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,

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I Want to Live In a Wooden House...

...and survive off of the land, just like Kirsten, Kaya, and Felicity did. I want to live in the mountains, where I can breathe in non-polluted air and drink the water directly from the stream. I may keep the electricity, running water, and central air system, but I am all for going back and enjoying the simplicity of life. Of course, planning my diet around the seasonal foods might not be exactly "simple", but I would love to experience what life was like without all of our modern conveniences, even if it was only for a year or a season.
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 Since I've discovered them, the American Girl Pastimes Cookbooks were the most frequently rented books that I loaned from the library. Most of the time, I was only taking them out to look at the pictures and to read the historical references and facts. I'm determined to go through each of these cookbooks and to actually try the recipes now. In my logic, even if I cannot live in a wooded cabin in the mountains somewhere, I can cook the same food that these girls would have eaten, which is one step closer to fulfilling my fantasy.

xoxo,
Kiya

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

American Girl Place San Fransisco: Coming Soon!

This morning, American Girl made a grand announcement on their Facebook page:

From what I've read so far in the post's comments, everyone is pretty much excited for the new store overall. That's a first. I never really paid much attention to American Girl's Facebook page until the dollapocalypse aka. Marie Grace and Cecile doll sale. After that nightmare, anytime they post an announcement, it is time to duck and cover from all of the negative backlash. I actually felt horrible for the person whose job it is to maintain their page and respond to comments. As much as I love AG, I would never sign up for that job.

That being said, it is really nice that there is a united excitement about the new store.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What Makes a Great Blog and YouTube Channel

When I relaunched my blog, I spent many weeks brainstorming and planning out what my mission concerning my blog and my brand would be. Whatever it is that I do, in this case starting a blog and YouTube channel, my standards for my own creations are based off of the standards that I have for others. As someone who spends a lot of time each day finding new blogs and YouTube channels, there are certain things that I look for when I follow and subscribe.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Thrifting Field Trip Haul: Memphis Salvation Army

This weekend, my family drove over to Memphis to help my aunt move into her new house. Well, my brothers helped move her stuff; I supervised. However, let me just say that watching someone move heavy furniture is just as exhausting as far as I'm concerned. I never put much thought into how much stuff it takes to fill a three bedroom house, especially for a single woman moving from a one bedroom apartment. So to better fill the empty spaces and rooms, off we went to the local Salvation Army thrift store.

Whenever I visit a thrift shop, my plan for the most effective floor coverage is the same: check for American Girl first, bags second, shoes third, and clothing last. Unfortunately I discovered an almost non-existent toy section, so I moved on to bags. Nothing interesting, and same in the shoes and clothing sections. Yikes, how disappointing! So I stuck by my mom and my aunt who were looking through furniture, and it looked like they were having better luck finding stuff.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale January 2013

My alter ego is a Victoria's Secret Angel. No, I don't exactly dream of going everywhere in my underwear, but seriously, you have to have a great deal of self-confidence to strut down a runway wearing nothing but a pair of panties, a push-up bra, and some drop dead gorgeous angel wings. Oh, and let's not forget the 6-inch Nicholas Kirkwood exclusively designed heels that they walk in, probably holding their breath the entire time trying not to fall. It's that sexy, confident attitude that I so admire. Sure, you don't have to dream of being a lingerie model to have self-confidence, as the American Girl historical book line has given me self-confidence also. I mean, reading about Felicity sneaking out at night to save a horse from a scary drunkard or Julie fighting for her right to play basketball on the boy's team, can really give girls that confidence that will help them become strong young women.

Back to the sale.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How American Girl Helped Me Graduate Debt-Free (Almost)

I just received my student loan payment plan papers a few days ago, and I will admit that my heart stopped beating for awhile when I saw how much is due for my first payment. I calmed down just a little thinking about my poor classmates who took out much, much more than I did. I went to Hofstra University, a private university in Long Island, NY, and their tuition was on average $36,000 a year. Talk about an investment.

If it weren't for the large amount of scholarships that I was given, there is no way that I would have been able to afford going to a private university.  I would have started at the local community college, and after two years I would have transferred into a less expensive, state or city four year university. After scholarships, and government grants and low-interest loans, I only had to pay $1200 a semester. And here is how I was able to do it, with the help of American Girl.