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Madison Children’s Museum Sale 2016

imageI’m a troublemaker.  Here it is just on the cusp of October and I wandered over to the Madison Children’s Museum website to check the dates of the 2016 sale.  It will be held Saturday July, 16 and Sunday, July 17, 2016 (Sunday may not be a great day to do… stock can be extremely limited).

I am telling you for purely altruistic reasons, of course.  Maybe some of my regional friends might want to take a Great Lakes getaway this summer?  Think about it!

You need to request tickets by mail, usually at the beginning of May.  No need to think about that now.

If you are new to the blog and want a recap of our trip to the sale in 2015, read here.

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!

Wait a Minute Mr. Postman…

American Girl Doll SaleWe have our request for tickets to the Madison Children’s Museum American Girl doll sale all ready to be postmarked tomorrow.  Tickets are $8.00 per person for a timed entry to the sale.  All mail from around the country with a postmark of 5/26 is given tickets first (don’t forget that self addressed, stamped envelope!)

That said, we aren’t 100% sure we will go to the sale.  Ms. Maryellen Larkin has thrown a wild card into our plans.  Brianna is interested in Maryellen when she comes out in August, and three dolls in one year is just way too much, especially when none of them are for me!   A few weeks before the sale a list of dolls at the sale will be published and we will make a final decision then.

Last year’s (2014) prices:


My American Girl dolls: $55 (limit 8)
Historical dolls: $75 (limit 1)
Archived Molly & Emily: $110 (included in historical limit of 1)
2013 Girl of the Year, Saige: $110 (limit 1)
Bitty Baby with Book & Bitty Bear or Star: $50
Bitty Twin: $40/each (Limit 2 of any Bitty Baby and/or Bitty Twin combination)