Growing up, we all had a favorite toy we couldn’t do without. But as we grew up and moved on to the next phase of our lives we outgrew the dolls and your parents probably packed them away to have them donated, or sold. The same trends still continue today and in an attempt to declutter the countless number of boxes in your attic, you might have gotten rid of some precious toys. Unknown to your parents when you were small and too many of use, today, those toys might actually be even more valuable than we have ever thought.
If you were a kid in the 1980s you probably had one of these American Girl dolls that was the rave of the moment during this period, If by any chance you still have this favorite doll of yours hidden somewhere because you just couldn’t bear to have it taken away, then you might be on your way to making some cool cash off your much-loved doll after all.
American girl dolls are still very much around. In fact, there are 22 American Girl stores all around the world and they offer multiple doll options for little girls and older girls to choose from. They offer the small baby dolls for the little girls and the larger 18” variant for the older girls. The 18” dolls we have today are mostly designed to represent certain historical periods and they can even be customized to have the looks of the little girl that takes it home.
While these American Girl dolls are fairly common today, that wasn’t always the case. Today, there is a wide range of options to choose from and girls can also enjoy looking at the dolls and all their accessories in local stores if they like. But things have not always been this way. When the line of dolls first made a debut in 1986, the catalog only included three dolls named Molly McIntire, Kirsten Larson and Samantha Parkington. There were no shops to get the dolls from and the dolls and accessories were mailed directly to the homes the dolls were ordered from. Despite these limitations, these dolls that started it all were still quite popular in their time but have now been retired.
Samantha was archived in 2009, Kirsten was retired in 2010 and Molly was the last to be archived in 2013. Samantha was later re-released in 2013. Meaning these three dolls from the original catalog is a very rare commodity these days. However, if by any stroke of luck you still have any of these original dolls from the 1986 catalog; Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha, then you might be sitting on a small fortune, that is given you still have the doll and her original accessories in good condition or what is referred to as Matte in doll collector language.
The dolls are selling hot and expensive on eBay. Right now each of Samantha, Molly and Kirsten dolls will fetch you a few thousands of dolls if you happen to have one. If by any chance you happen to have a set you can earn up to $10,000 or even more.
Do you think you can still find your own original American Girl doll packed away somewhere? You want to get it out and blow the dust off and earn some cool cash.