Sunday, November 5, 2017

American Girl Contributors sought


I would like to do a blog featuring other bloggers. Specifically other bloggers and collectors of the Pleasant Company and American Girl doll collectors. I would like to feature pictures and facts on the different variations of dolls and their items... If you would like to contribute please contact me. Thank you! 

Holiday In Store Exclusive gowns


American Girl had In Store Only Exclusive gowns. This year its also available online.
Here are the following details...
The Merry and Bright Gown Set was released in 2013 and retired the same year. Retail Cost was $72

The Ruby Ball Gown Set was released in 2014 and archived in 2015. Retail cost was $72

The Frosted Violet Gown was released in 2015 and retired 2016 retail cost was $58


The Fancy Frost Ballgown was released in 2016 and retailed for $58
The Shimmering Ballroom Gown is available now online and in the store for $58





What does this terminology mean?


Newcomers to American girl are frequently asking some questions
So I'd thought I 'd share some examples

What are strings and what exactly do they do?
Sometimes (most) American Girl dolls and Gotz dolls are attached from their head to their torso with strings. The strings are there to hold the head on. Don't cut them. Just tuck them in the back of their outfits and it will be fine. American Girl goes through periods of also using a zip tie to keep the head attached. It might to deter people from customizing their dolls or it might be a cost saving measure. Here is a picture of Kaya and her neck strings.

Loose Limbs
It may be important to a collector or a child if the doll has loose limbs. Tightened limbs help with posing and help the doll stand. Dolls should be able to hold a Superman pose if held up by the torso.
This doll is pretty good at holding the Superman pose. If I remember correctly the Marie Grace dolls and Lindsey dolls are chronically loose.
This doll's legs flop down because her limbs are loose. It can be a pretty easy fix yourself or a simple trip to the American Girl doll hospital to remedy this problem.
I buy restringing kits here - http://bavasinternational.com/
Then follow this video Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
You can prevent loose limbs by not leaving a doll in a sitting position. Don't ship them in a sitting position. :)

What are Shine Marks? 
Doll's vinyl has a matte finish so due to years of play, the oils on our skin, rubbing on the doll in any way can create a shine mark.
I don't think any of my dolls have a noticeable shine mark that will show up on camera.
but to give you an idea its just a shinier part of their vinyl than the rest.

some shine marks after years of play is to be expected. I always put that as a disclaimer when I sell a used doll.
If the shine mark is on their face and not on the face paint (blush, eye brows, lips) you can use micro mesh to smooth it out. You can also try and use a baking soda paste with a fine toothbrush to scrub away all the dirt. If its on the limbs you can use magic eraser, micro mesh, and or the baking soda paste.






Monday, October 30, 2017

American Girl product featured on toy box

American Girl Product Featured on Toy Box Anyone watch Toybox? It’s a TV show where toy inventors come on the show and Kids decide whether or not Mattel should develop their toy. I saw a toy I recognize. When my daughter first started collecting dolls we were looking at room ideas and doll house options... American Doll Room was one of those options. They tried to get in but the kids voted no 😞. I still think it’s an awesome option. https://www.americandollroom.com//index.cfm I ended up finding one of these locally https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000069BE8/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I19Z8KTGGT8HA5&colid=T1L5DOMZ15B2 Here’s a link to watch the show http://abc.go.com/shows/the-toy-box

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caroline’s journey

I responded to an ad on the Facebook Marketplace for American Girl horses. She responded that she sold the horses but had some dolls and a bed left. She messaged me the following pictures.
A bed with no bedding, a non AG doll, and a AG blonde doll. I said do you know who the blonde is? She said it’s Julie. I can sell you the doll and the bed for $30!!! I just scored two other dolls for $30. My husband wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t think he wanted to go back out. I said it’s Julie and a bed for $30! We don’t have Julie! He said oh ok we can leave right now. :o
I go pull $30 out of the bank account and meet the nice lady... I spot other dolls too... a Kaya and a Caroline. I said how much by chance are you selling the Kaya for? She said $10! I said oh my... I was bummed I just had the $30. I scrounged through my purse. I found $9... she said she’d take that. Ohmiluckiestdayever! I get home and Julie doesn’t have her meet. But I already had it. Her and Kaya look so nice and the bed belongs to Julie it’s complete too!!

 Well Caroline didn’t leave my head the rest of the week. I believe the next weekend I asked my husband if I bought Caroline from the lady could I just donate her to the library on our military base. He thought it was a nice idea. So I messaged the lady to see if she still had Caroline. She did I offered her more than $10 because I don’t feel right taking them for just $10. She said sure. So I went to pick Caroline up. She wasn’t as clean or taken care of as the other two dolls. So I took her home and began the long process of treating the marks on her face and hair.
 
I really thought I messed up after that huge splotch showed up. My AG friends reassured me that the oxy would just seep out of the vinyl and would be gone in a few days and they were right.

 

 




Today 3 weeks later I finally had her ready for the library.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Doll Bio- Kaya



About this doll:
OUR BACKGROUND: my daughter got Kaya for Easter 2013 we have a lot of Native in our background

Her story: Kaya is a Native American and in her story she learns about respect, responsibility, and tradition.

BASICS
Name:Kaya 
# classic historical 
Bought where
When 2013
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LIFE
Age:10
Siblings: 2 sisters and twin brothers
Pets: she has horses and a wolf 

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LIKES
Favorite Color: black
Hobbies: riding
Likes and dislikes she dislikes the name magpie

3 words to describe my doll

Brave, respectful, graceful

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Luckiest American Girl Day so far...


Every week I try to at least check Craigslist on Thursdays for new AG ads or to see if there are any AG yard sales. I have an alert that goes to my email too. That goes for all the local yard sale Facebook groups I am in too. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The Facebook Marketplace doesn't even work on my profile so I have to check someone else's. Well I saw a random ad for a yard sale with this picture....


I spot the dolls in the chair.. I knew one could be Rebecca if my eyes weren't deceiving me as I recognized the purple dress but I could be way off. I commented on the post.. I said what kind of dolls are those? He said My American Girl dolls. :o
So I wait on my daughter to get out of the shower and jump in the car and drive twenty minutes knowing that they are either two expensive (I'm pretty broke) or they will be gone. I get there and its Rebecca and #27 for $15 a piece! YAY They look pretty good for $15!

Well at home and bored because I haven't been feeling well so I check the Facebook market place and I see an ad for American Girl Horses... I have been looking for Kaya's horse Steps High since she just retired and her price already sky rocketed.
So here was a picture from the ad... No dolls.... horses, a human sized desk, and a human set of wicker chairs..

I messaged the seller asking about the horses. She said sorry they are gone. Then she sends me a picture of a non AG doll, a blonde AG doll, and a bed without bedding...She said I have these dolls though.. I asked cautiously about the blonde doll if she knew who she was or anything about her? She said Julie (Julie was one I didn't have).. So I get excited and she said she wants $30 for Julie and the bed! Now I am really excited. My husband just shakes his head and said you just GOT two dolls. He was exhausted and not feeling well as well so I didn't think he'd jump at it plus we are stressed over money. I said well she wants $30 for Julie and the bed. He said okay we can be there within an hour... So again we drive 30 minutes on the other side of town for Julie and this bed. I get there the bed has all the bedding and Julie looks great. She also has Kaya and Caroline as well. I said well how much did you want for Kaya? She said $10... I was like wahhhh. I pulled out some loose ones I had $9 she said I'll take it. YOU'VE got to be kidding me! 
Two times yesterday, Two random sellers/ yard sales, No AG dolls mentioned in either ad and I get 4 dolls under $50 plus a bed!! Julie's bed!

I wish I had a few more bucks to grab Caroline and gift her to a little girl... maybe if she is still there this week LOL I can find a little cash... shh don't tell my husband LOL

Julie had a tiny mark on her nose I got off with a magic eraser, brushed out her hair and it looks fine, I brushed out Kaya's hair both of them have tight limbs and no major flaws for $39!