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1992 Barbie Fold 'n Fun House

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posted by alias A Thousand Splendid Dolls on Sunday 22nd of March 2015 11:03:10 PM

Box Date: 1992 Condition Purchased: used Important Notes: This house had many features. The walls could be rearranged so that there were two rooms or one large room. There is also a small room located on the roof. All of the furniture is collapsible so it can be folded up for storage. The table. benches, and bed have storage compartments. The lamp post lights up when it is pulled up. Personal Fun Fact: While I wouldn't say that the Fold 'n Fun House is the coolest Barbie mansion ever made, I will say that I probably have the deepest connection to it. My very first Barbie house was a Fold 'n Fun one, just like the one shown...albeit it was much more beat up. I was probably about six years old, when Dad and I stumbled upon a Fold 'n Fun House at a yard sale, one afternoon. I don't recall the circumstances, but for whatever reason, it was just the two of us that day. Dad could see how enchanted I was with the house, and since it was only about $10, he figured he'd get it for me. I still remember that feeling of intense excitement...I was just bursting at the seams to tell Colleen about our new treasure. I knew she'd be head over heels for this new house, something we never had before. I don't know if I had even taken a dolly friend with me that day, but I set it up at my grandparents' house regardless later that afternoon. Low and behold, Colleen reacted just as I thought she would when we returned home later that day, with the new treasure in tow. What made the experience even more amazing was the fact that the seller had kindly taken our address after we purchased this house. She mailed me all the accessories she managed to find that went to it. I'm assuming that whoever originally had this house loved it as much as we did. By the time I owned it, it had several broken components, and some that disappeared. I only had one of the white gates, the one that sits at the front of the garden. I recall mine was cracked, and I could never figure out how it attached to the house. So we always placed the gate extending outward from the house, propped up against something else. The top floor was used as Bathtime Fun Kelly, aka Kelsey's, bedroom, a garden, or the bathroom. Most of the time, we opened up the entire house by folding the wall dividing the bedroom and living room. The bed was used in other areas of our doll setups instead. I also recall that I would set up our "fakie" real working kitchen sink against the fence. That was my one issue with the house..it didn't have a kitchen. But by far, my favorite aspect of this house was the outer wall, on the right side of this photo. It was a magical looking setting, and nothing pleased me more than putting my Folding Pretty House Garden set out in front of it. Our childhood house hosted one of our most infamous doll games of all time, where my beloved Dentist Barbie stole the spotlight as leading lady. Originally Pearl Beach Christie and Bathtime Fun Kelsey were sisters living here. But after rescuing Dentist Barbie at a flea market, she became the nanny. After growing bored of Christie, I decided to make her "go evil." So she became a negligent sister, and a very messy housekeeper. Dentist Barbie took the role as mommy to Kelsey, she kept the house spotless and she planted beautiful flowers all around the house. I remember scattering cardboard leaves all around the perimeter of the house, and making Dentist Barbie rake them up into a neat pile. We made so many memories with our first house, but despite this, I let Mom talk me into throwing it out. Her claim was that the house collapsed all the time, and had broken pieces, so we should get rid of it. Wanting to please Mom, I followed her urging and got rid of it. We only kept the tables, benches, bed, and the accessories (sans flower boxes). Mom had a point--this house needs to be set up on a hard surface like the table we used to use, or else it will collapse. But my first house was definitely NOT trash, and it was always a regret of mine that I got rid of it. Colleen was mad at me, and it wasn't until we found another circa 2003, that she forgave me. After Mom passed away, Dad started taking us out to multiple flea markets every weekend, instead of just the local one. It was at a massive outdoor one that we found another Fold 'n Fun House, folded up into suitcase mode. I believe this one also cost around $10. But unlike my first, all the furniture was mostly gutted, and not an accessory was to be seen. My old furniture substituted for what was missing, although it was so over played with that it tended to not stand up anymore. We used this house too, although not nearly as much as the first. Colleen liked to use the entire thing as a bedroom for her Party 'n Play Stacie, aka Ginny. The house shown here is the third I've ever owned, and by far the most magnificent. Our last secondhand shopping excursion of 2018 yielded the discovery of this magical house. We stopped in at a local charity store (a really snooty one if you ask me), after going to the RMV to renew Colleen's id. She spotted it folded up on the top shelf in the basement of the building, where the toys were located. I could see all the gates through the top floor, and I could also tell that the furniture was intact too. We could hear pieces rattling around inside, and indicator that there might be more treasures awaiting. For $7, we couldn't resist taking this bad boy home, even though I'm sure if Mom were still around she would have thrown a hissy fit (why would we need two?). I couldn't believe our luck--this house looked as though it had hardly ever been used. Its colors were still vibrant as the day it was opened in 1992, and almost every accessory was still inside somewhere. Seeing this house in all its original glory is a true childhood dream come true. It takes me back to that afternoon I sat on the floor of my grandparents' house, and ogled the box it came in.



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