This fall, Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids are hitting the store shelves. These are exact reproductions of the originals that captured the hearts of millions during an unprecedented consumer craze back in 1983. Over 115 million Cabbage Patch Kids have been adopted since then, making Cabbage Patch Kids the best-selling large doll of all time.
When our Limited-Edition Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid Lou Maria arrived a few weeks ago from the cool folks at Team Mom, the only disappointment in this house was the fact that there was only one of her. All four of the girls were incredibly excited to open the box, check out little Lou's spoon, clothes, birth certificate, and all her goodies. They enjoyed playing with her just as they do all their Cabbage Patch babies. We are no strangers to the Cabbage Patch around here.
I don't have much of a memory left (after having 4 kids in less than 2 years), but one Christmas that I'll never forget Kari and I each got one of the soft -sculptured, signed by Xavier, original babies along with a cradle that dad made and a blanket that mom made. I know that those dolls, Libby and Claire, and their accompaniments were treasures of Kari's and mine for years.... we still have them, in fact!
My mom worked part time from home sewing the hair on the hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind, soft-sculpture babies heads way back then too. She would pick up black garbage bags full of bald baby heads and lots of yarn every couple of weeks and return them with full heads of hair to Original Appalachian Artworks. Random, I know! I also remember feeling like a very cool kid because my aunt Janice moved to NYC to help start up and run the Babyland General Hospital there for a while. So, as you can tell, we have a long, long history with the Cabbage Patch (and I was/am a total dork)!
Along with being able to purchase the originals again at retail stores for the first time since the 80's, the folks who make these special dolls are also encouraging people to post their own Cabbage Patch memories on a new site that launched September 1st. Go to http://www.cabbagepatchkids25.com/ to submit yours. I suspect there will also be a big 25th Anniversary celebration during the Babyland General Fall Festival on the 20th of September. The girls and I are likely to be there...
So what about you guys? Anyone have any great, interesting, or otherwise heartwarming Cabbage Patch Kids stories? Please leave me a comment and share!!