I also have a dowel rod in mine and it holds quite a bit. The dowel rod is hung with the 3M fold down hangers so they could be removed later w/o any damage to the interior. I LOVE this piece of furniture and don't think anything else compares even though I do have a non-AG chest of similar proportions, if not larger. If you have or intend to get her vanity set or bed/dresser it matches those pieces also making for a really nice display.
I have four, and like others, they are for Molly, Emily, Linda, and Susan. I think a classroom needs multiple desks and I LOVE Molly's. They remind me of similar ones I had in school and they are sturdy and well-made. One is my dd's from her childhood collection and the others were great Ebay finds.
I'll also chime in that it's very sturdy and well worth the money. I have the older blue set with the rubber wheels and bought it used but it still looks brand new. I also wish it would fold up due to storage issues but that feature would have probably added more to the price and made it less of a sturdy piece so it's a trade-off.
I have the Snowflake tunic set for girl/doll that I recently got from the clearance section. They are wonderful! I don't foresee any issues with washing/drying as they don't look like a fabric that will pill easily. They are a nice, soft jersey vs. the fleeced jersey and not thin- a nice weight for winter.
I purchased this outfit with the Cyber Monday sale price. I don't get alot of the JLY outfits but this was to be for Jess. I just tried it on yesterday and had the same difficulty as others have noted with the shirt. It would be virtually impossible for a child to get this shirt on her doll. It took me quite a bit of time working the shirt over the hands and I was afraid I would rip the cuffs. It would've been a better design to have the wrist portion open and closing with velcro. The pants barely fit over Jess's undies so I guess a doll must go commando to have a good fit. I'd also have thought that if someone was truly trekking through the wilderness or playing outdoors when it was cool enough to wear insulated pants, that they'd also be wearing socks. IMO the outfit should have come with socks. I'll give this one a B because it does have several pieces and a cute design, but is not easy to put on even my slim Mattel Jess.
I purchased this wheelchair from Ebay as I wanted the earlier model for two reasons. #1- it isnt' lavender, and #2- it's made of metal. This chair has seen lots of action, esp. with a 2 year old pushing it throughout the house, trying to sit on it himself, and moving the legrest levers up and down multiple times. It's quite sturdy and has lots of play value, fits the dolls well and "wheels" around easily too. I give this version of the wheelchair an A+.
I just purchased the Mattel version of Addy's table and chairs. The chairs are definitely not plastic but are very lightweight wood with woven, natural-looking seats. The table has a very slick finish which at first glance looks and feels like plastic but can be attributed to lots of paint and sealers for protection. Looking underneath where the screws attach the legs to the table is where you can see that the material is actually wood. The lazy susan top fits nicely on the table and the set is quite attractive and sturdy. As I have not seen the PC set to compare with, I'm not sure of the differences in look and feel of the two sets. I would give this set an A- as I prefer the more natural look of wood ( without so much protectant) despite the fact that it would likely show scratches or damage more easily.
I saw the dress at AGPC back in September and thought the price tag was way too high for a doll outfit. I much preferred the other dress ( can't remember the name- the silver one with shrug). I like holiday outfits too but can find others for much less money that I like even more. Whit- LOVE the black dress!
Here are some photos and a comparison of the PC vs AG trunk- I'll apologize in advance for the blurriness of the photos. Try as I might I could not hold my hand any steadier with the camera and I don't have the best camera either. I like the PC trunk MUCH more. It appears to be handpainted and also feels much sturdier. It is made of wood and is well-sanded and finished. The AG trunk has a "slick" finish and almost feels like plastic although I'm not certain of the material. It's obvious that the painted sections are decals. First...the PC trunk:
I saw them at AGPC and wondered if the fabric hadn't been improved since the reviews. They aren't brushed cotton but are a nice weight knit cotton fabric which I'd hope would hold up a bit better. Has anyone gotten them recently and washed them? Do they still have issues with pilling?
I also have the retired trunk. They must've been on clearance as there were tons of them last year on Ebay which is where I got mine. It has the hinge and the three closures vs. just two. I find it to be very sturdy and I was quite impressed with it. It makes a nice display piece. I paid around $130 shipped- well worth it IMO. I haven't seen the new one.
I love this outfit and actually have 2 of the coats, 2 scarves, one set of skates that are perfect and one set of skates where one skate's blade came off. With the current cost of the skates on ebay, I certainly can't afford another set and am wondering how to fix it. I'm planning to take it the the "Mr. Fix It" in the mall to see if it can be welded. I've tried different glues to no avail. While I give the quality of the coat and scarf an "A+", I have to give the skates a "C" for not being sturdy enough for play. As was mentioned by other members, the beautiful fabric/quality of the coat and the tight stitching in the scarf make these pieces worth every penny. I was able to get both sets within ebay "lots" so I got them very inexpensively but the skates themselves fetch a very high price on ebay.
My daughter's PM Hula set was purchased 18 years ago and I give it only a "B". It was stored indoors in the a/c and the paper parts of it have faded tremendously. What was once yellow is now a horrid brown color. The hula skirt itself is bunched and wrinkled and is pretty much unuseable. The black mask is cute, but you could easily make one. The only very nice part of the outfit is the red sweater. My daughter got lots of play value from the sweater, mixing and matching it with jeans and skirts I sewed for her and it's held up with LOTS of play. The bag is cute and we still have it, but it's not really unique or sturdy either. I wouldn't buy it on the secondary market as the newer version seems to be better.
I just got Sonali yesterday and checked her right away for the loose limb problem others have been reporting on some of the new dolls. Fortunately, for now, her limbs are nice and tight. The first thing I noticed was how small she seems, esp. her face mold, from our other AG dolls. In her photo, her face appears larger somehow. I think she's beautiful and I esp. appreciated having a doll choice with another ethnicity to add to our collection. I'd give her an A+ for the new face mold, gorgeous hair, and her meet outfit which I thought was quite versatile and different.
I purchased Sombrita with an ebay lot including Josefina and an extra outfit. Sombrita was not in the best shape and had a tear on the flocked fabric by her back hoof. The worst part was that she was dirty and in trying to wash off the dirt, I washed off the flocking, leaving bare unattractive plastic underneath. I would thus only give Sombrita a "C" rating due to inability to clean her ( what goat doesn't get dirty?) and poor quality of the flocked fabric. Otherwise she's cute but lacks playability for a child who would need to be careful to wash hands, keep out of dirt, etc.