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Toys at Christmas- Vintage Toys I Used to Have

Looking at some of the toys that are out there; I was thinking about the toys I used to have as a kid and thought I would share these now vintage toys.

I thought it would be a fun look back at some of the toys I had, that are considered retro. Does anyone else think that things from the 80s and 90s shouldn’t be called “vintage”? ๐Ÿ™‚

Retro Toys

I must have considered either being a designer or Fashion blogger as a kid, as I owned the popular “Fashion Plates.”

This was made of heavy duty plastic plates, in which you would create outfits and color over the plates to “draw” the outfit. You would choose different plates to create different outfits.

I learned that this made now, by another company, and is not the “heavy duty” Fashion Plates I used to have, but could still be fun for a budding fashionista!

This Barbie Fashion Plates is the current version below.

The new Fashion Plates


Bozo the clown .ย  My mom told me I used to hug bozo as a small child. ๐Ÿ™‚ But know a child that has extra energy?

Maybe the domesticity seeds were planted! LOL. I was so proud to help mom vacuum the floors, even though it looked like a mutli-colored popcorn popper! I also had a mop and broom! This retro toy is from Fisher Price. Isn’t it interesting many of the toys for girls revolved around fashion and keeping a nice house?!

Remember the Easy Bake Oven?ย  One of the classic toys that had me interested in baking. Now, it’s time to make these Gingrebread Biscotti!

Remember Spirograph? We used to create designs for hours! the Kenner Toy Co. acquired the U.S. distribution rights and began selling the multi-piece plastic sets in 1966. By the 1970s, the toy, which allowed one to draw โ€œa million marvelous patterns,โ€ was a favorite with artistically inclined children and adults all over the country.ย  * source

Our family loved to play games together Do you remember…’





What are some of the “retro toys” you remember receiving? Tell me in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

I’m keeping it a bit short today, as we just came home yesterday from a long drive to Pittsburgh. I need to recoup!

Have a great weekend!

Jess xx


  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 10:12h, 15 December Reply

    Bringing back so many great memories!!


  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 16:35h, 14 December Reply

    I definitely had a couple of these, what a fun post Jess. Jacqui x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:36h, 15 December Reply

      Thanks Jacqui! These are the ones that initially stood out in my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved the Fashion Plates!

  • Lovely
    Posted at 01:29h, 13 December Reply

    The fashion plates looks so fun. I have not heard of it before, but it is such a cool toy.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:14h, 13 December Reply

      They were so fun when I was young. Great for budding fashionistas!

  • Diana
    Posted at 06:21h, 12 December Reply

    Love this idea!
    Thanks and keep sharing great content.

    Diana – Best Places To Buy For Christmas Decorations This Year

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 02:45h, 11 December Reply

    What a lovely post. My brother liked Spirograph. I had 2 different and short lived versions, Spiromatic, which had a battery operated wheel, and you squeeze tubes of paint into it to make awful artworks, and Spirofoil, which used aluminium instead of paper. Thanks for linking x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:05h, 11 December Reply

      Hi Gail, this was interesting to me, as I didn’t know those were made!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 18:00h, 10 December Reply

    OMG, how fun to take a trip back through time with these toys!!
    I never knew anything about those fashion plates. I was more into the game Operation, haha!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:04h, 11 December Reply

      I liked Operation too, but wasnt great at it! No surgery for me!

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 11:46h, 10 December Reply

    We have a lightbrite and a spryrograph now. I do remember the fashion plates from growing up but I can’t remember if I had them or not.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:04h, 11 December Reply

      That is neat that you have those toys! I remember both of them.

  • Gwen Gottlieb
    Posted at 07:19h, 10 December Reply

    What fun to revisit these vintage toys! I canโ€™t believe the modern versions today you should see my grandsons Kitchen – complete with shopping cart!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:48h, 12 December Reply

      Now that is neat! I love the shopping cart ! There were much more toys but these were ones that made an impact:-)

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 05:09h, 10 December Reply

    Oh yes, I remember these well. I loved Fashion Plates! I always wanted – but never got – an Easy Bake oven. My mom probably knew I’d do nothing but bake and eat little cakes all day long – hahahahaha!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 12 December Reply

      I loved them too, one of my favorite toys! heheh! I had a bunch of kitchen appliances -LOL

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