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Thread: Making and selling American Girl clothes?

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    MsWildflower's Avatar
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    I have been asked if I would start making clothes for the AG dolls and I'm wondering if there really is a market for them (more so made for your order...does that make sense?)? And what is the 'going rate" for making and selling these clothes?

    I'm thinking (and hoping) this would be another way to help pay for my sewing and embroidery machines?!

    Thanks for any help and advice!

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    Can you sell them on E-bay or at craft sales? Maybe you can list them on esty.com.

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    I'm on several hair-bow making Yahoo lists and that's where I'm being asked. I don't think I'd have a problem selling them, as I can also list them on my own website; I'm just wondering what the going rate is? I tend to undercharge for my services.

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    I love making doll clothes. I have made the AG doll clothes but I exhibit them at our local Illinois state fair and win prive money and then give them to one of my friends for their granddaughter's. I have five grandsons so there is not a need in my own family. I do not see them selling very well at craft shows but not much is selling at craft shows these days. It could be different in different parts of the country. Ebay might be a good place to see them. You will only know if you try it. Someone must want them if they asked you to make some. Ask them what would they pay and what kind of styles do they want.

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    I would price out the AG clothes on the AG website to see what the readymades sell for. I doubt you could get as much for them, even if they are custom made, but maybe 3/4ths of the readymade price would be reasonable? Perhaps with buyer providing the custom fabric?

    If they are custom made, I think you would have to insist on payment in advance; you could still have a refund policy that would allow the buyer to make a return (but paying for the shipping, similar to eBay policy).

    Also may need to check out what AG-type clothes sell for in places like Target and Walmart. You definitely would want to charge more than that for custom made.

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    AG clothes are quite expensive and yes in a better economy they tend to sell quite well. If you have a website to sell them you should definitely go ahead and put up some samples but don't invest a lot in them till you see what the market is. Always always get at minimum a 50% deposit on any order because people tend to decide later not to buy. Also if its a custom order have a written contract with the customer have them write down exactly what they want attach samples to the contract of the fabric you will be using and have them write OK by the samples so they can't come back later and say that's not what they wanted. Do everything you can to cover your self and your cost or you will get stuck. If I sound negative its because I have been stuck a few times and DON'T take checks. But if after all this you want to go ahead do it and enjoy it. I Do.

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    I don't think you can sell them as AG clothes, but I see them for 18" dolls including the AG dolls. I know I sold all of my GD's AG things this year with the exception of her two dolls and a box of clothes. All the other accessories she hadn't used in several years so she told me to sell them. Parents love AG.

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    If you decide to sell AG clothes, please do not market them as American Girl Doll Clothes...

    I sell at craft shows, not AG clothes. The AG representatives DO attend craft shows and can cause you all sorts of trouble if you make clothes that look like the catalog items and if you advertise that they are AG clothes.
    Just list them as 18" doll clothes (like AG,Disney Princess,etc.)...

    If you are just doing small craft shows you will probably not have a problem, but if you start going into the bigger ones....

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    yes, that is like the Dear Jane quilt, you can't refer blocks made like those as DJ ones. must say like ... Stickel blocks.the lady who made her quilt famous gets upset as she named them DJ, after herself i think.
    anyway, say they fit 18" dolls, like AG ones.....

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