|Margot was my sale doll from last year so she came with this year to welcome the new additions! She also snagged up mini-Grace as her own doll.|
|Goodie bag items.|
I was thrilled to see that Beth from Dreaming of Dolls took a photo of the Silent Auction CYO selection. I hope she won't mind that I've included that image below and circled a certain doll. ;) Side note: Beth has a fantastic blog and does an incredible write-up of her MCM experience every year. I'd highly recommend following her!
|Photo credit: Beth @ Dreaming of Dolls|
I was nervous about this system- how long it would take, how fast the dolls would sell, etc. So when I saw the Buy It Now option at the Silent Auction tent, well, I caved. The CYO's there were the same price as in the warehouse so I couldn't see an issue with bypassing the warehouse system if I found one I liked at the Auction tent. Most of the dolls on my list were the Sonali mold with gray eyes. They happened to have one fitting that description in the Silent Auction selection. She is a light vinyl, Sonali mold with gray eyes and long straight brown hair. She came in the Let's Explore outfit with corresponding accessories. I've named her Tillie, after my great grandma. I lucked out and she even has the good quality eyes and body fabric. Shes also my first doll with gray eyes!
After purchasing Tillie my mom and I ran her back to the car before heading to the line-up tent. I was excited to see that there were no dolls 'sold out' as of 8:15. By the time I went in last year Logan & Z were both sold out! The warehouse was much like it was last year- tables on either side as you enter with outfits on the left and historical dolls on the right. Historical dolls in large quantities like Addy & Melody were in the second half of the warehouse. Outfits I grabbed included the Double Bow Dress, current Basketball outfit (which I was surprised to see there!), four items from the Summer 2017 mix & match line, the 2017 Celebration Dress, and the TRU exclusive box set of the winter 2017 mix & match line. I purchased the mix & match box set for $20 which was the most expensive of the clothing items. Also seen were the Pomeranian PJs, Melody's PJs, Maryellen's School Dress, Samantha's Special Day Dress, two red holiday sets, and the holiday PJs from last Christmas. I know I'm missing items but that's all I can remember!
As for LE dolls I saw Grace (in limited numbers, which is why she didn't make the price list), Isabelle, Gabriela and Luciana. I did not see Lea this year. Z was also unavailable, but Tenney & Logan were both at the sale. Below you'll see photos of Isabelle still available on Sunday. I think it's safe to say she'll be around for next year.
|The whole pallet behind the volunteer was Isabelle too!|
|Molley, as in Trolley.|
Next up were the tables of TM dolls. This year they were priced at $55 on Saturday. They took up the majority of the second half of the warehouse. I felt that there were more dolls this year than last. Could that be because of the permapanties and new eyes debacle? I sure was wondering about that. Still hanging around at 8:15 was Truly Me #80. I've had a name picked out for her since last summer so she was an easy YES. I also grabbed Truly Me #21 who was retired last year. She's a doll I've admired since I was a child. #80 is now named Georgia and #21 is Darcy.
|Darcy! With pincurls!|
The weather during the Saturday sale was over 90 degrees with terrible humidity. The whole state was under a heat advisory and after being in that warehouse? I needed a shower and a nap. We spent most of Saturday afternoon recouping and managed to mostly sleep through the thunderstorm that hit around 3:00PM. Saturday evening I attended the meet-up hosted by ag_4allages on Instagram. Over 100 collectors young & old attended! Lots of shop owners attended too. I received items from Elite Doll World, Exquisite Doll Designz and Happy Threads Girl. Getting to meet so many of the other adult collectors (& friends!) I follow on IG is always one of my very favorite parts of this event.
|2019 meet-up photo!|
|Waiting to go in on Sunday morning!|
|Yellow dress by Janine's Creations and cat dress by The Glam Doll.|
My mom and I ended up checking out and heading home before noon on Sunday. The next day was a moving day for the both of us and we had a 4 hour drive home ahead. All in all I came home with SEVEN dolls which I'm still trying to wrap my head around. As I'm writing this I'm surrounded by my horde of TM girls and Tillie.
My biggest regret from the sale is not being able to meet-up with Beth and Neth. The heat made it impossible to really wait around and the health of my friends is a #1 priority. I have no doubt that we'll make plans to get together next year if we're all able to make it. Hopefully somewhere with AC, haha. As I said earlier, Beth already has her MCM write-up posted and Neth is the one and only American Girl Outsider- both of their blogs are fantastic resources and I cannot recommend them enough.
On my way out I did manage to catch sight of the sign announcing the dates for next year's MCM Benefit Sale. Mark your calendars for July 18th & 19th, 2020. I know I'm already planning on being there! Do you have plans to attend the Benefit Sale or have any questions about things I didn't cover from this year's sale? Let me know!