Thursday, October 31, 2019

New eBay Coupon: Scored American Girl® Blossoms Collar & Leash Set! #eBayBucks

So I (temporarily) signed up for eBay text messages because... coupon. Yes, eBay is offering a coupon to "Save $3.00 on a purchase of at least $3.01" when you subscribe to its text notices and I figured that I could use this promotion to score either a free or cheap 18" Doll item.

I was not disappointed. I scored an American Girl® Blossoms Collar and Leash Set, which normally goes for $12.00 MSRP at AG (item may be retired as its no longer on site) for only $1.96 OOP ---after coupon + eBay Bucks! (A vendor in the States has the set listed for $4.99 and it should arrive within days.)
American Girl® Blossom's Collar & Leash Set
American Girl® Blossoms Collar & Leash Set
I don't know that the "rhinestone flowers" on the collar are to my personal taste (these are TOO cutesy and IRL I probably wouldn't purchase such a set for my own pet), but I understand it fits with AG brand character. Apparently, AG Pets like frilly items, or so AG Designers think. I'm hoping this set will fit (at least) one of the 18" doll-sized pets, including AG Sandy the Dog, that I have in my collection.

I'll make it work and make DIY alterations, if necessary. Beyond the sparkly oddities on the collar, the rest of the set is nice looking. I like the plain branded leash, the tiny pet nametag and the adorable miniature butterfly charm quite well. This seems a decent AG Pet Set for $1.96. Thanks, eBay! Another Doll's Christmas Gift down!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Scored A Neat Doll-Sized Toy Race Car @kinderus #KinderEggSurprise #18inchDolls #OGDolls

I found a digital coupon in the Kroger app to Buy One Kinder Bueno Bar and Get One Kinder Egg Free. Because Kinder Bueno Bars are new to the States, these are being promoted everywhere and were on sale 10/$10 at Kroger. So for $1.00, I got both a Kinder Bueno Bar and a Kinder Egg.
Tiny Toy Race Car (Kinder Egg Surprise)
As I've stated before (see post), Kinder Eggs contain toy surprises that often make perfect doll-sized items. It's "luck of the draw" of course, but one can find tiny items inside these eggs that make for fun additions to an 18" Doll Collection. And luck was with me this time, as I scored a tiny toy race car! It's perfectly 18" doll-sized ---and it actually works! You simply pull it back and release it to watch the little car zoom away.

This will make a great miniature stocking stuffer for my OG Boy Dolls, Ty and Ash. As I finally acquired "the boys" (I'd previously determined that I wanted to re-start my 18" Doll Collection with Boy Dolls) my next step has been plotting their Christmas. (I ordered a red wagon and some stylish shoes from Amazon the other day.)

The boys can pull their toy race car around in their red wagon!
Assembled Tiny Toy Race Car (Kinder Egg Surprise)
Tiny Toy Race Car (Kinder Egg Surprise) - 18" Doll Hand Scale

Sunday, October 27, 2019

My @Swagbucks Shop Amazon Shopping Spree: A Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon + 2 Pairs of Shoes + Clothes #Toys #18inchDolls #DollCollectors #Dolls #Swagup

Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon - Length
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon (Length Scale)
Ever since I recently discovered that Radio Flyer makes a toy version of its iconic red wagon at a scale described as perfect to cart stuffed animals and other small toys, I've wanted one. I thought the toy would be within scale tolerance for an 18" Doll to use as a "real" wagon (i.e., playscale). I did some research and located the item on the Radio Flyer website, it's called the Little Red Toy Wagon. It's priced $19.99. Once I had this information, I also searched for the item on Amazon.com and found that it's usually sold for only $14.99 there. Then I added the item to my Amazon Wishlist to be able to easily monitor it for deals. (This was back in June around my birthday.)

Illustrations of scale for the Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon show that it should be very appropriate to function as a "real" wagon in my 18" Dollworld. (See photos above and below.)
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon - Size
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon (Size Scale)
By the way, I'm an inveterate Amazon shopper having used the ecommerce site for nearly 20 years. I like the convenience of shopping from home (or on the go), of being able to store Gift Certificate balances on account, of a generally wide selection of items, and of the fact that nearly every rewards program in existence offers Amazon Gift Cards as a payment or prize option. As a result, my Amazon account (and my dog's Amazon account) always have money available. Yes, pup has her own account and has treats and meds subscriptions to keep her well stocked. She gets more stuff regularly from Amazon than I do and as such assumes any Amazon Delivery is for her LOL!
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon - Description
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon (Product Description)
As I consistently research various toy items for my 18" Dolls Collection, I will often keep tabs on them via an Amazon Wishlist created for this purpose. I'd also recently discovered that Sophia's World, a toy wholesaler that is often referred to simply as Sophia's, makes several styles of 18" Dolls shoes that are very authentic looking. There is a little pair of brown faux leather penny loafers that are particularly adorable. Several third party vendors on Amazon Marketplace resell Sophia's World (or Sophia's) items at varying retail prices.

At some time previously, I'd found an Amazon Marketplace vendor who has up a listing for a pair of the little faux leather Sophia's 18" Dolls Brown Penny Loafers and a pair of trendy faux suede Sophia's 18" Dolls Navy Sneakers together as a set for $11.95. See the photos below. This set of shoes had also been added to my Wishlist, of course. In fact, the little red wagon and the shoes were my most wanted items.

And since the $12 shoes + $15 wagon = $27 (a base amount slightly over the $25 necessary to qualify for free shipping), I had it in my mind that I could purchase the top two items on my Wishlist in the same transaction as a holiday gift to myself. I thought these items would be perfect for my recently purchased 18" Boy Dolls, Ty and Ash (the Our Generation Tyler Doll and the Our Generation Gabe Doll, respectively). Even so, I still wanted a good deal on the items, so kept an eye open.
Sophia's Brown Leather Penny Loafers
Sophia's 18" Dolls Brown Penny Loafers (Faux Leather)
Sophia's Navy Sneakers
Sophia's 18" Dolls Navy Sneakers (Faux Suede)
The stars aligned yesterday, so I ended up shopping at Amazon.com via Swagbucks Shop (earn 2% back on Toys & Games). Also, I had a bonus offer (Swagup) active which promised me $5.00 (500 sb) credit, if I spent at least $5.00 + earned back at least 25sb ($0.25) on a transaction. When Swagbucks first offered me this Swagup bonus offer, I recognized that receiving $5.00 credit back on the purchase of my two most wanted toys would drop my effective cost down to ~$24.00 (the order total with tax for the 2 pairs of shoes and the wagon was roughly $29.00). Initially however, Toys & Games was not included in the list of Amazon categories that earned cash back when shopping via Swagbucks, so again, I held off waiting for a promotion.

I knew that the categories which earn cash back sometimes change depending on what's being promoted at a specific site, so I figured with the holidays coming up that Toys & Games might become activated as a cashback earning category. My hunch proved correct. Last night, I received an email from Swagbucks which basically said that Toys & Games purchases at Amazon would earn 2% cash back for a limited time. This meant that my projected $26.94 plus tax Amazon order would also qualify for the Swagup bonus offer and free shipping. So I bit.

I clicked through the email to Swagbucks Shop and then was redirected to Amazon. Instead of using my Wishlist links, I searched for the items that I wanted in order to make certain I got the most recent listings, starting with the shoes. I added these to my cart. Next, I searched for the Little Red Toy Wagon and discovered that I could get a used one from Amazon Warehouse.

FYI: Amazon Warehouse is the Amazon department which resells stock that has been returned still in "new" or at least decent condition, as well as stock that might show slight damage due to shipping issues (i.e., the item/s arrived at Amazon's actual warehouse/s having been damaged in transit from the vendor). Such items, if available, will appear for sale by Amazon Warehouse in the list of vendors on a product page, give a condition of the item in its description and be offered at a discounted price. Sometimes there may be multiple "used" items in different conditions and at corresponding price discounts (as in a used bookstore). Interestingly enough, people on various deal sites have reported having good luck with Amazon Warehouse items. I have seen quite a few comments to the effect of "bought an item listed as Used - Like New and the item was New except the box was dented." Obviously, this is a "luck of the draw" sort of thing, but it can be a way to score a deal on an item that you desire.

In this case, when I searched & landed on the product page for the Little Red Toy Wagon, Amazon Warehouse listed one "used - acceptable" item in stock priced at $11.24, plus there's a current promotion to save an extra 20% on certain category items sold by Amazon Warehouse and Toys & Games is an included category. This deal would make my effective price for the (used) Little Red Toy Wagon only $8.99, a savings of $6.00. The used item description basically stated that it might have paint imperfections or slight dings and come in a damaged box. It's a wagon! I figured any little dings or paint scratches would merely add to the realism factor, making it look as if my Boy Dolls were active, adventurous kids who take their wagon out and sometimes bump it into things, etc. So I added the item to my cart, joining the shoes.
MeiMei Dress & Hat Costume
MeiMei 18" Dolls Dress & Hat (Fashion Outfit)
Due to the "used" price discount scored on the wagon, both items now totaled under $25.00 (the threshold for the order to qualify for free shipping), so I quickly searched for a cheap filler toy in the 18" Dolls Accessories category to put the order over the hump. I found an interesting looking 18" Dolls Costume Dress & Hat Set by MeiMei for $3.19, which made the order total ~$26.00, prior to any extra discounts. BINGO! The order would now qualify for Free Shipping.

By buying the "used" Amazon Warehouse item, I was able to score a third item and still spend the roughly the same amount that the two original items (2 pairs of shoes + wagon) would normally have cost. But it gets better. The 20% extra discount on Amazon Warehouse items is tallied in the cart after crediting the base item cost towards the Free Shipping threshold. The red wagon appears in the invoice as a line item costing $11.24. The set of 2 pairs of shoes appears at $11.95 and the dress & hat costume appears at $3.19. Thus, I score Free Shipping (quoted as a savings of nearly $9.00) and then the extra 20% discount ($2.25) comes off.

So, even though the 3 items end up costing only $24.93 total (including tax) the order still ships free. At a rate of 2% cash back, my $24.13 pre-tax purchase should earn about $0.48 (48 sb). So this purchase should also trigger my Swagup bonus offer as I spent at least $5 and will earn at least 25 sb back. The total credit that I receive back on the purchase should be 548 sb ($5.48) which drops the effective cost of the THREE items to only $19.45 or about $6.48 per item. Not bad!

If I'd simply bought the original TWO items at their regular prices ($14.99 + $11.95) the total cost of the order including tax would have been almost $29.00. (I knew this because a few days ago, I'd put the two items in my cart as a test order.) BUT because I was willing to wait and look for a deal, I was able to score THREE items (the original two plus a bonus item) for just $19.45. Being a savvy shopper paid off, I still got the two items that I wanted, got a bonus item to boot, and saved nearly $10.00 on the full price. I consider this a win!

My order is projected to arrive in roughly a week. My Our Generation 18" Boy Dolls Ty and Ash (who are BFFs) are looking forward to playing with their new red wagon and sporting some cool kicks! My Tolly Tots 18" Girl Doll likes the pink dress & hat costume. IRL pictures to come soon.

American Girl: Kit's Camera Case (2009) Arrived! #eBay #18inchDolls #Toys #MailCall

Tolly Tots Doll Lauren Models Kit's Camera Case
AG Kit's Camera Case (from Reporter Accessories)
I scored a nice little American Girl® Camera Case for a penny on eBay. See my post here. It's a piece from Kit's Reporter Set (presumably a factory overrun sold as a solo piece), a black hard shell (vinyl-like) camera case with a slip-tab closure.

Modeled in the picture above by my Tolly Tots 18" Doll who my niece (and my sister) named Lauren. Oddly enough, I've owned this doll for roughly 13 years and had never bothered to give her a name. Don't recall if there was one on her box and it's long gone. Granted she sat on a closet shelf for most of that time, until I loaned her to my niece for a time a few years ago. (This is also how Lauren got the marker "scratch" on the side of her chin.)

AG Kit's Photography Set
AG Kit's Photography Set
Two sets of accessories for the American Girl® Kit Kittredge Doll featured her accordion style Kodak Camera and its protective case (or bag). The first was called Kit's Photography Set, it was introduced to Kit's Collection in 2001 and retired in 2008. This set is associated with the book Changes for Kit and had a retail cost of $20.00. In this version the camera case was thick black plastic (vinyl-like) and had a magnetic clasp. (See photo above.)

Later the camera and bag were reintroduced as part of Kit's Reporter Accessories (also known as Kit's Reporter Set). This newer set was added to Kit's Collection in 2009 and retired in 2015. It's associated with the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and had a retail cost of $28.00. As part of this set, the camera bag was also thick black plastic (vinyl-like), but had been updated with a slip-tap clasp. Mine is the latter item.
AG Kit's Reporter Set
AG Kit's Reporter Accessories

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New American Girl Rewards Member Exclusive Doll-Sized The Elf on the Shelf Set #18inchDolls #Holiday #Toys

American Girl® The Elf on the Shelf
Just in time for the holidays, American Girl® has released a doll-sized The Elf on the Shelf set exclusively for AG Rewards members. Available online and in-stores while supplies last, The Elf on the Shelf set for 18" Dolls retails for $20.00 USD and includes a doll-sized Scout Elf, a doll-sized The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition box, a doll-sized fleece stocking, a pretend lollipop (with a handle that allows a doll to hold it), and a doll-sized letter to Santa with an accompanying envelope.
American Girl® The Elf on the Shelf Contents
One needs to be an AG Rewards Member prior to purchasing the item, but it's free to join ---and membership has its perks!


NOTE: There are a few DIY tutorials posted online which demonstrate how to make one's own doll-sized Elf on the Shelf kit, so this idea isn't new, but AG has officially partnered with the intellectual property owners so its little kit is "official."

Be aware, several reviewers have pointed out that both the stocking and the lollipop in the AG set are retreads (that have been available before as part of other AG sets), so really the only new item is the mini Scout Elf. Is this worth $20.00? You'll need to decide for yourself.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ordered #ToyDriver Battery Powered Mini Screwdriver via #TheGrommet

ToyDriver Battery Powered Screwdriver
ToyDriver Powered Screwdriver
I ordered a nifty battery powered mini screwdriver from The Grommet (website). It's made by ToyDriver, an underrepresented maker (in this case a woman entrepreneur). See picture above. I figured it would be perfect for doll-sized or model/toy projects. The item is currently on sale for $6.99 and I had a new customer coupon code to "Save $10 Off Your First Order," so I got the little powered screwdriver and another item (a hops draining bag) and only paid $1.67 OOP for both, as there was also a free shipping promotion active for Columbus Day Weekend. The product had an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. The negative reviews complained that it's really not very powerful, so it can truly only be used for small screws/toys. But this is exactly what I want it for ---if I need a genuine powered screwdriver, I've got a closet full of power tools. Besides, it was technically a freebie. (I even remitted the $1.67 remaining balance with a prepaid debit card that I'd earned as a survey reward.) It's scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Probably play around with it this weekend.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Got Him! Scored Our Generation Regular 18" Boy Riding Doll - Tyler on Sale [via Target Circle Offer!]

ModDoll Fun! Image OG Tyler Target Shelfie
OG Tyler (Old Hair Style)
Currently (as in this week, now through Sunday) Target has certain Our Generation (OG) Dolls and Accessories on sale. In addition to this regular sale, there's also a Target Circle (new rewards program) Offer to save 20% on Our Generation items, including those that are not a part of the regular sale. (BTW Target Cartwheel Offers were folded into the new rewards program and renamed as Target Circle Offers.)

I thought this sale might provide an opportunity to score an Our Generation Tyler 18" Boy Doll. Though Tyler is not included in the regular sale on Target's website, with the 20% Target Circle Offer Discount this doll's price drops to $19.99 ---and 20% is about the biggest discount I've encountered on an OG Doll outside of clearance pricing or being able to stack discount offers (like a weekly ad sale + standard Red Card 5% Discount, for example).

I've had a love/hate relationship with the OG Tyler Doll. Check my post here for background. But it seems that OG has actually updated the doll to address the main issue that I had with him. I've noticed that images of the Tyler Doll appearing on various shopping sites (and on Our Generation's own website) all now sport the new slimmer hairstyle and not the old poofy hairstyle. Thus, I'm hoping that when my doll arrives he will be the "newly updated version" of Tyler. If not, I'll probably give him a trim or otherwise try to style his hair myself.
OG Tyler Doll (Updated Hair)
OG Tyler (Updated Hair Style)
As the OG Tyler Doll isn't available locally ---there was some debate about whether all old stock of Tyler was pulled or sold out on the OG IG post which debuted his seemingly updated look --- I was required to order him online and ship him in order to get one (from Target). Of course, I choose the FREE "ship to store" option to take advantage of the current Target Circle Offer. (Like Cartwheel before it, Target Circle Offers can only be used "in-store", BUT buying online and selecting store pickup counts.) My OG Tyler Doll is scheduled to arrive at my local Target next week.

Can't wait to see this doll in the flesh! He'll get to join his BFF OG Gabe Doll in being held ransom by my sister, no doubt, as she has "volunteered" to go to the store to pick him up. LOL! (Check this post for more on my sister's shenanigans concerning my recently purchased OG Gabe Doll.)

Welcome to the family, OG Tyler! Gosh, I'll now have three dolls (two boys and my original girl) in my burgeoning 18" Dolls Collection. Haha!

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*Collection Notes: I renamed my OG Gabe Doll. He's now called Asher Gabriel. I think Tyler will become Caiden (pronounced with a hard "C" and rhymes with Aiden) Tyler, with Ty as his nickname, of course.

Friday, October 11, 2019

eBay Freebie (Almost) --- American Girl: Kit's Camera Bag from Reporter Set

Image (Fair Use) by eBay Vendor cutesource
American Girl® Kit's Camera Bag (Front, Closed)
Scored an adorable 18" Doll's Camera Bag (or carryall for other items) for only a penny! This item is a part of the American Girl®: Kit's Reporter Set, and is designed to hold Kit's old-timey accordion-folding camera, but an eBay Vendor in China had some solo (presumably factory overrun) pieces up for sale. Get It Now Price: $3.99 CAN. [Used $3.00 off any purchase eBay coupon, paid $0.01 OOP.] Stylistically, I love the time period depicted by Kit's items, so this little satchel will be a nice addition to my collection ---and you can't really go wrong for a penny. I mean, the item was very nearly free.
Image (Fair Use) by eBay Vendor cutesource
American Girl® Kit's Camera Bag (Front, Open)
Image (Fair Use) by eBay Vendor cutesource
American Girl® Kit's Camera Bag (Back, Open)