Tuesday, June 24, 2014

American Girl!

Well I am still not sure if it was a good buy or not, and I'll explain why in a minute but its worth blogging about I think!

A couple weeks ago I saw a post on my Facebook group for a Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll and several outfits each priced out separately for a decent amount and at the bottom of the post they said they'd sell all pieces for $150. There was the doll, a stand, her scooter and plush puppy dog, an AG bed with bedding and an additional 7 outfits included. I emailed the lady and asked if they could take an offer of $140 and I could pick it up the next day.

My daughter got Saige for Christmas and has been obsessed with outfits and accessories for her ever since and has been saving for a bed for her for the longest time. The bed was really cute and they wanted $40 just for the bed at the priced separately rate. The way I saw it was if I paid $140 for the lot I could sell the doll for around $100 and if I got $10 for each other piece it would make it a good deal especially since the bed alone was worth about $40-50 on eBay. Of course this doesn't factor in fees and shipping at all. hmmm...

I decided to go for it and purchase the whole big lot for $140. My daughter was so excited when she got home because she thought it was all for her but I explained that just the bed and bedding was hers and the rest she could play lightly with until the pieces all sold. She seemed happy with that.


Well Kit along with her nightgown, stand, scooter and dog sold within just a couple of days so it didn't work out to well in my daughter's favor but nicely in mine! I sold her for $134.95 with free shipping and it cost about $18 to ship it. So after fees it came to about $99 back from the $140 spent. I probably could have asked a little more and held out longer but I'm happy that it was a fast transaction and the new owners have already left positive feedback, whew!

One of the bummers when I got it all home was that not all of the outfits were American Girl Brand and a few of them had stains and holes. I gave a few pieces to Naomi to have for Saige and the rest got listed.

 
Rebecca's PJ set - Sold for $14.95

 
Red Cloak Sold for $14.95


Bloomers from Kit's Meet outfit - Sold for $6.95 

I have 3 more outfits currently listed and if just one of those items sells then I'll have made my original investment back, plus the others are more complete outfits not just single pieces. Not a huge amazing grandiose flip however, the way I see it is that I got Naomi's new doll bed and a couple of extra outfits for FREE! Plus if she ever gets over it and decides to part with it she'll make some easy money on it because its a SUPER cute blue daybed that is now retired from AG.


Remember this awesome American Girl storage locker that I found at Value Village a while back? It had a price tag on it for $9 but I had a 30% off entire purchase coupon so I got it for around $6. Naomi never really showed much interest in it so I took picks and put it out in the garage. I started with craigslist because this thing is BIG and heavy! Its retired and hard to find and the completeds on eBay are for about $120 when they sell, not bad until you calculate out the shipping. I'd have to buy a box for it, and to ship it would have been around $40 if it was cross country! Crazy!

So up on Craigslist and Facebook it went. I had a couple of low offers for about $40 and was about ready to take one of those until this morning! A father off craigslist emailed me and said he wanted it and could meet at noon. We met, he handed over $60 and said he wasn't sure if it was worth that much but his daughter wanted it and that was that! The way I see it is that is probably more than I would've gotten for it off of eBay after fees and shipping. So glad I held out for the extra 20 bucks!
 
Moral of these stories, American Girl sells, as well all already knew hopefully! Anyone find any AG at yard sales yet this year? Its always on my radar but I never seem to find it! 

14 comments:

  1. I still don't have an eye for American Girl items. I blame it on having two boys. :-) I did find an AG dog a couple weeks ago (only recognized it because it was still new in box), but they wanted $5 for it, and after looking it up on my phone the profit at that price would have been minimal, so I didn't buy it. I did luck into an AG cowboy hat and boots months ago at VV. It was just a fluke that I noticed an AG sticker on the bottom of one of the boots, otherwise I would have looked right over them. Probably paid around $4 for them and they sold fairly quickly for $75.

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    1. Good flip on the hat and boots! That's awesome! I usually look in the bottoms of boxes and bins for doll clothes and get them, even the off brand stuff tends to sell especially in lots.

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    1. oh and I have found AG stuff this year but only the cast offs from another dealer. A woman scours our neighborhoods 2 hours no early bird or not sign. I have run into her a couple times. I won't be that early so I don't really worry about it there is so much else that flies "under the radar". But my first question is always "Is it all authentic AG or some generic" I don't think sellers even really think about it :D

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  3. Only once did I ever get lucky with an AG doll. Got her for $5 at the GW and she was in perfect, like new condition. It was right after Christmas. Must have been a freak thing because recently they've had one in the bins priced at $15, but she's half bald! Looks like you got a really nice one. Glad she sold quick for you.

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    1. I remember your good find! If you have an American Girl doll store nearby you can take the battered dolls to their "clinic" and have their hair fixed! We are taking Naomi's doll to the hair salon so they can fix her frizz next week and its only $10!

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  4. I never get lucky enough to find the AG stuff at a price that makes it worth it to flip. I have one local thrift store that sells them once in a while, but they sell them for $50 or more each. I think you did great. Your daughter received a nice gift, and you got your money back out of it. Not bad at all.
    I wanted to let you know that I changed my blog name and url. I'm not Cray Cray for eBay anymore. The new name is Garage Sale Heaven and the new url is http://garagesaleheaven.blogspot.com/ If you would make the change on your blogroll, I would really appreciate it :)

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    1. I'll update now, Thanks Kimberly!!

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  5. I've come across a few at garage sales, but don't know how much they go for so I stay away from them. Just like Kari, I have 3 boys and know nothing about AG dolls. LOL I see that the clothing varies. What's a good buy for resale? Price-wise. I was at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago and the lady and her daughter..probably around 15 or so had TONS of AG and offbrand clothing. I meant to leave her my number to call me after the garage sale if she still has some stuff left, but I got distracted and took off and then forgot where she was. LOL

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    1. Margaret, the dolls almost always go for at least $50 or much higher considering condition and if they are retired or not. If you ever come across a Samantha, Molly or even Saige they will go for over $100! Depending on cost at the yard sale complete outfits go for around $25 and single pieces go for about 10 depending on what piece it is and if someone is looking to complete an outfit. Good luck looking out for them!!

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  6. I have been really lucky this year and found four - 2 bitty babies, and 2 retired american girl dolls. They were priced pretty low at $1.99 which was really surprising as my thrift store usually prices things really high, it must have slipped by them.

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    1. That is an amazing price!! If only I could be so lucky... haha! Nice finds!!

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  7. I haven't found one yet. Haven't seen any clothes either. The only two that I did see were at a church sale and another lady had already picked them up. They were priced $5. I have found the New Generation, Target brand, and they were $1.33 but I had to soak their hair in fabric softener for 2 days to get the frizzies out. And a bunch of Armour All to get some shine back. Good job. Daughter is happy and wallet is happy!!

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