fisher price cash register

October 18th, 2010

I went back and forth about buying it, because it was ten bucks, but in the end I got it and I’m glad I did. I duct taped some batteries in (why do we have a thousand C batteries on hand?) and the sucker works! Push the green button and the conveyor belt moves, slide something across the scanner and it beeps, and if you push the yellow numbers a bunch of times the receipt pops up.

On the conveyor belt: bananas, a calorie counter book (really, why?), gouda, asprin, toothpaste, cookies and shoe polish. This is definitely an old man’s shopping list–a slightly overweight old man, in the eighties with a hangover. Meet the toy designers of the past.

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18 Responses to fisher price cash register

  1. anna says:

    :) that’s so funny! looks like fun though.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Totally the cash register that I had as a kid! I wonder if my mom still has ours? It originally had a shopping basket that hooked onto the end of the conveyor. Loved this toy as a kid, what a great find!

  3. Holly says:

    I so love vintage fisher price–even if an old man did design it. And I have never seen this cash register before–but have eyed up buying the more old school one without a conveyor belt or scanner. But more than anything I love little people. We have the hospital, the village, the pop-up camper, sesame street and the A-frame. It is a little obscene, really. Could someone please hire me to redesign the little people line and bring it back in all its former glory?

  4. Wanett says:

    You make me laugh!! We did have some questionable toys back then. I think I may have actually had this one.

  5. dani says:


    This cracked me up on an otherwise crappy day.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  6. kim says:

    eeek! i was just thinking about that thing! my little sister & i had one of these–it was age appropriate for her, but i still loved pretending, too! i never paid attention to the food on the conveyor belt though…i might have to take a peek at it in my parents’ attic soon :)

  7. Oona says:

    Such a strange amalgam of items. I love the calorie counter book, lol!

  8. Wendy says:

    love the post, reminds me of my babysitting years. yikes, now I’m feeling old.

  9. I was JUST thinking that my kids need a little ‘shop’ to play in…I’ll have to go see what I can scrounge up! Great find~

  10. Courtney says:

    My younger brother had this when we were little, but *I* really loved playing with it too (probably more than he did). There was something very methodical about putting play food on the conveyor belt and then “scanning” it. I think it played into my OCD tendencies. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)

  11. Courtney says:

    That’s so Funny!! You pegged it! An old man’s shopping cart!! Haa haahhh. I also wanted to mention those rainbow cupcakes you made looked sooooo awesome!!! I even showed my husband. The cake looked like you put a lot of effort into it but it was nothing compared to the cupcakes!!!! Yummmy!

  12. Kimberly says:

    Bah! I spit my tea out this was so funny. I love that it works!

  13. Beth says:

    My sister had the same register! She graduates from college in December. -Beth

  14. Dacia says:

    cute! thanks for the veggie “bolognese” recipe. that looks yummers!

  15. Lucy says:

    Love it!
    worth every penny! ;o)

  16. Kylie says:

    Oh my goodness, I HAD that when I was little! I think my mom still has it in her toy stash. I loved it and had a blast with it. I hope your kids enjoy it, too!

  17. Alyssa says:

    I had this exact toy and it was one of my favorites. My dream job when I was a kid was to be the grocer at Kroger. So, my parents thought this was a perfect gift when I was a kid. I would set up an entire grocery store, and check everyone out. No offense to grocery workers, but I bet my parents are glad that I ended up with a PhD instead of the Kroger job…the better to support them with as they get older!

  18. Noelle says:

    This was one of my favorite toys when I was a kid! What an awesome find!