Sunday, October 28, 2012

Our Australian Girl book series

We are going to take a trip down under, to the great continent of Australia. So first we had A British Child books and dolls, then we had Our Canadian Girl. Seems like the brand names are similar, so I just started searching "_ girl doll", plugging in different countries to see what I could find. When it came to Australia, I found the Australian Girl doll line, a line of 18" play dolls, but they are all modern.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to Buy an American Girl doll on eBay, Part 2

"Buying used dolls on eBay require a lot more attention to the details of the listing. I cannot tell you how many times buyers, myself included, have gotten screwed over because they failed to read the entire listing. If there is a doll for a very cheap price set at a buy now, for example, your first instinct is to snatch it up. However, once you win an item, whether it be by auction or buy now, you have entered a legal contract to purchase the item. Now if the item is not as described, you can always return the item, and we will get more into what happens after you receive your eBay purchase later. But sometimes sellers list the doll's flaws in the listing and the buyer was too lazy to read the entire listing, making for an unhappy buyer. So make sure you read the ENTIRE listing and look at all of the pictures. If the listing is unclear, or the pictures are bad, do not bid or buy now until you ask ALL questions or request more pictures. It saves everyone a lot of trouble."

And so I quote myself from an earlier post. Who would have thought that I would ignore my own advice so soon?

How to Buy an American Girl Doll on Craigslist

 I had no idea that Craigslist had an icon; it's actually kind of cool. I love peace signs. In college, I had a very hippie/bohemian fashion style so loose, billowy shirts, braids, hemp jewelry with peace sign beads...ahhh, those were the days. Maybe I'll do a little revisiting of those days soon and pull out the fringed jacket, who knows?

Last night, I posted about the upcoming doll sale that I will be hosting on Saturday. Since I posted on Craigslist, and because I am doing a series of posts discussing buying and selling on the secondary market, I figure I'll share my thoughts and experiences dealing with Craigslist.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

American Girl Doll Sale...Getting Ready

This Saturday, I will be hosting my own form of an American Girl tag sale. I advertised on Craigslist, and I've gotten a couple of responses so far. Now note, this is not the first time that I've set out to do this; it might actually be my third or fourth time, but I always ended up canceling for some reason or another. The main reason being that I came up with some excuse for keeping them all. It's hard downsizing, especially when you have a large collection. Not really because it's hard finding buyers, but because it's hard letting go.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A British Child Dolls and Books

Didn't you see this coming? After discovering the Canadian historical fiction book series, I was determined to search for similar international lines. The first one that I found was A British Child.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Our Canadian Girl book series

If American Girl didn't have a book line, I would not have had any interest in American Girl at all. That may seem a bit extreme, but honestly, I was not into dolls at all when I was younger. Only after having read the books first did the doll line appeal to me. Historical fiction has always been my thing. I can remember going to the library and going through the juvenile book collection, looking for the historical fiction sticker that was put on the spine of every historical fiction book. My library organizes their inventory by author's last name, so I literally started at Aa...and worked my way until I got to the Zs.

Regrettably, I don't read as often as I would like, but I will have to clear some time in my schedule for this book line that I've discovered. Our Canadian Girl is basically American Girl with a Canadian setting.

Which American Girl Are You?

I love it when I find posts about American Girl written by other college students or adults. There is a wide range of writers, from those who are very sentimental, to those who are a little bitter (the writer most likely didn't have a doll), to those who are super excited to pass on and share in the American Girl experience with their children.

This morning, I came across an article done by a college student at USA Today College that I found to be extremely interesting.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How to Move With American Girl Dolls

Was I the only one with a massive collection of trolls? I couldn't stop laughing when I came across this picture. But instead of having to move my massive collection of trolls, I have to move my massive collection of American Girl dolls.
I'm sure your first thought is "What's the big deal?". True, American Girl dolls are toys and if you are moving, you might just throw them in a box with the rest of the toys. But if you are anything like me, and throwing a $100 ($105 to be exact) doll in a box with the limbs sprawling all over the place seems a little  harsh to you, well here we go.

American Girl Free Shipping Code: I'm Getting McKenna!

For those who need that extra push to do a little American Girl shopping, well here it is:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

American Girl Review: Addy Doll

If it wasn't for Addy Walker, I probably would not be an American Girl fan today. The Addy book series was the first introduction I had to the company.

How to buy an American Girl doll on eBay, Part 1

Isn't eBay's new logo so classy? I like it a lot better than the old one. For those who may not have noticed a difference (I actually just found out myself a few seconds ago), here is the old logo:
I think that the old logo is all over the place, no pun intended.

Anyway, I thought that I would take the opportunity to do a series of blog posts relating to buying and selling American Girl items on the secondary market. I myself routinely sell American Girl items on eBay; in the past I sold a lot more than I do now, and I'll get more into that in another post. Also, the majority of my collection has come from the secondary market, and a majority of that has come from eBay.

So for those who are new to buying on eBay, let me just quickly explain how it works.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

American Girl Review: Kirsten Doll


I will always have a soft spot for my Kirsten doll. I'm not saying that I don't love my other dolls, but whenever I find a doll either at a thrift shop or at a yard sale I somehow look at them as needing extra love and care. Yeah, I'm a softie for sure. I still remember the night that we found each other.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

American Girl Review: Caroline Doll

FINALLY! An American Girl character from the War of 1812 period! Of course, when I brainstorm ideas for a custom character from that time, American Girl decides to release one on their own. After I came up with a story and all, too. Oh well, less work for me.

I don't have Caroline yet, but I won't let that stop me from giving a review. I've seen pictures and reviews from various doll collectors who have posted "real" pictures of her. I say "real" just because most of the time, American Girl does a horrible job of accurately photographing their dolls. No offense.

So for those who don't know, Caroline was released earlier this summer; I actually remember getting the catalog on my birthday which is on the 15th. Speaking of which, my family moved a few months ago, and ALL of my American Girl catalogs have been misplaced and probably lost. Thank God for Ebay, although I really had hundreds of dollars worth of catalogs, because I had a lot of the older ones from the 90s.

Anyway, isn't Caroline simply adorable! I'm predicting that she will be very popular with the target audience. I mean, she has long flowing blond hair, aquamarine eyes (which are unique in the AG eye colors), and PINK EVERYTHING! Her book series is also very promising; from what I have seen, the artwork is simply divine! By far, the most realistic artwork in the AG series. Many think that she looks too much like Elizabeth, but as I have said many times, ever doll, even copies of the same character look different to me.

I have to give it to AG, they really went all out with her collection. I mean, a skipper boat? AND a parlor room set?! There will be quite a few happy campers during the holidays. I won't be one of them though, I have absolutely no space to add a mini size town to my place right now. Sad face.


Girl of the Year 2013 Name Reveal!

I haven't been that active on any of the American Girl fan community boards lately, but I did manage to stop in recently, just to find out what's new in the AG world. Turns out, the name for the next American Girl GOTY 2013 character's name has been discovered, as well as her location.

Never Too Old for American Girl...

I believe that a person is never too old to love something. Whether it is American Girl dolls, applesauce, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, or Disney Princess  merchandise (yup, all me!), I strongly feel that you should be able to have the confidence to be yourself.