HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope everyone is doing fine and had a wonderful holiday season. I’m sure that if you are any kind of American Girl fan, you have already been to the website to check out the new stuff. I know I have! Let’s see, where to start–Girl of the Year Gabriela. She is very cute, but I am bothered by the fact that she’s basically just #46, with a name. I’m really disappointed in the fact that AG couldn’t be bothered to make her look special in any way like they have done with GOTY’s in the past. At least they could have given her a unique eye color! I can’t help but think that this was a half hearted effort on AG’s part to satisfy everyone who has been wanting an African-American GOTY, but a very last minute decision. And she’s a dancer. Hasn’t this been done to death??? At least they did give her a few unique interests/hobbies, but why another dancer? Ugh. Her collection is not horrible, but it’s not outstanding either. I’m not interested in any of the clothing, but I do want her tap shoes and the performance case set will definitely be items I want for my collection, especially with the girls starting a band. (Guess now I need to think about a name for this band, hmmm.) Oh, and did anyone else notice that on the website, it says she will be available beyond 2017? I’m thinking maybe all of these “last GOTY” rumors may be legitimate. No big ticket items either, which makes me think they really are paying attention to everyone’s complaints and concerns. Hoping it’s not too little, too late.
The Truly Me introductions are cute, there are a couple of items in the mix and match stuff that I want to pick up. I am loving the new “Fun and Games” sleepover set, the mini Uno game is beyond cool. Plus apples and caramel dip, yum! There are some new Megabloks sets too. Overall, I would say that this New Year release is average, nothing WOW like we had last summer, but they all can’t be. I’m anxious to see what happens the rest of the year with other releases.
Also with the New Year, everyone is thinking about goals and resolutions. Last year at this time I did a whole post about what I wanted to accomplish. You can read it here. Overall I did pretty well at keeping to my list. I did slow way down in my thrift store shopping, I managed to get most all of the outfits I wanted and definitely did my part on Etsy. The only thing I fell short on was crafting and sewing, and a certain amount of that was because of being sick and simply not having the energy to do it. So that one is going to carry over to 2017.
Items I’d like to purchase? Well, I mentioned a few of the new sets already. I’m also anxious to see if they re-release Felicity’s riding outfit when they bring her back, and in the same colors from before. Previews of the book covers show it that way, so I’ve got my fingers crossed! I think for me, 2017 is going to be the year of the sale. There are a couple of things I like, but I will only buy them if I see them at a reduced price. Of course there are going to be new things throughout the year, and I’m super excited to see the accessories offered for Tenney when she comes out since it sounds like she has a music theme. But at this point, my list is rather small. We all know how that can change!
A big thing for me this year is to go through what I have and organize. I may get rid of a few things too, but I haven’t decided just what yet. The problem is I do have limited space, and I really need to get a handle on what I have and some of the ideas on how I want to use them. I also tossed around the idea of expanding the doll house, but that’s way on the back burner if at all because of space. It’s always a challenge, and right now not a fun one.
I do want to continue to support Etsy sellers, there are so many talented people out there making unique items, and I’ve been thrilled with the pieces I bought in 2016. I love having doll clothes and furniture that not everyone has, I think it makes my collection interesting and is also nice visually for story posts.
That’s about it. I am going to try and get back into sewing, I’ve set a goal of 1 item per week and I hope to stick to it. I did manage to not buy much in the way of fabric so now it’s just a matter of putting my ideas in place and using it up. Last year I had sewing machine problems of epic proportions, so that didn’t help, but I have managed to resolve that thanks to my good friend Maggie–thank you again! It will be nice to get back to sewing and not swearing. 😉
One thing that I would like to do more of in 2017 is picking up discontinued items that I may have missed out on before. Most of them aren’t even whole sets too, quite a few are just a piece or two out of a set. Over the past week I managed to buy two different partial sets on Ebay that I am super excited about. One of them came yesterday and I am thrilled with it.
A partial “Apres Ski” outfit! It’s only missing a sock and the bandana. Big deal. I could care less about either, the bandana would be easy enough to make and the socks are really kind of useless. They are so thick, there is no way you could get a shoe or boot on a doll with them, so what’s really the point?? This set originally sold for $20 in 1997. I got these three pieces for $17.34, and that included shipping, so I thought it was an excellent price. When it came, I was stunned, the sweater (which was what I really wanted) and the leggings don’t look like they have ever been on a doll! They are pristine, not a snag, stain or otherwise. The lone sock? I’m going to toss it in the doll dryer, and maybe the second one will turn up in time. 🙂
What did you think of the new releases and GOTY 2017?? I am tentatively planning a trip this week to the Pittsburgh pop-up store, hoping to pick up the two pieces from Gabriela’s collection I want. Not sure what else I will find since it will be closing at the end of the month. When I checked stock on the website, it seemed that they had only stocked GOTY items and nothing else new. I suppose that could change, but perhaps with a ToysRUs so close, they decided not to bother. I will let you all know how I make out and will post a review of what I manage to get.