Does anyone remember Spirograph? We had one when I was a kid, and I remember enjoying it so much. I figured it was a bit too hard for my 4 year old grand-daughter to do, but as I was looking at the reviews, I noticed something interesting.
I decided I really wanted to find a vintage Spirograph and my searches led me to EBay. There were quite a few on there. Unfortunately, most of them seemed interested in selling to collectors who were worried about whether there were creases on the box cover or whether the original paper was included. I put a bid into a couple of them, but was quickly outbid.
Heck, I just wanted a set that had most of the plastic parts. So I turned to my new, fun addiction..... Freecycle. Anyone use this website? It's for trading items completely for free. No money exchanges hands. You put your stuff up locally so there's no shipping.
It's amazing the kinds of things people put up and also what people are looking for. Just today was a TV, some clothes, cinder blocks, wood, etc. I find it fascinating that people have so much stuff, they'd rather just give it away for free than have it hanging around in their house.
So I posted that I wanted a Vintage Spirograph.....and within a day I got a response. Someone had a SUPER Spirograph and I could come and get it!
Only one little curved piece is missing. Everything else is there including the instruction book, little push pins, cardboard to stick the pins in, and design guide.
Unfortunately, as was expected, the pens don't work anymore. It took me awhile to find something that would work. I used skinny markers, although colored pens would work much better.
A first pathetic attempt: