I’ve shared with all of you my thrift store finds. I think that you will notice one thing that most of these items have in common–they aren’t American Girl brand, in fact a lot of them aren’t even really intended for doll use. The closest I’ve come to that is the Battat horse I found.
This past week two doll bloggers/collectors made some awesome finds. One found Mia’s bed set. It wasn’t cheap (still $50 by the time she used a coupon), but an incredible find considering Mia has been retired for a while now. Another found a used Kanani that needed some TLC for $20 and the snack cart for (are you sitting down) $7!!! It was missing some parts, but the main part of it was intact and appeared to be in good shape. I wish I could find something even close to this awesome. I keep coming up empty handed for the most part.
I’m wondering what the issue is. I know that people are donating stuff like crazy, I’ve even been turned away a time or two when I went to donate because they were too full. I know as a kid I regularly cleaned out my toys and donated them, and I’m sure that still goes on. Yet when I go to most of the thrift stores around here, not only am I not seeing any AG or related stuff, I’m not seeing much as far as toys go period. What they do have is junk and probably should just have been thrown in the trash. Our local Goodwill has a tiny toy section, almost non-existent, and I have yet to find a single thing I would purchase. I’ve noticed this at other Goodwill stores in this area too. Weird.
I hope this means that a lot of the toys are perhaps being refurbished and given to kids that don’t have much. That would be fine. However, I do have concerns that anything that might be of any value is being scooped up by unscrupulous employees who are reselling them for personal profit. I’m not just pulling that off the top of my head either, there was a scandal several years back with a local thrift store employee who was doing this with various items. She was let go from her job as a result. There have been some other incidents as well. My sister won’t donate to several organizations in her area because of this.
Have you found anything AG or other toy related at thrift stores that you would consider a great find? I’m just curious. I am going to check out a different store that my niece told me about, if I find anything cool, I’ll be sure to show it to you. I’m not holding my breath though. For me it seems like I have to go completely out of town to find the really good stuff. Very odd.