Cyber Monday, what a letdown!

Is anyone else as disappointed in the Cyber Monday offerings from American Girl as I am?  I had to get up to use the bathroom around 1:30 AM EST, and decided to check it out.  First I couldn’t get in (no surprise).  Seriously, if they don’t want to spend the money to upgrade their equipment, don’t offer these sales.  Then when I finally got in…YUCK!  Last year I bought quite a few items, spent around $100 on just sale items.  Today I spent all of $19.  Some of the items aren’t even all that great sale-wise, the craft sets are a better deal if you get a 40% off coupon and go to Michaels.  Compared to last year, this sale was a tremendous let down.  I have to admit that I wondered when I saw that they were doing a 20% off sale on regular priced items up until December 12th and that the package deals are good until December 7th.  I will be curious to see if there is a sale tomorrow like they had last year, it had prices that were even better than Cyber Monday but a smaller selection.

What did you think?

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Never say never…

Back when I did the customization that turned into Fiona, I said I thought I was done buying dolls.  I was out of ideas and I had all the other dolls I wanted.  But one.  However, that one doll in good condition was WAY out of my price range.  So I mentally said “never mind” and gave up.  Even in bad condition she was expensive.  I eventually quit doing searches for her because it just annoyed me how much she was selling for in the good to excellent condition category.  **Sigh**  Even I have my limits.

I’ve mentioned here before how I like to look on Ebay at the “ending soonest” and “newly listed” auctions, once in a while you can find a deal.  Lately though, all I’ve been finding is a whole lot of junk.  August was the last time I found anything worth purchasing using this method.  But being the glutton for punishment that I am (and ever on the lookout for material for “Bad Ebay”), I still looked anyhow.  Apparently there was a reason for that:

 

 

 

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Yes, it’s Kanani!!!!  I’m not sure, but I get the impression that her former owner was selling off a collection or at least part of it, there were a number of dolls listed in a very short period of time, all at very reasonable “Buy It Now” prices and all in very good shape and several with additional accessories and clothing.  They were priced so reasonably that they all sold within a very short period of time.   I’ll be honest, when I saw Kanani and the price, I did a double take.  It really wasn’t the best time for me to be buying another doll either, my finances were still recovering from Fiona and another large purchase I made.  But this was one of those situations where I knew I would be kicking myself later if I didn’t, so I decided to take the plunge.  Merry Christmas a few weeks early. 😉

Part of the appeal for this particular auction wasn’t just that she appeared to be in very good shape, but that she also came with some of her original clothing and accessories.  I didn’t realize that the ukulele actually played a tune too, so that was a pleasant surprise!  All of this was the clincher for me as I’ve seen naked Kanani dolls with ratty hair sell for more than what this one did with all of the extras.  I think I spent the rest of that Saturday kind of in a daze, still not sure I bought what I did for the price that I did.

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She’s in very good condition, other than very slight frizziness (which should be easily remedied) her hair is in great condition, the ends aren’t dry at all and she still has tons of curl.  She appears to have been very well cared for, all that was missing from her original outfit was the flower for her hair.  I had a pink bow that I used instead until I can find a flower to replace it.  No biggie.  There’s a dirt mark on her dress that will probably come right out with a baby wipe, I haven’t tried yet.  She looks like she was played with some, but not hard, very well cared for.  And her ears are pierced!  (I don’t think she was one of the ones that automatically came with pierced ears, anyone?) The only real issue is that she (and all the things that came with her) have a bit of a musty odor to them, but I know in time that it will probably go away, and if it doesn’t, I know of several things that will get rid of it.  I imagine she was probably in storage along with all of her other doll friends.  She (and all her stuff) hasn’t even been here a week and I notice that several of the items smell just fine already.  She just needs a good airing out and a bit of sunshine.

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Unfortunately I am still out of room for anyone else in the doll house, so I’ve decided that she is going to be Fiona’s cousin, their grandmothers (from Hawaii) are sisters.  I’m so excited to welcome her to the gang!  I never in a million years thought I would actually get her.  And as I told Sharry, my collection is now complete!

I didn’t want her to feel out of place here in the cold weather of Pennsylvania, so I picked up a few things I thought would help:

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The swimsuit and tote bag is from If Dolls Could Dream. I love the hibiscus print on both of the items, I felt she just had to have this set!

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It’s Barksee!  Well, not really, but when I saw this little dog, I thought he looked a lot like Barksee.  It’s a Fancy Pals pet made by Aurora. I noticed these not too long ago and when I knew Kanani was joining my doll family, I checked their website to see if they had a dog similar to Barksee, I was pleased to see they did.  We have a local store that sells them, so one day while out running errands I stopped and picked him up. (Shop Small!!!)

Kanani has a ton of personal connections for me.  When I was growing up, my dad went through a phase of listening to Hawaiian music, and I have to admit, I totally enjoyed it (unlike his big band era phase).  He was so into it he bought a Hawaiian/Steel guitar, they are different from a regular guitar in that they lay flat and you play them with a bar, instead of a pick.  He even bought me a Don Ho album one time!  I also remember family friends whose granddaughter came to visit them one time, Joanne was half Hawaiian as her mother was from Hawaii, and she was so pretty.  I have fond memories of the two of us at her grandparents, playing with Lego’s. Years later, my husband’s brother married a woman who is half Hawaiian, they have been there several times over the years to visit family and I love hearing about their trips.  One of these days I will get there, in the meantime I will live vicariously through Kanani.

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I’m so happy that I came across this auction.  She’s probably one of the most unique looking dolls that American Girl has ever made.  Once again, I don’t understand why they don’t do more with the Jess mold as well as medium skin tone.  We won’t go there though, I know it’s a sore spot with many of us in the doll fandom.  Fingers crossed that if we keep bringing it up, eventually they will hear us!  Regardless, Fiona is thrilled to have her cousin here.  And so am I. 🙂

#noroomattheinn

 

Doll Sized Finds: Take a seat!

I thought I would get caught up on the most recent finds because I have a lot going on in the coming weeks, and don’t see myself having a lot of opportunity to go thrift store shopping–or any shopping much!  However, sometimes I don’t always have to go myself…

I ventured out to a Goodwill I’d never been to before.  Nice store, I didn’t find a whole lot, but did get this for 49 cents:

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Another one of those little “steins” (I think it’s a toothpick holder) from Myrtle Beach. It’s a different design from the other one I bought before (Ocean City), but I think they will look cute together. I’ve decided that Shivan’s family goes to the beach every summer and she collects these.

Same trip, different store yielded this lovely find:
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This basket was only 99 cents and included the tomatoes. They were taped in place when I got it and upside down to boot, so I thought they were apples. I was excited when I got them out and realized they were tomatoes!

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Rebecca thinks those tomatoes would make some delicious salsa!

The next item I can’t take any credit for.  One Saturday morning I got a text with photo from Barbie Girl: “Are you interested in these chairs?”  Her timing couldn’t have been any better because I’d just been thinking about getting two more chairs for in the kitchen.  I tried to buy more from AG but they said they aren’t selling individual chairs for the set I have. I looked online several places and didn’t find anything I liked.  So, yes, I was definitely interested when I saw them!

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She’s a bigger thrift store shopper than I am, so I suspected they were going to be a good price. That’s putting it mildly. When I asked her how much, she replied “Like $4 for the pair because I have a coupon.” WOW!!! It gets better though. When she got to the checkout, she said something to the girl there, asking why they were marked for different amounts, one was $2.29 and the other $1.99. She didn’t really have an explanation, but because of the confusion said “I’ll just charge you for the one.” By the time she got the coupon discount, she paid less than $2 for BOTH of them. How awesome is that???

I’m thinking about making some chair pads for them, wouldn’t that be cute? They are a little taller than the other chairs I already have, but they are also a completely different style, so that’s not a big deal. They are all wood, cleaned up really well, only a few little spots where the paint is worn off. They are Battat/Our Generation, I think they came out about the same time as the kitchen I scored earlier this year. And they were super cheap! 🙂

I decided to make a run to Pittsburgh while the weather was nice, I figure it will more than likely be the last trip for a while.  I didn’t find a lot, but what I did find was really nice:

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Only $2.99 for this jewelry box, and other than the drawers missing, it’s in excellent condition.  It has a few spots where a little bit of the paint was knocked off, but I found those easy to fix with a Sharpie marker.  I’m going to turn the spots where the drawers would have been into shelves using the same technique I did with the bakery display case, and then make a couple of bins to fit in them.  Other than that, I’m planning on leaving the rest as is, I love the lady bug pattern on it!

I rounded the month out with a trip thrift store shopping with Barbie Girl.  Because of crazy schedules, we’ve never done that before, but it was fun to see how someone else finds things and their technique.  She picked me up in the morning and before we even got out of the driveway, she handed me a bag with some little odds and ends she found in her travels:

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I thought the Christmas themed nesting dolls were especially cute!  The book is neat too, it’s one of those ones that you pull a tab and the picture changes.  The watering can will definitely come in handy, I’ll get the candle out of it and the block shaped bank had me stumped for a bit, then I thought I can use it to display flowers or plants, using the slot to hold them upright!  She said she didn’t know if the little jacket would fit, the sleeves could be a problem, but I may be able to cut them off and do something.

Our first stop of the morning was the same store where she found the chairs.  It is a Goodwill I’ve never been to, and wow, it makes ours look terrible!

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This was the first thing I found, only $2.99!  I’ve never been completely happy with the chest of drawers the TV sits on, I think this will be a perfect entertainment center.  It needs some touch up work but not a ton.

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Aren’t these plates awesome?  They are the perfect size for a doll sized cake or cookie platter.  49 cents each.  Oh, and I forgot to add that Barbie Girl had a 25% off coupon for this particular store too, yeah!!!

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Barbie Girl was digging around in the games, that’s one of her favorite things to find in thrift stores, and she came across this.  I don’t know how well you can see it, but it’s a version of the game Pictionary called Pictionary Man.  It originally would have had a little foam figure in it that you would write on instead of a traditional board, I guess it’s supposed to be like a travel size version.  I’ll just get a notepad for the girls to use.  I loved the game cards and the timer!  The pens are probably too large, but I can come up with something on my own.  $1.99.

On to the next store!  This was the same place I went to earlier in the summer with the hubby, a huge indoor “yard sale” set up, sponsored by a local Easter Seals.  It yielded some great finds for both of us.

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Some cute little tins and a nice little Santa that is perfect for in the dollhouse!  With everything I picked up thrift store shopping, a few little things I found a few weeks ago and stuff I have from last year, I should have a very nicely decorated doll house this Christmas.

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Yes, that’s a tacky salt and pepper set, but if you turn it around, you can’t read that it’s a souvenir from Tennessee.  I think Kit will enjoy the tea theme.  The picture frame is actually a Christmas ornament, I’m just going to remove the hanger and the little bell I just had to have, it says August on it and since my Marie-Grace has an August birthday, it’s hers!  I think it will be cute displayed in her bedroom.  Everything I picked up at this stop cost me around $3.50 total, not too shabby. 😉

So there you have it, all of my crazy finds for the tail end of October and all of November.  I think it was a very good thrift store month!  Probably a good thing, I don’t imagine I’ll get to do much thrift store shopping until after the new year.  Maybe that’s a good thing??  Until next time…

Anyone else find anything good lately?