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.
When I first started collecting, it was just Josefina and Marisol. Josefina was a birthday present, Marisol was the first doll that I bought with my hard earned savings. Then came Kirsten, who I found at a thrift store for $2.99. Shortly after that, I went to the American Girl Place to buy Kaya as an early Christmas present to myself, and a few weeks later, to buy Jess, standing outside the store before opening to be one of the first ones in. And for a long time, it was just those five dolls; I call them the "original five". I did go through a phase where they sat on my dresser while I lost interest in them for awhile, but of course I could never neglect them so I would do their hair and change their clothes every once in awhile.
I don't remember what started the fast buying of dolls after that, but I just know that dolls were coming in left and right. I can remember what order and for what occasion I bought the original five dolls, but after them, it was just because I found them on eBay at a bargain price, or on the doll board, or just because I thought they were cute. Except for the Girl of the Year dolls, I didn't form any connections with the dolls I bought, they were just there for eye candy.
Long story, I know, but there is a moral to it. Recently I sold a couple of dolls just because I was fresh out of college with bills and I needed some fast cash. And as much as I thought it would be hard selling them, and as harsh as this may sound to fellow doll lovers, I didn't really miss them. I actually felt good having them go to girls who really wanted them. The girls that came with their parents left my house with huge smiles, holding their new dolls tight. And the dolls I shipped to grandmothers giving their grandchildren their first American Girl doll sent me emails letting me know that the child couldn't be happier.
So that's why I decided to go along with the sale this time around. I will be keeping the original five, and most of the Girl of the Year dolls (the ones I bought directly from AG) and maybe one or two MyAG dolls and customs. It will feel weird, since I've had a large collection for so long, but I actually feel like this downsize will be a great refresher. But for now, I'm having a bittersweet moment going through the bins of dolls and getting them all prepped for their new homes.