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25 Ways to Save on American Girl Doll Accessories
Do you have American Girl Doll fans in your home? If so, you know how quickly the cost of owning one can add up. Instead, take a look below at these 25 ways to save on American Girl Doll Accessories. You might be surprised at how easy it can be to own these dolls and their accessories for less.
1. Search Craigslist.
Girls who have outgrown their dolls may be looking to sell them for extra cash. Check out Craigslist in the collectibles category to see what you might be able to find for a fraction of the cost of new.
2. Hunt on eBay.
Many American Girl Doll collectors love eBay for accessories, clothing, dolls and more. You might find some great Buy it Now options as well as sellers that offer free shipping.
3. Browse yard sales.
I have found American Girl dolls and accessories at yard sales before, and at quite reasonable prices. Check out local yard sales in your area for these items and see what deals you can score.
4. Try local Facebook garage sale groups.
Check out Facebook for local selling/garage sale groups. You can put an ISO (in search of ad) to let others in your area know what you are looking for.
5. Join American Girl Doll Facebook groups.
While you are looking for Facebook garage sale groups, keep your eyes peeled for American Girl Doll fan groups as well. Many times these pages have buy/sell boards where you can snag a deal.
6. Consult with crafters.
Do you know anyone who can sew? Find local crafters in your area who can stitch custom made American Girl Doll clothing as well as jewelry and accessory items.
7. Get crafty.
You can always try getting crafty yourself. Head to the craft store and find the supplies you need for simple headbands, scarves, jewelry, and other accessories. The internet is full of fun ideas you can try on your own.
8. Try the dollar store.
While you won’t find American Girl brand items, you can still find small/doll sized dishes, shoes, and plastic food items the dolls are sure to enjoy!
9. Watch for coupon codes.
Check out sites such as Retailmenot.com for coupon codes that will score you a percentage off your online American Girl purchase or even free shipping.
10. Check out in store events.
Occasionally, you will find in store events where valuable savings are offered. Make sure you keep your eyes opened for such events where you can score percentages off your purchase or even freebies.
11. Get on the list.
Be sure you are on the American Girl Doll mailing list, both snail mail and email. This way, you will always be notified of any savings and special events.
12. Try craft store miniatures.
Your local craft store will offer doll house miniatures, perfect for using with your doll. Hobby Lobby often runs 40% off sales on their miniatures, so take advantage of these prices and stock up.
13. Get fancy with dough.
You can use dough or polymer clay to make you own American Girl Doll sweet treats, cakes, and cookies. They are fun to make and cost less than buying the real ones.
14. Trade with friends.
Organize a swap amongst friends who are also American Girl Doll fans. Swap out items you no longer use for items you can use.
15. Sell old to buy new.
List your old American Girl items on local garage sale sites or online auctions to get money for the new items you wish to own.
16. Buy in bulk.
Some of the American Girl Doll gift sets cost less than if you were to buy the items ala carte. For example, buying the entire hair care kit will cost less than if you bought each piece on its own.
17. Buy accessories when you buy the doll.
You can often score a better deal buying a doll’s specific accessories when you buy her. If you wait and buy them at another time, you may spend more.
18. Try Target.
Target carries their own line of 18 inch dolls that wear clothing and use accessories that are compatible with American Girl Dolls. Browse this line and see if there is anything you like.
19. Check out Walmart.
Walmart is another hot spot for 18 inch doll clothing and accessories. Give them a try to see if there is anything that might work with your doll.
20. Repurpose what you have.
Take the accessories you have and find new ways to use them. Add embellishments to clothing, shoes, and headbands to make them look like a new piece.
21. Shop during the holidays.
American Girl Doll is known to offer great prices, sales, and shipping discounts during the holidays. If you have your eye on anything, now is the time to buy it.
22. Try TJ Maxx.
TJ Maxx often offers Dolly and Me clothing combos for girls and their dolls. These outfits will fit American Girl Dolls so keep your eyes peeled for them.
23. Watch American Girl Doll on social media.
Be sure to follow American Girl on social media so you can watch or sales and specials.
24. Check out consignment shops.
Check out local children’s consignment shops for American Girl dolls, doll clothing, and clothing for kids.
25. Consign pieces you have.
Consign pieces you have to get cash to buy the pieces you want. Some consignment shops for kids may even work out trades for you.
Who knew there were so many ways to save on American Girl Doll accessories? Give these tips a try and get the gear you love for less.
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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