Greg wrote to me not long ago, and I wanted to share this happy ending with you.
I am looking for a White Puffalump Lamb, Fisher Price #8009, My girlfriend has had it since a few months after she was born, and her sister’s dog shredded what was left of it last week. It would mean a lot to her if she could get another.
Knowing this is a very hard to find lamb, I wrote back, telling him not to get his hopes up. As I always do, I spent some time searching for this lovey, and was surprised to actually find one for sale on eBay. Granted, it was not cheap, but Greg did get my urgent email telling him where he could find it. He’s written back with this happy conclusion:
My name is Greg, and you were able to direct me to a vintage 1986 Puffalump Lamb on e-bay. I just wanted to let you know that I won the auction, and the Lamb has been given to my girlfriend. It is exactly like the one she has had since her birth that was destroyed recently.
When I gave it to her she just stared at it for about 30 seconds in silence, stunned. Then spent a good while squeezing it, and crying because she was so happy. It means more to her than just about anything I can imagine. I just thought you might want to know how wonderfully happy you helped make a very special person. Thank you so very much. I hope your business does very well. Anyone I know who might be able to use your site, I will refer in a heartbeat.
I really appreciate Greg taking the time to tell me how happy his girlfriend was.
I wanted all you dear folks to know that I really do try hard to help each and every one of you. Our Search Service averages over a thousand readers a week, and my inbox fills up every day with requests for help. We do sell plush toys, so sometimes we have the item in stock people are looking for, and occasionally we make an immediate sale.
Usually I can find one or two lovies on the Internet the first day I get the email, simply because I have learned from experience how to search for plush toys. And I find even more within a few days. So a lot of toys are found, such as Greg’s, without anything showing up on this blog at all.
Right now I have about 75 or so requests that I have emailed the person, asking for more information or a photo, and for most of those I have already done an initial search on the Internet. There are about 50 requests that are ready to post as soon as I can get time to do it, some with good photos, and some with poor ones that I have tried to edit into presentable condition.
Lately we have had several requests asking if we make a certain toy. No, we do not make the toys, only find them. We can, however, suggest that families contact two ladies who are quite skilled at making replicas, Susan and Hanna. Their links are on the sidebar.
We get lots of emails from folks wanting to know how the posting works.
I have our email address hidden in a Contact form, so we do not get flooded with spam. I also try to protect the email addresses of the people writing to us. We value our privacy and yours!
There is no way for a reader to directly post a photo, although some do write their requests in a comment. That’s fine, but for the best results you need to Contact Us with a complete description and a brief story about why you are looking for the item. I will get back to you as soon as possible, so you can send the photos by reply email.
Please be sure you use an email address that is correct, and that you will be using for a long time!! I can’t help you if I can’t contact you!!