Friday, July 29, 2016

A Little Christmas in July: Vintage Toyshop Edition


By: Liz (Don't call me Betsy) McCall
From: The Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
First book: Death of a Toy Soldier

Hi, there. I think I’m in the right place. See, this is my first time here.

I’m Liz McCall, and I manage Well Played, a vintage toyshop in East Aurora, New York.

The shop was actually my dad’s dream of a lifetime. When he retired from the police force, he sank most of his pension into the storefront on Main Street. He and I moved into the small apartment over the shop, and soon started filling the retail space with toys from all decades, all carefully cleaned and restored.

One would think that a toy shop would be a draw for children, and I guess most of the kids who come in like us just fine. But it’s really the adults drawn to the shop. Some collectors, yes, and even a few interior decorators, if you can imagine that. But for most of our customers, nostalgia lures them in…and brings them back.

It’s hard to walk down any aisle and not see something that immediately takes you back to those— hopefully happy—days of childhood. Maybe it’s that doll with the eyes that opened and closed, that you carefully tucked into its bassinet at night.  Or a cap pistol that you were sure would allow you to catch all those desperados roaming around the neighborhood. Or even the Scooby Doo lunchbox into which your mom would pack a PB & J, an apple, and a Thermos of milk.

Whether it’s an action figure from a cherished movie or TV show, or that board game played on rainy afternoons, those memories might be distant, but they run deep. It’s not surprising that the most repeated sounds in our shop are happy squeals, followed by, “I remember that!”

Note from the author: The reason Liz is new here is that this is the first Killer Character post for the upcoming Vintage Toyshop mystery series. The first book, Death of a Toy Soldier, releases October 11th from Crooked Lane and is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BooksaMillion, Book Depository, and elsewhere. Please follow Barbara Early’s Facebook page for more information and future giveaways!



TODAY’S GIVE AWAY is the pictured VINTAGE TOYSHOP Super Swag Pack PLUS a somewhat rare advance review copy of DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER. To enter, leave a comment below, including your email address in a safe, spam-free format (ie. cozyreader AT myhost DOT com). International entries permitted. One entry per person.

Occasionally blogger hiccups and loses comments. If you have trouble posting a comment, alternately you may enter here. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via the email provided.

Question for discussion: Do you have a favorite toy you remember from your childhood?

120 comments:

  1. Am I allowed to enter your giveaway as I live in the UK. I remember a sack of toys was giving to us by someone whose children had grown out of them well as I was a bit of a tomboy my favourite was a little tin garage with 3 tin cars. My email if I'm allowed to enter is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, you can enter. Thanks for doing so!

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  2. Jacks. Did anyone else play with these? We spend hours sitting outside playing with them.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. I liked them, but I was awful at it. So good for developing coordination, though.

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  3. Would you settle for an anti-favorite? At some point, back in the Howdy Doody days, my parents decided I loved marionnettes. Nope, I thought they were creepy, but I was given at least three, and a puppet theater for them. I did have a great green dragon hand puppet, though.

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    1. Sounds like your parents liked marionettes. And yeah, they can be a little creepy.

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  4. I loved my Ginny doll and I still have her displayed. She has beautiful red curly hair which I loved and wished for. I was lucky to have a curly red headed daughter! Thanks for the possible gift, it would be just wonderful! jmarshall730 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hold on to it! Sadly, none of my dolls survived my childhood. I had a nasty habit of taking them apart. To see how they worked, nothing homicidal. Then again, considering I ended up a mystery writer...

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  5. I had a game I loved for some reason where you set up a town to deliver milk and eggs.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Milk and eggs are important to kids. Important to me too. I haven't had breakfast yet!

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  6. The books sound like fun. I've still got a couple of my dolls. My daughter played with them and I'm hoping to have a granddaughter someday to pass them to.

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    1. Remember to leave your email address, Debbie!

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  7. I miss all of my original My Little Ponies, Rainbow Bright, and Care Bears. The new one just aren't as good.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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    1. My husband once traveled to Baltimore on a business trip at the tail end (pun unintended) of a Brony Con. Nothing like walking into a hotel lobby and running into, without warning, a large group of cosplayers! Until that point, I wasn't aware of the tremendous adult following for MLP.

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  8. Liz, you are a hoot! Don't enter me in this contest of yours, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello. Tell your father hey for me and if he finds any monopoly games from the original series to give me a call.

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  9. I have a few favorites Barbie, of course, also Colorforms. I bet only us older readers remember them. I also loved my hula hoop.
    This sounds like a great series. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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    1. Colorforms were so much fun. I still remember how the box used to smell when you opened them for the first time. Probably deadly chemicals. LOL. How did we survive?

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  10. I was a traditional girlie girl, so looking back I would have to say my baby doll was my favorite toy.

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  11. I still have my little wind-up "music box" that looks like a radio and plays 10 Little Indians.
    asnoah1@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, I remember that song. I'm going to lay odds kids don't sing that anymore. Kind of like how Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" evolved from the original title--and then the second.

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  12. I still remember my Chatty Cathy doll , I was maybe 4 or 5 that Christamas. I thought it was extra awesome because my name is Kathy so I thought she was named after me ! Now I realize it was probably because I never quit talking 😁 Lovely giveaway , thank you for a chance to win ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. I couldn't resist naming Liz's sister-in-law Cathy. :)

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  13. WOW! I love this toy shop series already. I also loved the Betsy McCall paper dolls. I had a ragged Pixie (or was it Dixie) stuffed mouse until it fell apart, probably a hand-me-down. Still LOVE cartoons. And my sister and I collect Snoopy items. Another sister of mine had a lunch box with Dale Evans, and passed down her wagon/team and plastic Indians set to the rest of us. Well played, indeed!

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    1. I'm still looking for Betsy McCall paper dolls every time I go to a toy show. Haven't found any yet.

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    2. I have my Betty Wetsy doll from 1956. She still wets ! Lol. I also still have my farm , it's a wooden barn with a cow , pig , horse , chickena lamb and the farmer with his tractor.
      joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

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    3. I have my Betty Wetsy doll from 1956. She still wets ! Lol. I also still have my farm , it's a wooden barn with a cow , pig , horse , chickena lamb and the farmer with his tractor.
      joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

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  14. I can think of many toys I loved as a kid. I really liked playing barbies with my sister and then I enjoyed fashion plates as well. I still have my Bozo the clown doll I got for my first Christmas. Of course I loved getting new books as a kid as well. Thank you for the chance to win. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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    1. I didn't have a Bozo doll, but I had the old Bozo punching bag. Always felt a little guilty hitting him, even though he always popped up smiling.

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  15. I can't wait to read this series! Thank you for the fun giveaway.
    kpowers784@yahoo.com

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  16. I would love something like this. I have gone back and started collecting Nancy Drew books and anything connected with her would be my squeal as I walked down the aisle. What a charming subject for a mystery. Please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. I came across a set of Nancy Drew paper dolls at a toy show once--and I so regret not buying them.

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  17. My favorite toys were the Breyer plastic horses. Whenever I was given a Barbie type doll, I would put it in a "house" and the horses would have grand ranch adventures.

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. That sounds like something that should be in a Toy Store movie. Seriously. I can see poor Barbie locked in the house and the horses having a grand time. Thanks for sharing that!

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  18. My favorite toys were the Breyer plastic horses. Whenever I was given a Barbie type doll, I would put it in a "house" and the horses would have grand ranch adventures.

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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  19. What a great collection for a giveaway! I'd love to win this.

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  20. This series sounds delightful and very special. What a wonderful giveaway and interesting post. I always enjoyed books. Anne of Green gables series was my favorite. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. They often do have old books at the toy shows I go to. Last time I found a vintage Tom Swifty. And I love Little Golden Books.

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  21. This toy shop series would be intriguing and unique. How creative. I played with my pick up sticks and marbles. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oddly enough, I had marbles but never played with them. I LOVED, however to look at how the colors were swirled in the glass. Yes. Weird kid. Spent hours staring at marbles.

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  22. I'd love to go back to being a child again by visiting a toy shop. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  23. I loved my building blocks and teddy bear. I still have the bear!
    Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  24. I so love vintage toys. I remember some of the tin toys with which I used to play. I still have the tin windup bird that a relative gave me one Christmas. I know I will enjoy this book also. Thanks for the chance to win.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Tin toys feature in the plot of the first book. So fun!

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  25. I think I will be one of your customers. I had forgotten all about Betsy McCall. I loved those paper dolls. My grandmother was amazing. She would draw the doll and doll clothes on a paper grocery sack for me to color and cut out. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. It's fun to see these things and remember!

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  26. Sounds like a fun new series. I always loved my dolls - Barbie to Thumbelina.

    susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com

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  27. I am really looking forward to this series! My favorite toy growing up was my Barbie doll. One of my grandmothers used scrap fabric and made a ton of clothes for the Barbies. My sister and I played with them for hours! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com.

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  28. I am looking forward to this series. marthaacox@gmail.com

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  29. I loved my Ginny and Ginnette dolls from Vogue. Mine are long gone, but I bought replacements as an adult. Love them! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  30. Oh this sounds so good. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Nancy B
    nlb1050 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Just seeing your toys brought back so many happy memories of my childhood, I would love to share these toys with my children. My mom always tells me about when she had her tonsils out and my grandparents bought her a Chatty Cathy doll. I am looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for having a wonderful store and a fun contest!

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  32. This takes me back to the days when I was growing up. I had a Nancy & Sluggo doll from the comic strip series & a whole lot more. I would love a chance at all these amazing goodies. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  33. I still have a little boy doll I called Butch.
    He has a composition head (I think that's the name)
    He sits in a rocker on the TV stand. He is over
    70 years old. I love Christmas and reading about
    it will be fun. Sounds like a great book.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Such a fun giveaway and I can't wait to read the book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  35. A Toni Doll - Toni for the home permanent company. She had black hair and you curled her hair by using a mixture of sugar and water. I wonder if right after the curly hair the house would have been filled with ants. Then I lived in Indiana and in December ants were nestled snugly in their beds or frozen solid.

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  36. What a marvelous themed series... I wish I had the forethought to save some of my toys...Barbie, Hot Wheel cars, puppets, and Trolls. They were all so special.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  37. I still have my Barbie dolls I received for Christmas when I was 5 or 6 from Santa Claus. Also have a few others that my aunt and uncle gave me. The thing that made them special were the homemade clothes my Mom and my Aunt Bonnie made for me. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  38. I always loved playing with my Barbies. They had a pink Barbie Jeep, but they also had an awesome aqua Chevy convertible. lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

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  39. I was a stuffed animal lover. I'd sit in a large comfy chair in our living room with all my stuffies. I'd pratically be buried in them. lhoberg721 at comcast dot net

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  40. I loved playing games with my stuffed animals and the boardgame Life. Thank you for the fun giveaway. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. My daughter was such a Life fan. We played so many times when she was little. I think it instilled in her the desire to go to college!

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  41. I really didn't have a fav toy as i was brought up in the foster system . I do remember visiting my grandma and she worked for some people as a maid and they took me out shopping and I thought it was the best thing I was 11 and I got a Barbie I was so excited. I did have that barbie and played with it till the last day when the foster home just closed when i got home from school so I called my grandma and i left with just my books from school. It was a blessing ! ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. I'm tearing up reading that story. That was one loved Barbie. Wow. I wish someone invented time travel. I would have showed up on your doorstep with a pile of toys. Since I can't I'm going to have to look into seeing if there's a program to get toys specifically to kids in the system.

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  42. I noticed in your pictures that you have a ET figure. I have about 15 of these in various poses up on my desk. They have a bunch of company including some Star Wars guys, a few Snoopy, a Smurfette, and some Halloween figures! My favorite childhood toys were my Barbies and my Charlie's Angels dolls! Thanks for the chance I look forward to reading this book! edtercross7304atyahoo dot com

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    1. You are quite the collector! I actually took the picture at a vintage toy show I attended. (I like to look, but I really don't have space for another collection) They had the Charlie's Angels dolls too, mint in box. Something to see!

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  43. What fun. A story about toys!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  44. This series looks great! Can't wait for it to come out! One of my ffavorite childhood toys is Piggy. I was at the dollar store with my sister and our cousins. There was a stuffed magenta pig with a bright yellow bow tie. My cousin bought him for me. I still have him. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
    magicgirl2357 at yahoo dot com

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    1. That sounds fun! And it proves toys don't have to be expensive or complicated to be cherished.

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  45. My daughter loves to collect marbles. We love going into vintage shops and finding a few treasures to add to her collection.


    Ristretto@charter.net

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  46. Death of a Toy Soldier looks like it will be wonderful! I cannot wait to read it. Vintage toys are so unique. They are very different from the toys our children play with today made of plastic (and break so easily). Thank you for writing a new cozy! Doodlesink (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  47. I love visiting the vintage toyshop in my hometown. They always have great stuff to look at, even if I can't buy anything. I'd love to win the ARC pack. whovian1112 AT Gmail DOT com

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  48. I remember very fondly all of our Fisher Price Little people toys. There were so many different ones. BTW, I love the name of the toy shop in the new book. Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Fisher Price had--and still has, actually--a factory in East Aurora, the real town where I set the series! I had a fondness for Fisher Price when I was little, too. Wish I still had them all!

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  49. I liked playing with paper dolls. I loved Trixie Belden books. I had a pink and white Schwinn bike. Those were probably my favorites.
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. Schwinn bikes! Mine was blue with a banana seat--who remembers those?

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  50. I have not read this series but want to!!!!!!!!
    Toys!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  51. I still love toys and stuffed animals. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  52. My favorite and most treasured play things were my Madame Alexander dolls. My grandmother even made them clothes. I still have some.
    rmkrrjsrmkrejsa (at) aol (dot) com

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  53. Istill have some of my.dolls and my Humpty Dumpty I slept with I still have my first stuffed animals I got as a baby! I would love to read this series, new to this author!!! Would really like to win this!!! Love old toys!

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  54. I love the name of the vintage toy store! Congratulations on the first of your new series. I love old toys, wish I'd save some of mine. Thank you for a chance at winning such an awesome prize package!
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. Thanks! Murder Well Played was actually the working title of the book when I was writing it. I was glad we were able to work it in some way.

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  55. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! This looks like a great read! Jillian.lauder (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  56. My mother had a garage sale and told me that I could buy myself a piano (practice pianos, back then in 1969, were around $150-300) if I sold my toys. Those toys sold FAST. A pretend car dashboard called the Playmobile, a set of Flintstones building blocks made of Styrofoam that were so big that you could build things to get inside of, Raggedy Ann and many other dolls (but not my Pebbles Flintstone that my grandma gave me or my Tammy dolls from Ideal with their wardrobe!), air hockey set, Gumby . . . lots of stuff. Now it would be worth hundreds, ha! Enter me in the giveaway. Shalanna Collins. shalanna DOT Collins AT gmail DOT com.

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    1. Hundreds at least. Garage sales seem like such good ideas at the time. I see some of the prices at the show and remember I had the exact same thing. But condition counts, too. The most expensive are mint in box.They go down pretty quickly when they've been played with. But that's what they're for.

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  57. I love toy shops!!I still have my old music box that plays raindrops are falling on my heard!!! Its older than me!! Would love to win this, my daughter still has so me of my old toys, she has them safe in a container!!!

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  58. I think my favorite childhood toy was a mechanical basset hound named Gaylord that had velcro on his chin that he would use to pick up his bone (also with velcro). You'd put the bone in front of him and then set him in the right direction, and he would go forward very slowly moving his head around until he got his bone. He was kind of big and bulky, made of plastic, so certainly not cuddly, but I sure loved my Gaylord! A book about a vintage toy store is like a dream come true for me, and I cannot wait to read Death of a Toy Soldier~ Thanks so much for the giveaway of the ARC and such fun swag! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  59. I liked building toys like Legos and erector sets. My dad got me my own hammer so he could find his.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  60. What an awesome giveaway!! I have my Barbie dolls and chatty thy doll. Best of all my BOOKS! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  61. I loved my dolls. My mother let me play with her baby doll. And I love my Skipper doll. And I loved using my Mother's sewing machine to make them clothes for the various events I came up with. Pamela dot fry dot priest at gmail dot com

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  62. My favorite toy that I had while growing up was a stuffed bear that I bought as a gift for someone else. I went to Kmart with my family to buy gifts for children in my mom's class. She is a preschool for teacher for low income families. My mom always put aside what she could to help others so when I was 7 I decided to do the same. I saved my allowance for months to buy gifts. Finally when it was time to shop I saw this teddy bear in a plastic see thru purse and knew he would be a great gift. Turns out that we had enough gifts buy that point so I got to keep him. He as named Dalee Foo Foo after my stepdad. I still have him and my kids have renamed him PaPaw Foo Foo because they call my dad PaPaw. Whenever I am feeling sick my kids get him out so I can snuggle him. utaker555 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  63. Loved the board games, Snakes and Ladders, Candyland, Life and Sorry, as well as my Easy Bake Oven.. Of course, I never actually baked any cakes in there.. we used to melt crayons in it.. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win... salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  64. I had a Rub-a-Dub Dolly who was my absolute favorite! Especially when a neighbor gave me some old baby clothes! My email is lbowser333@gmail.com

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  65. I can remember some of the toys we had as kids, we had a lot of board games and comic books and Nancy Drew books. My sister had a lot of cowboy stuff. Wish we had some of those old toys today. Books sounds like a trip down memory lane. Can't wait to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I can remember some of the toys we had as kids, we had a lot of board games and comic books and Nancy Drew books. My sister had a lot of cowboy stuff. Wish we had some of those old toys today. Books sounds like a trip down memory lane. Can't wait to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I loved my Jane West Doll. I had her horse and several more from the series. dr(dot)Oldsmobile at icloud(dot) com

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  68. Looks like a fun series. I look forward to reading this book. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  69. I had a teddy bear that felt as big as me at four. I loved that teddy and he hung out with me. He was black and white and I called him Brownie after my Grandpa. He disappeared when my mom was eight. They found his car on the route to work but never him.They thought foul play. I was so taken with the story. I named my bear after him. I still have him.

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  70. What fun! I love vintage toys...and non vintage too! I can't wait to visit your shop.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  71. Would love to win. Love vintage toys! Zeta(at)iwon.com

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  72. Hi, thank you for the giveaway. The only thing I can remember is Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books as I got older. We were very poor and there were not toys as such maybe board game. This book looks so good, love the cover. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) c0m

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  73. I had a china faced doll that I loved. Unfortunately after too much loving the face got a crack in it. Her name was Petronella.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  74. The one Christmas toy I remember most is a small guitar I got when I was 10. I still have it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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  75. The Fisher Price Castle and its people. mtl166@verizon.net

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  76. Brings back fond memories of past toys!!! Loved my Chatty Cathy doll and Tressy...you pushed a button in her stomach and her hair grew!!
    Bdlogan@live.com

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  77. Loved my Lionel Train set & Monopoly Game. Thanks for the memories & chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  78. My favorite toys were craft related - bead kits, needlework... Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  79. I'm looking forward to reading the Vintage Toyshop mystery series. I loved paper dolls, Tinkertoys, and Legos.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  80. I have my first doll, still I wanted a Barbie and got Midge instead (I think my Mom liked the doll because she had red hair like her.A proper ginger.

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  81. For me it is the orange and yellow 1979 Barbie Dream house that comes a part in 3 pieces. I love that house and played with it constantly house. I still remember walking on Christmas morning and there it was. My beloved paternal grandparents had bought it for me. They bought all my Barbies. I miss them so much. Wish I still I had the house too. ahr574 at hotmail for com

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  82. So many wonderful memories. I wish I could walk through the store. My childhood was so wonderful and I am so thankful for the wondrous toys and games that spurred our imagination. I cannot wait to read this series. Thank you for the great trip down memory lane and the chance to win such an amazing prize. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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  83. My very favorite toy as a child was the original all wooden blocks which came in a bag. They weren't the alphabet color ones, these were wooden color with round column types and rectangle and square and a few other sizes and I used to build houses with garages for mu little cars and plastic horses. There were so many toys I loved from my youth in the 50s. Merry northstarvance@gmail.com

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  84. I love vintage toys and wish my mom had kept more of my stuff from the 60's and 70's. I do have a few lunchboxes. a Blondie, a Mickey Mouse and a Hot Wheels that was my brother's.
    I would LOVE to read this.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  85. wonder if the kids today will remember their toys like we do. can electronics even count as toys. dammad58(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. This sounds cool! Looking forward to reading it. dalubbert at hotmail dot com

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  87. would love to be a winner in your giveaway. annstanley1418@gmail.com

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  88. Nice post. The series looks like a great, and fun read. Looking forward to it. And it is a lovely giveaway.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  89. Really nice giveaway. I don't remember what my favorite toy was as a child
    Ninaatmyhouse ( at ) yahoo ( dot ) com

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