Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cubby the bear


I am a crazy  enthusiastic  shopper on Ebay and Etsy, but I have got to stop!  It is so hard for me to see all of the items from my childhood just sitting there!

I know a lot of people say you can’t go back, well I disagree…if that is where you want to be then go there!  Of course, being a genealogist helps that mantra! lol  But seriously, does it hurt to remember a time when things were good…really good….I don’t think so, just as long as you can be present when you need to be.

With that said, one Christmas, I must have been about 7, Santa brought me a little bear in my stocking one year when we were in Eau Claire, it peeked out at me and I was just beside myself!  You would wind him up and he would turn the metal pages of a small book he had, and when he was done “reading it” he would turn them back and start again….I never thought I would see him again…but guess what????

Here he is!!!!!!!!!!!


He doesn’t work correctly so he is be going back to the seller, he wasn’t cheap….although when he was originally made in the 1950’s   he cost…649171441_o

This is the one I had….


he was dark brown with red overalls…..this one is missing his book….

There was one on EBay BRAND New in the box…


Missed him….but that is OK…I was amazed at the amount of these little guys that are out there…his name is Cubby….

Here is a video of how he is to work….

My husband says that I don’t need to go back to my childhood, because I never left it!  :):)

What toy brings back great memories and feelings for you?



Simply Shelley said...

Boy,he is a fast reader indeed :) Very cute...glad you got him back....blessings

Laura said...

Your husband ....I agree with you 100% we can go back in time as long as we are here when we need to be :)

Perfectly Printed said...

I love looking up toys that I played with on EBAY! Your Cubby is very cute!



I have my TIny Tears doll and Lassie dog stuffed animal from my childhood. Happy memories for you!
Cute Cubby. I haven't seen one before. Of course you are younger than me!!!

Unknown said...

Aww...he is too cute. Too bad he doesn't work. ;(

Unknown said...

Hi Sandy, It was such a pleasure to talk with you! I love learning about vintage from you. People in my life ask me how I know so much, and I say, "I have this friend ....." Love your little bear! E

Unknown said...

Hi Sandy, It was such a pleasure to talk with you! I love learning about vintage from you. People in my life ask me how I know so much, and I say, "I have this friend ....." Love your little bear! E

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

OK, I think you do have a 3 column design!
Anyway, I fully believe in buying stuff on Ebay to recapture your childhood! lol Seriously, I think it's the best thing since sliced bread! It brings me such joy to have some of my toys back!
So are you going to keep looking for your Bear? Eventually you'll find one that works AND matches the one you had!
I'll keep my eyes open at the flea markets here too. Maybe I'll come across Cubby! :)

vivian said...

Sandy... what a great bear toy! too bad the one you bought doesnt work correctly. Hes still adorable!
I have a little bear that you wind up with a key and he does somersaults! soo fun to play with. I love seeing the old things we played with when we were kids.
have a great day my friend!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Darling bear. I can see why you are smitten and need to rescue them.

Donna said...

YES! I too love to revisit my childhood via Ebay and I've bought a few "duplicate" toys over the years. Even better, my parents are also sentimental packrats so they have many of my original toys. Lately Mom has been downsizing and I've been the happy and lucky recipient of her finds! She returned my sweet original Raggedy Ann to me at Christmas and I can't tell you the feelings that well up inside me when I look at here---amazing how the mood, smells and sounds of childhood can return in an instant when I look into Raggedy's face! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Sandy,
I love the little reading bear, too bad he didn't work.I've never seen one before, but I'm sure you will find one you like on eBay! I think I must be addicted, I owned my whole paycheck to my hubby this Friday! :-) Too much eBay this week, but I only discovered it about a year ago and I had no idea I could find all those old toys I used to have! My grown sons take one look in my playroom and say "she needs therapy"! :-)
Life is short, choose Joy, there's too much sadness all around.
Dorothy and Ms.Wilma

ImagiMeri said...

Oh girlfriend, you are such the perfect friend for me. You and me and our TOYS!!!!!! I could easily see us getting together to play Barbies, or house with our playhouses......

Although that bear does look a little manic and scary now......wink, wink.

Love ya,

Nan said...

Sandy how sweet you can find all these things and I totally understand as I have done this myself many times.
Was it you who found the dealer on EB who sold the wooden cut outs of the Easter figurers and such? I thought it was as I went right over there and got two for myself and they came last week. I love them so sturdy and well made. Nan

My Vintage Mending said...

Please play a little for me...he is darling...smiles..Renee

Tammy's in Love said...

It's amazing to see toys that we loved isn't it? I had a stuff Chimpanzee who had red suspenders and plastic shoes that looked like white baby leather walkers. I loved him and he seemed to have gone AWOL sometime when I was around 13...I swear I check the bins at the thrifts thinking someday...I will see those baby shoes sticking up and KNOW HIM!

vintage grey said...

Oh, your Cubby is so darn cute!! I still have a teddy bear that was given to me the day I was born. He is raggedy, but I love him!! Have a great week! xo Heather

craftyles said...

Sandy, he is adorable. I 've never seen a Cubby. My whole craftroom is filled with toys and things that remind me of when I was a kid. ANd I love it!

Nanette Merrill said...

What an incredible find. I love things from my childhood, too. And I completely agree with you. What is wrong with trying to go back to a very simple and happy time? I consider my childhood to be the best that could be. I didn't know we were poor. And I was happy with small pleasures. I would go back, but with my iphone.

Anonymous said...

Too bad he doesn't work. Good luck in your search! I spent hours in my camps, forts and tree house as a child. Do you think I can find them on e bay? ;)


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