Growing up, I SO wanted Sindy's bureau, with all its mini stationery, but it was way too expensive - even secondhand (as most of my toys were). So when I found an almost complete Sindy bureau (including ottoman, notebook, pack of pencils, clipboard with loose notepaper) on ebay, well...
And then I discovered there are so many cute doll's house extras one can buy - like flowers, books, parcels, scissors, sewing threads, strawberries, wine...
Sindy's having THE best time!
Sadly, my mother threw away all my toys (when she decided I'd outgrown them), so I've sourced all the above from ebay, grabbing great bargains as everything is a tad 'damaged'.
The wardrobe is discoloured from being in sunlight, but it has all the internal bits AND the original box (albeit very battered).
The bed is missing a leg (you may espy it's sitting on a bit of wood), but it came with the bedding, including the mattress, and all in good clean condition. (I really wanted original 1960s bedding - loose sheets, blanket, white counterpane - but the 1980s beds were much cheaper, and a duvet is easier to handle one-handed.)
And Sindy herself...
She is just like my childhood original, complete with bad haircut (my Sindy was secondhand and her previous owner had cut her hair). I had to buy this particular one, because she has a gammy right leg, like me, that doesn't bend, and I've made her a lefty, like me (post-stroke). But she has the pretty face of the 1960s/70s Sindys, and I think she looks a bit Marilyn Munroe in this picture :)
Apparently, there was a Marilyn Sindy issued in 1967, so she may be one of those, as may my childhood Sindy.
As I work through the book I showed last week, I'm unearthing memories, and pondering what they mean to me today... There seems to be something significant, almost redemptive, in this present-day Sindy play. I can't exactly put it into words, but I feel part of me is healing... and for that I am deeply grateful.
Sharing with Julia here.