This is an ABSOLUTE MUST for any collector! Mainly because most of the stories have had something to do with a Garden. (Molly's Victory Garden, Kit's Garden with her Aunt etc etc)
I LOVE this set! You have to glue the top part of the hoe on to the stick (it sort of screws in then you glue it)
The watering can RUSTS VERY EASILY! I was showing my kiddo that it really does work and put water in it and didn't get every single drop dry and a day later there are a couple rust stains inside. GRRR. So note of caution, DO NOT PUT WATER IN IT unless you plan on making sure it is completely dry each time!
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Post by PleasantMemories on Apr 11, 2007 20:32:21 GMT -5
I’m surprised that no one has mentioned how Addy’s vegetables have changed over time. Over the years, the vegetables have been made from resin, styrofoam, and plastic. The resin vegetables are the earliest version. Although, they are nice and solid, the painting on them leaves a lot to be desired. they came in the basket pictured on the far right.
The next set is the Styrofoam veggies. All the pieces are made from Styrofoam except for the lettuce, which feels like some sort of cloth. I like this version, but the Styrofoam is beginning to show through the paint on the tomato. This set came in the center basket with the assembled hoe and was purchased on 1995.
Lastly, I have the plastic vegetables which were purchased at the outlet in 2006. All of the vegetables are made from plastic, except the lettuce. These vegetables came in a more finely woven basket (left). The weave looks like a type of grass; whereas the other two are wicker. This set came with the hoe that is not assembled.
Overall I would give any of the sets a A. The vegetables can be incorporated in almost every doll’s story. I also love food, and this is one of the very few healthy choices that have been produced thus far. One can only eat so many cakes and cookies.
HelloMiss and PleasantMemories have already written great reviews of this set. I relied on their reviews while collecting but unfortunately can’t see PleasantMemories’s photos any longer(hopefully temporarily), so I’ll add some of my own in the meantime.
Addy’s Gardening Supplies are wonderfully detailed and useful. I have one complete set and several partial sets. The complete set includes a metal watering can (which is a fantastic piece but does rust easily), a hoe with a wooden handle and heavy metal blade (it has a rounded edge and isn’t sharp), a wicker basket, and vegetables. There have been different versions through the years but as far as I know they have come with the same vegetables: a head of lettuce or cabbage (I’m unclear which), a bunch of carrots, a tomato, two eggplants, and a turnip.
I have three versions of the vegetables. The oldest version is made of resin or possibly clay (I'm not completely sure). It feels very solid and heavy. The next version is mostly styrofoam. It is labeled Pleasant Company and is consistent with the version that appears on the 1994 maroon-bordered Addy’s Summer Story pamphlet. The third version is also mostly styrofoam and I think it’s from after the Pleasant Company era.
The 1994 pamphlet:
Heads of lettuce/cabbage. Oldest (resin) is on the left. It is heavy and brightly painted. I have several of these and they all seem the same. Middle is 1994 styrofoam, and seems to be wrapped in papier-mâché leaves. It is the most realistic. My third version on the right also seems like styrofoam with papier-mâché leaves but lacks the wonderful detail of leaves curling open, and the coloring also seems drab.
Next are the carrots. All three versions have wire-encased green fabric carrot tops, which can be bent in different directions to appear more realistic (I didn’t do this). Oldest is on the left again. The paint is all one color and there are indentations in the carrots to show texture. Second version has less pronounced indentations but has painted lines. Third version also has painted lines and almost feels slick in texture compared to the others.
Next, the tomato. Oldest (on the left) is entirely painted. Middle version larger and brighter with fabric leaves. Third version smaller and darker red with fabric leaves.
Next, the eggplants. Oldest version is all painted again, middle version has a green wire stem, third version is very similar but is painted a darker plum color. The third version also has a very uniform color and slick texture, unlike the other two which have a bit more variation. Although I've pictured two eggplants in each version, that is just because two come with each set. They do not come clumped together.
And finally the turnips. I don’t have a resin version yet. The main difference in my styrofoam versions is that the purple painting on the first one is a bit darker and appears kind of smudgy, while the later version shows more detail on the veining.
Overall, I like the resin and early styrofoam versions best, but truly all of the sets are wonderful. There is a lot of appeal and play value in all of the different parts of the set, and I would easily give it an A++.
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2017 15:06:24 GMT -5 by mamared
I was going through photos and thought I’d add some pictures that show the rest of Addy’s Gardening Supplies. I’ve collected several full or partial sets over the years, which make it fun and easy to set up a garden for Addy.
The veggies have already been reviewed above .
The hoe comes in two pieces, a smooth wooden handle and a heavy metal end piece. The metal is rounded and not sharp. Although I think the accompanying directions suggest adding a drop of glue to keep the two pieces attached, I’ve found that they already fit snugly and glue isn’t necessary. The hoe is about 11.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at its widest part.
The watering can is made of lightweight metal. It”s about 4.5 inches tall (including the handle). It can really be used as a watering can, although rust on the inside of one that I purchased indicates that it might be better to keep it dry!
The woven baskets have varied a bit as mentioned in a previous review. I have one version in these pictures, and I’ll try to remember to add pictures of some of the others at some points.