Vtg. Fisher Price Precious Places #5165 and 11 similar items
More details about this itemVintage Fisher Price Precious Places #5165 Twirling Melody Gazebo Set COMP w/BOX/NEAR MINT! Welcome to the land of Precious Places (Photo from Fisher Price 1989 Toy Fair Catalog.) (More photos below) In 1989, Fisher Price created a village of collectible houses, accessories, and people that could be manipulated via magnetic keys. They called this village Precious Places. The village was interconnected by special elevated sidewalks that animals, people, and accessories could traverse using the magnetic key. In addition, many of the buildings possessed special features that could be controlled utilizing these magnetic keys (e.g. turn on the lights, manipulate ceiling fans, rock cradles, open doors etc.). Each building and accessory set afforded its own unique key. Here for your consideration is the oft-considered centerpiece of this "magic world," the HTF Precious Places #5165 Twirling Melody Gazebo. This set was only manufactured between 1989-1990. Amazingly, this set also includes its original instruction booklet and box. Resembling one of the old "band stands" that were erected in city parks across the country around the turn of the century, this play set preserves all the innocence and ambiance from that time period. It features a wind-up music box (that really works!) and a girl figure (Brittany), who dances dreamingly around the gazebo with the music. Both the music and Brittany's movements are activated by a "magical" magnetic key. The child winds the music box by gripping the cupola and turning it; however, the music box doesn't play and the turn-table doesn't move until the child inserts her magnetic key and turns it. Similarly, the child can curtail the music and Brittany's dancing by moving the key in the opposite direction. Other novel features associated with this set include: 2 RARE white swans that "swim" on their pond when the key moves underneath the elevated platform, a key-activated clock, and a RARE purple swing that really swings (both by itself and when Brittany is aboard). The gazebo play set includes incredibly detailed lithos, a simulated "wrought iron fence," pathways, 3 RARE flower boxes, a flowered arbor, and 2 pieces of sidewalk. One of the sidewalk pieces is curved and the other is straight. Like the gazebo, the sidewalks are elevated so that the child can easily insert the purple magnetic key underneath them to make "Brittany" come to life. In my opinion, this play set and all of its accessories are in NEAR MINT-MINT condition. The box demonstrates some wear. There are some remnants of the original price tags, some original sealing tape, some creasing, some corner edge wear on both the upper and lower portions of the box, a few minor tears on the top flap, and some smushing and a punch through on the lower front right hand corner of the box. On a rating scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect, I would rate this box as being an 8.0/10.0. The instructions are completely intact with just a tad of yellowing from age. Note: Due to the number of small parts and the presence of small magnets, these toys were designed for children ages 5 years and up. They DEFINITELY should not be given to children under age 3 as the parts are too small for them to easily manipulate and they pose a choking hazard. I will be thoroughly Q-tip cleaning this set prior to sending it to its new owners. My sets are IMMACULATE! This particular offering weighs 2 lbs. UNWRAPPED. My location is Lafayette, IN (47905). I will probably be sending this package via Fed Ex Home Delivery as it automatically includes FREE insurance. In order to ship via Fed Ex, I MUST have a residential address, not a P.O. Box, and a contact phone number (e.g. home, cell, work place) for the Fed Ex paperwork. I'm more than willing to combine auctions to save the buyer on shipping. If you do elect to purchase multiple items, PLEASE do not send payment until I have a chance to manually combine your purchases onto one INVOICE. Otherwise, I get charged multiple PayPal transaction fees and you may be overcharged on shipping via Bonanza's shipping calculator. Furthermore, unless I can combine these purchases onto one INVOICE, it prevents me from printing out a shipping label using PayPal. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Vintage Fisher Price Precious Places #5165 Twirling Melody Gazebo COMPLETE w/BOX and INSTRUCTIONS Turn the magnetic key in the slot to turn on the music box and activate the moving dance floor Preferred payment is via PayPal. Payment is expected within 5 business days. The price listed is for the item itself. The total amount due will be the purchase price of the item the ACTUAL shipping cost to deliver your item to you. All shipping costs or extra fees (in the case of Canadian shipments) are the responsibility of the buyer. I will do everything in my power to find you the cheapest shipping rate—-whether it’s the USPS (First Class, Parcel, or Priority), Fed Ex, or UPS. I DO NOT PAD MY SHIPPING COSTS—-NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL! I SHIP WITHIN 48 HOURS OF A CLEARED PAYMENT. I primarily utilize Fed Ex Home Delivery for items exceeding 5 lbs. in weight, measuring greater than 12 inches in any dimension, or traveling longer distances. I’ve been finding Fed Ex has been running @33% cheaper than the USPS (including Parcel Post) and UPS Ground. FYI, another benefit of using either Fed Ex or UPS is that their quote includes up to 100 worth of FREE insurance. Additional amounts of insurance may be purchased for a nominal fee (that is much less than the USPS). Fed Ex also provides automated tracking updates re: your parcel’s whereabouts directly to your personal e-mail account. In order to ship Fed Ex (or UPS for that matter), I MUST have a residential or work place address, NOT a P.O. Box number, as well as a home or cell phone. Otherwise, they will not accept the shipping paperwork or transport your item. Since Bonanza's shipping calculator does NOT offer Fed Ex Home Delivery as a shipping option, PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNTIL I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MANUALLY CHECK THESE RATES AND INSERT THEM INTO YOUR INVOICE. Otherwise, the shipping calculator may overcharge you. Packages traveling to Alaska or Hawaii will be shipped Parcel Post via the USPS. Insurance and delivery confirmation are required. I’m more than willing to combine multiple purchases into one box whenever it is safe to do so to decrease your shipping costs. Once again, PLEASE wait to check out until I can combine your purchases on ONE INVOICE and can calculate their combined shipping rate via Fed Ex. If you pay for these items separately, I get charged multiple transaction fees by PayPal plus you get over-charged on your shipping. Of course, I will refund you any amount over 1.00 that you've overpaid on shipping. However, it's easier on both of us if you wait until I can send you the correct amount. I’m more than happy to ship selected play sets to Canada and Australia. Remember that shipping to Australia can be quite expensive so please contact me for a shipping quote before you purchase an item. I will attempt to find the cheapest shipping rate possible. Also, Australian and Canadian customers will be responsible for any brokerage fees, Custom’s duties, or VAT’s imposed by your governments. I am not responsible for these charges. Insurance is required for all international shipments. Last, but not least, I offer a 10% discount for orders totaling 125.00 or more. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO RETURNS ARE ACCEPTED. I have attempted to bring any noted "imperfections" to your attention prior to your purchasing the item. However, I'm only human. If I have missed something or you have a problem with your purchase, please contact me prior to leaving feedback. txzj pxzj2038 txzj71
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