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August 31, 2006

Kids and Play

A new survey from The NPD Group/Kids Leisure Time came up with the percentages of play time spent by kids on different activities. They say that children (ages 5 to 12) spend more than 9 hours a day playing with toys.

The most time, 80%, is spent on Games and Puzzles, the least time, 12%, on Models. Dolls came up with a respectable 45% and Arts and Crafts with 70%. Stuffed Toys and Puppets also came in with 45% like Dolls. Pretend Play and Dress-up came in at about 38%.

Interesting . . .

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August 27, 2006

HappyLand Book and American Girl

This book is about a doll manufacturer named Happy and is somewhat based on Pleasant Rowland, the founder of American Girl Dolls. After Ms. Rowland sold Pleasant Company to Mattel, she contributed to the "remake" of the college town Wells where she had gone to college. A similar project happens in the book. It is currently being serialized in Harper magazine. Here's some information on HappyLand and on the Wells project from the New York Times Book section.

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August 24, 2006

August Newsletter

Here's a link for our August email Newsletter . . . lots of special sales coming so worth a look!!

I am anxiously waiting for our new Emily - we already have two new outfits for her to model. And check out the new outfits - and dolls - appearing now on DollCloset.com

PS: Someone asked about a work outfit for Nellie . . . we found one! Check out her cleaning tools and pretty apron

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August 15, 2006

Summer Sale Continues . . .

We originally said we wouldn't be able to get more of the sale items once they sold out . . . but it happened sooo quickly that we realized you really want those outfits! And we were able to get more of some such as the:
patriotic skirt and T-shirt set,
green capri set and
both the fuschia tank swim suit and the butterfly print suit

Remember - the sale ends Sunday, August 20th!

PS: In the meantime, we're getting ready to show off our new back to School clothes!

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August 11, 2006

Summer Clearance Sale!

Our first ever Summer Clearance Sale began 8/10 and will continue through 8/20! If you missed our email Newsletter click to read about the Specials . . . please note, the sale is on in-stock items so don't wait too long.

Sign up for our email Newsletter on the lower right corner of our HomePage

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August 09, 2006

The latest news about Emily and Molly!

** Warning ! Major Spoilers if you want to be surprised! **

As some of you know, there were special introductions of Emily and Molly at the three American Girl Place stores recently. And some of those people took pictures and posted them . . . so here are a few for you to see.

First, a picture of Molly and of Emily in her basic outfit - the blue print dress I really like!

Next, a picture of Emily in her cute PJs and robe! The slippers come with her robe . . .

Then, a winter outing with Emily in a cute yellow snowsuit and Molly in a red and blue ice skating outfit. Both very nice.

And then Emily in her Christmas dress . . .

And last, but not least, the Stage Set you can get, plus Emily and Molly in their Tap Dance costumes!

PS: In case you really want any of these items as soon as you can . . . call an American Girl Place for a Personal Shopper - you can order in advance! (I did!)

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August 06, 2006

New Dolls by Corolle and Engel!

We have added several new Corolle dolls plus wonderful dolls by Engel - including BOYS!

The new Corolle dolls include the adorable Aurore and Stella - both 14" Toddler dolls dressed as a princess in either gold or pink. Very charming and sure to be a hit! In addition we have a new Bebe Do 14" Baby Doll that comes in a rattan Moses Basket . . . of course we also have the Moses Basket alone in case you already have your medium baby doll.

Then there are the Engel dolls . . . girls AND boys! These doll are not made in China like all other dolls seem to be - they are made in Bavaria, Germany. The three girls (one each blonde, brunette and redhead) and two of the boys are multi-jointed so that they can really sit on a chair (without their legs sticking straight out) and can bend their elbows. They wear the same size clothes and shoes as American Girl and Gotz dolls. The downside? They are more expensive than other dolls we carry. Sorry - but we wanted to answer the requests for boy dolls and for dolls not imported from China. (Don't forget that a purchase on Thursday Customer Appreciation Day will take the price down 15%)

I have a jointed Engel doll from several years ago so will be using her in some pictures of the new clothes we've been adding - then you can see how well the doll sits and how well the various outfits fit.

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