Oh where, oh where, can it be?
By clothing tag, I am referring to the information tag found inside the outfit, not the silk flash with Cabbage Patch Kids that is often found on the shoulder of shirts and dresses or pant legs.
Coleco only tagged one piece of each outfit, often leaving the other pieces unmarked in any fashion. This means that that the unmarked pieces can be easily lost and often go unrecognized as Cabbage Patch. This makes it difficult to put an outfit back together. How do you know which pieces belong in an outfit? Well, that’s a question for another post (or a bunch of posts).
In this post, I’m just going to tell you where to look for the informative little things. There are three options when it comes to tag situations.
1. My outfit has no tags
If the outfit has no tag there are four possible explanations:
- It’s a foreign CPK outfit.
- It’s a fake/aftermarket/handmade outfit.
- They’re all pieces of Coleco CPK clothing but didn’t all come together. OR They all came together, but at least one piece is missing.
- It is a CPK piece of clothing produced by a later company. eg. Play Along, Wicked Cool Toys
At least one piece in each Coleco outfit MUST have a tag.
2. My outfit has A tag
Regular Tag Locations
- Inside the shirt or dress piece of the outfit. If there is more than one top in the outfit, it is generally located on the piece worn closest to the doll’s body.
2. Along the side or back seam of the romper, sleeper, onsie, etc.
NOTE: There are a few outfits that can have them in either location. For example, the ruffled overalls may have the tag in the shirt OR the overalls, but not both, and not neither!
Unusual Tag Locations
There are some exceptions to these rules (of course), most of which involve later outfits (Post 1986) or jackets.
1. The Designer Line outfits that have jackets have the tag inside the jacket, not the shirt, as does the 500s series windbreakers and outfit #100.
2. ‘Made in USA’ outfits tend to have the tag in the pants, if the outfit has pants.
3. Splashing Fun Kids clothing have the tag on the most substantial piece of the outfit, generally the robe, the jacket, or the wrap.
4. Talker dresses have the tag on either the underdress or the pinafore. I see no pattern as to which was chosen.
5. A small number of later outfits (1989 and later) have the tags in an odd location. So look carefully.
3. My outfit has TWO (or more) tags
If your outfit has two or more tags, here are possible scenarios:
- It’s a Jesmar outfit. Jump to: Jesmar Clothing Tags
- You have two pieces of Coleco clothing that did not originally come together. For example, if your elephant romper has a tag, and the white shirt has a tag, they didn’t originally come together.
For more information on tags (if you haven’t already seen them), jump to:
What are Clothing Tag Codes: An explanation of the codes on Cabbage Patch clothing tags. Learn about the letters and numbers that started it all!
Oddball Tags: Not all clothing tags were made equal. Some have codes, some don’t. Which do? Which don’t?
What’s With the Numbers?: Why 15? Why 125? Why not 485? Who knows, but here are some thoughts.