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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!
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.