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To ask what makes you nostalgic about childhood? (Also a request about an item)

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quarkinstockcubes Fri 03-Mar-17 09:56:15

My children are all but one in secondary school, frankly quite boring independent and want to do their own thing. I find myself almost grieving for their childhoods, looking back through photos and remembering the good times etc.

To get to the point I have become very nostalgic about my own childhood and I am searching up some of my old toys on ebay blush As they are now considered vintage they are prohibitively expensive.

Some of the things I have lovely memories attached to are:

Lights Alive
Keypers
Sweet Secrets
Diary Milk dispenser thingys at Christmas
Gloworm

Just yesterday I got this sudden flashback to a swimming bag I had in primary school, it was transparent PVC, from Primark and had a beach scene on the front with liquid for the sea (you could squish the liquid IYKWIM) and a plastic beach ball. At the time it was so amazing and I loved it so much that I even stapled the seams together when they split grin Does anyone know what this type of bag is called (with the liquid inside) I spent ages googling but haven't been able to find it.

My nostalgia is mostly related to items, but what are your items/experiences that make you nostalgic about your own childhood?

SaucyJack Fri 03-Mar-17 10:04:35

Aside from Keypers (WHY don't they still make them?!!!), I also have very fond memories of my Bluebird a la carte kitchen. We knew how to have toys in the 80s. Mr Frosty also.

And chocolate sticks that were made to look like fags. Good times.

itsatrap Fri 03-Mar-17 10:11:11

Did you ever make your parent Swiss roll and baked beans saucyjack for breakfast in bed?

Nancy91 Fri 03-Mar-17 10:12:34

I had a mermaid squishy liquid bag like that! I've just tried to describe it so many ways to google but I can't find it sad

quarkinstockcubes Fri 03-Mar-17 10:13:07

I remember getting the A la Carte kitchen and being disappointed that the swiss roll a la beans was not included!

quarkinstockcubes Fri 03-Mar-17 10:15:54

Nancy I feel your pain [DM sadface] I was actually reminded of it yesterday as I saw a phone cover with the liquid inside it. They are called liquid glitter covers so I have spent --too much--some time googling liquid glitter bags but no joy yet. My bag was gorgeous, it had legs on it as if someone had just dived into the sea.

Scoose Fri 03-Mar-17 10:17:55

I bloody loved keypers I was talking about these the other day with my mum. I also had a la carts kitchen and used to love my mini mouse roller boots. I also had one of those dolls where if you raised the arm it's hair grew ! The toys were so much better in the 80s/90s

quarkinstockcubes Fri 03-Mar-17 10:21:55

Scouse I am suddenly getting a vague memory of those dolls! I didn't have one but a neighbour did. I wanted a Teddy Ruxpin.

moogletea Fri 03-Mar-17 10:25:56

@quarkinstockcubes was it like one of these bags

Mingewithafringe Fri 03-Mar-17 10:27:45

I follow a group on Facebook called Back to the Past and they regularly post clips of 90s tv programmes or adverts. They take me right back to such a happy time in my life, I just feel sad that I was too young at the time (early teens) to know it sad

2beesornot2beesthatisthehoney Fri 03-Mar-17 10:28:09

My Sasha doll that my mother gave away . But I made up for it in later life , it's now quite a "hobby" . yes one of those things that some MNetters don't have

2beesornot2beesthatisthehoney Fri 03-Mar-17 10:28:49

Oh and Watching Blue Peter eating my tea.

snoopyokay Fri 03-Mar-17 10:35:09

Polly Pocket. Could spend hours playing with that! Wonder if they still make it?

quarkinstockcubes Fri 03-Mar-17 10:42:00

2bee you have just reminded me of the bliss that was a dinner of chick sticks/Findus crispy pancakes in front of the tv. Those were the days..... What hobby have you got relating to the doll?

Moogle it is like like one! But that seems to be a modern one, I'm after a vintage one.

ThisAintALoveSong Fri 03-Mar-17 11:46:59

Keypers! and Gloworm! Aahhh memories...

Not forgetting the Wuzzles cartoon, Sylvanian Families and jelly shoes. In the mid/late 90s I had tacky PVC inflatable sofa/chair and cushion which I 'decorated' with gold and silver marker pens. I thought I was the bees knees.

2beesornot2beesthatisthehoney Fri 03-Mar-17 11:49:30

Collecting them , making clothes for them , photographing them Oh and a very large doll house.i suspect a psychologist would suggest it's a Backlash from having doll given away. Mum thinks I am mad but I don't care!

ThisAintALoveSong Fri 03-Mar-17 11:56:48

Yeeesss to the doll whose hair grew as you raised the arm grin

I remember my mum being on a driving lesson and me being a very young girl having to sit in the back seat of the instructors car. That was my toy of choice to keep me entertained.

Anyone remember scented cupcake dolls that you could turn the dress inside out and put the hat on as the icing?

Ginmakesitallok Fri 03-Mar-17 11:57:52

Lucky bags.

ChippyTea16 Fri 03-Mar-17 11:59:40

I love my old childhood toys! I also follow a page on facebook called Too Old To Grow Up (totgu) and it always posts stuff from the 80s. I loved:

-my post office toy with stamps
-Polly Pockets
-Having Findus crispy pancakes with hungry joe's potato hash things whilst watching Byker Grover/Grange Hill/Heartbreak High
-trying to tape songs from the Top 40 without getting the voiceovers!
-Sonic the Hedgehog games
-eating crumpets and playing cards at my Grandma and Grandad's house
-watching Laurel and Hardy on video at G&G's house
-Lilt!
-Flymo (I think it was called that) - that neon playdough stuff
-I had a bright pink plastic egg that contained bright pink putty that I'd take everywhere
-Forever Friends
-My Filofax organiser! A kids' one, not a real one
-Top of the Pops, Shout and Sugar magazine
-baking cakes with my Mum

Aww I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now...I'm definitely glad I grew up when I did. I feel so sorry for kids these days!

2beesornot2beesthatisthehoney Fri 03-Mar-17 12:00:22

And the freedom of being able to go out and play in the woods for the whole day. Packed lunch and off we went.
Whilst we were there, Climbing probably the tallest tree and looking out over the canopy and not thinking about breaking my bloody neck if the branches had snapped

ShowMePotatoSalad Fri 03-Mar-17 12:02:17

- Clarks shoes with the key in the sole
- Yoyos and tamagotchis
- Um Bongo
- Those juice drinks in a clear plastic bottle with a little plastic nib at the top that you twisted
- Monster Munch and Tangy Toms
- The drinks cartons with the plastic lid that you ripped off
- Mr Freeze pops
The 90s version of the Grange Hill theme tune
- Round the Twist

SilverDragonfly1 Fri 03-Mar-17 12:03:36

2Bee I collect vintage dolls houses and my pride and joy is a Lundby like the one I felt obliged to give away when I was too old to play with it. Spent years hunting down the exact one (they changed the decorations each year so not a quick find) and finally got it for my birthday this year. And now my son has left home, I have a dolls house room. Yes, it's a... HOBBY!

shakemysilliesout Fri 03-Mar-17 12:04:50

Pre digital age there were less photos of things, I am sad I don't have more photos of every day life from childhood, only holidays, I like now kids can look back at so many photos from places from their childhood.

I love nostalgia, it will be great being in a care home watching old episodes of the demon headmaster and gladiators.

SilverDragonfly1 Fri 03-Mar-17 12:04:55

Snoopy No more Polly Pocket- I suspect on H&S grounds... They did make a larger version for a while but it wasn't popular- like mini barbies really.

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Fri 03-Mar-17 12:07:52

Tiny tears
Teeny tiny tears
Teeny weeny tiny tears
Looked like proper dolls not the creepy baby bjorn things!!

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