Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blast from the past ...

About a week before we went to California, Rick and I took the boys on a field trip to the Miracle of America Museum. It's a local place that we've driven by countless of times, but had never visited. We'd always viewed it as one of those cheesy, little tourist traps that people go to while they're on their way someplace else. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised. There was so much to look at that we literally lost track of time. We saw everything from airplanes, to mummy cases, to war memorbilia, to a baby calf with two heads!

As you can see, I've posted pictures of a rusty, old dollhouse. It was behind a rail guard, so I couldn't get very good pictures of it. Plus, it was just kind of scattered along with a bunch of other toys. I would have loved to look at it more closely, but it was so old. It literally looked like the only thing holding it together was the rust and dust. It sure brought back some memories, though. For awhile, I thought I had this same dollhouse when I was a kid. That's why I took the pictures of it. After looking around online, I realize I didn't have this particular house. Instead, I absolutely remember having this dollhouse. I remember the blue roof and all the details so vividly because I played with it so much. This particular one is being bid on eBay, and right now it's still at a decent price. I really wish I could get it, but of course, I have no need for it. If I ever came across it at a thrift store or yard sale, I'd probably by it just for nostalgia reasons.

However, if you go to eBay and do a search on "vintage metal dollhouses", you might be surprised how much they go for. I'm looking now and seeing prices anywhere from $15 to over $300 for these things, depending on their condition. I honestly don't know why this interests me so much. I guess I'm just very sentimental about toys I had as a kid. That's probably because most were lost, broken, or given away. I have very few things from my childhood. However, every now and then I see something that triggers a memory, whether it be an old book, toy, clothing item, or even a rusty dollhouse like this one.


  1. I think dollhouses have a particular kind of hold on me, too.

  2. how cute. we never had metal ones over here in the uk

  3. I think we're attracted to things we enjoyed as children. I didn't have a doll house, but had lots of dolls. Most of them are gone now, except for a few I managed to keep. Sometimes I see a doll that I just have to have, so I add it to my collection. They're so neat.

  4. This brings back such memories! I also had a metal doll house when I was growing up, I mentioned it to my sister once and it came back to her, too. I don't remember exactly what it looked like, but Oh how I would like to still have it. I don't have any toys from my childhood, either. I guess that is why I've held onto a lot of my kid's toys (even though they are boys and I don't think they could care less)