Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Since I'll never buy one....



...I guess there's no harm in letting her look at the catalog. I've never really understood the appeal of those dolls. My suspicion is that she's having almost as much fun looking through the catalog (32 minutes now) as she might if I were to cave. Which I won't.



Not even for that one. Wow, Bunny looks interested.



Wonder how she feels about all this. Don't worry, Bunny, I'm totally on your side.

xoAM

42 comments:

  1. Yeah, bunny is siding with momma Anna's lush quilt! What a nice blankie to lay on! More than nice! Tell me about it.......those dolls are way tooo overpriced! My girls drool and drip over the magazine and then it usually ends up in shreds after they have fought and snatched at it and grabbed some more. I honestly think that they DO get more enjoyment out of the whole browsing and dreaming thing. Why not!?! Go check out the Corolle dolls from france....a fraction of the price and they have cute faces and pretty hair to comb, just the same....and their designer momma and big sister can sew them matching Chocolate Lollipop dresses. *grin*
    Looks like some lazy, summer fun.

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  2. I refused to buy one too. Fia loved looking and she told my mother in law, well she bought her one for Christmas and Fia ABSOULTELY LOVES IT. They have great hair, not like barbie hair, and are really great quality.

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  3. Thanks for the giggles.

    I've given up on those kinds of toys...the kind that cost more than a dinner date, and get played with for 2 days only to be eclipsed by the old standbys.

    Kudos, Mama!

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  4. Sounds like the catalog is all she needs to occupy her. Guess it's the cardboard box effect. (Loving the quilt and coordinating pillows!)

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  5. ohhh, i love them. i am glad i have a daughter, because i would buy them for myself if i didn't. :)

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  6. Oh the dream is wayyy better than the reality! Like those lottery tickets people buy...can't they just DREAM that they won??? You are a great mom.

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  7. I love the American girl dolls. I saved up $82 to buy one back when I was in 4th grade...18 years ago! And if I ever have a daughter, I'd make her do the same. I appreciated it so much more that way.

    But, I did much prefer looking at the catalog and daydreaming about the dolls and their scenes day after day. Those playscapes and all of the amazing food...I need to sign up for the mailing list again : )

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  8. I'm going to come clean and admit the catalog is fun to look at. I like looking at all their little clothes. The funny thing, is Eleni just gets excited about looking at it and doesn't really pester to have one...maybe she doesn't know its possible. Shhh.
    AM

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  9. I had a similar doll by Fisher PRice- My Friend Mandy and My Friend Jenny anyway, my grandmother sewed me so many doll clothes. I hope to have a daughter so I can buy her the fake American Girl dolls at Target and then make them lots of doll clothes. At least I'll have fun!

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  10. I'm like her :) Just difference is that I'm 26 already and still meditate in front of catalogs... And truth is that's really much more fun to dream about stuff there than to have it... well, almost always :)

    She lies on such amazing blanket!

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  11. My 3.5 year old son does the same thing with Thomas related catalogs. And I can tell you from experience that he gets far more enjoyment out of the catalog than the toys from the catalog. Like 48 minutes with the catalog vs. 2.7 with the toy. So you're definitely on the right track! ~A :-)

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  12. I had my daughter in between two boys and I bought her a beautiful madame alexander doll...she only put her in "time out!" She never ever played with them. And I would OFFER to buy one...Precious pic of your angel with the bunny..he would feel like the velveteen rabbit if you bought the ag doll...

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  13. She's too young for an American Girl Doll anyway. I was just like you about it for my daughter, but her Grandma really wanted to do the whole day at the Michigan Ave store for my girl's birthday and I became a convert. The dolls are beautifully made and the accessories are high quality and not always so expensive. Every parent wants their children to adore their toys like this, and now we can steer the family there for gifts...

    Just today we had a little tea party with her doll, Elizabeth. My daughter made cinnamon rolls and cashew marshmallows, and her tea set matches the vintage stuff I collect.

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  14. I dreamed about the American Girl dolls for so long - read all the books, grabbed up the catalogs as soon as they came. My grandma bought me one for Christmas and I just loved her so much. This was when they were still pretty new - there were only five dolls I think. The quality seems to really have gone down since then. I don't think I would buy one now. But every once in a while I still like to look at the catalogs...

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  15. The catalogs are very magical! I know I spent many hours just flipping and imagining (I actually just got the newest one in the mail minutes ago - some bedtime reading). She is a bit young, but in a year or two she might really want one. Encourage her to read the stories, and then save up her money (whether all or half - whatever is feasible for her age). She'll really appreciate that doll a thousand times more, and will probably make a huge impression (in more ways than one) on her life. 15 years ago I saved up for Molly, and she is still very important to me - and Kit also - and are proudly displayed in my home, as a reminder that life shouldn't always be so serious as I grow older. Sometimes it's a great break from the real world to sit down on the change the doll's clothes!

    Plus, with a mother (and now a sister) as talented as you, I'd be itchin' for some chocolate lollipop duds for my little friend! (You wanna adopt me?! ;) )

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  16. Oh, AG dolls, how I miss you! Grandma bought dolls for the girls 15 years ago. Can it be that long? They played and played and played. Researched the history of the era from which they came. Asked Mommy sew clothes for the dolls, with matching for their owners. Set up elaborate vignettes. Had doll parties and doll sleepovers and doll clubs with friends. This went on until the girls were in their teens! I am not kidding. Those were such creative, expressive, precious times! Earlier this year for a winter holiday, my oldest and her husband went to the shop in Chicago...she called me on her cell just so I could hear her sigh.

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  17. Anonymous10:05 PM

    Your daughter is really too young for an AG doll.

    When my daughter was 8, out of the blue, she asked for a doll. I wasn't in favor of spending that much, until I asked her which doll she wanted. She wanted Addie, which is the African American doll.
    I was surprised, since we are white. When I asked her why she wanted Addie, she said it was because she was so brave and had an exciting life. My daughter had read the stories about Addie and how she and her family had escaped from slavery and were later reunited. Well, I was so impressed with her reason that I bought her the doll and never regretted it.

    The, next doll, she wanted was one of the modern AG dolls and she picked the Asian doll. She's 22 and still admires the dolls.

    The dolls are beautifully made and the accessories are so authentic to the period of history. Addie has beautiful African American hair.

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  18. Heather10:24 PM

    i have to admit that i love the AG dolls too- very positive attributes in the books and all the historical lessons. my daughters love the catalog and even cut out the dolls and make paper dolls out of them-mounting them on card stock or left over cardboard. lots of them are the same size and they can "dress" them in the different outfits. they even make scenes for the backgrounds. fun and sweet...and CHEAP!!!

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  19. My son also enjoys flicking through the toy catalogues. He can look at them for ages too. I think that is almost as fun as going to the store and seeing them.

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  20. barbara3:33 AM

    catalogues are the best, free viewing pleasure for hours :) isn't it amazing how everyone loves looking through them - even men (although computer parts don't really evoke the same imagery in me ...).
    i love the quilt!

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  21. AAWW!!! My girls love those dolls. I went to Chicago in May, and I got them a set of twins, for the price of one of the big dolls. You could get her a set of twins, they are very soft. The big dolls are kind of stiff.
    Gabi

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  22. Those dolls give me the creeps. My 9 year old wants one and always moons over the catalog, too.
    She will never have one unless she earns her own money (which she won't)! Ever notice how they all have the same funky teeth?

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  23. The only doll I see is that precious Elenaki. I could eat her with a spoon. Squeeze her for me, AM, will ya?

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  24. I love my AG doll. I've had Molly 10 years now. It was really special when my mom gave her to me beause she has glasses like me and she was from the time period of when my mom was a little girl. We really bonded over it!

    Of course, she only has her original outfit! My mom bought a book of patterns instead :)

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  25. I received my first AG doll when I was turning 9, and then proceded to get the original five dolls from christmas's and birthday's. I was not given any of the accessories from the catalog because my mom being extremely crafty felt we could make similar or better. I had 10-15 friends that had the dolls for those preteen years and all we did when we got together is play with them and make them stuff. We also had a club. I do think they are pricy and a girl shouldn't get one just for fun, but I also think they help younger girls learn alot about history how people lived back then, and good sewing and crafting skills. I don't have a daughter yet but she will be able to have one if that is what she likes.

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  26. We are also part of the cult of AG. Well, it beats having Bratz Dolls.

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  27. kiwi-you speak the truth!
    xoAM

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  28. Well, yes, anything is better than Bratz. I always thought I would buy my daughter an AG doll, but now that I have a daughter, I'm not so sure. She's a little young yet, so we'll see. One reason I'm not too keen on them anymore is that there really isn't one that looks much like her, which I thought was the point. The historical dolls are just a bit too cliche/stereotype for my taste.

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  29. my daughter never liked those dolls when she was little. but now that she is 17, she is obsessed with the asian ball jointed dolls that run several hundred dollars a piece. She has bought 3 (with her own money) custom ordered from Korea. She has taught herself to sew, design and make clothes for them. She does get help from me occasionally but that is usually after she has already made something and wants to know how she can make it better.

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  30. Oh those dolls, my girls had them (and we still do so they can give them to their children, granted my mother bought the dolls for the girls). Especially when they started reading the books. Then the friends had the ones from the books too, which means you act out the books, which turns into the a club and the girls start sewing their own outfits (with help from mom) so that they can put on full blown plays. Which then turns into a therater company. Now one of the girls is working on turning it into a real therater company in the coming years...You see it is a snowball thing once you start with the historical dolls in that catalog...Now that my girls are grown, my 17 year old (like Judy aboves) has started into the ball jointed dolls.......My mother also bought one of the baby dolls for girl no. 2 because at the time they were the only ones had a Hispanic baby (she was much more of a mom than girl no. 1).

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  31. My girls, 17 and 19 still cherish their AG dolls even though they have been neatly packed away for years. My oldest had Felicity first and her stories and accessories inspired such a love for American History that she continues to study it in college. Her shelves are filled with History books she bought herself. Her room is still decorated in the most luscious toile simply because her doll had a toile bedspread. Don't write them off so quickly, I have never regretted spending money on them (and I really didn't have the money to spend at the time). I so look forward to getting them out again for granddaughters someday but I'll probably just have grandsons ;)

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  32. oh, please bend and buy her one. then start selling clothes in your fabulous fabrics and style. or maybe you can teach your girls to make them and they can sell them? our dolls would be so cool...now i am dreaming :)

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  33. Roseanne11:22 PM

    My little girl is almost a year and is too young to appericiate an American Girl or the catalog. I was wondering about Bunny! Where did she come from? She looks like a snugglie friend.

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  34. I got Molly (one of the 3 originial American Doll girls) for my 5th birthday. Molly turns 20 this year and still gets dressed up for the holidays and other special occasions. My point is, the thrill will last. And although I'm almost horrified to look at the catalogues now, I'm still enchanted which is a great thing for little girls, or big girls, and their mamas. Cave in!

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  35. My mom never caved--but the catalogs inspired many attempts at doll making and accessory making. All the little bits are so fasinating!

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  36. Anonymous10:57 PM

    My daughter has many dolls that were gifted to her but her AG doll remains her most played with and favorite of all. We don't get into the buying of extra clothes or accessories but its fun to look and admire the catalogue.

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  37. I have to admit I actually had an American Girl Doll... but that was back in the day when there were only the original three, Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha... my and my two sisters had them... they have gone crazy commercial since then!

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  38. I have a 14 year old daughter and she has had "Molly" since she was 8 or 9 (my mother and I shared the expense). That was the best gift I ever bought her. Molly went to tea, Disneyland, the beach and anywhere else we went. Obviously Molly doesn't go with us anymore and doesn't leave my daughter's room, but every once in a while I'll notice she's changed her clothes.

    Molly is very well made and I'm sure she will be passed down or at least displayed. She has been just as much fun for me as she was for my daughter.

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  39. My children have more fun looking at all the toy catalogs. It's like magic and keeps them entertained for hours and is something they enjoy reading on the toilet. I not really a big american girl fan either.

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  41. I just found this post via your Flickr stream. I am too old for AG dolls, but my great grandmother went to the Goodwill and bought a doll, then she made all sorts of clothes AND shoes (from cereal box cardboard and fabric) and sent them all to me in a big box. I loved that doll and still have her. She wasn't perfect, but I loved the matching clothes and the attention to detail and the thought that went into it. I also had a Kerry doll for which my mom made clothes. I loved to dress her up and dream about the next clothes my mother would make for her. Make some clothes for whatever doll you end up buying your daughter.

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