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The Ultimate Guide to Experiencing The American Girl Doll Store

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For all younger women and doll lovers, be ready to be swept up within the American Girl Doll craze once you go to America. Boys, chances are you’ll be swept up too, as there are American Boy Dolls for you.

Mother and father, maintain tight to your wallets, as they’re about to get sucked dry!

Again in Australia, Savannah and I got Our Era Dolls for Christmas, that are imitation American Girl dolls. They’ve been touring with us since and had fantastic adventures in Hawaii with us.

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I’m unsure Mum and Dad have been prepared to all of the sudden have 4 youngsters to fear about when touring, however they appeared to regulate fairly nicely.


(When you’re barely confused by this, it’s me, Kalyra taking up mum’s weblog once more.)

Savannah and I couldn’t wait to come to the US and go to the American Girl Doll shops. We had all of it deliberate and talked about it on a regular basis.

Mum was not satisfied that taking our dolls in to get a manicure and a salon remedy was a “good money spend”.

What’s it with mother and father anyway? And what does “good money spend mean?”

My doll can be glad and so would I. In fact that may be a good cash spend.

Anyway, we determined we’d go to each American Girl Doll retailer in America. We wrote out our listing of dolls we most needed and equipment we have been going to purchase and simply informed Mum and Dad a 3rd of it in order that they didn’t freak out an excessive amount of.

The first retailer we visited was in New York Metropolis Rockefeller Plaza and we fell in love. Since then we’ve been to the American Girl Doll Store in Chicago and the Mall of America, Bloomington. They’ve all been superb and we’ve skilled various things (sure that manicure and hair salon).

After some persuasion from my Mum’s pal, Kimmi, I made a decision to write a submit to assist you’ve gotten a magical expertise once you go to the American Girl Doll Store together with your Mum (or daughter, if Mum is studying this).

It’s an American cultural custom you don’t need to miss.

What are American Girl Dolls?

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In case you don’t know what American Girl is, It’s an American line of dolls ( which might be 18 inch/46 cm) that painting eight to eleven yr previous women.

Every doll has a special story, tradition, and race and there are about one million totally different dolls.

American Girl Dolls train your youngsters about historical past and tradition

There’s a line of historic dolls referred to as BeForever with a complete of 11 dolls that every have a special background in historical past.

For instance, Nanea Mitchell, the most recent BeForever doll, her story surrounds Pearl Harbour. One other instance is Package Kittridge whose story surrounds the Nice Melancholy.

Savannah has a Beforever doll, Julie, who needs to play on the boys basketball staff. She’s additionally from the hippy period and so Mum’s private favourite.

One other line of the American Girl Dolls is Really Me.

Really Me has a whole lot of AG dolls which you could select from, even one that appears identical to you! From hair, eyes, pores and skin shade, equipment and a lot extra. You possibly can identify your Really Me Doll, too!

The Final line is Girl of The Yr Dolls.

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Annually American Girl creates a brand new doll that’s solely obtainable for a yr. Typically even two years! They create every little thing for the the Doll of the Yr from garments, to equipment, beds, and something you possibly can think about!

This yr’s Girl of the Yr is Luciana Vega. Luciana needs to be the primary woman on Mars. I feel my Aunty Jenny would really like her greatest (you understand what I imply Jen!).

I’ve final yr’s Girl Of the Yr, Gabriella McBride. Gabby is a dancer, artist, and a poet. I really like her sass and artistic spirit.

American Girl has just lately launched four boy dolls! So I assume boys can benefit from the retailer too. So that’s principally all you want to find out about American Girl!

Word from Mum:

These American Girl Dolls are movers and shakers. I really like how they’re robust younger women who reside fiercely and create change. They’re out making their goals occur and so an exquisite inspiration and position mannequin for younger women.

Sure, they’re solely dolls, however they arrive with tales, personalities and equipment that make them so actual and related to younger women, and boys even! It makes me higher in a position to deal with the opening that’s burned in my purse once I stroll within the door.

The place is the American Girl Doll Store?

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There are tones of shops all throughout America, together with New York, Chicago, LA, and Mall of America ( Bloomington) There’s even a retailer shut to the place we stay!

My favourite retailer to date has to be the New York retailer. It was so huge! However I additionally favored the Mall of America retailer. All of the shops are virtually the identical, however there could be a few issues one American Girl Doll retailer has that the opposite one doesn’t.

So in case you’ve been to one, you’ve been to all of them principally. However Savannah and I like to see all American Doll shops in several states and cities. We attempt to go to all of them!!

To seek out their places merely search American Women retailer close to me in Google or examine the web site for all American Girl doll retailer places.

Here’s a listing for you as properly:

  • Atlanta (North Level Mall)
  • Boston (Natick Mall)
  • Charlotte (SouthPark Mall)
  • Chicago (Water Tower Place)
  • Columbus (Easton City Middle)
  • Dallas (Galleria Dallas)
  • Denver (Park Meadows)
  • Houston (Memorial Metropolis Mall)
  • Kansas Metropolis (Oak Park Mall)
  • Los Angeles (The Grove)
  • Miami (The Falls)
  • Minneapolis (Mall of America)
  • Nashville (CoolSprings Galleria)
  • New York Metropolis (Rockefeller Plaza)
  • Orlando (The Florida Mall)
  • San Francisco Bay Space (Stanford Purchasing Middle)
  • Scottsdale (Scottsdale Quarter)
  • Seattle (Alderwood Mall)
  • Washington, D.C. (Tysons Nook Middle)

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Issues to do, see and purchase on the American Girl Doll shops

That is no peculiar toy retailer. Not solely do you could have rooms of dolls, clothes and niknaks, but in addition a salon and a restaurant. You’ll be able to actually spend all day in there and by no means get bored.

Your mother and father would be the ones dragging you out.

If you have already got an American Girl Doll make sure to convey it with you to the shop. They love to see their sisters and buddies within the retailer  AND you’ll want them for the salon and cafe.

Store Store Store

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Clearly, you’re going to store if you go to American Girl. When you can’t persuade your mother and father to offer you cash, otherwise you haven’t earned any (that’s a whole lot of chores and one cause I write for my mum’s weblog), then you’ll be able to undoubtedly simply window store.

Mum reckons that’s all we’re doing the subsequent AG retailer we go to.

All of the several types of dolls I described above have their very own sections within the retailer and every doll could have their very own place that’s creatively designed with the equipment and outfits that match their private tales.

I really like seeing all of the designs and imagining life with that doll.

Be certain to take time studying concerning the dolls so that you select the one that’s simply best for you.

I needed to get Gabby as a result of she is  a lot like me. She loves to dance, sing, and write about issues. Additionally I really like her hair.

Aside from the garments and equipment, additionally they have their very own line of books. Every doll could have their very own fictional chapter ebook story.

Mother has purchased me a couple of of the American Girl Doll books of off Amazon since we’ve visited. See I’ve pulled her over to the AG aspect.

Private Shopper

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One factor you are able to do to assist together with your AG doll buying is get a private shopper. Sure they’ve private buyers!!

We had a private shopper in Bloomington, which meant Mum and Dad might loosen up, however it additionally meant we got here again with a whole lot of stuff! Hehe. In fact, we didn’t maintain again in telling Mary, our private shopper, our whole want listing.

Mary informed us the tales and backgrounds of some the dolls and confirmed us how Maryellen’s Caravan works!

Often, once we go to a retailer, we simply get an outfit and one thing to include it, as a result of issues can get costly!!! So Mother and father disguise your wallets!!

The AG Salon Expertise

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In case you convey a doll in, or simply get a doll, you possibly can go to the doll salon. There you will get your doll’s hair and nails and a piercing on your doll!

You possibly can select the coiffure, nail polish colour, and earring in your doll. Savannah and I did the salon expertise, however we didn’t do the piercing. Whereas we have been ready for Gabby and Julie to be completed, we went across the store with Mary.

The American Girl Doll Cafe Expertise

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In the event you get hungry whereas purchasing, you possibly can eat at The American Girl Doll Cafe. We’ve got eaten on the cafe twice.

Numerous youngsters have their birthday events within the restaurant.

Should you deliver a doll with you, you will get a seat for it and the doll can eat with you. Nevertheless it’s OK should you don’t convey a doll as nicely, as a result of you’ll be able to borrow one!

Your waiter or waitress will deliver out a cup in your pal, In order that they don’t get thirsty!

I might say the meals is OK, however expensive.

Only a heads up for buying and consuming, you’ll be able to’t simply are available with $50 as a result of then you’ll solely give you the option to get a hairbrush and a drink.

Create Your Personal American Girl Doll

American Girl has simply added a brand new attraction. You can also make and customise your personal doll!

Step proper up to the design middle and make the doll look precisely such as you, or nevertheless you need it to appear to be. That’s on my wishlist for my subsequent go to, though Mum reckons she has sufficient AG youngsters now.

You possibly can select an outfit, and equipment for it too. One other factor is you can also make your personal garments for any doll of your selecting. If you would like to do that, you are able to do it at a retailer or on the American Girl web site.

How a lot do American Girl Dolls Value?

Oh, you’ve been ready for it haven’t you?

There’s no different approach to inform it to you then straight. American Girl Dolls value round $115.

When you make and customise a doll, it’s round $200. however it’s value it!

The doll often comes with their first e-book, ( you could have to purchase the opposite books individually) perhaps one small accent however that’s it. Once you open the field the doll you selected shall be sporting their fundamental outfit.

For those who customise a doll the doll can be sporting the merchandise you selected and have the equipment you selected within the field with it. You’ve gotten to purchase different gadgets, garments, equipment, and hairbrushes individually. Clearly.

An outfit would often value between $15 to $20. Or perhaps extra. It will depend on what outfit you’re getting. And for equipment they might be across the similar from $10 to $30. Once more it depends upon what you’re getting. For instance, the Julie’s banana seat bike is $157 

American Girl Doll Ideas

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How to put together in your expertise on the American Girl Doll Store

If you need to go to a retailer, and you’re planning to go to one quickly, here’s what it is best to convey.

  1. Clearly your youngsters! However, I’ve seen plenty of adults getting dolls for themselves. I imply, who can blame them? However when you have youngsters then I might undoubtedly take into consideration bringing them to American Girl, as a result of in the event that they love barbies they might adore it!
  2. And naturally cash! It does get costly so I’d deliver extra then $30, nevertheless it’s completely up to you! When you have been getting a doll, then perhaps a pair hundred dollars. ( see this retailer might be harmful)
  3. Youngsters, if you have already got dolls, convey them. As a result of as I stated earlier, you’ll be able to eat with them, and take them to the salon. Make them really feel like luxurious dolls!
  4. Deliver your greatest persuasive powers. You’re going to want them if you would like to stroll out of the AG door together with your wishlist checked off. They’ll change your life!

The quantity of occasions I’ve stated “doll” and “American Girl” is definitely unreal. However it’s The Ultimate Guide to Experiencing the American Girl Doll Store!

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Inform me, do you’re keen on AG dolls? Who do you’ve gotten? Do you go to the shops? What’s your favourite factor to do there and your greatest tip? How do you persuade your mother and father to broaden your AG assortment?