Tuesday, September 22, 2009

American Girls

I've always been a reader. After first grade I began reading Babysitter Club books, and within the next year, I was reading any chapter book I could get my hands. Preferably chapter books in a series.

In the summer of '92, my parents and I came up with a deal where I earned 50 cents for every book I read. Every penny I earned went to my American Girl doll fund. I had recently read the Molly series from American Girl, and I was dying for my own Molly doll. After reading enough books to pay for half the doll, I remember coming home from school that fall with my mom at the door with a video camera and the Molly doll on the table. One of the best surprises of my life!


A few years later I got Felicity for Christmas, while my little sister got Kirsten.


I believe it was also at this Christmas that I got this hot American Girl sweatshirt-baseball hat combo plus a subscription to magazine. I was the coolest girl in school.


I wish I had pictures of my dolls, but sadly, I've got nothing. However, both of my dolls are sitting in a box in my parents house in pretty good condition. I hope that one day I'll have a daughter of my own to pass them on to.

So my dear readers, well female readers, did you own an American Girl doll? If so which one? Why did you want that doll - did you read the books?

27 comments:

  1. EEK! I totally had Molly and Kirsten, though Molly was my first too! In 1992 or 1993, Lehigh University in my hometown had an American Girls doll FASHION SHOW AND TEA PARTY. Lets talk about how awesome that was. You had to dress up in your tea-party finest and got to bring your doll along.

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  2. I LOVED the American Girl series!!! And Baby Sitters Club, and the little sister ones (of Karen) when I was smaller... and when I was in 7th or so, I started reading Sweet Valley High books. Oh the drama that those had! lol

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  3. I still have Kirsten and Samantha! They're boxed up at my parents' house! I absolutely loved playing with them...I even sewed my own clothes for them!

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  4. I ALWAYS wanted one, but never got one :(

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  5. Yes! I had Samantha, she was always my favorite American Girl doll. I loved them all though and read all of the series!

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  6. OMG! I totally had them! I had Felicity, Kirsten, Addie and Molly! I read all the books! Loved them! I actually walked around in a pinafore and mob cap, in an effort to look like them!

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  7. I had one but for the life of me can't remember which one!!! I loved those darn dolls growing up.

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  8. I've read all the books, and I had the Molly doll as well! My sister got Kirsten and I was jealous because I wanted a blond one!

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  9. I had Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha, who they don't even make anymore. I still have them, they're at my parents house, and I loved all the books, too.

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  10. I had Molly too! I can't believe that in our pink room years, I never learned that you were a Molly girl, too! And I was in attendance at the tea party that D&C mentioned, although she failed to mention that the place they held it in was one of the largest facilities in Bethlehem at the time.

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  11. omfg, you are the only person i've heard of with a molly doll too! i really wanted samantha but molly was more up my brunette with glasses alley. i was mostly obsessed with molly and samantha, but have secretly decided that if i ever have kids and one is a girl, she'll be kirsten. shhhh! :)

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  12. Sadly I didn't have any of the American Girl dolls but I did subscribe to the magazine. I did have one of the tall babysitter club dolls. Is the magazine still being published??

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  13. I never had the dolls. I didn't even know that there were dolls until I had seen them on television when I was in high school! But around 8 I started getting the series from the library. I loved that series!

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  15. I loved the American Girl books! I read them all. I got Molly. I remember there was something in one of her books where she took her hair out of braids and wore it curly. After I read that I remember taking out my dolls braids and letting her wear her hair curly. Wow, I can't believe I remember that.

    I left something for you over at my blog :-)

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  16. I loved reading all the books! I loved all the girls!

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  17. My grandparents gave me Samantha when I was around 8. I used to pour over the catalog saving or asking santa for new clothes for her. I still have her and all of her clothes tucked safely away.

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  18. love them. i have samantha, kirsten, and felicity. felicity's hair was my favorite. i have all three dolls still and they're at my parents' house, too. i hope to have a little girl someday and take her to the american girl store.

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  19. I looovvveeedd those books and the dolls!! I had Molly, Samantha, and Felicity. I wanted to be Felicity when I grew up, haha!

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  20. American girl dolls are very near to my heart. when I was allowed to get one (I don't remember when) I pick Felicity because she was the only one who did not have bangs at the time. I loved her so so much!

    My sister had Addy and Molly. I really wanted Kirsten- but I never got another doll.

    I loved all the books too- And I got the magazine for years. Oh man- I do love your hat and sweatshirt!

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  21. I had Molly too!! It was such a big deal too, since we were living in Asia and had to smuggle in the doll, books, and all her goodies and furniture for Christmas.

    Speaking of--I saw on the news today that they now have a Homeless American Girl doll! How crazy is that?! I know they have one for every portion of history, but apparently this one had the father leave, and the mother had to live in a car. I'm not sure what that tells little girls...

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  22. Oh my goodness - I loved American Girl Dolls :) It was so nice to read your post and be reminded of one of my favorite childhood things. I had Kirsten, Molly, and Samantha :)

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  23. Never stopped by your blog, but hi!

    Yes I got my first AG doll(Samantha) when I turned 10. For the last 10 years I have run an American Girl Fashion Show to benefit the Buffalo Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo - so now I have all the dolls except for Emily. If you want to see pictures of little girls dressed up like their American Girl dolls stop by my blog: ashlynnrose@blogspot.com!

    Blessings, Ashley

    PS - Now I am a 4th grade teacher in Maryland. Hope your school year is going good - gotta love those 9 and 10 year olds:)

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  24. Love it! I had Samantha. It was a very special Christmas when we got them because we had to be "old" enough. I'm sad they discontinued her.

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  25. OMG I loved them! I had Molly and Kirsten. I got Molly first because she looks like me haha! I had the matching raincoat and PJ's to Molly. Good times lol

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  26. i had molly, although i tried to amputate her leg. then i got samantha. she had a terrible haircut, so i just had to fix it. oops. i thought dolls were made to play with! ( :

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  27. I had Felicity growing up and read ALL the books. And last year when I found out they were retiring Samantha I went out and bought her, mainly because I had always wanted her and this would be my last chance to own her!

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