Time warp, it was the same

We weren't looking for anything in particular and then I saw some Barbie dolls. I have four sons, but I loved Barbies when I was a little girl. But, more importantly, I was thinking about my Barbie Bungee lesson. I did it for the first time last year. You can read about it here. It was such a fun lesson. Barbies aren't cheap though and I cheaped out last year. I went to Kmart and got two packs of 3 fake barbies for $5. I did hang a Wanted sign in my room for kids to bring Barbies in, but no one did, so I had to rely on these cheap ones. It worked, was a great, fun lesson, but their arms, legs, and heads kept falling off and they really didn't have any weight to them.

The flea market today had real Barbies! I walked by two different vendors who were selling them for $3 each and I passed. Then, I found some for $2.00, yeah! I bought 4 of them even though I needed six, so back to the other vendors I went. While walking a different path, I found one real Barbie in a $1.00 pile. (Below she is the best one in the big blue gown). Yeah, grabbed her up. And, off to find one more. She was $3.00. I told the woman that I was a math teacher and what I was doing with her and I must have gotten her flustered because she couldn't make my change. I gave her a $20 bill for a $3.00 doll. She had mostly ones and apologized as she gave me a $5 bill and 6 ones. She said, "Check that and make sure it is right. I am done to all ones." I said, "This is only $11," to which she gave me one more dollar. I politely said, "I need $5.00". Phew, that was a tough sale, but her are my new real Barbies:

Please ask some of your freshmen students about "Barbie-Q," a story we read earlier this month. It involves Barbie dolls... purchased at a flea market! I can send it to you if you are interested.

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