Q: Just wondering what this is (see attached pictures). Friend seems to think it might be worth some $$? Thanks in advance for any info you have on this trike… Manny
A: Your friend’s tricycle is a circa 1940’s era Happy Time tricycle. Happy Time tricycles were branded as such and sold at Sears-Roebuck stores as their house brand, but were made by other manufacturers. This particular tricycle looks like it would have some moderate collector value as it appears to be a decent age and in pretty nice condition.
Q: hi. we recently purchased two old tricycles. One tricycle is smaller than the other but is an exact replica of the bigger one. at first i had a hard time figuring out what brand they were because both the head stickers were partly worn off. i just knew they looked cool! i evently figured out that they were “sears happytime” tricycles. my husband and i are cleaning them up as christmas gifts for our 3 and 1 1/2 year old boys. they will love them! the tricycles seem to work well. they are just very well played with. the woman we purchased them from has fond memories of all of her six children riding them all over place! my question is first of all, have you ever heard of these “sears” tricycles? do you carry parts for them? and do you have handgrips for replacements for these tricycles? the only thing i know for sure we need to replace are all the handgrips…they don’t have any. it would be nice to know parts are available for us if we need them. if not can you suggest somewhere where we might find parts, handgrips in particular? thanks -cidney
A: Sears did not produce their own tricycles, at least during the time period that your trikes were made. Murray seems to have been a maker of many of the Happy Time tricycles, although there may have been other manufacturers making the Sears branded tricycles as well. This was a common practice that continues to this day (take a look at Wal-Mart, those bikes don’t all come from different companies, just because they have different names).
As far as parts go, you can see the parts we currently have in stock in our online catalog. You can search for specific parts at the very top right of our homepage. The inventory online is our only currently available inventory. This changes on a regular basis.