I went to That’s Entertainment yesterday with my friend (and former co-worker) Christian under the guise of him looking to do a little Christmas shopping when really ANY trip to that wonderful comic book store is me trying to score relics of toys from my 70’s childhood.
My past few trips haven’t been that great, but I’m not usually disappointed because I know there’s always a chance I’ll walk away without buying anything except another plastic Hello Kitty weeble-like toy from the bubble gum machine near the entrance.
Upon walking down the first aisle, I found a plastic mug of Wild E. Coyote for $5 bucks which was an instant grab because the way the cup was made featured his long prominent brown snoot and I thought I could use it as a cup holder on my desk at work. (Turns out this plastic mug was part of a KFC 4-mug Looney Tunes collection from 1992.)
Thought that was pretty cool.
I wandered the aisles and eventually made my way over to Christian who was looking at some Bill Willingham Fables comics that were up against the back wall of comics. The cool thing about this part of the store is they regularly feature larger boxed toys up above the shelves. For example, they have this large poster-sized sheet of Wacky Packages die-cut stickers that haven’t been cut down yet into the packaged trading cards. It sells for about $65 and I look at it every time I’m in the store thinking that it would be a cool thing to have framed and hanging on my wall.
And now the cool part!
I looked up and there were (3) Holly Hobbie dolls in their original boxes. I haven’t seen any vintage Holly Hobbie stuff in such a long time. It’s not like I was ever a big fan of this American Greetings character, but the doll was made by Knickerbocker and just seeing that word sort of brought back this memory of knowing the name from when I was a little girl. Knickerbocker. Why did that stick out to me?
I did a little online research and nailed it. Knickerbocker Preschool made a line of Snoopy articulated dolls and you could buy clothes to dress both Snoopy and his sister Belle in just like you would with a Barbie doll. I had one of those Snoopy dolls.
Back to the Holly Hobbie doll. So Christian was looking at the doll in the box and says, “Huh, I never even heard of Holly Hobbie.” To which I replied, “Don’t worry, that’s a good thing.” But then this older guy standing next to us, who was glancing through a comic book, looked over at Christian and agreed that it was a good thing.
Christian bought a few comic books and then it was my turn at the register. I looked up at the man behind the counter and simply said,’ Let’s not talk about this purchase…” and proceeded to hand him my vintage Holly Hobbie doll and Wild E. Coyote mug. I felt like a first class dork. He knew it and I knew it, but it didn’t matter one bit. I figure there’s got to be other potential shoppers at That’s Entertainment that would buy a Holly Hobbie doll or they wouldn’t have been even selling it. So here is a picture of my Holly Hobbie miniature rag-doll that is mint in the box and now ALL MINE. I paid $14 dollar for her and she’s going to be put in my bookcase along with a bunch of other treasures including my Etch-A-Sketch, Fisher Price camera, Weebles and Little People.