Meet, Samantha, The American Girl Doll That I Saved by Deborah Lazarus

Meet, Samantha, The American Girl Doll That I Saved by 

Samantha is an American Girl doll that I purchased for $3.03 in a thrift store. She had been donated because her limbs were loose, floppy, and barely attached to her. (American Girl dolls are 18 inch, jointed dolls.) I knew that I could restore her, so I was only too eager to grab her up and claim her as mine. After restinging both arms and both legs…here she is!!! The hardware to restore her was $6.00. American Girl will charge you $40.00, plus shipping, to do the exact same things that I did to Samantha. Now that she is repaired, I could sell her for $80.00 or more on ebay, but this little girl is not going anywhere. Isn’t she a cutie in her soccer outfit? Samantha is now a retired doll from the American Girl collection.

American Girl is an American line of 18-inch dolls released in 1986 by Pleasant Company. The dolls portray ten-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities living in various times throughout American history. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in 1995 to include characters and stories from contemporary life. A variety of related clothing and accessories is also available. Pleasant Company was founded in 1986 by Pleasant Rowland, and its products were originally purchasable by mail order only. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel. The company has been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award eight times.

NONE of my images or writings belong to the public domain. All images and writings are copyrighted © Deborah Lazarus & One Love Rag Doll Creations 2012. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images or writings without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.


  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Anna!!! I always love hearing from you!!! xoxoxoxoxox

    – Deborah Lazarus

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    Well done wahini……you’re a real american doll

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwww….thanks so much!!! xxx

    – Deborah Lazarus

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 3 years ago

    cool pic… and what a wonderful thing you did saving Samatha….. didn’t know whether you liked taylor swift or tom petty… so here is both! (i prefer Tom)

  • Awesome!!!! Thanks for taking the time to put these two videos on here!!! You have to know that I like Tom Petty better. I have seen him in concert…..Taylor, I have not. She is too young for my generation. I have shoes older than her. LOL But her cover is a good one, I must say!! Thanks again!!! xoxoxox

    – Deborah Lazarus

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    Amazing beautiful work!!!

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Deborah Lazarus

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 3 years ago

    A lovely “snip”, Deb! You did a great job restoring her to her former glory!

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 2 years ago

    So cute and a real collectors item too! ♥☺

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 30th Jan, 2013 – Shirley

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