Wednesday, January 19, 2011

To Open or not to open...

When I was a child I had a mini vacuum cleaner that wound up and the little pads underneath would swoosh around in a buffing motion.

With my recent regression into collecting 'toys' – such as my growing collection of re-ment items, restoring old Barbies and fixing up my Blythe Violet I got a bit nostalgic about some of the toys I used to love as a child – long ago donated to charity or played with till they broke.
So I Googled ‘wind up vacuum cleaner’ and whaddaya know – I found it! I also found the mixer which I had forgotten about and a sewing machine too!!



The lovely Amanda at ‘Hey Yo Yo’ on Etsy put them aside for me and I snapped them up toot-sweet. (Amanda – if you’re treading this thankyou for guiding me through my first ‘reserved’ etsty item purchase!!)



Now, the only question is – Do I open them??? Or do I leave them in the packaging? Yes I know that they’re ‘worth more’ in their packaging – but I’ll never sell them. Like a child, I am DESPERATE to see the sewing machine work and to once again see the vacuum cleaner buff away… Tell me – what would you do???

4 comments:

Toughie said...

I would have to open them! That sewing machine would look too cute in the sewing room, and the mixer in the kitchen! I'm excited on your behalf, because those are so flippin' awesome!

Kylie said...

Ooo, this is a hard one... I really don't know, Bec. It's the same with any collection, I guess. I have a Clarice Cliff dinner set that I don't use because I don't want to wreck it, but then I think 'What's the point of having a dinner set I never use?' I kind of like the packaging as much as the item ;) Good luck with your decision! Kx

Cass said...

Tough one I think I would probably open them but then again I've got wizard of oz monopoly that jeff won't let me open. I think I am going to crack soon though

ditmeister... said...

sounds like you need some "blue" logic:

if u bought them as a collector's item and want them to appreciate in value to sell later then no, you shdn't open them, however...

if like you say you bought them to relive your childhood and don't intend to sell them then you should open them and enjoy them!!

I bought an astroboy display figurine and kept it in its box for a few years. i removed him from the box on the weekend and even threw the box out... because i figured, why buy it if i can't enjoy it...

i'm much happier now, he's sitting next to me, listening to my thoughts as i type this message to you :)