When Cabbage Patch Kids came forth in the early 1980’s, my son was my only child. being a boy he did not get in on the ad frenzy for these dolls. One of my husband’s brothers purchased Cabbage patch Kids, not just for his own daughter, he also bought them for his fiancee’s daughter, and at least two of her cousins
I was intrigued by the women who worked in my office, who were collecting them, not for children but for themselves. One co-worker of mine was determined to have at least one of every doll every made. I believe she ended up with close to 20. This woman would shop on her lunch hour, and bring the dolls to work, to show them off
Cabbage patch kids were unique because they came with their own name and a birth certificate. I believe one reason they sold so well, is because only a limited amount were put on store shelves at any one time. This caused a mad rush for the toys, and they sold out quickly. This same strategy is used today with certain toys and popular game system.
My daughter was born in 1986, and we purchased her a CPK a few years later. By then the frenzy had died down a bit. I do not remember that doll’s name.. What I do recall, is a miniature cabbage patch boy doll named Frank Dudley. Frank Dudley was about 4 inches tall, with curly black hair. His complexion was almost as dark, because Frank Dudley was an African American CPK.
Although the are not in as high demand, as before, Cabbage Patch kids have remained on store shelves, being introduced to new generations. My granddaughter has a CPK whose middle name is Cheryl the same as my first. She recently carried her along when we visited Countryside playground and park..These new versions however are not hand sewn, and lack that certain something of their predecessors.
There is a website where you will find info on all things cabbage patch. Cabbage patch Kid, If you desire a bargain you will find sVintage Cabbage Patch Doll, on Ebay or Amazon. Prices range from $10.00 to $49.00.