Weirdest toy fad?
Pokémon, 25 years later I still don’t get it.
I’m saying beanie babies solely because there were way more adults than children collecting them.
- Honorable mention: Furby.
- The correct answer is Beanie Babies. Without question. Have you met these women? I have.
P.S. My original 80’s Christmas-frenzy doll was named Theodora Isabell. (my second was Roberta from the “preemie” line. As in premature infants. YO, WUT? Eighties, you so crazy…)
1996 Tickle me Elmo. Limited supply and lots of violence on nightly news.
I mean, what did beanie babies actually do?
If you take today’s monkey chat too seriously…
Even before the Furby and Tickle Me Elmo there were these things. I managed to teach one to be an Attack Rock, though…
Mood rings are another early nominee. Sure classify them as jewelry, but…
in the early 2000s i had someone steal a beanie baby off my desk because it was rare. odd time that was. what a weird choice in life to make
Good call. Most of these I was at least curious about at the time, but I thought pogs were ridiculous immediately.
Spinners, let’s all stare at a Spinner and go brain dead. Yea, so much fun.
Mine was Alvin Van he came with a pacifier
Funny story: I was on my way to a meeting with the designer for my new kitchen and I passed a yard sale. I stopped, U turned and went back because they had an original Cabbage Patch kid in the original box - never taken out. The woman had gotten it from a vendor back in the day as a gift and had put it out for sake a bunch of times and no one was interested.
Sentimental story: I was raised by my grandmother and we were Macy’s in the Galleria in White Plains, NY when they were first setting up the Cabbage Patch doll display. My grandmother bought me one - this was way before the craze. Between growing up and moving, Alvin Van got lost.
When I saw the Cabagge Patch for sale at the garage sake, I broke down in tears. Omg, I am tearing up now.
I was a half hour late to my meeting and when I explained why, they all had that smile of remembering a great memory from their life on their face.
Caused people to lose their minds and their savings, go into debt - things are worthless now
My step-aunt, who was a grown woman at the time of Cabbage Patch Kids, used to carry one around like it was her own child. She carried it everywhere, even in public.
When I was a young adult and realized how weird it was, it became my mantra that I don’t care how I turn out, just that I don’t turn out like that Aunt.
I would like to say I was 11 at the time of CPK - thank you
Does anyone remember when you could go to the CPK headquarters and adopt one out of actual cabbage patch leaves
Apparently you still can:
I was at an art sale the other day and a few vendors had the equivalent of pet rocks for sale - they had some new trendy name and the $ to go with it
Seen a little while ago at a thrift store – about a dozen beanies in acrylic cases and more that were loose but with tag protectors. Basically, from however much spent back in the days to near worthlessness.
(Someone should tell that to the one guy who keeps buying catshirts here. Also, yes, I’m wearing a catshirt today. Happy Caturday!)
Sure… call them “Adoptable Silicates” or some such.
I have enough rocks in my garden if I want that sort of pet