December 08, 2009

The Coveted Gift of the Season Pt. 2

I lamented last week about my stress related to Pillow Pets. My daughters each want one of these stuffed animals that unfolds to be a full-size pillow. My order is "back ordered" and I'm stunned by the number of people who want these things. A search on the Internet yielded numerous sites with parents talking about how desperate they are to get their hands on these things. All of this has given me a new appreciation for my parents and grandparents.
When I was somewhere between the age of three and five I wanted a Whoopsie doll. Maybe it was a regional thing because whenever I talk about this doll people look at me like I'm crazy.
When you squeeze Whoospie's stomach, her little pony tails fly up and she says "whoopsie." But, according to my mom, finding this doll was like trying to find a Cabbage Patch Kid when those first came out. Whoopsie was the hot toy one Christmas, at least for little girls in Ohio. Then one day my grandparents heard on the radio that a toy store about an hour from their house had just received a "Whoopsie shipment." They called the store and begged the workers to put one aside for them. No luck. They jumped in the car and raced to the store. I can just picture my grandfather on his CB talking to the truckers and asking them to alert him about any "Smokies" up ahead. Guess what? Christmas morning Whoopsie and I became fast friends. I still have that doll.
As for the Pillow Pets... I found out cyber friends can be awesome. Stephanie B from Ask Me Anything and Rocket Scientist went to her mall and found the Pillow Pets my girls want. She talked with the kiosk worker and found out I could have all four for $140. Stephanie was willing to buy them and ship them to me. After a long discussion with Hubby and an update from the site where I placed my order, we decided that we'll take a gamble and wait for our original order to arrive. Still, Stephanie deserves a HUGE thank you (THANK YOU!!!!) for her willingness to help. I like to picture her speeding along a crowded highway talking on a CB to truckers about the "Smokies." I'm pretty sure that's not how it happened, but it could make for a good story to tell my daughters one day.


Stephanie B said...

I hope your daughters like their pillow pets as much as you loved your doll.

Quadmama said...

One day many years from now they better pull these darn Pillow Pets out of a box to show their own kids... and then call me and thank me again!

SLColman said...

How wonderful that friends would rush out to help you find the pillow pets!

Quadmama said...

It's pretty touching that someone I've never met would do that!

reanbean said...

Your post so reminds me of the time my mother and I stood outside KB Toys in the freezing cold for over an hour just days before my (7th? 8th?) birthday so I could run in with the rest of the crowd and snatch up my very first Pound Puppy (Dasher, named after the reindeer and the experinece). However, unlike you and Whoopsie, I have no idea where Dasher ended up. But I do still have my very first Cabbage Patch doll. :o)

Kudos to Stephanie B for spotting the pillow pets and her willingness to help out!

Quadmama said...

I have my Cabbage Patch doll, too! I remember Pound Puppies, but for some reason I wasn't in to them.

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