If you have a vintage Cabbage Patch Kid lurking in a cedar chest somewhere, this post is for you. Having been around during the first craze some thirty years ago, I remember the department store wars and bare shelves incited by the popular dimpled dolls.
As far as I know the comeback of the CPK in recent years didn't quite match the initial enthusiasm, but for those who still have a soft spot for the dolls, there's a new trend.
You can now have your own Cabbage cutie, thanks to the handiwork of a pregnant Georgia woman, who crochets CPK wigs so that your own babies can resemble Anne Geddes models.
“I was a huge child of the ‘80s and I had lots of Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and I just loved them,” said Amanda Lillie.
According to an article in Today Moms, the 33-year-old mom-to-be sourced a “Cabbage Patch hats” pattern via Pinterest, and the rest is entrepreneurial history. Lillie unearthed her old dolls and got to work fashioning a hair piece.
To her surprise, the wigs—which take between two to three hours to crochet—have been selling like hot cakes on her Etsy shop. She even sported her own, adult-sized 'hair' for Halloween last year.
“I’ve just seen a tremendous response,” Lillie said.
Though most of her sales are generated for Halloween, some customers have purchased her wigs for children who've lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.
“I thought that was just amazing,” Lillie said. “That was just the sweetest, endearing thing I’ve ever heard.”
We think so, too. Here's how another awesome mompreneur is reinventing the doll.