Treasure chest from Toy ConnectionDo you remember the little treasure boxes that dentists keep for children to paw through after an appointment? They were always my favorite part of each trip to the dental clinic (that, and getting out of there!). My dentist's treasure box was in a room full of file cabinets in the back. There was a mixture of things in there, ranging from bouncing balls to little tubes of toothpaste. What I loved best, however, were the cheap little plastic toys -- miniature comb and brush sets all molded out of the same pink plastic, little rings with candy-colored "gems," and tiny animals with a little hole in top to use as a pendant (though I never strung them onto anything).
Recently, I went searching on Etsy for toys that reminded me of my treats from the treasure box. A lot of these were made in the 1960s or 1970s, but they are close to the things I found in the late 1980s and early 1990s (after that, I was too old for toys... at least according to the dentist!). Click on each seller's name to go to their Etsy store.
Vintage gumball machine charms from vintagecharmsupplier
Puzzles and bird whistles from HeyYoYo
Vintage plastic charms from McCharmpants
Camera-shaped water gun, combs, slot machines and ring from CovetableCuriosities
Sailboats, plastic pen knives and ice cream carton pendants from bolla74