How To Outfit Your American Girl Kit Kittredge For Less

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The American Girl Dolls (MAT) are going Hollywood.

The movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (TWC) (MAT) hits theaters nationwide this week and is the first feature film based on the popular doll and book series. In this adventure young Kit, an American girl living during the Great Depression, uses her budding reporting skills to solve a mystery.

However, the real mystery surrounding this movie might be how parents can afford to keep their children's dolls as decked out as the live American Girls they see on the big screen. That is because American Girl Doll owners everywhere can outfit their dolls the same clothes, accessories and furniture that Kit has in the film, at a price.

The Kit Movie Shop at the American Girl's website is where fans can purchase Kit’s nightgown, birthday dress, and overalls as well as her bed set, desk, homemade scooter and tree house. But, with doll prices starting at $90, clothes averaging $30 for an outfit and accessories like Kit’s bedroom collection selling for $135, outfitting a doll can become an expensive habit. Buy all of Kit's outfits and accessories, and it will cost you $1,122! (And, that doesn't include the versions of identical items designed for your children's use: A replica of Kit's nightgown that your girl can sleep costs $54. And so on.) There are, however, some ways to get around the high prices and still enjoy your American Girl Doll.

Here's how:

CHECK THE SALE ITEMS ON THE AMERICAN GIRL WEBSITE
On the American Girl website there is a section of the store devoted to sale items. There doll owners can purchase authentic American Girl items at a discount.

COMB ONLINE AUCTIONS

Online auction sits like eBay (EBAY).are a great place to find American Girl Doll clothes on the cheap. Some sellers are looking to sell used American Girl doll clothes, others are selling un-opened items. (Also, keep in mind that clothes made for 18 inch dolls will also fit an American Girl doll.)

SHOP AT DISCOUNT STORES
Stores like Target and Wal-Mart (WMT) often sell doll clothes that fit an 18 inch doll at a cheaper price than the American Girl store. Target (TGT) even has its own line of dolls called, Our Generation, that are very similar to the American Girl line, for about 70% less.

MAKE YOUR OWN DOLL CLOTHES
For those who sew, homemade doll clothes are always a fitting choice. Craft stores and eBay (EBAY) sell patterns to fit 18 inch or American Girl dolls.

VISIT ONLINE DOLL BOUTIQUES

Not into handicraft? Then take advantage of those who are. Websites, like Doll Clothes Haven, Silly Money or Emily Rose, all sell doll clothes and accessories made to fit American Girl dolls for less.



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