Sunday, September 15, 2019

New Name, New Website PLUSH MEMORIES LOVIE SHOPPE

Our name and address has changed, but we still have lots of hard to find lovies just waiting to be cuddled again.

Eden Blond Doll White Pink Dots Crinkle Ruffle Stripe Bonnet Rattle

2004 Eden Plush 12 inch Blonde Baby Doll - Pink Terry Sleeper, White Top with Pink Polka Dots - Crinkle Arms - Pink Satin Ruffle, Footies - White Footie Bumps - White Eyelet Ruffle on Pink, White Striped Cotton Bonnet - Rattle LIKE NEW


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our NEW Plush Memories Lovie Shoppe. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Email Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, you can post your request on our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Group.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Store Wide SALE in Progress!!

Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe Catalog

Do YOU remember the Pillow People?? This large girl is almost like new, even though she's been carefully kept by someone since 1985! She doesn't smell like a cedar chest, but she sure has been lovingly stored. I wish we had some way to know the stories behind all these lovies we find!

We only have one each of many of our lovies, so now that we have the whole store on sale it's best to buy it when you see it!! From vintage lovies to recent toys, you will find a wide variety of soft dolls and stuffed animals. All are used, but many look like new and some even have all the original swing tags.

We've worked hard to make our store inviting and easy to use. So please take a look around!!


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Email Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, you can post your request for help finding it on our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Group.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fun Gift for a FireFighter

Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe Gift Suggestion

This cute little fellow would be a great "thinking of you" gift for that firefighter friend of yours, don't you think?


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Email Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, you can post your request on our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Group.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our RESPONSIVE Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe


After working hard for the last year to get our software set up the way I wanted it, all our Dirty Butter websites are now what is called "responsive". That means all our websites now should work on mobile devices of all kinds, as well as desktop and laptop computers.

This involves coding in such a way that the page doesn't just get smaller when the screen gets smaller. Instead, the look of the page changes entirely. Sections that are side by side on a big screen end up stacked one on top of another on a small screen. This all happens automatically.

We use CubeCart software for our stores. It is now Open Source software, so anyone can use it without cost. There is certainly a learning curve in customizing the pages, but the results are well worth it. And now, the latest version of CubeCart uses an open source storefront skin based on Foundation. Upgrading to version 6 of CubeCart now provides the means for our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe to work well on any size phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

We invite you to take a look around our new store design. Kick the tires if you like. Please let us know if something needs to be improved to work better on your mobile device.We'll be glad to send you a 10% discount coupon for taking the time to send us your feedback.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe . But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, you can also post your request on our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Group.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RARE FIND - Vintage Plakie Toy HUMPTY DUMPTY

ORIGINAL Plakie Toy Humpty Dumpty Red White Stripe Pillow NM

It's not very often we find such a rare toy in such wonderful condition.

Plakie Toy was in business in the 50's-70's and this Humpty Dumpty was one of their more popular toys. But, as all such well loved friends tend to get, most would have long since been loved to death.

This one, however, has been very carefully preserved all these years. So Humpty is ready to be loved again by someone who will appreciate him.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Announcing Mobile Access to Our Dirty Butter Plush Catalog

Fisher Price 1987 8050 White Blue Panda Hawaiian Shirt SUNGLASSES

Our Plush Catalog now works for Mobile Access!!

We're putting the finishing touches on a skin for our Plush Catalog that is designed to work not only on your computer, but also on your Smart Phone. We invite you to test drive our site on your phone and help us kick the tires.Let us know about any problems you encounter, and we'll send you a discount code to use on our site.

We've also just become an Affiliate for the shopping cart software we use, CubeCart. When we first bought this software several years ago I didn't know a thing about how to set up a database or use it. I was 100% totally ignorant about the whole process. So we hired a programmer to set up and modify that first CC v3 store for us. Over the last few years I've worked to understand the program, and I am pleased that I was able to install and modify the latest version of CC 5 all by myself.

I can't promise that you won't need help setting things up - that depends on whether or not you've had any prior experience with this type of software - but once it's up and running it saves a lot of time, eliminates a lot of human error, and provides a professional look to your business.

So if you're thinking about starting your own web storefront, or if you are looking for a new eCommerce software solution, I can recommend CubeCart.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Business AND Our Christian Beliefs

We have been selling plush animals and soft dolls online for about 7 years. And we've been running our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service about that long. If we don't have something in stock in our catalog we offer to help find it. So we get a fair number of people who found a particular out of stock lovie in our catalog and write asking for help locating one.

If I can't find it, then I reply via email asking for a story about why it is important and why they are looking for it, so I can post it on our Search Service.

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, here's the "hitch". We have always considered our Search Service to be our Christian Ministry, so there is a prominently placed scripture verse near the top of the online page. And all our emails have signatures that include scripture verses. I decided last year that I no longer wanted to sign my emails with just Merry Christmas during December.

So here are some examples of my email sigs:
May you and your family enjoy the Blessings of Jesus in this holy time of year,
OR
May you have a Christ filled Christmas,

Rosemary

Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11 KJV

This week someone who had asked for help finding an out of stock catalog item wrote me back after I'd written her, using a sig similar to one of these. She said she wanted me to delete all her correspondence with us. She explained that she had not realized she was dealing with some religious cult and did not want to use our service.

I replied that I had done as she asked and had deleted all our correspondence, but I wanted her to know that we are Christians who belong to a Southern Baptist Church.

I've heard the term "War on Christmas" lately on talk radio, and I've certainly seen a drastic reduction in the number of clerks who wish us a "Merry Christmas" at the checkout counter. And I imagine we've lost business in the past because of our prominent scripture verses.

But this is the first time someone went out of their way to point out how weird they thought we were.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Brentwood MOSHI Elephant

Brentwood MOSHI XL Blue Pink Lying Down Elephant

The gold standard of Microbead lovies are those made by Brentwood Originals, and we are very pleased to have a beautiful blue lying down MOSHI elephant for sale right now in our catalog. These squishy lovies are a favorite of young children, who find them to be very cuddly. And they are very hard to find!

Check out the prices of the various XL Brentwood MOSHI animals on eBay, and you'll see they run as high as $100. We try to price all our lovies competitively, so you're not likely to find one in very good condition for less than ours.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Do You Remember PJ Sparkles Dolls & Sparklins Pets?

Mattel 1989 PJ Sparkles SPARKLINS Pink Stars Rabbit

If you're in your 30's or 40's you may have loved a PJ Sparkles doll, or maybe had one of her pets. Mattel's ad slogan for the dolls was, "Hug me and I light up with love!". The Sparklins pets all had glow in the dark stars covering their satin bodies, and they had a removable glow in the dark plastic necklace that the child could wear as a bracelet.

We now have a Mattel 1989 plush 12 inch PJ Sparkles Pet SPARKLINS pink satin rabbit in our catalog. She has cream satin lining in her ears and a pink sparkly fur hair tuft with a pink shiny Mylar hair bow. She has a sweet white knit face with large plastic eyes, a blush on her cheeks, and a pink plastic nose.

Put her under a strong light for a while, then take her in the dark, and you're in for a surprise. Not only does her body light up with stars, but her sleepy eyes glow, too!

Why not take a look down memory lane and check out her pictures in our catalog.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Eden Vintage White Giraffe Moves Plays AROUND the WORLD in 80 DAYS


We finally have the newest version of our catalog software running fairly smoothly. There are still a few glitches we haven't been able to fix yet, but the site is working. So I now have the time to start back to adding some of the many plush lovies we have in stock.

I'm very excited to be able to offer a vintage Eden musical white giraffe for sale. She has a pink, blue, and yellow yarn loop mane and matching yarn tail. Her horns are soft terry cloth. When the metal key on the body is wound, the head slowly moves, and it plays Around the World in 80 Days.

Did you have a windup lovie like this giraffe when you were little? Do you still have your childhood toy, or have you thought about looking for one like it?

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Catalog is ONLINE!

Commonwealth XL Jumbo Love Pink Lavender Elephant
Commonwealth XL Jumbo Love Pink Lavender Elephant


This Jumbo Love elephant is a favorite collectible of children of the 80's. Many of these grownups are now searching for their childhood toys, and these over sized lovies seem to be at the top of the list. Contact us if you're interested in buying it, as we'll consider any reasonable offer.

It's taken several months of intense learning, lots of trial and error (about the only way I know how to learn anything), and lots of time, but I've finally managed to upgrade our old catalog to the new version 5 of the CubeCart software I use. The cart program developers did a complete rework of code from the ground up, so I had to learn the software all over again. In the process of debugging, I also learned a whole lot about the php programming language, as well as understanding MySQL databases. I even learned a little bit about Apache. Unless you're a nerd I know none of that meant anything to you, but it makes me feel very proud of myself that I can still learn how to do such things.

There are still some bugs to be ironed out, both by the software developers, and by me on our site, so if you take a look around and find something that doesn't seem to work quite right I'd appreciate a quick email.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Henrietta Needs Someone to Love

1975 Animal Fair XL Gold Brown HENRIETTA Dog
We found this beautifully preserved Henrietta dog today, and I couldn't wait to put it in our catalog. She's missing her hair bows and neck bow and has a tiny open seam that could easily be repaired. Other than that she looks brand new. That wouldn't be so surprising, but this dog is 36 years old!

There's no cedar chest smell, so I can't help but wonder where she's been all these years. For a vintage toy that has been so carefully stored for so long, there has to be an interesting story about why it ended up at the Thrift Store.

Someone is going to be very happy to get this favorite childhood lovie! And she's going to be loved again.




We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

CubeCart Upgrade to Version 5 Problems

CubeCart version 5 turned out to be harder to upgrade than we had expected. Part of our problem with trying to upgrade to v5 was all the old code lingering all the way back to version 3. So, Our programmer has made a clean install of v4.5 CubeCart, and he's going to use that until v5 is less buggy.

It's been very frustrating, for sure. But I learned a lot about MySQL databases and a good bit about CubeCart 5.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Playing with Cube Cart Version 5

I have been learning a little bit about how MySQL data bases are set up, how to install CubeCart, and was actually able to install a test version of the newest version of CubeCart to play with. I wasn't able to figure out how to copy our running CubeCart v4 data and upgrade to v5, but I did make a clean install of v5. So I've been able to test it out to some extent, and I'm very pleased with the way it works.

So, I've told our programmer to go ahead with the upgrade to v5 for our store whenever he has the time to do it.

All in all I'm pretty pleased with what I was able to do on my own. Of course, he won't be using anything I did. I'll just delete the data base and files I created, but I learned a lot in the process.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CubeCart Version 4 Upgrade Continues

We're still working on the upgrade to version 4 of CubeCart for our catalog. It's going to take a while to get everything working just the way I want it to, although our programmer has made great progress already!

We're filling orders and have mailed quite a few lovies since the changes, so we're glad we made this upgrade.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Monday, May 16, 2011

BIG SITE CHANGE UNDERWAY!

Our programmer has started the change to the new version of CubeCart. So for now the catalog looks really odd, as it's all set up the default way. It's going to take a while to get everything looking and working just the way I want it to.

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Friday, April 29, 2011

ALABAMA TORNADO Plush Lovies DISCOUNT

The tornadoes that swarmed through Alabama, our home state, have been devastating. We were fortunate to be missed, but many have been left homeless and over 200 are dead.

Alabamians from all over are working to help with bottled water, food, diapers, and other necessities.

So, we want to help the little ones who have lost all their lovies.

Anyone who mails to an Alabama Shipping Address through June 30 should use ALABAMA as the DISCOUNT CODE to get 50% OFF their order from Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe.

Please forward this information to anyone you know who has family in Alabama who may need help replacing a lovie. If the child was fortunate enough to not be in the path of the tornado, we encourage the buyer to donate the other half to Disaster Relief.

If we don't have what they need in stock, they can contact us at our FREE Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service, and they will get TOP PRIORITY help.

http://plushmemories.com/contact-us


"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our Catalog is Back in Action!

Our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe is back up and running, thank goodness. We still seem to be having a lot of people who can't get the Basket to work properly, so our programmer is going to upgrade us to CubeCart v4 soon. We had to be sure all the hosting issues were resolved before we started thinking about such a major change, though.

Hopefully that will take care of this very frustrating issue, as we feel sure we're losing orders because of it.

We're using CC version 3 right now, which is free, but if paying for the latest version gets us more orders, it will be worth it!
We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Now our Catalog Site is Down!!

We thought we had solved all our site problems for the time being, but right now all our dirtybutter.com sites are down. The Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service is still working properly, so you can contact me that way if you need to.
We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Site Down AGAIN!

We're having site problems, AGAIN! Finding a good host who will work with us has been a real problem. Please bear with us while we get moved to another host. Hopefully it won't be too long before our Plush Catalog and our free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service will be back up and running.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vintage 50's - 60's Vinyl Head Cloth Body Hand Puppets - KING FRIDAY

Vintage Vinyl Head Cloth Body Hand Puppet Mr Rogers KING FRIDAY
King Friday and Queen Sara from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe are just two of a lot of vintage vinyl head cloth body hand puppets we have for sale right now. There's also a clown head I'm reasonably sure is a Bozo clown.

The cloth is in better shape on some than on the others, but all the heads are as close to perfect as you're likely to find for a child's puppet that is 50 years old or more! Since they are collectibles, I've not attempted to clean them in any way. A few do have some soil on the heads that really looks like it would just wash off.

Even if you're not interested in purchasing one of these, why not take a walk down memory lane and take a look at these old friends. If you recognize any of these puppets and know what their names are or anything about them, I'd love to hear from you!




Vintage Vinyl Head Hand Puppets



We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Monday, March 21, 2011

For Sale! Very Hard to Find DAKIN 70s Bright YELLOW DROOPER Dog Brown Ears

DAKIN 70's Bright Yellow DROOPER Dog Brown Ears
We recently found the very hard to find bright yellow color of the 70's DAKIN Drooper Dog in excellent condition and it's now for sale in our catalog!! It's like new, which is remarkable, considering its age.

DAKIN 70's Bright Yellow DROOPER Dog Brown Ears

We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

We Found a VERY RARE Snuzzles LION!

Playskool 1986 No. 5400 Snuzzles Blankies Plaid Lion Satin Mane, Feet

We were very excited yesterday to find the extremely rare Snuzzles lion in very good condition. These wonderful Blankies animals were made by Playskool in the 80's, and they are in high demand. All of them are hard to find now. I'm not sure why the lion is so much harder to find than the others, but it is.

If you remember the Snuzzles and would like to see several photos of this one, or if you would be interested in purchasing it, we hope you will stop by our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe.


Playskool 1986 No. 5400 Snuzzles Blankies Plaid Lion Satin Mane, Feet
We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Does Your Child Get Enough Sleep?

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Campaign GARFIELD STAR SLEEPER

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Campaign GARFIELD STAR SLEEPER

This Garfield might be able to help if you're having trouble getting your child to develop good sleep habits. He was the plush mascot for the nih.gov "Sleep Well, Do Well, Star Sleeper Campaign" some years ago. He'd be the perfect reward for that little one who has been struggling with sleeping in their own bed or sleeping all night long.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Our Press Release is ONLINE!

I managed to read a lot of different online directions about how to write a Press Release and ended up with something that I thought was good enough to publish.

I filed one version of it on http://www.prlog.org/ and another version on Free Express Press Release Distribution. PRlog published our story almost instantly, but I'm waiting for approval of the version on the Free Express PR Distribution site.

I also called our local county newspaper this morning to find out how to send a copy to them, and that's been emailed as well.

I feel sure this process would not take someone who was used to doing it very long at all. But I spent the better part of 2 days taking care of this, with no guarantee it did any good to spread the word about our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service, which in the ministry arm of our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe.


We hope you will find the lovie you are looking for in our DIRTY BUTTER Plush Animal Shoppe CATALOG. But we have many more toys in stock than we have listed, so please Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we will search the Internet for it. If we still can't find it, we will post your request on our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service Facebook Page.