I was a kid when the Cabbage Patch doll craze hit. My sister and I (Sidenote: at that point I only had one younger sister- the other two weren't born yet!) both wanted them, but they were very hard to find. My parents tried various stores and everywhere was sold out. Then one day.... and admitedly, I don't know exactly how this transpired... they found out that the Gold Circle Store was getting in a shipment. My parents took us girls and we waited in a huge line outside in the parking lot. I can remember walking across that parking lot- excited and yet worried that there might be too many people and we still might not be able to get those precious dolls.
Each person got a ticket and that allowed you to go inside to the customer service desk, where they were unloading the cartons of Cabbage Patch Dolls. You didn't get to pick the color of hair or anything else.... you took the doll they handed you and you didn't let go of it, or someone else would swoop in and buy it. I wound up with a brown haired doll named "Grace Edie". As I'm sitting here now, I can't even recall my sister's doll, but I know she had one, too. I can picture that parking lot crowd in my head right now- it was such an exciting event for us! :)
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