Original Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were a hot collecting craze of the 1980’s. Children and collectors delight over vintage and modern Cabbage Patch Kids. Hard to find and foreign variations of dolls are highly sought after by collectors worldwide. Coleco manufactured the vinyl head dolls by the millions in the United States during the 1980’s. Companies who made the dolls in other countries include Jesmar, Lili Ledy, Triang Pedigree and Tsukuda.
On the secondary market, it can be fun to try to find the rarest Cabbage Patch Kids variations. A great resource is the book The Encyclopedia of Cabbage Patch Kids The 1980’s by Jan Lindenberger and Judy Morris. It has a list of 50 Cabbage Patch Kids rarities to keep an eye out for. Some dolls preferred by Cabbage Patch collectors are 1983 dolls with freckles, the popcorn hairstyle from 1986, red fuzzy haired boys from 1983 and Talking Cabbage Patch dolls from 1987, especially with the cup that makes them gulp.
Xavier Roberts originally started hand making his Little People dolls in Northern Georgia in the 1970’s. His doll shop, Babyland General Hospital, is still open in Cleveland, Georgia and is a great place to visit. Hundreds of hand painted, soft sculpture dolls are displayed in a school and in outdoor settings. Babyland General Hospital, as the legend on the back of the doll boxes states, is a special place where the Kids remain open for adoption. Visitors can watch live birthings of the dolls from underneath an elaborate tree decorated with a cabbage patch, Bunny Bees and crystals. There is a hospital type area for preemies and a stork who watches over them. The older Kids go to school with an adult size soft sculpture teacher doll. Admission is free to this amazing Georgia spectacle. The official Cabbage Patch Kids website is http://www.cabbagepatchkids.com