Toys of the Eighties, Holly Hobbie
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Dolls that were made to look like a pilgrim girl. Very popular during the early part of the 80's! Bed sets and sleeping bags soon followed suit.
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Elsje - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I had this! :) They still make Holly Hobbie stuff and sell it in card shops. Anyway, I called her Hobby Hobby because I was so young. I told my mother that I was a "lady and a hobby hobby".
Heather - August 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the 'Heather' doll, of course, with brown hair and a green outfit. I loved her! We climbed trees together, wandered through the woods, had adventures, everything. She's a little worn these days, but safely in storage at my parent's until I have a daughter of my own. Then it's adventure time again! The new line they've come out with is NOTHING like the old beautiful Holly Hobby. She's overdressed and too 'preppy'. The real Holly Hobby was a simple country girl in faded gingham with an honest face. Not some tarted-up pseudo-Barbie.
Mish - September 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved holly hobby. I dont know if I loved her because of little house on the prairie or i loved little house on the prairie because of holly hobbie. I also believe she is the reason that blue is still my favorite color to this day. :)
Alana - October 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobbie doll whose outfit folded down into a nightgown and her hat turned inside out to make a nightcap, and then there was this fabric strip attached to her hairbow or something, and when you pulled it, her eyes would close. Do you guys remember that one?
Carmen - November 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I have my Holly Hobbie still, she has a pink dress that has an inscription printed on it about friendship. I remember she came with 2-3 cardboard "plates" of food & I think a cardboard cup. I also have a much older pillow that came from my mom's childhood with Holly Hobbie standing facing away in the distance on a fence.
Carrie - December 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember wanting the one that closed her eyes, and still have the 10" cloth doll, and, my mom made me a Holly Hobbie outfit and Holly Hobby cake for my birthday when I was, like, 4...
Hannah - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
The Holly Hobby of today is way cuter than the Holly hobby from the 80s. It just is. I mean come on just compare. Check out the newer Holly Hobby and then go back to this one.
Kris - January 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi, my daughter is about to turn 5 and just loves Holly Hobbie. She wants to have a Holly Hobbie birthday party and I can't seem to find any paper products. Any ideas?
Anne - January 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobby oven when I was a kid. It functioned like the Easy bake but looked like an old fashioned country oven. My brother says I baked one of his gold fish in it, but I don't remember this.
ACJ - January 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a Hollie Hobby kitchen set and Hollie hobby wallpaper in my room. I really didn't even get who she was, I think my mom liked her more than I did. But man, I had fun making some pretend margaritas in that kitchen, then drawing Crayola mustaches on that chick's wallpapered face!
Jadedoz - February 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I never had the doll but I did have a Hollie Hobby pillowcase which I had for years it was my favourite.
Fiona - February 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have my single duvet and pillow case of holly hobby, cant remember having a doll though. ah fond memories
Nan - February 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a pink Holly Hobby sleeping bag and even used it for years after I got married. I stayed with some friends when my husband was out of town and of course took my pink sleeping bag. It was misplaced and I never got it back. I have 2 little girls now and would love to find one for them. please....does anyone know where I can get one?
Lilly - February 18, 2008 - Report this comment
The new Hollyis waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better and prettier.
Keri - March 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the 2-3" mini doll, w/ removable apron, and to my surprise I found one on ebay last month. Yes, I bought it. It was a special gift from my grandma, when I was in the hospital as a kid w/ asthma.
Lori - April 03, 2008 - Report this comment
My daughter is turning 5 and wants a H.H. b-day also..good luck finding anything! Today's Holly is supposed to be our old Holly's great-granddaughter...so that's why she is more modern and the story ties in together..she's not "tarted up"..that would be those horrible Bratz(slutz) dolls of today. Today's Holly teaches all of the same values and morals the old one did!! I'm glad my mom kept all of my old Holly stuff my kid's playing with it now and we're also using my old Holly baking pan for her B-day.
Crystal Lamb - June 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember some paperdoll sets that came in a cardboard box that were called Gingham Girls or something like that? I remember having these and loved them so much. I do not think they were related to Holly Hobby. If anyone has info, e-mail me! c.lamb89@yahoo.com
Melody - August 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a pink Holly Hobby sleeping bag it is lite pink now but still in great shape
SavageLettuce - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I HAD THAT PAPER DOLL SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ADA - September 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I ADORED Holly Hobbie as a kid and still do!!...not so much the new ones though..something not quite right about them. Don't know why they always feel the need to mess with a good thing. I used to have a Holly Hobbie dollhouse at my grandmother's when I was little...it's since disappeared and I'm having a terrible time trying to replace the bloody thing. It was a 3 dimensional house made out of heavy cardboard and had the rooms and things printed on. The roof was green plastic and it had an upstairs bedroom and a kitchen and living room downstairs. Anyone else have one of these? Or have any ideas where I could find another one?
Rene - October 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobby sewing machine. You had to turn the handle on the side to get it to stitch. I think it had a pedal but the batteries would run out too quick so you were stuck turning the handle. It was fun though.
Valerie - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I had Holly Hobby curtains and bed covers!
Lee - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have a little Holly Hobby blanket..baby blanket I guess? Has the white satin trim. My parents thought they would have to send me away to school with that blanket attached to me since it went everywhere with me at home. It even went with me to every place I moved to from college on, and now I've passed it on to my 16month old daughter. We also had the Holly Hobby metal folding play table and chairs...we so destroyed the vinyl on that as kids :P
sarah - November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I had holly hobbie secret dolls house you could turn it round at the top to reveal each room one was a bedroom the other a dressing room i think and a kitchen and living room!I loved this as a child you could even cover it up! Am desperate for one now for my own daughter as I know she would love it too! Anybody know where I can get it??????????????
jill - November 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey does anyone remember the holly hobbie cookies i used to love them
Sally - May 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Like Heather, I used to take my Holly Hobbie outside all the time -- I would make homes in the long field grass and fallen tree branches. To this day, if the sun is just right and the breeze is warm but not too warm, I still say, "What a Holly Hobbie Day!" (Of course my little boy says, "What does that mean?") And I'm sorry, but nothing compares to the good old Holly Hobbie from back then!
angie - May 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobby bed set, it had a canopy and everything. I also rememeber the paper dolls, i had a tea set and nite gown too. i can't find my doll but i did find my Raggedy-Ann doll she is missing an arm, but she was wearing Holly's smock, i used to make them have tea parties together and sonetimes would switch their clothes, i felt like they needed a change they were not a s cool as Barbie and didn't have a carrying case to carry all of their glamourous clothes and shoes and accesories around in. No Holly Hobbie and Rageddy-Ann were not as wild and carefree as Barbie and friends, but they were good ,pure and peaceful they were a part of my girl-hood.
PeepsMcGee - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
My cousin used to have a Holly Hobby oven, kinda like the easy bake oven. I always played with it when I was at her house. It was so cool.
Halima - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobbie oven, bedsheets and towel set and yes even the Holly Hobby board game.
juliet - August 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a Holly Hobbie Secret Dolls house. I remember looking at it in the catalogue day after day, Santa knew this because he delivered me one for Christmas that year. I LOVED it! A month or so ago I unpacked some boxes that have been in my parent's attic for years-and there it was! I have two boys (2&3 years)who absolutely adore it & a little girl of 6 months who I know will love it as much as I did. I have a Heather doll & a Holly Hobbie rag doll too. I was interested to see other people had the secret dolls house as I never knew of anyone else who had one. I'm from England & none of my contemporaries have even heard of HH!
momat2u - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I have an original Holly Hobbie & Heather toy chest for sale if anyone is interested.
Jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
oh i hads holly hobby play house with two little twon dolls in it. her little sisters i guess. my sister had holly hobby play set that came with a swing fro holy hobby doll. i also had holly hobby toy phone.
Brandi - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh my gosh, I have been searching the internet tirelessly for my childhood doll. After reading this page, I realize that it IS Holly Hobbie. I has the one whose eyes closed when you pulled her hair bow. I want to find one so I can buy it, but this is the only page I have found where anyone even knows what I am talking about. Someone please help point me in the right direction. Anyone know the exact name of the doll that closed her eyes? Was it a special edition? Thanks in advance!
Colleen Arnold - December 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for a Holly Hobbie Dollhouse Kit. I had to sell my daughters house in 1990 when we had to move to a much smaller house. I really want to rebuild it for her since she now has 2 daughters & misses her dollhouse. Please post a response if you have information on the maker of the kit or where I could start looking. Thank you so much!!!!!
jadedoz - December 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the doona and pillow case when I was young, I got it from my grandma for my 7th birthday and I still have the pillow case packed away in my wardrobe!
Laurel - March 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my Holly Hobbie Secret dollhouse too! I also got it from Santa, Christmas 1985. I had begged for it, the tv commercial for it had been on a lot leading up to Christmas. I also have never seen anyone else with one and now I can't find any images or old adds for it at all. A lot of the stickers have fallen off mine and I want to re-glue them, but I'm not sure where they go so I'd like a picture for comparison. Anyone see any?
Sandy - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven!! It looked like an old fashion oven and I think it was blue. Was hoping to see it on here!! Memories....
Michelle - June 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Brandi, the Holly Hobbie doll you're looking for is the Day' N Night doll. Where her dress folds down to a night gown and the blue bows move left and right to open and close her eyes! I have her still!!!
Michelle - June 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Google and you can find they sell on ebay etc... Holly Hobbie Day 'n' Night Knickerbocker 1980
Reminisce - July 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my old Holly Hobby doll! She was my favorite doll and I took her everywhere with me. She has a dress on that says "make each day a sunshine day" and I have never forgotten to follow that advice to this day.
Kimberly - August 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a original HollyHobbie toy chest That is in mint condition. I am looking to sell it to a collector. Any questions please email me at KimberlyCsssh18@gmail.com..
Shelly - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a Holly Hobbie Doll when i was 7 or 8 I even took her into surgery with me when I had surgery on my hand I'll never forget it because the Doc even put bandages on Holly Hobbie where I had bandages. The when I was 8 or 9 I had a Holly Hobbie 3 ring binder. I loved both of them so much. never know wat happened to them. Which I did.
Tammy - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My mom just called and wanted to know if I wanted my old Holly Hobbie pink sleeping bag.....YES! She has had it for years and although I have boys, it is the softest sleeping bag ever.
Crystal - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a plastic Holly Hobbie Playhouse made by American Greetings Corp. 1976 with two miniature dolls, yellow chair,bed,see-saw and wishing well. It has brown roof with a door that folds down to reveal the inside of the playhouse.I cant find this anywhere on ebay or other sites. Does anyone know were I can find out how much it may be worth? leave comment for me THanks
sue - October 02, 2010 - Report this comment
What was holly friends name the one in red
Kathryn - October 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a holly hobbie along with her friends heather and amy (i think that was their names--brown dress and green dress). My sister and I also had a house that came with a figure that had a magnet. You had a wand with a magnet and that is how you moved her around the house
kathryn - October 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Sue--the red one must have been Carrie. I didn't have a red one and didn't have one named carrie. so i'm taking a guess that Carrie is the red one.
soyranna - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi I came into some money about 13 years ago and I purchased several peices of the holly hobbie at an antique store. The owner din't want to part with it because he new his collectors would get very upset I pretty much cleaned it out. I would imangine I have over 20 pieces including the sewing machine which he said was very rare. The reason I did this was so wanted her aschild an never got even with begging.So I live my fantsy everyday and am delighted eith my collection .She site maily on shelving in my kitchen.Some other pieces scatered around the house. Can anyone help me with valuation. I even have the holly hobbie biography again rare. Also please the new one's may be cuter but the original prduct was inkeeping with her artwork and is older appreciate it for what they are. They are collectibles the new product will never be as valuable wont be antique or vintage! Thanks Soyranna
Kylie - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I had what I'm pretty sure was a Holly Hobby doll (that's what I called her anyway) in a dark brown patchwork dress and bonnet in the late 70's. She was soft and about 30-40 cm tall. I have not been able to find her anywhere. She looked a lot like Heather from the Holly Hobby collection but definitiely had a dark brown dress. Does anyone know the doll I mean?
Kelly - January 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the holly hobbie dollhouse that had the green roof, the lithographed walls, it had an upstairs with the little plastic "brass" bed and printed quilt wit yellow pillow and a plastic brown trunk--downstairs the little kitchen area had a black plastic"victorian cast iron" stove that had removable burner lids and a cute little teapot with a little bread pan and pretend bread loaf--the little orangey yellowy brown plastic "victorian" chairs and round table were so cute! The other room next to the kitchen had the little plastic spindles "deacon's bench or settee with I think a green gingham cushion--oh and I also remebr a little black plastic "cast iron: frying pan for the kitchen--yes--I LOVED this house--it was mostly cardboard so it didnt survive my childhood but I still have all of the plastic furnishings that came with it---it was the precursor to a lifelong addiction to miniatures and dollhouses! I think my parents ordered it from the Sears wishbook christmas catalog---I too would LOVE to have this hose back--als...I have built a wooden dollhouse and papered it brightly to house my remaining collection of 6 inch dolls and furniture--I think I got it Christmas of 1978 or 1979
Heather/VA - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the Holly Hobbie oven and a bunch of colorforms. My mom would keep a little batter aside from a cake & let me bake it in my oven. She died when I was 10 & it really helped me to learn to bake for my dad & brothers!
Ashley - March 28, 2011 - Report this comment
As a child I adored this purple canopy bed set for the late 80's (comforter, bed dress, canopy, sheets & curtains) As time has passed, they have been misplaced or 'borrowed' and not returned. Is there anyone who may be in possession of something similar who would be interested in selling? If so please email me at ashley@seedsoflight.ca Thanks :O)
Alley33 - April 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved Holly Hobbie! I had the doll, sewing machine, canopy bed set(no longer have). My mom would make me Holly Hobbie cakes for my birthday, too.
natasha - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
i have 44 boxes of holly hobbie items for sale
Annie - June 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a Holly Hobbie Secret House, plus furniture and doll for auction on ebay now 11th June 2011, if anyone is interested.
Sarah - July 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a hobby secret house as a child in the 80's...absolutely adored it...I do not know what happened to it...I would so love one of these for my little girl...kali-Mae who is nearly 3...she would love this as much as I did!...if anyone has one and would like to sell it to me for a gorgeous little girl...please leave a reply on here! :D preferably excellent condition :)
Cass - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I have one of these how much do you think they are worth these days as i cant find one for sale any where.
angela - August 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I have over 5,000 Hollys and still don't have enough! I love them and they love me. Anyone want to sell to me?
Heather - August 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Has anyone wash their dolls yet? I'm tempted to wash but afraid it might ruin it. Pls let me know. Thanks
Kathy - August 18, 2011 - Report this comment
My daughter had a white round table and chair set. The chair cushions were Holly Hobby material. we no longer have it and I have been searching for one for my granddaughter. THIS WAS IN THE LATE 70'S
Edna - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a Holly Hobby electric oven when I was a child and I would love to find one to give to my daughter. If anyone knows where I can find one for sale please let me know. Thanks
Carol - September 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a pink Holly Hobby oven from the 70's. I don't have it for sale but might be interested. How much do you want to pay?
Elizabeth - September 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved Holly Hobby as a child. I had the oven, Seasons book, colorforms, and rag dolls. I even dressed up as Holly Hobby for Halloween once. I'm 39 and still love her!!!!
Danielle - September 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the holly hobby colorform dollhouse
HOLLY - October 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I HAD A HOLLY HOBBIE OVEN IT BAKED GREAT ! LOL WOW I MISS THOSE DAYS NOW IM LOOKING FOR A DISH SET I WISH I COULD FIND THE ACTUAL OVEN FOR MY GRANDDAUGTER AND ITS FUNNY MY NAME WAS HOLLY AND MY MOTHER ALWAYS BAKES I LOVE TO BAKE TO MY HOBBIE IS MAKING ALL KINDS OF CHOCOLATE AND CAKES LOL IM 40 NOW
Moonmom - October 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Hello Ladies...seems as though many of you loved Holly Hobbie as a little girl, such as myself!! Well, I found a few items packed away from way back when that really brought back some tea party memories!! And my old metal lunch box with matching thermos!!! LOL!!! WOW!!! But unfortunately, will have to move soon & will not have extra room for these. :( So if anyone would be interested in making a new home for an old lunch box, an unopen, never used plastic tea set, or an unopen, never used ceramic tea set, please email me @ gng369@yahoo.com I have pictures I could send upon request!! Thank you!!)0(
Zoe - November 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I showed my little girl a picture online of my favourite toy as a girl...the holly hobbie secret doll's house. She fell in love with it instantly and was so upset when I told her you can't buy them anymore :( I would LOVE to surprise her with one at Christmas. If anyone has one or has an idea where I could find one please, please email me zgfield@btinternet.com Thankyou x
Tara - February 01, 2012 - Report this comment
This was out BEFORE the early 80s. I got her in the mid 70s when I was 3 or 4 years old at Christmas.
melanie - February 14, 2012 - Report this comment
iI used to have a holly hobbie dolls house. The house was round &the doll sat in the chimney in the middle of the house & her large dress covered the hole house. Does anyone remember this?
Eva - June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Hello! I love Holly Hobbies vinyl dolls 6". I am looking for its houses: Secret Doll House (the house is under doll skirt) and The Original Holly Hobbie Doll House. 2 Stories (with two floors and furniture: bed, table, chairs, cooker...). If someone knows where i can buy them or sells it, please contact me, i will be glad of it. Thank you very much! My e-mail adress: evairala@telefonica.net
Nicoleb - June 26, 2012 - Report this comment
hi I'm 26 , and I still hold my holly hobby pillowcase to sleep.. I got her on my second birthday and never let her go... my fiance is not too happy that she has to sleep but I feel like she has feelings cuz I been with her for so long.. she used to be bright pink and blue and now you cant tell what color she is.. if I don't bring her with me I can't sleep.. I know this is pathetic but I can't help it lol
Tom Ault - December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked for American Greetings in the 1970/80s. During that time Holly Hobby and Ziggy were in company competitors. As a district manager for department stores in Ohio and Michigan I had sales product delivered to me. I have one of the original salesman Ceramic Holly Hobby Green Girl Tea Sets and also a complete Ceramic Holly Hobby Greengirl Dinner set for eight. These are in mint condition and I am considering selling them. Also, I mentioned Ziggy by Tom Wilson. We were also givn special books around three feet by three feet for department store window displays. I have one of those with an original page in the front by Tom Wilson written for me. If anyone is interested, I can be contacted at tomault@earthlink.net
Michelle - January 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I have a holly hobbie canopy bed set that has been packed in a closet for 20+ yrs it is for sale for the right price and buyer this was my very first bedroom set when I was a girl I loved it
Bernie - September 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Someone said she didn't know it was a Hollie Hobbie doll. Same here! Just wondering did any of you call your Holly Hobbie doll a different name!

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