1. Oh how lovely of the man to offer that to you.

    I do think us women have a much harder time getting rid of things; despite all of our moves since Harry was born we still have some things that I just can’t bear to part with, that wouldn’t sell anyway but I have had to get rid of a lot more than I was ready to at each time and found it really hard. It’s lovely that you reassured the lady that the Sylvianian would be going to a loving home. x
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  2. Getting rid of old toys that our children once so lovingly played with is hard. I’ve seen my sons room turn from a small Toys R Us showroom into a teenager’s bedroom with only an xbox and a few books…it’s heart wrenching.

    A lot of his toys went to a charity shop, some have remained because I can’t bare to part with the things he cherished so much as a little boy. I can imagine how this mum must have felt.

    But toys are meant to be played with, not stored in a box (oh, Toy Story 3, you’ve ruined me!), and I’m glad to read that the toys you bought/picked up are going to loving homes x

    As for the old toys I packed away, they’re coming out for my little niece to play with – I knew there was a reason I kept them!
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  3. Oh how lovely of the man to give you something extra. I think as a mother, it’s so hard to part with things that have sentiment and meaning to them. I have ‘memory boxes’ with special things in for both my boys, but I would keep everything if I could. xxx
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  4. The dolls bed is lovely.
    I have a few things from when the children were little that I have boxed up and will not part with. On the whole though I am pretty ruthless and if it stays still for long enough I take it to the charity shop. My husband on the other hand is a hoarder, with the opinion that we should keep everything we’ve ever owned, for ever, “Just in case”.
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  5. As hard as it is to let go of their old things and everything that symbolises memories and history, I always love knowing I found a good home for them, someone who will love them as much as I did.
    I hope your daughter is enjoying her new bed and all the dolls have a comfy place to sleep :)
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  6. We gave Syd a second hand garage for his birthday, he has had a lot of use out of it! I am a terrible hoarder, and have kept lots of bits and bobs from various stages of my children’s lives, but you can’t keep everything can you?! Hard saying goodbye to stages of your children’s lives.
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  7. Loving the bed – and so mice to stop and chat to people and learn about the items too. I only have a few experiences of our local freecycle and it’s always been very much ‘here take it, goodbye’ experiences I’ve had so far. I can be hard letting go of things, but I love the idea of toys carrying round history of different families with them x
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  8. Oh wow what a wonderful story. That toy bed is just fabulous and how nice to be given the Sylvanian Families box too. Must have been hard for them to give up (as children’s things often are!) but lovely to have a chat about it. I bet they were pleased afterwards they went to a good home. Lovely post :)
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  9. A wonderfully well written post. It is really hard to give things away that were once so precious, you captured this feeling perfectly.x

  10. How lovely of the man to give you the Sylvanian families – I bet your niece will adore them and they are so pricey too. We got Eliza a second hand baby annabel pram for her birthday and the lady threw in the matching buggy, a baby annabel doll and loads of accessories that must have cost a fortune new – I paid less than £10
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  11. The Mr is forever telling me to get rid of things the Mini Mes no longer use/wear but I feel as though it’s giving a piece of them and their history away so it’s difficult! I usually pass them on to friends for free now so I know they will be looked after x

  12. A beautiful story on so many levels Nell! I guess its not the toys themselves that we find hard to part with, its the chance that we might forget the wonderful memories that are attached to them.

    We too know the joy of role-playing in our house. The way our girls’ play reflects the very essence of our parenting and their childhood experiences is something I greatly treasure – even the ‘bad’ parts. You’ll often find me trying to capture these moments on video (usually without success!).
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  13. Aww I know what she feels like, it’s so hard watching them grow up and knowing all their cute little things are lost and forgotton… so hard to get rid of but at the same time amazing to know they are getting a new lease of life. Hope your daughter enjoys the bed :) x
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  14. Gorgeous post as usual! I love the idea of giving or loaning something to see what happens in return. That is my kind of thing! I believe in karma and often do kind things to see what happens!! I hope your niece enjoyed the SF’s and that your two have years of fun ahead of them playing with the cot! My two (6 and 4) love playing the same game as yours and as you say, it is fab to see!
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  15. It can be so hard for little ones and us mums when it comes time to part with certain beloved toys. The bed is lovely and I’m sure your niece will adore the Sylvanian Families. Will pop back in the week to read all about ‘our time of gifts’ :-)

  16. Such a happy – and sad – post! It’s funny what we find hard to get rid of, often the toys I cursed the most when I was constantly tripping over them are the ones that I am saddest to see the kids no longer playing with now…Hope your niece loves the horse box, and the toy bed means you get to reclaim your sofa! #blogclub
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