My daughter, Amy, went to Chicago on business recently and bought my granddaughter, Emily, an American Girl doll - also named Emily! When I checked and found out how much those dolls cost, I was glad they were not high on my daughter's 'must have' list when she was a girl! LOL! She had a Cabbage Patch doll, that we had to wait for. (Named Lindley Athol) and that cost about 1/3 of what an American Girl doll costs.
Amy is bringing the 3 grandchildren to visit during spring break on her way with them to Disney World. I wanted to get some gifts for the grandkids - so you can imagine my amazement when I found this cute little American Girl backpack, which appeared to be brand new, at my local Goodwill Store for less than $3! She can carry it around the theme parks with her. And if I ever win the lottery, maybe I'll buy her Emily doll some accessories!