Sunday, November 30, 2014

Note to American Girl sellers on CL

1) if you're trying to sell something take a picture in good lighting...
2) If you just can't find the right lighting then at least put the details in the description...
3) oh and adding a picture period is always a plus


Never this... not a good idea
http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/tag/4784331848.html

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FAQ & A's

What are some FAQ & A's

Q.Why American Girl?

A. 1) Educational, 2) It could be an heirloom and an investment 3) an experience -going to the store 4) the dolls (GOTY and Historical) encounter challenges they overcome 5) quality 6) wholesome you won't find really skanky clothes on them 7) Equality 8) body self image...

Q: American Girl Customer Service
Call: 800-845-0005, seven days a week
6 a.m. to midnight, Central Time
(holiday and summer hours subject to change)
Write: P.O. Box 620497, Middleton, WI 53562-0497

Q:Excuse this question but I am new to the AG world. Why are used dolls selling on ebay for the same price as a brand new one from the online AG store? Is there something special about the older ones?

A: Dolls that are retired are worth more because they are no longer available in the store. Girl of the Year dolls are only made for a year. If they didn't sell a lot of a certain doll while she was on the market she may become rare.. Whether a Pleasant Company Doll is worth more than a Mattel (American Girl) doll... is purely up to the collector.

Fact!!:: American Girl does sell replacement parts and boxes if they have them in stock... Once a doll is retired its obvious that they may not have her items in stock.. Call AG customer service to answer all your needs and don't worry they've heard that question and weirder ones before.
 http://agplaythings.wikia.com/wiki/Replacement_Parts

Q: Is $50, $60, ___ a good price for an 18 inch American Girl doll? 

A: An American Girl doll currently retails starting at $115 USD plus tax (if you live in the same state as American Girl doll) and Shipping. This is not taking in account for retired dolls that have increased in value. So if you found a good running car for half the price is that a good deal? Yes. As long as the used doll has no dents or major defects its a good deal. If her hair has a wack job, or her eyes are messed up, or she has ink on her face its possibly upwards of $50 to get a new head (That would be $100 -still cheaper than a new doll) If she is missing a limb or has a chewed up limb its about $32 plus shipping for a new limb PER limb that would be a total of $80 to get your doll back to having two strong arms/hands/feet. If there are holes or major rips in the torso and you don't want to do any repair work on your own that would also be about $50 including shipping depending on where you live. IF it is a current doll you might want to take in account what is she wearing? How much is it going to cost to buy a meet somewhere else *if you care*? If the doll has a jacked up head and her hand is jacked up.. then no she may not be worth $60.. but one fixable defect for a doll around the $50 price tag isn't a bad thing.. Silver Eye is always a free and under warranty if your doll doesn't have the small x on the rear. There are LOTS of Facebook groups  that sell supplies to fix up a doll yourself and there people on this board that also do doll repair as well. There are boards that share ideas and tips for repair as well as Youtube.com. Take that in account when purchasing a doll. Most doll repair isn't terribly hard and it might be an easier fix that you thought. The BIG question is she worth $50 to YOU?
You never know the value of the outfit the doll is wearing either keep that in mind. The doll your looking at could have a rare or hard to find outfit on if she is not wearing a meet! 
**PS All dolls sent to the AG doll hospital get a free surface cleaning, hair restyled, a nice hospital gown, socks, and a certificate of well health--- what's cuter than that? 

For the Bitty's I usually try to personally by mine under $50 a piece.. You shouldn't pay more than $50 for a used Bitty baby in their 1 outfit. Again lacking any major defects.. the sliding scale starts to go down like it does for the 18 inch dolls. Yes they can be easily repaired like the 18 inch dolls too! Now that Bitty Twins are retired they are about $50 or so dollars on the secondary market. Bitty Babies should be that or less. I haven't paid more than $30 for a Bitty Twin before their archival. 

Q: Why are things priced higher on Ebay than in the store?

A: A few reasons... Ebay sellers might ship world wide where AG doesn't. Also if you sell on sites or Ebay you might have Paypal funds that aren't linked to your bank account or Paypal Credit (Bill Me Later). 

Q. What is a Meet?

A. When someone says Meet its the outfit that the doll is sold in intended to come "Meet" you.

Q: Does Ivy have PJs?

A: Ivy does not and never has had Pajamas's its a common complaint amongst her fans.
her world is actually very small her collection consists of herself, a book, her accessories (beret, denim purse, coin, and earrings), Her Rainbow Romper (currently sold out), and her New Years Outfit.

Doll and accessories Link: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Ivy_Ling_(doll)
Rainbow Romper: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Ivy%27s_Rainbow_Romper
New Years Outfit: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Ivy%27s_New_Year_Outfit

Pajamas recommended for Ivy are 
Julie's :http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Julie%27s_Pajamas
Snowflake Satin: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Snowflake_Satin_PJ%27s
Bell Sleeve Flower: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Bell_Sleeve_Flower_PJ%27s
Sleepover Pjs: http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Sleepover_PJ%27s_Set

Q & A: Girl of the Years and Dates:
  • Lindsey Bergman was released in 2001; she lasted a little over a year and a half. 
  • Kailey Hopkins was released in 2003; she also lasted a little over a year and a half.
  • Marisol Luna was released in 2005.
  • Jess McConnell was released in 2006.
  • Nicki Fleming was released in 2007.
  • Mia St. Clair was released in 2008.
  • Chrissa Maxwell was released in 2009. (Chrissa's best friends were Sonali and Gwen)
  • Lanie Holland was released in 2010.
  • Kanani Akina was released in 2011.
  • McKenna Brooks was released in 2012.
  • Saige Copeland was released in 2013.
  • Isabelle Palmer was released in 2014.
  • Grace Thomas was released in 2015
  • Lea Clark was released in 2016
  • Gabriela McBride was released in 2017
  • Luciana will be released in 2018
Q&A What are the Current Historical/ Beforever dolls
 Samantha (for a short time), Felicity (for a limited time), Maryellen, Julie, Kit, Melody, Josefina, Rebecca, Addy, Kaya, and Nanea.

Q: Does American Girl have free shipping?

A: . Check retailmenot.com for newer codes or sign up for email alerts. Call them and ask to be put on their catalog mailing list sometimes their catalogs have coupons (its rare though), Occasionally there is free shipping or a coupon code available and being pushed around. Telephone number to Customer Service is 800-845-0005


Q: What is Jills Steals and Deals.

A: Jill's Steals and Deals is a segment on Today Show or Good Morning America where items are sold at a discount (Not just AG). Subscribe to her blog Hip 2 Save to see it first!! During the Segment they will tell you what is on sale, link to the sale and coupon code you need for the sale. In the past three years its happened twice a year in the Spring and Fall. This Fall it happened twice. Its not guaranteed to happen.. don't ask for it to happen... Nothing is guaranteed. Warning: Things sell our VERY fast.. items for sale sometimes vary during the progression of the sale. They do try to restock to give the Pacific coast a chance at it... Again its not guaranteed. You have to have your account signed in add things in your cart and cross your fingers you get it. There are some people that look to make a profit and sale these items to cover the cost of the items they bought for themselves. Its not wrong or horrible its life and Life isn't fair. They were just faster with their fingers and credit card than you. The items they have for sale are generally still under retail. If there is buzz the AG groups (not necessarily this one) but the national boards will be lit up like a Christmas tree.. I am usually unlucky because I am in car line during the sale LOL. As of 7/23/2017 there aren't anymore plans to do Jill's Steals and Deals.

Q & A: Who's Best friends?

Samantha and Nellie (Nellie becomes her adopted sister.)
Felicity and Elizabeth
Molly and Emily -They aren't technically friends but companion dolls.
C├ęcile and Marie-Grace 
Kit and Ruthie
Julie and Ivy
Chrissa, Sonali and Gwen..

Q: What does Pleasant Company and American Girl neck stamps mean? What is Pleasant Company?

A: Pleasant Company  was the original name of the company producing and distributing American Girl products. The company was started in 1986 by Pleasant Rowland wholly owned by her until she sold the line to Mattel in 1998. The company fully transitioned to American Girl in 2000.

Q: How about how to distinguish a PM doll. (PM =Pre Mattel)

A: Pm dolls tend to have paler faces. The older dolls though may loose a lot of the face paint over time. Eye lashes tend to be brown and soft versus the American Girl dolls are black and hard. Felicity PM has red/auburn eye lashes. Their hair color may differ slightly but it would be hard to tell without a side by side comparison. Kirsten and Felicity's hair has changed in color. Their faces and bodies could be chubbier again it would be hard to tell without a side by side comparison and if a doll has lost some of her stuffing then her torso may no longer be chubbier. PM dolls vinyl is squishier. Samantha, Molly, and Kirsten are the only three dolls that may have PM white bodies. If you see a Samantha, Molly, or Kirsten without white bodies that doesn't mean they are not PM but having a white bodied non altered Samantha, Molly, or Kirsten does make them PM.

In 1990, while Felicity Merriman was still in design, a radical change was made in the body of the dolls. Previously, the dolls had white muslin bodies; all clothes were designed to cover up the body with high necks and full bodies, which was historically accurate for the time. Due to the low neckline of historical colonial outfits, Felicity could not have a white muslin body as it would destroy the doll's aesthetics and the image of the body being flesh. The original three dolls were given skin-tone matching bodies, and in the following Fall of 1991, Felicity, with a skin-tone matching body, was added to the collection along with her first three books and related accessories. This led to all future dolls having bodies that were much closer to the doll's given skin tone. 

Whether a Pleasant Company Doll is worth more than a Mattel (American Girl) doll... is purely up to the collector.

Q: Artist marks or other identifying marks

A: In addition to the neck stamp, many dolls also have an additional mark which is found at the hairline toward the doll's right ear (looks a bit like #@).  This is called the artist mark or designer mark and is actually the mark of the designer of the original head mold.                                                   
     The presence of this mark is very random as it can be found on some old dolls made in West Germany, brand new dolls made in China, and signed dolls.  However, it is also absent on some old dolls, signed dolls and new dolls. Despite a lot of attention that is given to it, this mark does nothing to help in the aging of a doll or in the determination of the country in which it was produced.

Eye Variations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L1PmuX6qIo
Face Molds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJPnC3E0BSU


Q: What are neck strings and what are they used for?

A; a longer neck string is useful and necessary its meant to keep the head on. For a short period of time American Girl doll hospital used plastic zip ties.

Q: What to look for when buying a used doll. What to expect when buying a used doll. Questions to ask when buying a doll. 

Shine Marks, bumps and bruises.. Shine Marks and scuffs occur when the vinyl has been bumped or rubbed its a natural part of play or even displaying a doll. The vinyl isn't indestructible it will get rubs on it and sometimes they are hard to notice

Loose Limbs.. I call it does your doll do the hula alone? Some dolls just have loose limbs Lindsey and Marie-Grace have  typically loose limbs. Its an easy fix at home, review the links in this document. Or you can send it in to the doll hospital but I have heard good and negative responses from the doll hospital about loose limbs. You might find a person on the boards that is experienced in limb tightening if your not brave enough to attempt it alone. The Doll Fairy in Knoxville, TN will do some repairs look her up on Facebook. Expect limbs to be some what loose over time.

Sleepy Eyes.. All Bitty Dolls and 18 inch dolls have sleepy eyes when they lean back their eyes should shut. Sometimes a loose eye lash can impact on how well they close their eyes so it may be as simple as shutting their eyes. Sometimes they can have Silver Eye or retracted eye lashes both of which I think is covered by warranty and the doll hospital through American Girl will repair that for free. If your doll is having a lazy eye problem try some compressed air first, be careful not to get moisture on the eyes. 

Are there major defects to the doll you want to buy? Holes in the cloth, chewed limbs, missing limbs, hair cut. Hair cuts versus frizzy hair may be hard to tell. marks on the vinyl or cloth may not be a deal breaker because it can be an easy fix. 

Are the neck strings intact? again this may not be a deal breaker but all of these things may effect the value to YOU. 

  • Does the doll have "silver eye" --- a defect in one or both of the eyes in which the pupils can become tiny or the colored portion of the eye separates and discolors to a bright silver color?
Silver eye is a warranted defect in the doll they will replace the eyes but they will no longer have the PM eye lashes if your doll has those. 

Is there a tiny x on their bum?
f so, this means that the doll was a returned item or a second quality item  which was sold either at the American Girl Outlet or at the annual Benefit Sale in Wisconsin. I generally don't think there is any loss of value there but its up to each collector

Keep in mind when purchasing a doll that isn't new in box that it may have some "shine" marks. ALSO, please note that limbs are NOT supposed to be Tin Man tight. They should have some give to them. If you hold a doll out on her back with her legs up in the air they should be able to hold a pose. If you position them flat and they sway down a tiny bit that's okay too but if they swing completely to the floor then THAT is considered loose legs. A doll with loose legs will not be able to stand on her own very well or very long if you are even able to get her to stand at all.
So please please keep these things in mind. If you want a new doll then you should buy a doll that is new. There are a lot of NIB dolls out here for sale. - Tara S. 

If you aren't sure your getting an American Girl doll. Most American Girl dolls have their two front teeth showing there is only one named doll that doesn't show her teeth and its Kaya.

Complete meet outfit? Book? To get an understanding of what complete's your dolls meet there is a file over on Eye Spy group.

**When buying a doll from a Facebook Group or Board or even Craigslist.. Always use Paypal (never send as a gift) Go ahead and pay the small fee to guarantee your purchase is backed by Paypal Terms of Service.

Please see my other post here http://agdollobsession.blogspot.com/2017/11/what-does-this-terminology-mean.html

Q: What does the neck stamp mean?
A: Some dolls neck stamps say Pleasant Company or American Girl. The neck stamp means nothing it is just whatever the stamp has on their mold. New dolls are still being sold with the Pleasant Company stamp from the AG store as of 2014 but PC hasn't owned the company since the 90's. If you look at a Barbie head or Cabbage Head you will encounter the same thing.. A date that could represent just when the mold was made not the doll. Same goes for body tags.


Q: What types of dolls has American Girl sold?

A: Bitty Babies, Bitty Twins (both are 15 inches), 18 inch Historical or Beforever line, 18 inch Girl of the Year Doll of today (GOTY), and 18 inch My American Girl/ Just Like You/ Truly Me (they are often identified by numbers not names as the others 18 inch dolls have names.), the contemporary doll line,  8 inch Mini Dolls, and Girls of Many Lands

Q: When is the Girl of the Year released and when does she retire.

A: GOTY is released on January 1st and will retire on December 31st more than likely when she sells out in the fall/winter prior

Q: What is a custom doll, a Frankendoll, and does AG make Boy dolls?
A:
  • Frankendoll http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Frankendoll
  • A custom doll could be a doll that has been rewigged, eye swapped, limbs replaced, or freckled or even new make up. Tara Stevens makes beautiful customs... https://www.facebook.com/tara.dolless?fref=ts Selena also has a different type of custom American Girl doll https://www.facebook.com/selena.esparza.5?fref=ts and Danielle Bertlin usually takes brand new dolls and rewigs them with real human hair or heat safe hair... for a very custom look but they are a little more pricey because they are new dolls with real human hair or heat safe hair... https://www.facebook.com/ZazouDolls?pnref=lhc and the Doll Fairy https://www.facebook.com/TheDollFairy
  • AG has one current boy doll named Logan and retired bitty twin dolls that are 15 inches.
My Sibling My pal Dolls
https://www.facebook.com/mysiblingandmypaldolls
Gotz (Pottery Barn Kids)
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/kids/toys/dolls-and-dollhouses/?cm_sp=Spotlight-_-Toys-_-Link_Shop_Toys
My Twinn
http://www.mytwinn.com/Dolls_2/Boy-Configurator/
Harmony Club 
http://shop.harmonyclubdolls.com/category.sc?categoryId=196
Twice Loved Dolls 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwiceLovedDolls
Gramcats Closet
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GramcatsCloset
My Girl Clothing Coheir
https://www.etsy.com/listing/165503847/meet-the-boys-18-inch-boy-dolls-custom?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=custom+18+inch+boy+doll&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Q: Do all dolls have beds?

A: Kaya has a bed roll and a teepee, Felicity and Elizabeth had beds, Caroline has a bed, Josefina has a bed , Marie-Grace and Cecile have a bed, Kirsten has a bed, Addy has a bed, Samantha has two beds, Rebecca has a bed , Kit has a bed or two , Nanea has a bed, Molly has two beds, Julie has a bed, Mary Ellen has a Sofa bed, and Melody has a bed. Out of the Girl of the Year (GOTY) Gabriela, Mia, Lea (has a hut with a hammock). :Lanie had a camper, and McKenna have beds. there are a few JLY beds as well. 

Q: Cutting Corners what other brands work with AG?

A: There are many hand crafted 18 inch doll items available on the market. Etsy and Ebay are good places to find them.
Our Generation and My Life items mostly work with American Girl. Sometimes the shoes may not fit perfect or something just won't sit right. No one American Girl is the same exactly so not one thing will fit perfectly. Our Generation is sold at Target and My Life is at Walmart. There is also My Twinn and Madame Alexander Playtime friends. There are other doll companies that have gone out of business such as Magic Attic Club (they are thinner and made of all plastic), Play Wonder (they work well with AG), and Kidz and Cats. Journey Girls some items work well with AG but overall Journey Girls are thinner than American Girl so some items won't fit right. BEFORE keeping Off brand clothes and shoes on your doll for long periods of time look at videos about doing a vinegar rinse to set the dye.

American Girl will repair your doll free of charge if there is a dye transfer or damage from an American Girl product as long as you provide the product that caused the damage. You have to becareful some non American Girl items can cause dye transfer or shine marks on your doll. I have a general rule of always wearing socks under non AG shoes (or tights), I also try to wash all clothes on the delicate cycle in a delicate bag with vinegar in the rinse cycle.. Hang to dry.. You are responsible for damages that might occur using non AG products.

Facts

1. Do not ship a doll in a sitting position or leave them sitting for long periods of time it will start to loosen their limbs. I am not convinced the way of storing a doll by their arm pits is good for them either. You can get inexpensive doll stands from hobby stores and online or nice ones are sold through American Girl

2. Lindsey and Marie Grace have been known to ship with loose limbs directly from American Girl.

3.Your doll's hair doesn't need a lot of product.. It doesn't need a lot of shampoo or conditioner, hair spray, Armor All, Downy or anything else you have ever heard. Stephenswodadancer says leaving them in a particular hairstyle can also cause damage to their hair. (I plan on leaving some of mine in their meet)

4. Most of the time bubble eye and silver eye are warrantied fixes through American Girl doll hospital.

5. Very few American Girl dolls were manufactured here in the United States. The majority of the dolls were manufactured in West Germany and China.

6. Lindsey can no longer be sent to the American Girl hospital.


Favorite Links
American Girl. Americangirl.com of course
American Girl Wikia http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/American_Girl_Wiki
Collectors Guide http://www.ebay.com/gds/Collectible-American-Girl-Dolls-An-Insiders-Guide-/10000000000962859/g.html
Doll Diaries
http://dolldiaries.com/
http://www.agplaythings.com/
Ana White provides plans for woodworking and doll furniture and design http://ana-white.com/
Zuilily frequently carries 18 inch doll items, American Girl Brand, or one of my favorite doll houses http://www.zulily.com/invite/barmyknightslady474
You can find Jill on her segment of Jills Steals and Deals on the Today show... on her blog http://hip2save.com/
or on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hip2Save this is the most popular American Girl sale.

Lazy eye fix and more urgent care http://tag.wonderhowto.com/fix-doll-eye-american-girl/

http://americangirloutsider.blogspot.com/2013/03/braid-spray-and-ingratitude-of-ag-fandom.html
http://thesavagedolls.blogspot.com/2012/08/tips-for-buying-ag-dolls-second-hand.html
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/dolls/american-girl



Favorite Youtube Links

*Anything on StephenWodaDancer's Channel...
https://www.youtube.com/user/stephenswodadancer
Important links are...
The Difference Between COUNTERFEIT Dolls and Real American Girl Dolls!
http://youtu.be/CkPRm45x1oc?list=UUySDGXENUilbWSN9qTFBy2A
How To Rewig Your American Girl Doll Using A Weave!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3CKeE-laYQ&list=UUySDGXENUilbWSN9qTFBy2A&index=13
How to remove Pen, Sharpie, Dye, and Ink stains from your American Girl Doll!
http://youtu.be/nY7ofc7c9iM
How to Re String your American Girl Doll Part 1 of 3
http://youtu.be/6-LZoO1GJKM 
How to Re String your American Girl Doll Part 2 of 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRS3aofza4Y 
How to Re String your American Girl Doll Part 3 of 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tlf-5DVpzc
How to Replace Your American Girl Doll's Neck String
http://youtu.be/LtHJlFXRzPM?list=PLWqnmeqeCsqy3XVfljkAaVkMw5dW6xQR-
How to Manage American Girl Doll Lanie's Curls
http://youtu.be/Q4V79Jj4vCI

*Amy's restringing your doll or limb tightening videos
Part One
http://youtu.be/_5qzpo5VBNk?list=PLWqnmeqeCsqy3XVfljkAaVkMw5dW6xQR-
Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa0CSCu3W_8&list=PLWqnmeqeCsqy3XVfljkAaVkMw5dW6xQR-&index=14
Part Three
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-m0eek5XM8&index=12&list=PLWqnmeqeCsqy3XVfljkAaVkMw5dW6xQR-

**Addy's Hair: Not That Serious!!
http://youtu.be/qE4NO0in4qg?list=PLWqnmeqeCsqy3XVfljkAaVkMw5dW6xQR-

*AGOverseasfan
https://www.youtube.com/user/agoverseasfan

Friday, November 28, 2014

Just going to put it out there

I hate for my second or first official blog on my AG blog to be a little bit negative (or maybe you will think its a lot negative) but it didn't feel right to put it on my average blog and since the subject matter is American Girl or the reason for the post is due to a debate about American Girl, I am going to just get it off my chest.

If you don't get why I like American Girl or I am a 30 something housewife who still has dolls. That's great that's your opinion. When you start attacking the price of American Girl its almost like I take it personally. You don't think they are worth it? Okay fine keep that opinion to yourself. I don't think I need to have the newest Iphone, Samsung, or Google Glass... But some people might. I am perfectly happy driving my 10 year old Honda.. yet most people would probably want a nicer model. Fine. GREAT. grand... So you buy the newest Iphone and I buy the newest doll. Does your Iphone hold value? It will be worth 99 cents by this time next year. I am almost thinking those who say I don't get American Girl are a bit jealous. I understand if you can't afford them. I haven't been able to afford the newest doll this year either.. Any of the newer releases this year. I usually buy mine used and rarely have paid retail or higher for a doll. If you can't afford them it sucks I hadn't been able to afford them until I EDUCATED myself on collecting. I hadn't been able to afford them till I stopped spending money on my other hobbies (Scrapbooking and Digital graphics). I save now for months, I sell extra stuff around the house. Some of my AG friends buy large lots and they are educated enough to be able to sell what they don't need to make profit to support the habit. When there is an attack on how someone else spends their money its none of their business and it seems like your more jealous than actually caring.

If you don't get why so and so has to have the newest technology (here in this house we only have one flat screen TV we bought in 2008 the rest of the TV's are thrift store TV's like 10 years old. I have an Iphone 4 and the only reason I want a newer phone is space on the memory... I am tired of my phone constantly being full. Its none of my business if your on Food Stamps or Medicaid and your out at AT&T in line waiting to get your Apple Phone

I personally don't get the love of Nike's and I am a self proclaimed shoe whore... I would not stand in line for the newest pair of shoes that is only going to last you 6 months. Do I go ranting about the price of a pair of tennis shoes? No...

So I might pay $20 for a doll or $120 for a doll that's my business. I am not on welfare if that was any of your business. We pay all of our bills on time. Our cats are well cared for and so are our kids- They are spoiled for goodness sakes... So I will spend what I want on a doll.

You know I have to be honest here... My husband and I have a bit of a thrift store ecclectic house... different pieces of furniture from different sources and different time periods.. Its not in great condition with the exception of Skylar's room when she got a whole new matching bedroom set for her birthday. I always don't feel straight without a house that looks like its from Home and Gardens Magazine or Southern Living but perhaps thats because that's how I grew up. My guardian always had nice pieces that matched :) I explained this to my husband and we used a neighbor as a reference and he said but how much of their furniture is on credit? Their boat? their car? their ski doo? How many of their toys are paid off and sure they have nice furniture but how much of it is actually theirs and not banked owned. Another thing Rick and I don't have is hand me downs... family heirlooms. The only heirloom I got is the ugly old shrunk that his ex wife got in Germany. I hate the damn thing now the locks are broken so I can't even get to my important documents. What I am getting at is our furniture is ours.. if it breaks no biggie we go to the thrift store or whatever and buy a new piece. Eventually hopefully we can have nicer furniture we can pay cash for that all matches. Right now I am not worried about having nice furniture while my cats still act like cats and my kids act like kids. I won't cry over a stained piece. Clean it up or replace it. Our beds are all new, our kitchen table is a few years old but overall in beautiful shape, and Skylar's bedroom set which will hopefully carry her to college. You never know how someone spends their money whether in a year or two they could be the ones over their head in debt or the ones who look and you perceive as poor may just be doing things the Dave Ramsey way.

You never know how someone elses shoes fit so don't act like that you do! If your just not that into it then move on. If you genuinely want to know then ask but don't act like your butt hurt when I give you the reasoning behind buying a $90 used doll. I am not the only one doing it... the Ebay auctions prove the value...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our world of dolls

Our world of dolls... a child I loved my Cabbage Patches especially Ernie, I read the American Girl doll books, and I got one doll not American Girl when I was growing up that my grand mother had purchased. I have always loved to collect Barbies, Bears and toys in General. When Skylar was introduced to American Girl by her friend Kara I quickly wanted to make her American Girl dreams come true :)

Growing up my paternal grandmother in California collected dolls. Mostly porcelain dolls I think... I blame her for my doll bug. Growing up I loved my dolls. I got my first doll a Cabbage Patch Kid at the height of their fame when I was 3 years old from my grandfather. I remember being eager to read all of the American Girl doll books. My guardian decided to not invest in the $100 doll but my Grandmother sent me a similar doll called Lissi.
My first doll, a Cabbage Patch Kid, named Earnie


A picture from my childhood room about 16-17 years old. As you can see I have my Lissi doll on the left, a porcelain doll in the cabinet and my Olympic Cabbage Patch from when I went to the Olympics


I never got an American Girl as a child but I did read all of the books that were out at the time and bought any kind of merchandise I could at those good old fashioned book fairs. 

My daughter who was almost 9 at the time has a friend named K. K. has many of the American Girl dolls and my daughter started asking for them. The $100 price tag was still a little steep so I started looking on Craigslist and Ebay. My first outing on Ebay I would see dolls (that were what I realize now are Mini dolls) I would continuously ask the seller was the doll 18 inches like the standard American Girl doll. I eventually bid on what I thought was a doll but it was an $80 doll dress. A dress made for a doll! Thankfully I emailed the seller and she let me recant my bid. I ended up finding my daughters first doll on Craigslist for a much lower price On her 9th birthday she got her first doll. Whom she named Taylor. 
( look at that face!)

Then for her 10th birthday we asked her if she wanted to go to Georgia to visit her best friend or have a party. She couldn't decide so we planned a surprise party at the local Irish Dance school. The school had all of the kids sized matching costume, a doll sized craft and was teaching the girls dances from the different doll era's. As a present we gave Skylar the historical doll Felicity because that is the first book we read together. 

then after her birthday our collection kinda exploded at this point she had a Target knock off (which I still love and is no longer sold) she had gotten for Christmas 2011, Taylor and Felicity..

Christmas 2012

Santa brought 3 Madame Alexander dolls and American Girl Girl of the Year McKenna. Plus a little surprise that on January 1st she could go to Georgia to see her best friend and she didn't know it till we showed up but our first ever visit to American Girl Place Atlanta for the new doll's release.






from that point of 3 American Girl dolls till the most recent count we aquired now a total of 23 American Girl dolls (not including our Mini dolls)

All not pictured

I even got my own dolls now.. one of my childhood dream dolls.