Thoughts on Groovy Girls dolls by Manhattan Toys

We picked up a Groovy Girls doll, by Manhattan Toys, at a play group swap meet.

A dark skinned Groovy Girls doll wearing a makeshift dress folded from a head kerchiefIt’s a rag doll – big feet, soft and squishy, yarn for hair, and in all about a foot tall. Unfortunately, she was naked except for her feet and legs, which are made from contrasting fabric to simulate tights and shoes.

I’m not yet ready for Little Miss’ playthings to go topless, so we decided to find her doll some clothes.

I was disappointed to discover the only Groovy Girls clothes at a local store were too risqué for a young girl, well, except for one boring sweatsuit ensemble. It turns out I can buy a new, fully clothed doll for $10, or a standalone set of clothes for $8. That absurd price disparity is exactly the type of thing which rankles me into thinking, “Fine. Let the doll be naked!”

Our doll was free at the swap meet—parents pool their used kid stuff in a room and you just pick out things you like. No one cares about getting as much out as they put in. Leftovers are donated to charity. That’s great, but our free doll still had an $8 modesty price tag. No way!

I was resolved to wait until summer to pick up a doll at a garage sale and strip mine it for its clothes. Maybe I’d get lucky and find a whole wardrobe for sale.

But then, this morning Little Miss was pushing the doll around in her doll stroller—and the doll was fully clothed. Mom had taken one of her head kerchiefs and folded it into a plaid dress. Mothers sure can be ingenious.

Mom says this feat is on par with the time Carol Burnett made a ball gown using her window curtains. If Grandma had told me that, it would be OK, but I am deeply disturbed my wife watched The Carol Burnett Show and retained that knowledge.

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