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Yr Wonkette began posting this Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant back in 2006, and quite a few things have changed since then. The deadpan list of Bloody American Triumphs is more relevant than ever in this Plague Year of 2020, and if Burroughs were with us today, he might look at his 1986 poem and wonder how he’d ever been such a starry-eyed optimist. Back in the anxious Thanksgiving of 2015 we fretted because the presidential campaign featured “serious debates over registering religious minorities and bringing back torture.” Heh. We were so innocent back then, and didn’t think that guy had any chance of really getting elected.

So now we have elected a new president, but the failed one continues to insist that never happened, because voting isn’t real if the Great Man says it isn’t. The good news is that, through all four years, according to Gallup at least, he never had the approval of a majority of Americans. And a clear majority rejected him in the election.

But it remains anyone’s guess whether the Trump years mark the beginning of a new, degraded era where all politics will be terrible forever, or a temporary season of madness from which we’ll emerge blinking in confusion, swathed in bandages and wondering why Canada keeps asking us if we remember anything, especially where we stashed Toronto. There’s no shortage at all of decent church-going people with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces who seem ready to keep supporting outright fascism.

And now we have a genuine plague, a pandemic whose deadly reality makes Burroughs’s “laboratory AIDS” line seem almost quaint, as conspiracy theories go (and a reminder that you probably shouldn’t get your epidemiology from a Beat poet, either). Frankly, I can’t rule out the possibility that William Burroughs might have turned out to be a COVID crank, just for the cussedness of it. Or maybe he’d look at the pandemic and be even more convinced than ever that we’re a nation of idiots, suckers at the carnival cruise happy to believe in magic pills the “president” hawks, willing to infect each other for the sake of the GDP. Hell, maybe both.

Burroughs might well look at 2020 and have a good rueful laugh. He told us so. We had An American Dream, and we almost pissed it away because the loudmouthed crazy uncle from TV was so entertaining, and because so many of us really resented that there had been a Black president. Burroughs might have said Donald Trump was the president America had been working toward for decades.

This year, our bleak Thanksgiving prayer is made even bleaker by the plague. Even those of us who haven’t lost friends or loved ones to the disease have empty seats at the table, because the safest thing is to not travel, and the best way to tell distant friends you love them is to keep yourself the hell away from them. No pile of winter coats on the bed in the guest room, but instead we’ll chat over the computer. (No, really, join us! Here!)

But we’ll be thankful that we’ve made it far enough to hope it will be better next year, and that we’ve turned some kind of corner on the strangeness of the last four years. We’re thankful that Reality seems poised for a comeback. We have each other, even if for the moment we can’t go to a restaurant. We’re looking forward to being able to sleep a bit more, maybe.

For all the petty small-minded terribleness and evil out there, we still have the option of laughter, because it sure as hell beats giving in to the bastards.

A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all Wonkers everywhere, and remember to Buy (almost) Nothing tomorrow.

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Chances are that when you were growing up there were a few dolls that you always wanted. There were some Barbie dolls that were absolutely coveted, there were of course the iconic Cabbage Patch Dolls that everyone needed, but there was one brand that seemed to take the cake when it came to the most desirable doll on the market.

American Girl dolls were probably the fanciest things our tiny brains could dream of owning. Sure, they cost a pretty penny when they first came out, but if you could convince your parents that they were worth it, you were happy forever.

These dolls first came out in 1986, and the 18-inch dolls were made with accompanying story books that taught young girls about women throughout history.

You could purchase outfits to match the stories to dress up the doll that you had, and over time the collection expanded to a wider variety of characters, and eventually you could even order one that looked just like you.

But as time goes on, the different models that we grew up loving get “retired” and unlike the TY Beanie Baby craze, these dolls seem to have held on to their values a little bit better, some of them still worth a fair bit of money.

Now, as we all know, things are only worth what people are willing to spend on it, so while these dolls may be listed for these high numbers, it doesn’t mean they will sell for that.

So, to find out how much you can actually get for your American Girl dolls, I checked into the recently sold section and there are a few bigger numbers, but some are less impressive.

1986 Samantha + Accessories – $1,299

That may sound like a shocking amount of money, but it’s not like she only comes with the doll and her outfit. She actually comes with several different dresses, six different book sets, a bunch of different special edition collections and a travel set.

This is a pretty huge collection to buy, but even still, $1,299 is a lot of money!

Original 1986 Collection of Four Dolls – $1,250

As a set, these four original 1986 dolls sold for a whopping $1,250. The set included Samantha, Molly, Kirsten, and Addy, and had all of their additional accessories with them. The only thing missing according to the listing was the penny from Samantha’s purse.

1986 Samantha – $290

As you can see, there’s been a significant drop in value. It seems that if you’re selling just one doll without a bunch of extra limited edition accessories you aren’t going to be able to fetch the same high prices.

She’s a bit cheaper because she’s missing the book, and the box has a bit of wear and tear that would be expected after over 30 years on a shelf.

1986 Felicity – $275

Felicity, with her bright red hair, costs $275, which is clearly a lot of money but there’s still a lot missing. She doesn’t have parts of her original outfit, she didn’t come with the original box, and there is a bit of damage to her outfit.

So, if you’ve got a partially complete set, you can still get a good chunk of change if the character is rare enough!

1986 Kirsten – $225

So this Kirsten doll comes in “immaculate” condition according to the listing, with the hair still in the original braids. The listing doesn’t claim to include the box or book or anything other than what you see on her, her pristine condition is probably the reason for her higher price tag.

The cheapest that these original dolls seem to sell for is around $50 – $100 depending on their condition and what they come with.

So the question remains, is it worth it to cash in on your American Girl dolls? Well, it’s not like you could make millions on them, you could potentially earn a couple hundred dollars.

If you aren’t really that attached why not sell it. But if you remember that your parents probably spent more than that on the doll and the countless outfits you got over your life, it may not be worth it.

While the prices aren’t the thousands of dollars that some websites are claiming, you may as well make a few bucks off them right? Unless you can hold onto them and make more later.

Yr Wonkette began posting this Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant back in 2006, and quite a few things have changed since then. The deadpan list of Bloody American Triumphs is more relevant than ever in this annus horribilis of 2019, and if Burroughs were with us today, he might look at his 1986 poem and wonder how he’d ever been such a starry-eyed optimist. Back in the anxious Thanksgiving of 2015 we fretted because the presidential campaign featured “serious debates over registering religious minorities and bringing back torture.” Heh. We were so innocent back then, and didn’t think that guy had any chance of really getting elected.

William S. Burroughs – A Thanksgiving Prayer youtu.be

Now we find ourselves in the third year of an illegitimate presidency, with impeachment looking likely but actual conviction in the Senate not appearing likely at all, because everybody in an entire political party lost their damn minds. It remains anyone’s guess whether the Trump years mark the beginning of a new, degraded era where all politics will be terrible forever, or a temporary season of madness from which we’ll emerge blinking in confusion, swathed in bandages and wondering why Canada keeps asking us if we remember anything, especially where we stashed Toronto.

Even if there are fewer than four Trump years, the cleanup from this mess is going to take decades, and a substantial chunk of the nation seems to have sworn fealty to the glib, pouting sociopath leading their torchlight parade. We said in 2017 we had no idea where the bottom was in American politics, but we hadn’t reached it yet — and holy fuckballs, we still haven’t. Now we have a “president” issuing pardons to actual war criminals, and who has somehow managed to increase the number of lies he tells daily. See? He really is a workaholic.

Burroughs might well look at 2019 and have a good rueful laugh. He told us so. We had An American Dream, and we — or at least a slim plurality of those of us who voted in just the right number of states in 2016 — picked the guy who promised to vulgarize and falsify that dream until the bare lies were central to his “governance.” Just enough of us were desperate enough to believe the comforting lies about how the coal jobs will come back, the manufacturing jobs will come back, the blacks will finally stop insisting their lives matter, and if only we’re brutal enough, the browns will stop seeing the USA as a place of refuge.

We can only assume that Burroughs would say Donald Trump is the president America has been working toward for decades. Sure, three million more of us voted for the competent but sometimes excessively private lady with the emails, but that’s not how our system works, so stop being a crybaby and suck it up. Also, show us your papers. And get to work sandblasting that pesky poem off the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. To be honest, we prefer people who aren’t tempest toss’d or wretched refuse. We like winners.

Sick of winning yet? Or just sick?

And yet. For all the churchgoing people with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces insisting Jebus wants chicken sandwiches with a side of gay-hating, we can still be thankful there are 16-year-olds who are determined to keep the planet livable, and members of Congress who’ll remember Elijah Cummings’s admonition, “Come on, man. We’re better than that” — even when there’s reason to doubt we are. We can be thankful for schools that give EVERYBODY eat, diplomats who insist on telling the truth, and people in government who fix things that were broken by idiots. We can be thankful there are tiny babies we can guide through our big messy world with Mr. Rosewater’s one rule for living on Earth: “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

We’ll be thankful anyway, even if at times we can only be thankful it’s not worse than it is. We’ve got each other, there’s a highly evolved descendant of a dinosaur in the oven, and the bed is covered with the winter coats of people we love — or can at least tolerate for a few hours, although we may have to ask them to please not wear that MAGA hat to the table. If people are getting married and having babies in this crazy stupid world, then there must be hope. For all the petty small-minded terribleness and evil out there, we still have the option of laughter, because it sure as hell beats giving in to the bastards.

A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all Wonkers everywhere, and remember to Buy (almost) Nothing tomorrow.

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I got my daughter the Bitty Baby when she was younger. She is 6 now and has a regular doll, that she got last Christmas. I do have rules for her with the doll, as far as not bringing it outside. I think it is appropriate for her age though.

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My daughter got Molly at 6 and Kit came to live with us when my 2nd daughter was 5.
THe girls are now 13 and 15 and pretty much the dolls sit on a shelf but they were played with quite a bit from the time they got them until they were about 10 or 11.
I think she is a perfect age. Be sure to get the books. My daughters loved them as well.

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Grandparents bought our girls their dolls when they were that age. They LOVED them. But our 13 year old no longer plays with them, the 10 year old still does. However there are other dolls that are a LOT cheaper. My 10 year old received on bought at Target for about $39 I think. She loves that one just as much. Here is a link. http://www.BFCink.com/ For the clothes, if you google “18” doll clothes” you will get many sites that sell clothes that fit American Girl Dolls and their clones. I do not think the kids know the difference at that age, so I would start with the cheaper ones if I had to do it again.

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we got them their first when they turned 5. they got their 2nd for kindergarten graduation (almost 6). now they’re asking for felicity because she will not be sold anymore, so they’re getting her and some accessories for xmas.
i personally dislike the existence of such a doll. i didn’t even know it exists until we moved to NY. now, that’s all my 6 year olds talk about.
they do not treat those dolls any differently then any 5 dollar doll, but i cannot restrict their play with them just because they’re so pricey. so i let them bring them with them when we go out and about.
yes, kids are ready at age 5 and up.
parents will never be ready.

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My oldest daughter is 12 & just gave hers to my 6 yr old – they enjoy them for a while but they are expensive. I asked my mother in law to buy my youngest a less expensive one last year which I ‘m glad she did because she doesn’t even know where it is! My oldest was about 5 or 6 when she got her 1st one.

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I just bought my 5.5 year old her first American Girl doll and she loves it. I don’t think 5 is too young. I am actually going to buy my soon-to-be 3 year old the Bitty Babies for Christmas this year, too! Good luck, they are fun dolls.

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Interesting. my daughter (almost 6)knows her cousin has one cousin is 6 1/2. and my sil really works to push the doll on my niece and make her love it. IT’s something they enjoy together teaparties and going on special shopping trips to buy outfits etc. I will sit can play boardgames and puzzles and help set up race traces adn do art projects but i don’t think i would be able to hype the amg doll up that much. So far my daughter hasn’t asked for one. so i was thinking of waiting to just see if she ever asks for one. I love to read outload but just haven’t gotten into the AMG books, i think when my daughter can read them herself she might, but i guess i’ll wait until then.

I did see walmart sold kits that have the fabric so you can sew your own doll clothes that sounded fun to me.

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I think it depends on your daughter. My older daughter got hers at 7 and she’s always treated Ruthie very well. My younger daughter got Elizabeth at 5 and she’s been drawn on, stepped on, and scratched. She LOVES that doll and takes her to every overnight at Grandma’s, puts her to bed at night, and loves to dress her up, so I don’t regret the early purchase, but we won’t be taking Elizabeth to the doll hospital until my daughter is a little older and I know she’ll be treated better.

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whats the difference?? a doll is a doll right?? im confused here.

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My granddaughter got her first one at 4 years old. She has always been really good with her toys. Mom also laid down the rule that the doll was not to go outside! –R. H.

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When my daughter was 5 or so, she got the Bitty Baby and some accessories and loved loved loved it! Eventually she also got Samantha (around age 8) when it was all the rage with her classmates and they were all reading the books. We got a couple of good years out of Samantha – we would suggest accessories to family and friends when they asked for gift ideas – so accumulated quite a bit of gear. My niece (4 years older) was obsessed with Felicity, so I think my daughter wanted the doll mostly to fit in with her friends and cousin. I was disappointed that she lost interest in it so quickly. I have it carefully packed away, so hopefully one day she can pass it along to someone else. I don’t regret buying it for her, just wish she’d gotten a little more mileage out of it since it was so costly. But some kids are like that, on to the next new thing before you know it! If you think at 51/2 your daughter is able to care for the doll properly, I don’t see any reason not to get it now. With luck, she will play with and enjoy it for a LONG time! 🙂

Oh, the good old days. You’d rush home from school to make sure your Tamagotchi was fed, the most important part of your day. You would frantically try to find batteries around your house so your Furby could still make those weird noises. Your American Girl doll was your BFF and she never left your side. You two were inseparable.

Those dolls were really such a treasure for anyone who owned one, and now, they’re even more of a treasure — the kind that makes your wallet fatter.

If you still have one of your old American Girl dolls, you’re about to be overjoyed. These dolls are selling for large sums of money. Like a fine wine, these dolls age well, even though they stay forever young. From a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, many American Girl Dolls dolls are a gold mine, so let’s hope you decided to save your doll (and hopefully not give her a weird haircut with nail clippers).

A new beginning

How to be a wholesome american girl

In 1986, the first American Girl doll was released, made by a company called Pleasant Rowland. The original dolls were: Samantha Parkington, an orphan being raised by her grandparents in 1904 New York City (archived in 2009 but re-released in 2014 as a BeForever doll). Felicity Merriman, a Revolutionary War girl living in 1774 Williamsburg, Virginia (archived in 2011). Kirsten Larson , a pioneer girl originally from Sweden, living in Minnesota in 1854 (archived in 2010). Molly McIntire, the daughter of a WWII doctor who has gone to Europe to help wounded soldiers (archived in 2014). Josefina Montoya, a Native American girl living in 1924 New Mexico with her father and sisters (still available). Kit Kittredge, a Depression-era girl living in Cincinnati (still available). Addy Walker, a young girl living on a North Carolina plantation during the Civil War (still available).

Your own mini me

Get in line

How to be a wholesome american girl

People would wait in line for hours to get inside an American Girl doll store. It was serious dedication.

Slight obsession

People were huge fans of the dolls because their uniqueness in style individuality. Plus, it was so cute if you got a doll that looked like you, so you guys could match your outfits.

Even Conan loves them

Conan O’Brien visited an American Girl doll store where he created his own doll. It’s a hilarious video where he gets a behind the scenes look of the doll. Basically, it’s hard not to love these dolls, even if you’re not normally a fan of phones.

The books

Serious stuff

Keeps getting better

No girl left out

A beautiful creation

Basically, these dolls were amazing and lovable for many reasons.

Let’s talk money

If you don’t have a serious connection to your American Girl doll like some people do, you might consider selling it and being thankful that you aren’t attached at the hip as an adult now, because that would be weird.

How much are we talking?

Let’s take a look online to see how much you could be getting for your dolls.

Molly, Samantha, and Addy

A pack of three dolls is selling for $11,500 on eBay. These three are original dolls that were made before 1995 and come with a whole lot of accessories.

Samantha, Addy, Kirsten, and Felicity

You can get four ladies for just $4,995 online. Your childhood self might cry over letting these go, but your adult self is so pumped you’d be raking in all this cash.

Molly McIntire

Little Miss Molly is selling for $5,000 on eBay. She’s never been out of her box so she’s pretty put together which is more than most of us can say about our lives.

Caroline

Caroline is going for a measly $2,750 on eBay. Also, the shipping is $200 which is crazy. But she does come with a holiday gown so at least you’re getting some cool accessories.

Lea Clark

Every year, they award a girl of the year to a specific doll. It’s a pretty big deal. Lea Clark was 2016 Girl of the Year so that adds some face value to her. She’s going for $2,098 on eBay.

Samantha Parkington

Our friend Samantha is selling for $1,850 on eBay. She’s just an absolute gem but that doesn’t come at a cheap price. Cuteness comes at a cost.

Nanea

Nanea is a cute little Hawaiian doll that comes with quite a few accessories like a hula outfit and a swimsuit. She’s going for $1,399 on eBay. Basically, more accessories equals more money.

Paige

Paige was Girl of the Year in 2013 and she is cute as a button. She comes with a hot air balloon, an easel, and a horse. If you have a Paige doll, you could sell her for about $1,000.

Kirsten Larson

Hold onto your doll clothes. Kirsten is going for $625. She was discontinued in 2010 so she is considered highly sought after.

Kaya’aton’my

Kaya is considered the “oldest” American Girl doll because she was born in 1764. She is a Native American doll with beautiful braids and comes with her original book. She’s selling for $596.

Kanani Akina

If you treasured Kanani and all her beautiful Hawaiian culture, you could be making about $500 off of her.

Felicity Merriman

If you had an old Felicity sitting around in your room, you could easily make a few hundred bucks. She’s selling on average for about $300.

Josefina Montoya

Sweet Josefina is a money maker for sure. She can easily make you $300. She’s in mint condition, still inside her box. She’s a beautiful Hispanic doll with traditional garments and beautiful long hair.

Julie

Julie is a blond American Girl doll who grew up in San Francisco and loves to play basketball. She is going for $300. She is a retired doll so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on her. If you’ve got her, sell her.

Kit Kittredge

If you find a Kit laying around, you can rake up somewhere around $200. Sweet Kit loved Amelia Earhart and aspired to be a journalist someday and is now a mini gold mine for you.

Addy Walker

Addy is selling for $190 and is a pretty legendary doll. She is the first black doll produced by American Girl and definitely wasn’t the last. Addy paved the way for dolls of color and is still making waves because she’s worth a pretty penny.

Rebecca Rubin

Rebecca is another great doll that is selling for $190. She’s far from basic and has a really cool back story. She migrated from Russia to New York City and is known as the first historical Jewish doll made by American Girl.

Get to digging

It’s time to rummage through your old toy chest and try to find an American Girl to reminisce with, but also to sell fast and make some cash.

Hope for the best

If you have one that’s still in its original box, you have a better chance of making more money. So cross your fingers, do some spring cleaning, no matter the season and hope that you find a doll in your closet.

Let it go

Get that bread and share this article with your friends who you know are still holding onto all their childhood toys.

You told your parents they were a good investment!

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Good news for anyone who’s insisted on keeping their entire American Girl doll collection in the basement of their childhood home: it might actually be worth a small fortune.

According to Apartment Therapy, OG favorites like Felicity, Samantha and Molly have become legitimate collector’s items, some fetching thousands of dollars on eBay. But before you go digging Kirsten out of the attic, take note that your doll has to meet certain conditions to be truly valuable (monetarily, that is; no one can put a price tag on the unadulterated joy you felt as you dressed Miss Larson in her Santa Lucia dress on Christmas morning in 1994).

The most prized dolls are the ones manufactured by American Girl’s original owner, Pleasant Company, which was founded in 1986 by Pleasant Rowland. She sold the company to Mattel in 1998, and in 2008, Mattel began “retiring” the original four American Girls—Samantha, Kirsten, Molly and Felicity—making them extra-valuable as collector’s items. (Felicity and Samantha were later re-introduced.)

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If your doll is a “white-bodied” version—meaning that their torsos were made from white cloth instead of the flesh-colored fabric they use today—the price goes up even more. (Only three dolls, Samantha, Kirsten and Molly, were ever manufactured with the white torsos; the flesh-colored fabric was introduced in 1990 ahead of the launch of Felicity, whose dresses had lower-cut necklines than her predecessors’.)

The dolls really raking in the big bucks are the ones that were signed and numbered by Rowland herself. This Molly doll and this Samantha sold for just under $3,000 each. Don’t despair if your doll lacks a signature, though; one unsigned Samantha from 1986 still commanded $1,640—and that’s despite the fact that one of her eyes sticks a little.

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October 18, 2018

My Journey With American Girl Fan!

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2018. In March I turned 24, crazy right?! I started American Girl Fan in 2008 when I was 14. yes, 10 years ago!

On that July day when I first hit the publish button, I would’ve never guessed I would be writing here a whole decade later. I didn’t know I had started a journey that would change my life. I only wanted to meet a few girls who loved American Girl dolls as much as I did. I didn’t have friends who were into American Girl, so I thought it would be fun to create a place to connect with other fans. I had no idea what was in store or how all of this would shape me into who I am today.

I already had a passion for writing, but I didn’t know that I would find a new passion for photography, or that crafting would bring out the maker in me, eventually leading me to my job and business that I love.

God has given me abundant blessings through American Girl Fan. I started it with Him by my side and I believe He helped me keep it going. You reading this today, are one of those blessings. I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and talk to lots of inspiring business women and entrepreneurs who motivated me even further to do what I enjoy.

So many of you have encouraged and supported me over the years. None of this would’ve happened without you and I can’t thank you enough for joining me on my journey!

This year I have worked full time on my Etsy shop, Creative Doll Crafts, and I recently launched my second business, Uniquely Me Bows. Between making new items and packaging orders, I couldn’t find the time needed to post here. I never forgot about it though.

For months I did a lot of thinking and praying about the future of American Girl Fan and I feel now is the time for me to step away. As hard as it was to make this decision, I know it’s right and I have peace about it in my heart. 🙂

It really has been an amazing 10 years sharing with you and I couldn’t have asked for any better! I’m so proud of this wonderful, creative community of doll collectors!

My website will stay where it is, so you can come back at anytime to read my previous posts and tutorials when you want to. 🙂

I’m on Instagram if you’d like to continue to follow my doll photography and shop updates: @creativedollcrafts

My previous email is inactive but you can write to me at [email protected]

I’m always updating my shops, pop in and see what’s new!

Thank you again for your visits, kind words, and overwhelming support. It has meant so much to me and the memories still encourage and inspire me everyday.