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.


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!

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