting about it when the process is complete!

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  3. When our oldest girls were small, this was the rage. I keep most of the dolls, but I wish that I would have kept the little houses. I shared them with nieces and of course didn't think to get them back. I must say though, I think the original ones were better made.

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  4. That's so cool that you found some of your old stuff. I saved a lot of my things when I was a kid & I gave them to my daughter. I think Strawberry shortcake looks much better these days than she use to. haha.

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  5. we stumbled upon your site looking for a Strawberry Shortcake picture for my husband to model a pinata after. Our daughter will be 3 in a weekish and we're having a Strawberry Shortcake party. Last fall, while on vacation, we got a couple of little dolls from McDonalds and she's rather enamored with them. I had one doll growing up, Apricot something, and we still have her but she's been thrown in with my old Ponies. I wish I had had more!

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  6. My daughter (and son) play with my old Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I did buy a Ginger Snap doll and a Strawberry Shortcake and Apple Dumplin set for her more recently. They were the dolls that were the same size as the vintage ones, but with skinnier arms.

    My mom bought my daughter a SS doll that came out a few years ago. It was a taller version (more like a teenager) and came with a car.

    Now they have those tiny dolls in stores... but I prefer the vintage ones (or at least the vintage sized ones).

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