(Closed) american girl collection advice

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@outgoingcutie15:  no. If you like history, and want a historic collection you should collect things that are actually historic and not some overpriced crap from china

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I cant tell you if its a good idea or not. That is only something you can decide since it will be a collection and a collection should be something you love

As for displaying, how much space do you have? They often suggest for large collections to only display a couple at a time and rotate them. Otherwise it just looks cluttered.  You may want to think about a single narrow shelf  or two shelves in a hallway that you can prop them up on and style their positions.

I find curio cabinets or china cabinets to look rather dated.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@outgoingcutie15:  How old are you? Based on some of your threads, I’m getting the impression that you’re a teenager on here for whatever reason. If that’s the case, I’d say “go for it!” why not?

If you’ve over 18 though, I’d suggest starting a different antique collection. There’s so much cool stuff out there that probably has a genuine connection to the area you live or your interests. It would definitely probably be a better way to spend your money. 

Good luck

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  +1

American Girl stuff is really expensive – if you’re going to drop that much money, I’d choose something different to collect that has legitimate historical significance. I would choose something that you’re going to enjoy for many years to come.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I loved these dolls as a kid.  They are really meant to be played with, not collected in a traditional sense.  

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you seen the prices on those dolls? My 5 year old wants one and I was in MAJOR sticker shock. 

I think there are better things (that actually come from the time periods you love) that you can be spending your money on. Yes they will be harder to find but sometimes the fun is in the hunt of the item!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

the new dolls are crap. sorry, but the quality has gone WAY down since the company was purchased by mattel.

i’d skip buying the dolls.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

What if you collected antique doll furniture? Like, not brand new stuff from mattel… but search at antique stores for it?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@outgoingcutie15:  I agree with Atalanta… I’m not sure how your love for history could possibly translate through the American Girl dolls. I understand that they have “historical characters” but I would think a love for history would translate more through collecting historical objects or even books. I am a history major, but when I think of the American Girl dolls I think of friends of our family, five year old twins that own American Girl dolls that are made to look just like them. I guess in the end, it is up to you, but I don’t see how China-made dolls have much to do with history. Maybe besides teaching young children the ‘basics’ of American history.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  Have you looked at the American Girl website to see what they sell? I just did — it seems like a lot of the dolls from historical periods have been “retired” and most of the ones left seem to represent different cultures rather than time periods. Also, the furniture they have is fairly generic from doll to doll, they don’t make much of it (basically beds and table/chair sets) and it’s not particularly representative of any historical period.

The third bed is supposed to be “The Depression” and the last bed is supposed to be “The 1970s.” I guess I just don’t get it. As a previous poster suggested, you could collect antique doll furniture which would have some historical significance. Sticking a plastic bed and table and chairs made last month in China into a display shoebox isn’t saying much for either history or interior design.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Atalanta:  +1

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