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  1. Stacy
    August 10, 2019 @ 6:48 pm

    I’m so lucky that your mom knit dresses for my Barbies!!


  2. Jamie
    August 8, 2019 @ 8:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, my sister and I had a STEAMER Trunk full of Barbie;s and clothing for them. I had a rigid leg blonde Barbie as my first. Then Barbies started getting bendy legs. I had a Blonde Haired Ken and my sister got a dark haired one, but she named him Derek because she had a crush on a kid in elementary school called Derek. The crush didn’t last, but the name stuck. We both got cute Red headed Midge Dolls, and so we wouldn’t get too confused, I named mine Madge. My sister had a Skipper. We had another doll called Maxi who was just a little larger than the Barbies so she never quite fit the clothing right. Another doll was named Dana (she had awesome cowboy boots and LONG black hair) and I had another Barbie who I cut their hair. I think I called her Vanessa and she ROCKED that short spiky hair cut.
    Our Barbies came everywhere with us and had so many adventures. I remember hours swimming in our above ground pool playing with our favorites. (I believe Derek may have lost an arm in a tragic pool accident?) And our Barbies frequently had babies or were pregnant. There were strange cross overs with she-ra, he-man, and the ewoks.
    My mother tells the story that when I was very young I played funeral with my Barbies for a long time after I attended my great grandmother’s services. As a child development specialist, my mom knew it was a way for my young self to explore and come to understand the incident. Not so sure many other parents would have been so understanding.


  3. Dar
    August 8, 2019 @ 10:51 am

    They are worth money now. I wish I would have kept mine. Also I had the Barbie and Ken cars. You never know what’s going to be worth money down the road.


  4. Donna
    August 8, 2019 @ 6:55 am

    I’m 64 and I have my bubble hair Barbie. So glad I was able to keep her.


  5. Gerri Lauer
    August 8, 2019 @ 5:44 am

    I had Barbie, Ken, Skipper, and Barbie had a girlfriend as well, but I’ve forgotten her name.
    My aunt at the time was a seamstress and made them the most beautiful clothes. In fact, she made Barbie a wedding gown and Ken a tuxedo, so they could marry , and no longer live in sin. I also had the vinyl case, where you could hang up all of their clothes, and house one of them ( they took turns) when I was finished playing.
    Unfortunately, when I was younger, I decided to play hairdresser and cut off all of their hair. Otherwise, they could have been worth a bundle. My mom bought me a package of wigs, but that just wasn’t the same,
    Enjoyed your story. It brought me back to a more innocent and happy time. Thank you.


  6. Cheryl Hanover
    August 8, 2019 @ 12:43 am

    My Barbie story has so much fun and such fond memories. I played with barbies till probably I was too old. Like middle school age. All of my friends loved them too. I had the Barbie townhouse with the cool elevator, the Barbie pink corvette, the pool, tons of clothes and skipper, ken and so many barbies. I used to name them Jen and Hilary. Andrea too. I thought those names were so pretty. She always had a fascinating job and looked gorgeous. It was such a great time using my imagination and having barbies. I still have some in my attic.


    • Jamie
      August 8, 2019 @ 8:45 pm

      I definitely played with my Barbies past age 13. My sister is 2 years younger than me and we had EPIC adventures with them and as we grew up, hitting those middle school years, Barbies was a sort of neutral ground that we could play on. So maybe “too old” but important.


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