I read the books when I was little. But actually getting a doll was like winning the lottery. None of my friends had one. They were a special, special, veeeeery special occasion thing. Nowadays, there's an American Girl doll on every little girl's arm.
My DD's birthday is Saturday. We're taking her to one of the stores. She's getting a real doll. (She has the Target knock off one) And she is losing her mind with excitement and anticipation.
We opted out of the personal shopper thing. DD is very budget conscious. I can give her $X and she will stay within her limit and not howl for more. (Thank Jesus she's good like that.) She has her heart set on Josephina. In the story, her mother has passed away. DD insists she needs to adopt her and be her mother.
Backstory- DD has her heart set on growing up and adopting a little girl. She has her country picked out and her reasons. It's quite amazing to see an 8 year old speaking about it with such conviction.
Aaaanyway. Yeah. American Girl. We're both excited and nervous. Is it as daunting as I think, or have I over-researched myself into a panic?
We are the owners of a doll that is supposed to look like my daughter, and of Addy from the Civil War era. Addy was routinely dressed in period costume and delicately put on display; the other doll wore every outfit under the sun, broke her leg, took baths, etc. Yes, we have too many expensive accessories because it was ALL she wanted for birthdays and Christmas for about a 4 year period!
My mom became very good at sewing clothing that fit the American Girl dolls, so we have a host of inexpensive and very fancy clothes. In fact, we have matching Christmas and Easter dresses from three years that she made for us.
I hope you and your DD both have fun with Josephina, and she gets some good practice with her newly adopted "DD." I'll chat with my DD to see what accessories she's ready to part with... you might find a care package coming your way!
TBH, I don't know any of the new girls. I have the books for Addy, Samantha, Felicity, Molly, Kirsten, and the first book of Josephina. (I started outgrowing them when she came out)
Stroppy!! That's incredibly sweet, but she might want to hang onto those things. It's like a heirloom thing. The little girl in all of us hang onto those precious things/memories.
DD has learned how to make sandals. (Thank you Pinterest.) And she has made a pair in every color of the rainbow. I think today she's working on matching necklaces/bracelets. And she's on my case to get giant popsicle sticks and cup hooks to make hangers. Her clothes *have* to be hung up doncha know.
This past Christmas DD and I each got gift cards from my mother for American Girl and took a trip to the store...DD got the itty bitty twins, and I got Sadie!!! She loves her twins...she named them Molly and Eric and they sleep in bunk beds. My mother also bought her an outfit for each doll.
Going to the store is like entering another world...we went to one of the big ones with the restaurant and hair salon. DD has not visited thoughts but has not asked too.
Either Michael's or A.C. Moore's sells the clothes for the bigger dolls....DD and I have also discovered that the itty bitty twins fit perfectly in premie baby clothes! !
Have so much fun!! Cherish the memories!
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[This message edited by purplejacket4 at 4:58 PM, August 27th (Wednesday)]
Going to the store is like entering another world...we went to one of the big ones with the restaurant and hair salon.
Dr. PJ, my DS5 will be accompanying us. The only reason he's not up in arms about it is because he gets to bring his sidekick (build a bear) and we promised a stop in that store before the trip home.
SunsetLost, I will be checking out Etsy, thank you. Alyssa, good idea to check the craft stores! I bet they're way cheaper than Target and ToysRUs. I'm no brand snob. Long as the doll has clothes, I don't care where they came from.
DD is already worried. "What if I cant sleep Friday night??" She's a light sleeper. Any excitement and she's up for hours. I told her if she's too pumped up, we'll get something to relax and help her sleep. Visible relief on her face. "Oh good!"
A little Benadryl can fix the sleep issue.
Another place to check for clothes is CL. Many a mom has gone overboard, only to have their daughter become a teen and want nothing to do with it.
My MIL made matching jammies for my DD and her just like me doll. It was AWESOME....
Kidding aside, it seems like a very positive and sweet thing for her to get into. I hope it all works out.
I wish I would have come up with the idea of it. They are a money making machine!!!
And I swear, the books (and the library exploration they spurred) were hugely responsible for my daughter'a passion for history (and highest possible score on an AP US History exam).
They were hugely positive for us.
And Josefina is beautiful :)
I have to add: DD was hugely over indulged with AG because I loved them so much.
If they still have the photo studio at the store, where you can get your DD's picture on the cover of an AG magazine, it's a fun and not too pricey keepsake. The food in the bistro is mediocre (and that's generous), but the magazine cover with personalized cover is not expensive and fun--and comes with a sheet of matching stickers.
(And the magazine is a really good one--as is their book, "The Care and Keeping of You," as puberty approaches.)
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Spazzie, giiiirl! You're lucky you have avoided AG so far. Pirate Girl. Love it.
Solus sto, I will keep an eye out for the photo studio. That is a cool idea. Oh. And we've already torn into The Care and Keeping of You. Little Miss "Hey Mom. Remember when you mentioned getting bras a couple weeks ago so I can get used to them? I need one." Noooooooo! Yeah. We're there. *sigh*
I have always loved dolls and would have loved to get them for my DD or DGDs, but couldn't afford them for DD and DGDs weren't interested, although I did get them each (AND myself ) nice Gotz dolls before the American factory closed. One has the AG design, just a different name and face and takes their clothes.
I went to the NYC AG store with friends a couple of times in the last few years. Didn't buy anything but enjoyed seeing it all. I envy you all who have had the opportunity to experience this with your girls and I hope you and your DD have a great time this weekend, Aubrie. I'm excited for you. She sounds like a young lady who knows what she wants and where she is going.
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Aubrie your daughter is going to have a blast. The only problem we have is getting ours to leave the store!!! Have fun.
I have no idea how they may compare in quality, I was saying that the difference in manufacturer may make the "original" AG dolls higher in value.
It's almost Saturday!!