Brianna and I had 9:30 tickets this year. We left our hotel at 7:00 and stopped at our usual Panera en route. I wanted to allow plenty of time because last night the organizers sent out an email saying that field parking would not be available due to flooding. We were directed to the Ice Center, which is in the same office park. Shuttle was provided in the form of a school bus. It was convenient and it was separate from the shuttle going to affiliated hotels. Win!
We arrived and enjoyed seeing all of the crafts and silent auction items. Some silent auction items included
- Addy scenes
- Kailey’s surf items
- Kirsten’s quilt, St Lucia wreath etc
- Lanie’s hammock and garden apparel
- Matching girl and doll outfits from the early AG dolls
The silent auctions end at various times, such as 10:00 am, and many have minimum bids of $50-100.00
By 8:30 we were waiting our turn to line up in the tent, but they were running 30 min behind. We thought we would be lining up around 9:00 but the 8:15 group hadn’t even been called. Oh no! When we were called to wait with the other 9:30 tickets we made conversation with a blueberry farmer and her young daughters from Iowa. It was their first time getting a doll!We entered the warehouse for our 9:30 slot around 10:45. On Twitter the organizers said that the large amount of merchandise was slowing people down in the warehouse. More on that later.
Once in, we saw Kaya, Rebecca, Caroline, Kit, Julie, Addy, Samantha, Melody, Maryellen. Earlier attendees also saw Molly (?!?) and Emily @ 100.00. Beforever outfits predominantly.
There were ample Lea, Isabelle and Grace dolls.
Also saw JLY/TM dolls in the pink dress with no Permapanties. Unfortunately no #41 which I had my eye on.
Books… not particularly cheap IMO at 6.00 for the more current Beforever titles.
Very little clothing for dolls. Cheer outfit, Lea’s outfits, Melody’s summer outfit, 2013 purple peacock pjs, various flip flops for girls. Beforever mini dolls.
We attended in 2014, and to me, the sale didn’t seem all that different, except for the presence of big items for Lea. If you attended I am interested in your opinion.
We brought home Isabelle to be auctioned at our church’s holiday bazaar. We hope to have a crafty parishioner make her a quilt or bed. We also bought the beauty salon scene for $ 2.00 to go with Izzy. I think the scenes are so nice to have. We picked up a doll for a friend. Surprisingly only one doll for us…
We witnessed no Black Friday type behavior, thankfully. We saw our new acquaintance from Iowa at checkout and the girls were thrilled with 4 dolls! My takeaway this year is that the sale offers the most to the beginning doll lover, or to someone buying gifts.
Prices for Sunday are below: