For several years now I had slowed down on American Girl collecting. There are many factors as to why it slowed including space, time, and financial. I still don't have the space and my time is even more sparse with gaining two brothers in December and having my cousins on the weekend, but maybe that is why I am finding myself enjoying the little bit of American Girl time even more. Financially I have now paid off college and am debt free so I have a little extra spending money then before.
With my birthday coming up I have treated myself to some dolls that were missing from my GOTY collection: Luciana, Joss, and Gabriela. Luciana and Joss were a spur of the moment decision because when I went to the American Girl Dallas they did not have her and I was not sure when they were going to stop selling her online. They also had the AG apron for adults on sale and had to get it and the matching one for the doll and girl. Joss is cute and rewards members could save when getting a couple of her items so I bought those and her jumper outfit. It took longer than I expected for it to process and ship, but I'm so relieved to now have them. I purchased the day before Earth Day and of course they ended up doing a promotion on the next day for a free Kira bag. Later that week AG did a promotion if you bought a doll then you could get 1/2 off an outfit. I was even more disappointed that I missed that one. I guess that is why I really want to take advantage of the current promotion that ends Sunday. Overall, I am glad to have them but sadly have not had a chance to do more than confirm that everything was in the box.
A lot of people have problems spending time on social media and that has never really been me, but with getting back into American Girl and joining some Facebook groups about American Girl, it has gotten me into some trouble! Last weekend I ended up buying a Gabriela McBride from someone on a Facebook group that was NIB. Besides Kira and Lindsey, she was the only one I was missing. I spent a little more than if I had bought her new from AG and had to pay shipping, but now I have her. I really wanted a NIB because it is really hard to tell online the condition that some of these dolls are in. I felt like the longer I waited the harder it would be to find one NIB. She was delivered today which ended the week off on a good note! I was in a rush, and I did not even take a picture of her. I have been looking for some of her collection, but I don't want to spend more than original retail.
I have been putting together a list of all the American Girl dolls I have and as of right now it is 36 and 1 Bitty Baby