The Tale of the Doodle Backpack

I want to take a brief break from the backpack drama between Isabelle and Saige to tell you about our trip to Chicago and American Girl Place.

Store Window

Store Window

We had no wishlist in mind when we stopped at AGP, other than Brianna wanted to “see” the doodle backpack.  Could not find it anywhere, so we asked at Customer Service.  The gals there were very nice, but they didn’t seem to have the capability to look in their inventory and tell us whether the backpack was there or not.  The store is so huge it would be easy to miss!  Chalk this up to AGs continuing tech woes.

Rather than go find the item, the clerks just rang up Middleton so we could order it with no shipping charge.  While they were trying to wrangle the phone over to my side of the counter, there were wanna-be Isabelles lining up behind me to tour the Chicago ballet.  Meanwhile, a steady stream of other people started coming up to the desk.  It was like a MASH unit!  First an “Addy” with no arms and her hair… well, it was painful to see.  While I am reciting my credit card for all to hear (twice no less) the clerks have to open another service window to take more incoming wounded dolls.  Brianna later said, “Did you see Molly???” And I said, “THAT WAS MOLLY????”

You knew I would work in a plug for Julie!

You knew I would work in a plug for Julie!

Luckily for you, reader, the Doodle Backpack is currently a PWP (purchase with purchase) for $14. and it is probably sitting right at the register waiting for you. We paid $28.00.

Here is what comes inside:

World's cutest composition book

World’s cutest composition book

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Pocket folder, ruler, and pencil box. The folder has alphabet stickers to personalize

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Inside folder and pencil box. Why yes, those are tiny pencils that say “American Girl”!

So, Brianna played a good hand at AG and scored the backpack.  I enjoyed saying farewell to this special girl and her collection.

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13 thoughts on “The Tale of the Doodle Backpack

  1. ADayLateADollShort

    Argh! I hope that stays a PWP for a while. We’ll be going to the new Scottsdale store soon and that backpack is the thing my daughter wants the most. That would stretch her birthday money so much further!

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    1. Jen Post author

      Sorry for the delayed reply. Your comment was hiding! A prior blogger mentioned Sept 1 as the end date for the Doodle Backpack… of course with Scottsdale being new, they could do something different. I thought I saw a blog mention a different PWP for Scottsdale… hiking set? This may have been something on LADL.
      How exciting to be visiting a brand new location! I will look forward to any reports.

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  2. Flo

    That’s kind of pathetic that they couldn’t look it up to see if they had it in stock, or that no one knew where to find it in store. That needs fixed. Sad about the “sick” dolls, I hope they are all better soon. Makes you wonder what some of these dolls go through.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Agreed… In the age of technology, one would think that inventory access is a no brainer. Instead they paid someone to be on the phone for 10 min with me and then paid for shipping. They need to hire an Amazon employee to right the ship.

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  3. jackylina

    I have bought Lanie and Kanani on ebay and sent them to the DH and also saw some other dolls with their owners in horrible condition. You’d think the parents would teach the kids how to handle something that costs so much!

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    1. Jen Post author

      My observation as a parent is that some parents aren’t willing to give a consequence because it is too much work. For example, if you don’t take care of a doll as appropriate to your age, when it breaks you will be without a doll until you can help save to fix it.
      We have some dolls that DD has learned not to bring out when friends are over…

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