Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Save Money on American Girl Dolls featuring Cecile and Marie-Grace...Again

Well, nothing like a good ol' doll sale to reignite the spark of American Girl infatuation!

I do admit that recently, I've been slowly regaining interest in AG, mostly from brainstorming video ideas for my YouTube channel, which has yet to be launched. It's so bad, but right after I wake up in the morning, I begin my day by checking my Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Well, it certainly paid off this morning; when AG's Facebook page posted about the Jill's Deals and Steals offer, I jumped onto my laptop, shot a lightening fast text to my good friend who is also an adult AG collector, and went shopping. I think I'll save what I bought for a haul video (people on YouTube seem to really enjoy those), but once again, shopping one of AG's sales has left me with an adrenaline rush, along with a feeling of sadness for Cecile and Marie-Grace, who just can't seem to catch a break.

But for those of us who enjoy catching a bargain, sales like these fill us with great joy. Who cares what AG doll it is, it's $50 for a new doll and additional outfit, for crying out loud! And for those, like me, who are on a tight budget, that might mean a new doll for birthdays or the holidays that are soon approaching. I know all about stretching the funds to build up an AG collection; back in the day when I had a lot of dolls, most of them were purchased for under $50. Now that I'm feeling all excited about saving so much on a new AG doll, I think I'll share some of my secrets on how to save on AG dolls in general.

  1. Buy used. I would say that 90% of my old doll collection was made up of used dolls. If you are really handy when it comes to restoring, this may be a good option. It's amazing how all a doll needs is a good hair brushing and a baking soda wipe-down to look good as new, or close to it. The more used a doll, the cheaper you can find them. Search eBay, Craigslist, and other sites online for dolls needing tlc, there are so many sad looking dolls that just need someone with skill and patience. 
  2. Buy new. So how do I save money buying new, you ask? You can either wait for sales that AG does periodically, like today, or you can search Craigslist. Especially during the holiday season, many times a parent will buy their child a specific doll, and the child will change their mind on which doll they want, and the parent will sell the unwanted doll for a bit less than what they paid. It won't be a huge savings but every dollar counts, right!
 It really isn't hard saving money when it comes to buying AG dolls, if you are willing to look. I've always found AG bargain hunting rewarding; once you find your first steal, you'll know what I'm talking about.

xoxo,
Kiya

So what are some AG steals and bargains that you've found? I would love to hear all about it, make sure you leave a comment below!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

American GIrl Molly Is Finally Being Archived! Confimation Video Included

Molly will be archived and there is proof. Please excuse me while I go into shock.

Just kidding, I'm so not surprised, nor do I really care. Wow, that may sound harsh but I was a little annoyed when AG decided to archive Felicity before Molly, messing with my OCD and not going in the order of release. Or maybe my harshness comes from me finding out the archival news after waking from my nap. Call it crankiness...whatever. Well, so long Molly, can't wait to see your replacement.

So totally disregarding my sarcastic tone, I really am a little sad to see her go. She's one of the original three, the last to leave the scene. I'll have a memorial post later, it hasn't sunk it completely yet.

xoxo,
Kiya

P.S. Here's a video "confirming" the archival. Although the same YouTube user posted a video this morning saying she confirmed Molly would NOT be archived, and to my knowledge catalogs aren't delivered on Sundays, sooooooo yeah.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Urban Southern Belle

It really is too bad that both of my jobs require a uniform consisting of the company shirt and khakis. Just when I've become obsessed recently with dresses and other feminine articles of clothing. I work as a cashier at a local bargain department store, which is honestly the best job in the world for me right now. Never before would I have thought that I could buy trendy clothes for such low prices outside of the thrift store.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rent-A-Doll at the Library


They rent books, movies, museum passes, video games, and now American Girl dolls. I guess I should have seen it coming. Gone are the days when the library is a place merely for studying or reading/checking out books. We haven't been to the local library since we've moved, as they were going under major reconstruction. I think that I'm going through major book withdrawal; I haven't checked out a book in months. Back in New York, my family was one of the very few who still used the library as a place to borrow books; most of the library visitors were there to check out movies or to go on the internet computers. I would actually feel deep sympathy for the dusty books. Come on, who wants to check out a ten pound hardcover book, when you can get the same book on your Ipad? Or Kindle, I don't discriminate!

Getting back to the library who is starting an American Girl doll rental service.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

American Girl Special Collector's Edition Dolls

I was never a Barbie fan until I came across their Collector dolls on the website dedicated to Barbie collectors. The thing that I really admire about the world of Barbie collectors is that they have managed to somehow get recognition from Mattel. They have their own website, their own collecting book guides, and their own "collection" of dolls, made specifically for display.

As an adult collector, I am grateful for AGPlaythings, as it is my main source of support in being an adult collector of the American Girl dolls. I have to deal with people teasing me about "playing" with my collection of dolls, and I look forward to the day when

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My World Girl Museum

I've been sleeping in a lot lately; I mean, when you have nothing to do, the day flys by when you wake up at noon. This morning, I spent a couple of hours watching reruns of Arthur on YouTube. My favorite episode is "World Girls", which is a parody on American Girl. If you want to watch it, here it is:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

American Girl Valentine's Day Releases! Molly's Archival News?

When I think about an American Girl Valentine's Day, I think back to Samantha's Pastimes Craft Book and the handmade valentines, hand-sewn potpourri pillows, and pasted wooden keepsake box. My family wasn't big on Valentine's Day, but I always wanted to try those crafts out. This year,