You could win a Cabbage Patch Kid as cute as this one

Remember back in the ’80s when the moms went all crazy-like for Cabbage Patch Kids at Christmastime?  Remember the fights in the aisles of Toys R Us? And the waiting lists at the stores?

Okay. Probably not. More likely, you remember the stories of the gaga-going parents for these adorable little dolls. Everyone had to have one, right?

Did you?

Cabbage Patch Kid

Little with her new Fashionality Cabbage Patch Kid

I did. Her name was Ricki Sue, but I changed it to Melissa Sue the day I got her. That day was Mother’s Day, 1983. My sisters and I came downstairs, ready to celebrate a day for our mom, and our parents surprised us with gifts. I still remember my sisters’ dolls names, too. Jo Becky and Bertha Ursula.

Later that year, we pooled our money and bought a preemie: Jed Benjamin. And a year later, another preemie, Gertrude Sue, was added to our family.

Last Monday, Big (taking a sick day from school), Little and I returned from the grocery store to find a cardboard box delivered from FedEx. Expecting a shipment of clothing, I asked Big to grab the box and open it. Never did we expect a yellow box. With a doll inside. A beautiful doll. I couldn’t hide this doll from the kids and wait until the holidays. I had to open it. I had to touch her, to smell her, to make sure her belly button was still an outtie and her bottom was authentically autographed “Xavier Roberts.” I had to touch her perfect, chubby vinyl face. I had to smell her.

Yes. As I ripped Jemma Skylar from her box, I recognized that she was the real thing. I had a Cabbage Patch Kid to pass on to my daughter.

She is the real thing. Absolutely everything that we remember from our love affair with one of the biggest fads of the 80s hasn’t changed very much. Her hair is now silky rather than yarn. Her clothing is updated. We were sent Fashionality Sporty Girl, a doll from the new Fashionality line, which retails for $49.99.

Also updated is Cabbage Patch Kids’ online play area. (I mean. Of course. There was no online anything in the 80s.) Kids these days can play on the website, and they can also register their Kids and build a family tree.

So excited about giving my baby girl a Cabbage Patch Kid, I emailed my PR contact and asked her if I could give one to one of my readers. Sorry, readers. I never do that. Consider this an early-holiday present, ‘kay?

I wanted to share my love of these dolls with you.

So. Yes. I’m giving one away.

Enter to win a Fashionality Cabbage Patch Kid

Really simple. For your mandatory entry, please tell me a Cabbage Patch Kid memory in the comments on this post. Tell me your doll’s crazy name. Or how many you had? Or how you felt when your best friend got a new one? Or how proud you were to carry her with you everywhere. Maybe you have a funny story about the Kids. It has been so fun to walk down memory lane, I want to do it with my readers.

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Giveaway contest ends on October 17 at midnight EST. A winner will be selected from the entrants via Please see all giveaway terms for more information. But entering this giveaway you are agreeing to the giveaway terms as stated on Just Precious. Thanks to Cabbage Patch Kids for providing the sample doll.
mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchaniser with Chloe + Isabel and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. Jessica says

    I have an older sister, so I got a few “hand me down” Cabbage Patch dolls that I loved but never named before I got my first new one for my birthday one year. I named her Michelle and still have her to give to my daughter someday:)

  2. Gretchen Gerth says

    Cabbage Patch became popular just as I was approaching adulthood, the little girl I babysat for really wanted one. I would sit outside of Toys R Us waiting for their trucks to come in and stalk the store to see if they had any of the dolls. Unfortunately, I was not able to get one that year. Thank goodness she had a wonderful Christmas anyway. I would love to win this and give it to her now, 30 years later.

  3. Patricia Crowley says

    I had seven cabbage patch kids…and I remember when I was sick and home from school, I would gather them all together and line them up on the couch with me. There was barely any space left for me to lay…LOL

  4. Lauren Little says

    My favorite memory of having a cabbage patch growing up was the Christmas I turned 6. I wanted Santa to bring me a CP doll sooo badly but I really wanted a girl one and I was afraid I would get a boy doll. :)

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