I find this annoying!

I’m in a mood to vent a little bit this morning.  Because this subject is a very sore one with me.  EBAY.  Especially in regards to American Girl merchandise.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning abut AG stuff being sold from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other places in that area as I had reason to believe it was fake.  It disturbed me because it’s being sold as new merchandise, but items that are no longer available and haven’t been for an extended period of time.  I’ve noticed a good bit of it is Molly themed and that is what put up all kinds of red flags for me as she has been archived for a some time now.  I was right too–now that this stuff has been listed for a while, if you go in to the reviews left by buyers, there are plenty of bad reviews stating that the merchandise is counterfeit.  Seriously?  I can’t believe that the demand is that high that someone has had to resort to making fake AG items.  Ugh.

My other complaint is the misrepresentation going on.  Be sure to read descriptions THOROUGHLY.  I was looking this morning for the old riding outfit.  Yeah, they have a new one, but as much as I like pink, when it comes to equestrian stuff, I’m a stickler for detail and authenticity. Show me Zara Phillips in a pink riding jacket and I might consider it, but otherwise, no way.   I was excited to come across an entire set that was reasonably priced and listed as EUC–which stands for Excellent Used Condition.  However, when I read the full description, the seller notes that the jacket has a hole in it.  WHAT?  Since when is that EUC???

Another thing that I see a lot is items being listed as Retired, Hard to Find, No Longer Available–and many times these are items that I know for a fact are none of the above.  A good example of this is the guitar.  I want to get this eventually, but hey, if I can get a good deal, why not.  What was I thinking though-this is Ebay?!?!?!  One of the listings tries to pawn this thing off as hard to find and they are selling it for more than it sells for on the AG site.  And it’s missing all of the accessories, it’s just the guitar and the case.  I guess I will just get it off AG and avoid all of this crap.

Does this stuff drive anyone else bananas???  I’ve only purchased three things AG related off Ebay for this reason-two dolls and a pair of boots.  I have to say that all three of the sellers in these transactions were outstanding and I was thrilled with my purchases.  But because of all of the dishonesty going on lately, I am not even sure I want to look anymore.  It just makes me sad that anyone thinks that because it’s a popular item, its okay to try and rip people off.  As a seller on Ebay I am very honest, and I treat potential customers like I would desire to be treated.   Grrr….

Thanks for listening.  Feel free to continue the vent in the comments.

Doll Sized Finds-Dollar Deals!

Unfortunately I haven’t had any time to get back to the doll house just yet, too many things going on.  I did however find two really cool things that I wanted to share with everyone in case they wanted to try and find them for their own doll homes.

I did take some time to see how my furniture fits in the spaces I have set up and the truth is-I need no more furniture!  I guess that’s a good thing. So now it’s more about trying to find all the “little” stuff to make the house feel more like a home.  This is almost as fun as finding the furniture.  Last week I needed to make my regular trek to Dollar Tree to pick up dog treats and human snacks when I ran across these:

Dollar Deals 1

I was really hoping I would eventually run across something I could use for lamps and these are perfect beyond my wildest expectations. They are supposed to glow in the dark, and they do, just not all that impressively. I don’t care because I fully intend to cover the shade parts with scrapbook paper to coordinate with whichever room they are going to go in to. These were the only two I saw at my Dollar Tree but they weren’t even in a spot where I thought you might find them to begin with, so I could be wrong. I’m just excited I found them.

Next, while waiting for my prescription to be filled, I had some time to kill in Rite Aid and I decided to check out their dollar section. First I found some wooden spoons for my own kitchen, and then I found these:
Dollar Deals 2

I took one look at these and thought “hampers!” They are absolutely perfect size wise, so I picked up two, one for in the bedroom area and one for the bath.

One day last week I did run in to the Goodwill, it was rather slim pickings, but I did find this cute mini beer stein:
Dollar Deals 3

I think it will look great on one of the shelves of that boat shaped shelving unit. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), Mainz is in Germany.

I’m finally starting to get over this stupid sinus infection and just in time–the weather forecast starting tomorrow is for good weather, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will FINALLY get around to spray painting some of this furniture I have. I sure hope so, now that I actually have somewhere to put it, I really would like to get it finished.  It’s supposed to be good for four days, so keep thinking positive thoughts for me-no rain or wind, just sun and dry air! 😉

Flooring…

I’ve been sick all week with a sinus infection and it’s really been bugging me that I haven’t been able to work on my doll house. 😦  Today I finally felt good, so I decided to get some flooring in.  It actually went better than I expected it to which is always nice when you don’t feel well!

Each room takes six (6) 12 inch x 12 inch peel-n-stick vinyl tiles.  I picked out 5 different patterns so each room was different.  I only actually had to buy tile for four rooms as we just had our bathroom remodeled this summer and had almost a whole case of tiles left when we were done.  I do want to keep some of those “just in case” so I bought the rest.  Home Depot seemed to have the best prices, running from 30 cents per tile to 79 cents per tile.

First thing I did was to make a template for cutting out the corners.  I figured it was easier to screw up a piece of paper than one of my tiles!

Floor 1 Floor 2

Once I was happy with the fit of my template, I marked the corners of 4 tiles for each room.

Floor 3 Floor 4

I marked them on the top so it was easier to see the edges of the tile, I didn’t want to have to work around the paper backing and perhaps end up with it misaligned.

I started laying my tiles by doing one end first, then the middle.  At this point I layed the last two tiles where they would go to be sure everything ft right, lucky for me it did.  🙂

Floor 5

TADA!!!!

Floor 6

It was nice to have some flooring down so I had some place to set things and they wouldn’t fall through.  Of course, Marie-Grace and Kit wanted to check it out!

Floor 8

I have a bunch of little pieces like this leftover now, trying to think of something I can use them for…

Floor 7

I moved on to the room beside this one, I love how it turned out.  This is what we have in our bathroom, I guess I’d better like it!  Since this area has no posts in it, I only cut the corners at an angle so you didn’t end up stabbing yourself on the sharp corner.

Floor 9

I really only intended to do those two rooms today, but I kept on going.

The Living Room area:

Floor 10

The Dining area:

Floor 11

I’m having a love/hate relationship with that last one.  I loved it when I picked it out because it looks like smaller tiles, keeping it proportional with the dolls.  The problem is it is a much thinner tile than the others and it keeps popping up.  I guess I’m going to have to put some kind of weights on it for a few days and see if that helps.  Grrrr…

Only one room left to do and I’m holding off because A)it is tile of a similar weight/grade as the dining area tile and I want to see what happens and B)I have a bunch of stuff sitting on where it goes and I don’t feel like moving it.  I’ve got plenty to do in the meantime, hopefully by the time I’m ready for it I will have figured out if I’m going to use what I have or go purchase something else.  Time will tell.