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Green Tip Tuesday - Barbies Birthday

Did you know today is the official 50th Anniversary of Barbie? She was released on March 9th, 1959. Barbie is the one toy that almost 90% of girls want atleast once in their life. I have never bought my daughter a Barbie doll. It sounds sad, but I have bought her barbies from thrift store and then I buy barbie clothes from Etsy.com and she looks as good as new.

It annoys me when I see parents buy like 10 Barbies all at ones. They are plastic dolls tied at the head, arms, legs with plastic to a box also wrapped in plastic made in China and then has to be shipped to the USA by a big 18-wheeler that emits tons of gases to be put up on a shelf that will probably be sold that day and then go home in a plastic bag to be opened by a eager little girl who will just end up throwing all the wrapping and eventually the doll in the trash!

Was that all one sentence? WOW, I amaze myself sometimes. So obviously my green tip this week is not to deprive your children of plastic toys, but to not buy new ones! There are tons out there that need some love.

I met Cherry (I love her name) at the flea martket last summer at a flea market while I was shopping for my daughter birthday and Christmas gifts! She is a seamstress and she buys old tattered dolls and barbies and fixes their clothes or uses it to make new clothes for barbies and then sells them to family and friends for only $5. She says she doesn't do it for the money, she does it to help out the world and save her family and friends money and they love her for it she says. The best part is the girls that get these dolls love them and show off their unique Barbie doll! I thought that was an amazing story. She also told me that she has another friend that buys Barbie clothes to make teenage fashionable totes and tees made out of the Barbie clothes! That is cool and a great idea.

So celebrate Barbie's 50th Birthday by donating your old barbies or making something new with the clothes.

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