Back in March I got to visit a wonderful magical place: a toy museum! Click the link and read all about it!
Some would say I live in a toy museum, but actually getting to walk through a toy museum has never happened before. So when I was invited by a former flame from 17 years ago, I was very quick to say yes. On a side note my romantic life has always been the stuff of a sudsy soap opera. One day I will really share some stories that would be more entertaining than anything from All My Toys. So yes, there is a man who has come back into my life and I am enjoying his company and getting to share in new life experiences.
Back to the toy museum. On a lovely spring day in March we drove up to Austin to visit the Texas Toy Museum. What happened next was the makings of a day like no other. Before heading to the museum I had done some research and read over the website. I was delighted when I read that they take donations. Well this was just the best because I was all about bringing some lovely toys to leave behind. Who wouldn't want their toys in a toy museum?
Arriving with my bag of vintage toys (Barbie, Pound Puppies, and Golden Girl's Dragon Queen) I walked up some stairs and into this lobby. I could hear the sounds of arcades in a room off to the side. There was a warm and friendly guy behind a counter with ticket information. I was completely surprised that my donations got us in for free. (Tickets are not that expensive at all) The gentleman behind the counter was thrilled to see the items and I was just ecstatic to be discussing these toy topics with someone who was part of creating this toy museum. Check out the photos below and revel in the vintage goodness of it all!
Leaving this place was bittersweet. We stayed there for quite awhile but I could have stayed longer. I knew there were things I had missed. But that is ok, because I know one day I will be back. With more toys to donate. I think a place like the Texas Toy Museum is a fabulous and very important place to exist. These are artifacts, pieces of a time past that brings excitement, imagination, and joy to people.
One of the things I noticed as I was looking over all these toys were the families that were there. Moms and dads holding their children and pointing out, "Look, these are toys that I played with when I was a kid." Some of these kids were like, "Wow, you played with toys like that?" Or, "Who is that figure? What does that thing do?" It was touching. I loved getting to overhear those conversations.
Some of us never grow up, we keep collecting and playing with our toys. However there are people out there that are getting to see these toys after a very long time. The experience brings forth so many different feelings for people and I think that is important and much needed. I thank Chris so much for inviting me and going on a road trip to marvel at so much iconic plastic.
If you are interested in learning more about the Texas Toy Museum, click here. Even if you can't make it to Austin, TX to see them, they do accept donations so keep that in mind if you have pieces that you want to share with the world and continued to provide awe and wonder for people who have enjoyed the magic of toys.
Stay tuned dear readers! I know there are large gaps between posts, but I am still working on fun toy stories and other fun things. Hope you are all doing well!