Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fancy Friday – Addy

One of the things I love about American Girl is the historical clothing that fits within the wonderful stories.  Most of the time our dolls are running around looking like this, however.

noexif_IMG_5498_privateI thought I would bring a doll to the blog every week on Friday dressed in some historical finery.

This week Addy has a turn.  She is wearing the skirt from Cecile’s parlor outfit accompanied by the blouse from Addy’s School Outfit.


The skirt has a beautifully detailed pattern.  Addy’s school outfit comes with cream, knit stockings.

noexif_IMG_6101_privateThe ivory blouse from the school outfit is a nice match with the purple print, and the brown tones accent Addy’s eyes and complexion.

Addy Fancy FridayI think Addy looks like an 1800s school teacher in this outfit!


If you would like to join in on a future Friday feel free to link your URL in the comments.


Buyer Beware

I was reading on the agplaythings proboards about a troubling new scam affecting American Girl and eBay.  An individual reported purchasing a “Buy it Now” item “Brand New in Box” for less than the item currently sells for from American Girl.  In this case it was Grace’s Pastry Cart being sold for $120 instead of the regular price of $150 or so.

The innocent person received the item, directly mailed from American Girl, but the purchaser’s name on the invoice was not hers.  Furthermore, the price on the invoice was the regular AG price plus added shipping.  Apparently, some criminals take a stolen credit card, buy something and ship it to an eBay customer (as you would if you were sending a gift), and the customer is then essentially paying a criminal for stolen goods.  The thief just made $120.00 and the customer now is sitting with an item bought with a stolen credit card. Scary stuff!  Apparently this is also happening with Lego merchandise.

It’s extra confusing because occasionally you do see items on eBay that are legitimately selling below the price on the American Girl website.  We have seen overstock items at Wilmot or the Oshkosh outlet at prices different than the AG website.  Usually this is clothing or returned items, not large ticket items.

I don’t use eBay very much – has anyone seen items listed like this recently?  If you want to read more, search on American Girl drop ship scam.


Blog Giveaway from Caroline

Caroline Mystery American GirlA month from now dear Caroline is set to retire.  We have written before of our love for Kathleen Ernst, Wisconsin-based author of the Caroline books as well as many other American Girl books.  I am just finishing her 2004 American Girl History Mystery “Betrayal at Cross Creek” and it is so good it’s keeping me from my chores!

Kathleen has confirmed that Caroline’s books are also retiring (boo-hoo)!  We would like to share a new copy of her wonderful Caroline mystery “Traitor in the Shipyard” with one lucky winner.  This book would be enjoyed by older kids or adults.


To enter:

  • leave a comment stating that you would like to enter
  • get your parent’s permission to enter if you are under 18 years
  • must be a resident of United States

Sorry, Caroline does not come with the book.  We will draw a name using random number generator on August 1 and contact the winner by email to get your address.


Sales Figures Madison Children’s Museum Benefit Sale 2015

A recent newspaper article shared some stats from this year’s MCM American Girl Benefit sale:

  • 7,200 shoppers
  • $900,000 plus dollars raised
  • That would equal an average of $125.00 spent per person who walked in the door.  Brianna and I strive to not be below average 😉

You can read the full article too.

That’s a lot of money, certainly, but well below the numbers put up in prior years when they would do over $ 1M in sales on the first day.  Various volunteers reported to shoppers that they had about 4,000 – 5,000 fewer dolls this year than last year.

Some have speculated that tax benefits for charitable donations are not as cushy as they used to be.  Others speculate that the new CEO may wish to expand their charitable outreach beyond the Madison, Wisconsin area.  They do have a history of donating dolls to Childrens’ Hospitals as well.

Some other facets of the sale that we didn’t have time to discuss in full:

Auction Item: Felicity's Carriage.  Lots of OOH and Ahhs

Auction Item: Felicity’s Carriage. Lots of OOH and Ahhs

Auction Item:  Shave Ice Stand, missing its signs

Auction Item: Shave Ice Stand, missing its signs

Minions Anyone?  Vendor item

Minions Anyone? Vendor item

Bins of replacement pieces from the street-side black market

Bins of replacement pieces from the street-side “AG black market”

Auction Item:  Kirsten Quilt and Summer Dress

Auction Item: Kirsten Quilt and Summer Dress

It was really neat to see all of the Silent Auction items, as they well predate our interest in AG.  They also have new-in-box dolls for Silent Auction including Cecile, Marie-Grace, Nellie, Molly, Emily, and more.

Would we go again?  Never say never. . .


Save the Eagles, Maybe?

noexif_IMG_6092_private“Kit, why are you still wearing 4th of July clothes!”

“Well, I am new here and I haven’t have a chance to try this outfit on…”

“Go home and change into your swim suit.  I have an idea!”

noexif_IMG_6089_private“Much better!  Kit, I want to have a car wash to raise money for the eagles that are endangered,” said Julie.

noexif_IMG_6088_private“Julie, you are not supposed to get your Dr Scholls’ wet!  I’ll go fill the bucket while you get your shoes off,” advised Kit.

noexif_IMG_6086_privateCAR WASH!  SAVE THE EAGLES!  COME GET YOUR CAR WASHED!noexif_IMG_6087_private

noexif_IMG_6091_private“Julie, we don’t even KNOW anyone with a car!  I want to save the eagles, but we might have to change our business plan.  How about a DOG WASH?”

Saige's Dog Rembrandt—-

Swimsuits are from Springfield (Michaels).  Julie’s car wash sign, bucket, and towels came from the Madison Children’s Museum Benefit sale.  More specifically, they came from a vendor who set up shop in the street outside the sale itself.  This vendor has enormous clear tubs of extra pieces to various American Girl products, all wrapped in tiny, individual American Girl bags.  Thousands of pieces.

In retrospect, I imagine that these folks do not pay a fee to be a part of the sale, and it feels like the American Girl Black Market.  Then again, the vendors must be buying them direct from American Girl or the outlet, so what else would someone do with 100 individual chile ristras for Josafina but resell them?



Madison American Girl Benefit Sale Part 2

Hello everyone! It’s Brianna back with a part 2 of the Madison American Girl Sale. I hope you enjoy part 2!

We took one last glance at the storm and then gathered our tickets and bags, then left. We tip toed down the hotel hallway. We took the elevator down to level 3 and went to the parking structure. We were very far under ground and we could feel the wind still. We got in the car and started to drive. The rain pounded on our car and lightning struck. I shivered slightly, I had never been a fan of big loud storms. I read the directions to Middleton one by one. Finally, we decided to pull over at 6:15 am at Panera. I got a chocolate crossitant and Jen got a French toast bagel.

We left 15 minutes later. The storm had kind of cleared up and it was only drizzling now. We arrived at the sale around 6:45. We walked for 5 and then we got in line. We talked with a teenage girl and her mom. The girl had 23 dolls! Finally the 7:00 people went into the sale! It was very exciting and everyone cheered for them. We waited for 15 minutes or so until our turn. The warehouse was small, humid, and hot. The first table was Isabelle and Saige. Saige sold out later on in the day. We believe Isabelle is still there.  The next few tables were historical dolls. They had:



Kaya who was one of the first dolls to be sold out, she was being sold in her pre BeForever outfit and BeForever outfit.  You had to ask for pre BeForever though.

Caroline who is also sold out, was wearing her beforever outfit.


Josefina who got sold out later on, was sold wearing her BeForever outfit.


Addy, who we believe Is sold out was sold in her BeForever outfit. They were also selling Addy’s BeForever meet outfit seperarely.

Samantha, we are not quite sure if she is sold out yet was wearing her BeForever outfit.


Rebecca, we aren’t sure if Rebecca is sold out but they were selling her BeForever and pre BeForever. They were selling Rebecca’s outfits separate as well. Both BeForever and pre BeForever.

Kit, was also along with Kaya, one of the first dolls to be sold out. There were a few Kit dolls in pre BeForever outfits but the rest were wearing BeForever ones.

Julie, we also aren’t sure if Julie is still in stock. They were selling Julie in her BeForever clothes, surprisingly.

Heaps of JYL $55

Heaps of JYL $55

We decided to put Kit and Caroline in our bags just to hold on to. Some clothing and other items they had that we saw were:

Molly’s accessories

Marie Grace’s outfit seperate

American Girl Star Tee’s – Seattle, San Fransico, Chicago, Minniapolis, etc.

MAG Soccer Outfit

Corgi Dog

Nellie Mini Doll

Isabelle Mini Doll

Beforever Julie Mini Doll

Saige Mini Doll

Rebecca’s Sideboard

Kirsten Mini Doll


We got the the Marie Grace Outfit and Nellie Mini Doll. As well as some items for a friend. There were tons of books there! Some books were:

Lots of the AG mysteries

InnerStar U Books

Historical Doll Book Series

Quiz Books

Chrissa Books

McKenna Books

Lanie Books

Kanani Books,

Saige Booksimage

Isabelle Books

Thanks to, Nicki




There were of course the MAG Dolls 1 – 61. The blond dolls went very fast and they are sold out of them now.  Whenever someone took a JLY the volunteers stocking that doll cheered as though you were taking  home a homeless pet!

We will discuss the craft vendors and silent auction in a separate post.

Look who followed us home














Madison American Girl sale, Day 1

We were lucky enough to have 7:15 am tickets to the Madison American Girl Benefit doll sale, but that necessitated staying overnight on Friday.  We checked in to the beautiful Edgewater Hotel and we lucky enough to get a balcony overlooking the lake.


One special thing about the hotel is that it was recently renovated partially through funds lent by Pleasant Rowland and her husband.




imageIn the lobby there is a wall of people important to Wisconsin, including Rowland, and our friends….



imageWhen Saturday came I was awakened by Brianna standing over me at 5:30 am.  We were wondering what the roar was outside the window.  A massive storm!  Have you seen pictures of Jesus snoozing in the fishing boat while the disciples are freaking out being tossed around in the massive waves?  That’s what it looked like on the lake outside our room!

To be continued!

Rummage Treasures – Lindsey

Brianna and I have done a bit of rummage sale shopping this summer.  We have found a number of “throwback” items that are unusual.

At one sale we unearthed this:

American Girl LindseyA waxed envelope jammed in with a variety of kid books.

In it was a photographer’s glossy photo of….

Lindsey AG PhotoLINDSEY!  Isn’t this unusual?  It’s a 5×7 photo.  The back has this:

Lindsey Photo AG DollI am wondering whether any of the more experienced AG collectors like Nonna, Xyra or Heather have ever seen one of these and what the original purpose might have been.  It is hanging in a frame in Brianna’s room now.

The family holding the sale has a daughter (now grown) who played Molly in an AG fashion show in Chicago.

Oshkosh American Girl Outlet – Dolls with Bangs

The outlet was pretty skimpy with the MCM sale around the corner.  They still had the Julie doll, but all other historicals were gone.  But boy, did they ever have dolls with bangs!  All $80.



Other items there that were new to me were Isabelle’s barre.


Gymnastics set.. I think this was $68.


Samantha’s Dog


And Kit and Samantha’s beds.  Samantha’s was over $100.  Kit’s were still in shipping boxes and some had comments in marker about lumpy foam.

IMG_6009We did not buy anything major, but did pick up some tidbits for blog giveaways.  Stay tuned for that!

4th of July T-Shirts

When the girls were done decorating their scooter, they got back to the cabins and saw what Addy and Grace were up to…

noexif_IMG_5975_privateAddy took the “less is more” approach to painting her t-shirt, and Grace the “more is more” approach!


Six girls, one scooter… could be a problem!

White t-shirts from Springfield.  Camp Green Willow background painted on poster board by Jen and Brianna.