Meet, Samantha, The American Girl Doll That I Saved

Deborah Lazarus

Macon, United States

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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.

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