I got to Chicago early yesterday morning, with the plan of just spending some time wandering around the city while waiting for friends to get off work. Because it had been soooo long since I’d really gotten down and dirty shopping, I wandered over to the Miraculous Mile on Michigan Ave. and hit up all the
cheap affordable stores that I can’t find at home in Tennessee.
I don’t do a lot of strolling through stores whose merchandise I know I can’t afford or stuff I know I really don’t need with the notion if I don’t actually see the stuff I won’t have the temptation to buy, but I did take a side trip through a store which I didn’t really need anything … The American Girl store.
I know, what, am I 8 years old again? Still, American Girl was a big part of my childhood. I began reading the books when I was 4 (I blossomed early as a reader) — back when the only options were Kirsten, Samantha and Molly. A few years later Santa brought me a Kirsten doll for Christmas. And subsequent Christmases and birthdays resulted in gifts of her clothing and accessories. I used to hide in the bushes in the backyard to pretend I lived on the frontier like Kirsten did.
Being in the store really took me back and blew my mind. They have like a dozen characters and dolls now! And they ‘retired’ Samantha for some reason. Still, I was drawn to all the little outfits and knickknacks, just as if I were 8 again.
I’m guessing a bunch of you modern gals were American Girl fans too. Which was your favorite character? Did you have a doll?
P.S. I’m having a blast so far in Chicago and BlogHer hasn’t even started. I’m sure I’ll be doing more updates later. Stay tuned!