January 19, 2014

How To: Plan a Trip to AGP!

   I myself am not planning to go to an American Girl Place right now, but I know that sometime during the year I'll find myself there, and I wanted to give you some tips so that you can have an enjoyable experience.

Picture of AGP Chicago, tripadvisor.com

No.1: Plan Your Purpose

Are you going to the AG Store just to look around, or are you planning to buy something?

1. If you're going "just to look around" and already have some AG dolls, you should face the inevitable: You'll most likely leave with something. Set a limit on how much you want to spend, and then bring a little extra money for tax.

2. If you want to buy a doll, do some online research first. Make a collage of a few dolls that you're interested in, and then look at each one in person at the store. When I went to the AGP last year, my heart was set on getting #38, but when I saw her in person I wasn't in love with her anymore. You don't want to buy a doll just to buy one, but don't feel forced to stick to your plan.

No.2: Added Fun

Before planning your date, look at the Americangirl.com page on Store Activities. On particular days they will have crafts, deals, tea parties, etc. that come with a good dose of free stuff. :D

Also, if the AG Store that you are going to includes a bistro or cafe (only a few don't), talk to your parents about making a reservation. You don't have to eat a big lunch, they have snacks and afternoon tea options.

It would be my opinion to avoid the Hair Salon, just because I don't like to spend money for hairstyles that I can learn for free... but if you have a doll with pretty out of control hair or if you're not good at doing hair yourself, it might be fun to experience the salon. If you have questions about doll hair, skin and eye care, feel free to walk up to the counter and ask one of the hairdressers who isn't occupied about your inquiry.

No.3: Think holidays!

A great time to go to the AG store would be on your birthday... it would be a lot of fun to have a party at the AG Store! If you want to experience AG to the fullest, though, do not go to the store during the Christmas rush or when a new doll is released (this also goes for Grand Openings). From my experience, the stores are just so packed that you want to get in and out as soon as possible (don't forget LOUD!).

No.4: Extra Ideas

If you have a blog or Youtube channel, make sure to bring your camera/video camera. I personally love to see AGP vlogs, store tours and hauls!

 Also, if you have a friend who is in to AG, plan a get together with her at the store! If you both are interested in new dolls, buy them together! It's a very special thing to do with a great friend.

 If you have an older relative or grandmother who used to enjoy American Girls when she was young (Think mom, too!), she might enjoy sharing this special experience with you, since she had the same bond with her dolls when she was a child.

Do you have any plans to go the AG store soon? Also, my contest ends in two days, so remember to enter if you're interested! 


  1. I went to the AGP on the 3rd! :) These are some great tips!

  2. Cool! Um-sorry this sounds weird but which contest? :)

  3. Mika ~ Thanks! Did you get Isabelle when you went on the third?

    Autumn ~ The Saige mini doll contest... I posted it about two weeks ago.

    1. Sadly, no. :( I wish. She's so beautiful, but I got Mia for Christmas, so yeah..:)

  4. The Seattle store is just so small :( As in, a single tiny floor. Because it's so tiny, I would think that AGP Seattle on January first is about the same as NY on any random day :) I'd love to go on the first, absolutely love. But we always have 'family plans'. The fist GOTY release that I have a drivers license for, I'm skipping the family and going to AG :) I also agree that doll look different in person, I always look at every single doll in the place just to make sure I don't like one of them better. Also, be sure to check every doll they have in stock (of the one you want) before picking one. They do have slight differences in paint and face shape, even in the same mold there are very faint differences in placement and angle that can make the doll look beautiful. There is also some variation in eye color, particularity among decal eyes (Ivy, Caroline, Samantha, Felicity, and all of the hazel eyes). Sorry for such a long comment!

  5. Mika ~ Congratulations on Mia! That is so exciting.

    Juliet ~ I agree, going to the AG store on the first is definitely a "bucket list" sort of thing for AG collectors! I had so much fun at Saige's debut, even though I was probably in and out in 15 minutes (my sister was in a big hurry to get out XD). I have heard about the differences from doll to doll, and although I don't pay too much attention, I do make sure to check out all of the dolls on the shelf.

  6. I would LOVE to! But unfortunately we live in Australia, and are not planning on moving :(

  7. Great tips! I might go to AGP Columbus over the summer!

  8. When are you going to post the winner of your Saige Mini Doll Giveaway?

  9. Jessica ~ I've always thought that Australia was such a cool place!

    Nina ~ It sounds like fun! Are you going to get Isabelle when you do?

    Eunice ~ I hope to have them up by tomorrow.


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