Our Spoiled Spaniel, Aurora, was standing up in the front window when my husband and I returned from our Sunday morning Costco expedition.
She squinted her eyes as she saw me walking up the drive. “It can’t be. It isn’t. It IS!” She started to bob up and down with happiness and then vanished from sight.
My Treacherous Dachshund, Gustav, appeared. “What is it? What? What? It’s MAMA! And she’s got…”
When we unlocked the door and went in, we saw that they had joined their front paws and were dancing together on their hind legs around the living room. “SHE’S HOLDING A COSTCO CHICKEN!”
Yes, the Costco Rotisserie Chicken, beloved by humans, spaniels, and dachshunds alike. You can find more adventures starring Gustav and Aurora at my sister site, treacherousdachshund.com.
I’d also found the Sleepover Set.
A friend on a doll forum estimated this at a $72 value from AG, being sold at Costco for $39. This is a great price point for what you get.
The sleeping bag is made of a really plush white microfiber and appears to be well sewn together. There is no zip so you can’t divide it into a blanket, but there’s plenty of room for the doll.
It’s a bit big for a Wellie Wisher though, but I imagine you could make it work.
The instructions for the game are included on a separate sheet of paper, as well as two stacks of red and one stack of green cards. This set is 100% accurate to the original (and I would show you, but my human sized set of Apples to Apples is currently living at my university speech clinic. We get a lot of mileage out of that game addressing speech and language goals).
The design is one I would have personally loved anyway–anything winter, ice blue, etc–but the pajamas are really well made. There are a few layers of ruffle at the hem and I didn’t feel any stitches pull when I tugged on it.
Modeling this set is Claire, a doll I bought to be an eye donor and then just kind of ended up staying after her green eyes were replaced with Marie-Grace eyes. I told myself I was going to sell her to offset my expenses from the eye swap and that didn’t quite get around to happening…(once the doll has been named they aren’t going anywhere)
Since the arctic fox theme and color scheme just scream Saila, guess who also had to come check it out. I also wanted to see if it would work for our Maplelea friends.
The shoes, owing to Maplelea foot differences, are ever so slightly too short. Honestly I was surprised they were able to go on like this–the elastic band helps. Would a bother a younger, target aged girl who uses the doll for imaginative play? I honestly doubt it, but YMMV.
I really hope this set starts showing up in Canadian Costcos for our Canadian friends. Especially with the currency conversion not in their favor at the moment and international shipping a nightmare, this would be an excellent bonus for them. If it doesn’t show up, we just might have to figure out some sort of smuggling ring on our own. (“Will trade for Maplelea and Timbits”)
I’m thrilled with this set and I’m glad I was able to have a Costco in town to pick it up at. I didn’t count exactly how many were per pallet, but I would guesstimate around 50-70ish per display. The horse set is also back as well (I didn’t pay attention to this too much as I already have one horse). Craft sets are also there…and that shipper on the upper shelf in the food section was still bound in its plastic wrap.
(I really hope it stays bound until I replenish my checking account, because I went overboard stimulating the Canadian economy this summer.)
If you don’t have a Costco membership I highly recommend finding a friend who does. It’s a great set that stays under a $50 price point and it’s got plenty of play value with the snacks and Apples to Apples. 10/10 from me.