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post #21 of 39
Lots, we had a built in cupboard in an alcove next to the fireplace it was deep (about three feet maybe) and had two shelves, it was full of stuff, then the closet in the hall had doll strollers, toy ironing board etc in it, and in the bedroom we had the dolly beds and clothes and a doll wardrobe with more stuff in it. All shared with one older sister and lots were hand me downs from two aunts who were close to us in age.
post #22 of 39
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I had a ton of books...I mean, TONS. My parents were never stingy about them, and I had bookshelves filled. ]

Me too! I remember I had TONS and TONS of books but I don't really remember how many toys except for a few favorites.

I do remember the number of toys at one friend's house though. It was insane!! She had so many toys I still remember the first time I walked into her house. It was way out of control.
post #23 of 39
When I was younger, not a lot but enough. I remember my Fisher Price barn and animals so vividly...Usually we got 1, 2, or 3 toys and something homemade. Mom crocheted a clown, hooked a rug, sewed a robe, crocheted an afghan, etc. We played outside a lot and didn't really use a lot of toys there. We were busy making mudpies or climbing trees...
When we were older, like middle school age, we did get more toys and I had a half dozen or so Barbies, one Cabbage Patch kid, lots of Legos, several board games, tons of books, but not like huge ridiculous amounts. I think my parents were pretty good at balancing our wants with their values.
post #24 of 39
I don't remember all of them. I remember having at least 3 garbage bags full of stuffed animals, which were my favorite. At some point I got rid of them all and then I regretted it. I also remember loving legos and not having enough, loving those marble track things, coloring books, origami, etc. Now that I think about it, I feel like I had a lot of toys and games, even though we were really poor. Hmm.
post #25 of 39
I know I had ALOT but only a small percentage are remembered as things I played with alot or have strong associations with my childhood. I had a doll I named Laurie and one named "Tracy". These are two I remember but I know from what I've been told that I had close 20 + more. I remember loving my Easy Bake Oven when I was little and using it for "experiments" when I was older-melting crayons and such LOL! Light Bright doubled as a colorful nightlight, a blue typewriter my brothers and I used to type secret spy messages, a baton and a Fisher Price school house are two more I remember. I know I had lots of stuffed animals but can only recall being attached to a purple cow I named Eyore(sp?) and a Raggedy Ann doll as tall as I was. I guess my point is that while I had tons- I probably would have been happy with much less as only a few were special to me. I played outside with my brothers alot. We explored, rode bikes, caught frogs, played with friends and pets etc. etc. I gave my kids wayyy to many toys when they were little and have thrown out countless bags of unwanted, unappreciated plastic over the years. I've cut the amount of "stuff" I buy them in half and they honestly haven't noticed.
post #26 of 39
I know I had ALOT but only a small percentage are remembered as things I played with alot or have strong associations with my childhood. I had a doll I named Laurie and one named "Tracy". These are two I remember but I know from what I've been told that I had close 20 + more. I remember loving my Easy Bake Oven when I was little and using it for "experiments" when I was older-melting crayons and such LOL! Light Bright doubled as a colorful nightlight, a blue typewriter my brothers and I used to type secret spy messages, a baton and a Fisher Price school house are two more I remember. I know I had lots of stuffed animals but can only recall being attached to a purple cow I named Eyore(sp?) and a Raggedy Ann doll as tall as I was. I guess my point is that while I had tons- I probably would have been happy with much less as only a few were special to me. I played outside with my brothers alot. We explored, rode bikes, caught frogs, played with friends and pets etc. etc. I gave my kids wayyy to many toys when they were little and have thrown out countless bags of unwanted, unappreciated plastic over the years. I've cut the amount of "stuff" I buy them in half and they honestly haven't noticed.
post #27 of 39
What I specifically remember (like photographically) is how the Christmas tree looked each year when we came down in the morning. The gifts covered the entire living room floor. It was typical plastic Toys R Us kind of stuff (meaning cheap enough to buy a lot--for my upper middle class parents at least). I also remember sitting down with catalogs every November and marking all the pages of things I wanted. I also remember opening each gift thinking "what's next?" (though I was excited to get each thing, I know I wasn't grateful the way I should have been). I don't want this for my kids.

DS is only 2.5, we get him one big gift of Christmas and one for his birthday. Big because we ONLY get him toys at Christmas and birthday with a few small exceptions (from the consignment shop mostly) the rest of the year. So if he's going to have a play kitchen (last year's xmas gift) or a tricycle (next birthday), then its got to be at xmas or birthday. This year is a play market.

We REALLY value quality over quantity. We'd rather him have 1 small handmade wood truck from Maine than a big set of plastic things made in a huge factory in China.
post #28 of 39
I didn't have a lot of toys per se, but we did have a cupboard full of board games. There were five of us, 4 of us under the age of 6, when my dad left so money was very sparse and the toys we did have were really community toys. That said, I don't ever remember feeling deprived, but I do remember lots of fun times playing outside, playing dolls with my sister, reading, reading and more reading (love the library!) and playing LOTS of board games. However, my ds has too many toys. I do hope he remembers all the hours we spend playing together, our nightly board game before bed and all of the reading we do together rather than how many toys he has.
post #29 of 39
Enough. I certainly don't remember if it was more or less than the norm.

I do, however, remember the one toy I begged for over and over and over again and never got. A play kitchen. I bought DS1 a play kitchen for his first birthday
post #30 of 39
I didn't really have many toys because the ones that interested me weren't really in the family budget (so I'd get books instead, when I had a choice). My little brother, who adored things like little cars and plastic dinosaurs had a dresser's worth.
We'd share things like building sets (k'nex for instance) with them being mostly his idea and then I'd get involved in building them too.
We'd also play with stuff around the house.

I sent two overstuffed garbage bags of toys to goodwill when I did some clearing out of my parent's basement and attic this last visit. Also threw away another half bag's worth of broken junk.

I do remember visiting a family one time and being jealous that their living room was covered (practically a second carpet) in happy meal-type toys.
post #31 of 39
This post resonated with me... one day my dad was looking at a cabinet my sister had had refinished. He pointed to a drawer and said, "That's where my toys were kept."

The drawer was the width and depth of a small cutlery drawer. My dad turned out alright... literate, community oriented, and very smart.

When I was a kid, my parents did their best to give us some nice toys, but what I really remember are the experiences they gave us... we all have a yen for travel, and we all have a tie to the land. My parents also gave me North America's greatest "toy"... the gift of some time to find out what I love and what I want to do.

No kidding, that time to play around as a young adult is truly a great gift, and if you compare it to the rest of the world, it is also a "toy".
post #32 of 39
My brother and I didn't have a huge amount of toys. I think my mom was very anti-clutter, like me. So we had toys in our bedrooms, and lots of books on the family bookshelf, but we never had a playroom or anything, and no toys scattered around the house. That sort of limited the amount of toys for us.

My favorite things were my stuffed animals, which I had a bunch of, and dolls; I ended up with four Cabbage Patch dolls by the time I outgrew them, several Playmobil sets, and my dollhouse. I was also really into arts and crafts, so had a good supply of paper, crayons, markers, coloring books, and paints.

Other than that, I can't really recall many toys that I had. We're similarly minimalistic with our own kids' toys here, including not having toys in the rest of the house.
post #33 of 39
We had a decent amount but not excessive- I never remembered being bored at all. We had a lot of sets: Barbies, Legos, My Little Ponies, Care Bears, etc. We didn't have a playroom or anything and toys were kept in our rooms or in the basement. My parents were pretty good about making sure that our relatives didn't get us too much. We were the only kids in the family so it must have been tough at times! We also had a lot of games and books.
post #34 of 39
I came from a fairly affluent middle-class family, and while we had nice good quality toys, IMO we didn't have a lot of them. My mother refused to buy trendy toys or toys she felt were dumb, like the EZ Bake Oven. I really wanted one, and I remember her surprise, "A pretend oven??? That's crazy. You can use the REAL oven!" So I made a lot of cupcakes growing up, lol. She was (and is) very anti-clutter, and she grew up on a farm w/ very minimal toys.

Compared to her, I buy my boys a lot. My DH thinks I buy a lot. Compared to our friends, I'm in the middle of the spectrum, and some people have called me a minimalist, so I think it's all perspective. Maybe also generational--DH and I are both 40, his dad was an MD, mine a lawyer, and we agree that we had about 1/2 (or less) of the amount of toys most kids have today.
post #35 of 39
Thinking back I remember having tons of toys which is odd since my parents never had a lot of money because they were constantly working on their education with odd jobs on the side.

So, I was talking to my dad the other day about feeling guilty for not buying my son a tons of new toys despite the fact that the money is there.
He kind of chuckled and said, "Yeah, you had tons of toys, but rarely was anything ever bought new. About 95% of what you had was built (a wooden kitchen set) from scrap wood we got from an odd job or second hand from the thrift store."
Even the piano I remember being so coveted and "new to me" was traded for work my dad did and about 15 yrs old.

What I remember and cherish the more than those toys is that my dad took me just about everywhere he went...even to job sites when it was allowed.
post #36 of 39
This is totally going to vary from person to person. I had a lot of outside toys (bikes, hula-hoops, scooters, etc) and a few barbies and such. We didn't really play with a lot of toys, so we didn't have them. My mom said that we were always more interested in real life things, dressing up and playing outside.

HOWEVER! My 5yo ds LOOOVES toys. He's always taken very good care of them and used them all day long. Thus, he has A LOT of toys because they entertain him and make him happy.

I think you have to tailor how many toys you have to your children. If you have kids that break things or would rather play make-believe games then why bother with toys?? I had a friend that SWORE she was never going to have more than 10 toys for her son at a time.. Well guess what, her son has a whole room of brightly colored plastic things because he really likes them. I say, go with the flow!
post #37 of 39
We had tons of toys. I was the 3rd of 4 girls.

My favorites were the Cabbage Patch kids. I still remember (almost) all their names - Fayme Beluh, Fernanda Edith, Percy, Claire Lilah, and then a few others. I cherished them and saved them and all their clothes and accessories. Sadly the box got lost in a move, but maybe that was for the best.

I wasn't allowed Barbies or later on, Nintendo (my older sisters protested them).
post #38 of 39
A lot. Not new ones though, usually buckets of cheap nasty hand-me-downs for the Poor Pastor's Family. I actually probably would have had a calmer mother and more peaceful childhood with far fewer toys, because they were always scattered EVERYWHERE and we trod on them a dozen times a day. Then again, tidiness wasn't our strong point in general.
post #39 of 39
Funny you ask. I don't really remember having a lot or a little. What I do remember was the toy paradise at a friend's house. Neatly organized in a bright sunny room. They were a big family and the mom thrifted a lot. I just remember it was really cool to play there.

I don't think we had a lot but my mom was very free with buying books. I read and read and read. I also remember always feeling kind of lonely becuase there was no one to play with. I always trying to get my mom to play boards games and such with me.
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