Historically Cyber Monday is a big deal for most American Girl fans. Last year was a huge let down for many, and this year wasn’t a whole lot better. I got a couple of things, but the general impression I got from the different social media feeds I read, people were not happy. Problems with the sale not showing up properly, not being able to check out and a lack of items that people actually wanted seemed to be the biggest issues. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: American Girl, spend some money on your IT department. It would be a shame to see the company go out of business simply because the powers that be don’t want to spend money on some properly trained IT people. I have done IT related work in several previous jobs, and it’s painfully obvious to me that they aren’t hiring the brightest nor the best. This needs fixed.
That said, I did find a couple of things I actually did want at good prices! I certainly didn’t spend as much as I did two years ago (let’s not talk about that!) but I was pleased particularly with 2 of the 3 items I purchased as they were both sets that I had looked at and considered in the past, but felt that they were way more expensive than they were worth. What did I get?
The first item that went into my cart was Samantha’s Holiday set. Originally priced at $64, you can imagine how excited I was to see it marked down to $28!! Louisa offered to help me out with the cyber Monday items I picked up.
A couple of things I just want to say about this set: put the dress on first, THEN the tights. Because of the way this dress is cut, getting it over the tights without snagging them is just about impossible. PLEASE AMERICAN GIRL, switch to the “soft” Velcro if you are going to insist on continuing to use it! There are options available to prevent this. The tights now have at least 5 snags in them now. Grrr… The dress was also very wrinkled when I got it out of the box, this was perhaps the worst I’ve ever seen a dress come out of the box. I’m hopeful that just hanging it up for a while will take most of the wrinkles out, I really don’t want to have to iron it if I can help it. We will see.
The little tea set is adorable, but again, we have the “service for 1” situation. This annoys me, but at least I got it cheap. If I had been thinking, I would have bought two sets and then sold off the extra pieces so I could have had service for 2. Oh well. It includes a teapot, teacup, plate, petite-fors, a tray and a fabric cloth. All of the pieces are nicely done, but the tray is incredibly impressive, it’s a nice, heavy, high quality piece. You could use it for human cookies, it’s that solid!
The dress is very pretty and I think it’s perfect for the holiday season. I’m not so sure how well the lacy top part would hold up though to hard play and that doggone Velcro in the hands of a young girl. Get rid of this Velcro AG!!!! The fit is kind of baggy on it, but not terrible.
In the back there is a ribbon that is permanently tied. The set also comes with a hair bow that is attached to a hair elastic. I wish they had done that all along, I have Samantha’s original meet outfit and trying to retie that bow is frustrating at best.
The boots are very cute, love the little heel on them! I will say though that the heel makes it a bit more difficult to get the doll to stand, especially on a slippery surface like the countertop I was working on. I also noticed in some of the reviews, there were issues with the color coming off onto the doll from these boots, so please be sure to put tights or socks on your doll before using these. I didn’t take any chances, I was very glad I read the reviews beforehand.
Overall this is a cute set and I think a bargain at $28. Because of several minor issues/flaws in the set, I definitely don’t think it was worth the original $64 at all.
The other set that I got was Rebecca’s Costume set. I’ve had this set on my radar for 2 years, ever since I saw it in person at AG Columbus. The online photos do not do this set justice at all, it is much much prettier in person! Originally it sold for $100 and included a trunk. Then AG decided to take the trunk out of the set and sold it for $50 as just the costume which was better, but still more than I felt like spending. When I saw it was available for $20, I couldn’t get it into my cart fast enough!!!
The accessories are awesome in this set!!! This whole set has so much mix and match potential with other sets that I have. I’ll call these the “dressy” accessories:
Every girl needs a good set of pearls!
The costume part of the set is very well done. I was concerned about how well the overlay for the dress would stay in place. Not a problem at all though, once it was in place, it stayed there. I love the sparkly look to this and it’s something that doesn’t come across well in the AG photos.
The wings are easy to put on and take off, they are held in place with a metal piece that slides down over the edge of the dress. They are probably my least favorite part of the set, but I think they are very well done.
The dress is very simple which I like a lot. The shoes are more like ballet slippers, so not sure that they will get a lot of use, but the dress can be easily added to and accessorized for other situations. The color is so pretty on this set too, not a shade you see all that often, especially with AG. So happy to have finally added this set to my collection!
I only got one other item from the sale, Saige’s Cactus Flower necklace for $2 which was just enough to put me at $50 so I could get the purchase with purchase. Then I was done! Did you get anything from the Cyber Monday sale, or were you disappointed in the choices?