Do you have a little girl in your life totally obsessed with
American Girl Dolls?
My almost-8-year-old thinks American Girl is the bees knees. The price of these dolls is definitely NOT the bees knees though. They start at about $105 for the basic “My American Girl Doll“.
We tried to satisfy her thirst by getting her an Our Generation Doll from Target, which runs about $30:
But she’s too smart for us. She tried to act grateful, but she just really wanted the “real” one and not the one she and her friends have dubbed “My Generic-an Girl”.
Her birthday was the following June, so we told her she could have the doll plus a few basic accessories (like ear piercing of the doll and an outfit) in lieu of a big party. Surprisingly she agreed. On her birthday we drove 3 hours to Dallas so that she could pick out her doll and accessories in person at their huge store. A few hours later and $150 poorer, we left the store, and she’s been smitten with “Isabella” ever since.
Accessories for the doll are outrageously priced though, and we have flat-out refused to drop $70 for a bed, $35 for a shirt, or a whopping $350 for a storage closet.
You can also purchase a plastic bed from Target for about $50, but I found an even cheaper and sturdier bed that has been a huge hit with her and her friends.
This bed hales from IKEA, and is called the “Duktig” bed.
For a whopping twenty bucks, it is solid wood, comes with all the bedding, and fits the 18″ American Girl Doll perfectly.
(Can’t you just tell how much Kinsey adores her Isabella? She is such a little Mother Hen.)
It comes with easy directions and assembles in less than 15 min or so.
The raw wood leaves much to be desired though.
For a couple additional bucks I spray primed the bed…
…and then gave it several coats of Krylon Watermelon in glossy finish.
The results are a bed worthy of the American Girl (or any other baby doll!).
Kinsey’s happy because it’s pink, and I’m happy that I spent about $25 total instead of $70.
The only problem with all these American Girl accessories is that her room is running out of space for her little doll city she’s creating. Now I just need to come up with some type of permanent storage solution for her fleet of furniture.
So tell me, are the little ladies in your life totally obsessed with these dolls, or is it just in my little corner of Austin, Texas where we’re going bankrupt on overpriced dolls with amazing hair?