As a little girl of the 60s my toys included teddies, dollies, golly, skipping rope, jigsaws and picture books, all the usual toys of the time, but then along came "Sindy the doll you love to dress"
I had seen her advertised on the TV and fell head over heels in love with her.
She was a teenage doll very different to my baby dolls and she had a wardrobe of clothes,
my mission was to save my pocket money but she was retailing at 12/6d which was quite a tall order.
But I had a plan, my holiday money, Every year my parents took my brother and I to Broadstairs in Kent for a bucket and spade holiday, we always stayed in the same guest house spent most of the time on the beach with lots of candy floss and ice creams, and we were both given holiday money to spend.
I knew exactly what I was going to buy, but I had a bit of a problem my Mother was not keen on the Sindy idea I heard her tell my Father "she is very expensive, and I know she will been a five minute wonder"
The last day of our holiday had arrived, so we spent a day at the shops. I followed my Father into a musty old bookshop and asked him if I could buy a Sindy doll he smiled and said "let's just wait and see"
At last the toy shop was in sight, I could still hear my parents discussing Sindy, my Mother still insisting "she" would be a waste of money, my Father still desperately fighting my corner,
Soon the toy shop window was glowing in front of me, I quickly scanned the toys and there she was Sindy.. the doll you love to dress...we all traipsed through the door.. passed the bucket and spades, passed the beach balls and the cricket sets, straight to the glass counter, I could see Sindy she was sitting in a deckchair.
There was a lot of discussion in the shop between my parents and the lady in the shop, and then my heart sank, the lady climbed up a ladder reached for a box that had Tina written on it. My Mother announced " Oh she is much nicer and affordable, look Thea isn't she lovely"
Well I knew I was not going to win this one so it was Tina or nothing
Tina...... well she had a Sindy face but her hair was platinum blond, but I was lucky to have got something,
|A Tina Doll|
So whenever I took her to play with my friends, I used to pretend she was Sindy's sister called Tina. Strangely, my friends wanted to play with her every time they came round, in fact she became very popular, and I got the chance to play with their Sindy's
But I still longed for a proper Sindy. I had to wait until my daughter Pippa came along in the 1980s, and then we had a great time. We used to have Sindy afternoons doing their hair, dressing them up, pretend catwalks the whole caboodle .
My memories have stayed with me, but alas Tina has not, she was sent off to the jumble sale with my brother's Action man.
Tina pictures from Google images