Daily Prompt: Memories For Sale
by michelle w. on May 16, 2013
On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.
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Barbie and I were born the same year. She is just a couple of months older than me. My mother had the foresight to buy the first Barbie for me and she stayed in her packaging for about 5 years. I had several Barbie’s over the years, close to 100, and gave them all away when I was 14. We were moving and I was a teenager and thought I didn’t need Barbie’s anymore.
When my first daughter was born, I wished I had saved mine for her, but she soon had a collection of her own.
My other daughters never cared for or played with dolls of any kind, but two of my granddaughters love their Barbie’s.
I was in my late twenties when I learned that the first Barbie was produced in 1959 and started wishing I had left mine in the box and kept it, but who knew she would become and icon? I certainly didn’t.
I searched for an original, in the box, 1959 Barbie, but they were all out of my price range. One weekend, we went to Kentucky to visit with our middle daughter and her family. We went to a garage sale near Hopkinsville, and after looking around for a bit, I spied what I had been looking for; an original 1959 Barbie still in the box. She was in a price range that I could afford, so I snatched her up and bought her. (I wish!)
She will stay in her box for as long as I’m living. I will pass her on to one of my granddaughters that understands not only her monetary value, but her sentimental value, as well. (If I ever find one I can afford.)
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