Happy AGiversary to me!
But that's a rant post for another day.
When I got Kit, I had been collecting dolls for over a decade. I actually started collecting dolls in about 2000, but again, that's a story for another day. I focused on 50s dolls in those days, and was somewhat dismissive of American Girl and other modern dolls.
Despite that, I remember looking at an American Girl catalog in about 2011 with the girl I nannied, and seeing Kit. She wore her original meet in those days, as pictured. At the time I was completely obsessed with the 1920s, so I was intrigued by how much 20s-like Kit seemed.
That girl was almost grown when I encountered Kit again. I was selling 50s dolls at a doll show with my mom, and saw Kit on another dealer's table. I wasn't sure yet about buying that specific Kit, but I was interested, and a friend who was visiting me at the show (who still denies responsibility for my AG obsession (*cough*GARY*cough) encouraged me to get her. Instead, I went home, did some research, and hunted down a Kit for a good price on eBay.
From there, I was completely hooked. For a while, everything was about Kit. I was an experienced eBayer, so I put to work all my best strategies hunting down all her things for cheap. I found doll groups on Facebook and joined them. I discovered she had a best friend, so of course I needed Ruthie too, if I was going for the whole collection. But that was all I was going to collect. Just Kit.
But then there was the Girl of the Year who was a Colorado girl, had curly hair, and loved horses...
When I learned there was also a New Mexico Girl of the Year with horses, I knew I was all in.
It turned out though that all my years collecting 50s dolls had taught me a lot of transferrable skills. I wasn't afraid to take a doll apart and figure out how to put it back together. I had a surprisingly domestic ability to get stains out of doll clothes. (I still refuse to learn on my own clothes.) I could do doll hair even if I hated doing my own.
Through completing collections, learning to rehab and restore, and befriending other doll people, I got sucked into the AG world. All in.
Four years ago today, my AG journey began. I hope it's just the beginning, honestly. I hope my journey with dolls never ends.