Archive for October, 2009

Quick links to Merchant Spotlights

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Many of our merchants, or retailers, have fascinating shops that carry huge selections of dollhouse kits, finished dollhouses and miniatures.  The proprietors are ultra miniaturists.  What better way to highlight their shops and all they have to offer than to put them in the “Spotlight”.  Here are quick links to each spotlight.

Chautauqua Miniatures, Mayville, NY

Lynlott Miniatures, Pittsburgh, PA

Just Miniature Scale, Greensburg, PA

Dollhouses, Trains & More, Novato, CA

Circus Circus, Pompton Plains, NJ

Once Upon A Time, Vienna, VA

Merchant Spotlight: Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures, Nashville, IN

Friday, October 30th, 2009

RGT4Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is located in the quaint town of Nashville, IN, which was established in 1872 and is known as The Art Colony of the Midwest.  The 1500 square foot shop is nestled among a variety of unique shops, playhouses, and restaurants housed in vintage buildings, former log cabins, and Victorian homes in the heart of picturesque Brown County, IN.  Have you ever wanted to own a real Victorian manor, general store or log cabin? Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures can easily help you build a miniature version. From dollhouse kits and furnishings to dolls and accessories, both nationally and locally made, you can create the place of your dreams.

 

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Since 1992, Jeepers has been a full service dollhouse and miniature shop with products suitable for children as well as the serious collector.  The shop is one of the largest dollhouse miniature shops in the Midwest, carrying over 20,000 items.  More than 400 artisans are represented.  Their extensive inventory offers a variety of miniature items, ranging from raw materials and kits to finished dollhouses, dolls and accessories.  They also stock furniture, books, landscaping materials, electrical components, tools and accessories, which include handmade items from Indiana artisans.  Shoppers have the option of cash and carry, layaway, gift certificates and mail order.

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Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures also offers workshops and classes.  Sessions cover many topics, including the ever popular electrical wiring.  Classes and workshops are scheduled throughout the year to help develop or improve miniaturists’ skills.  Call, stop by, or check out their online calendar.  Check back periodically as they add classes and workshops as the details are confirmed.

 

Cheryl Ufnowski, who owns the shop with her husband Vernon, finds that the business fulfills her passion for arts and crafts as well as her interest in interior and exterior design.  “Seasoned miniaturists love to shop here for our broad selection,” she says, “and novice miniaturists are comforted by our guidance and suggestions.”  Jeepers strives to expose families and individuals to one of the most beloved hobbies in the world, one that crosses gender and generation, and provides an avenue for families and couples to spend quality time together while creating a family heirloom.

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RGT6If you’re planning a visit to Indiana, or just traveling through, Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is a landmark stop you won’t want to miss.  The shop is located at 45 South Jefferson Street in Nashville, Indiana 47448.  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week (closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).  Can’t make it to the store?  Visit them online at their recently revised website, www.jeepersminiatures.com, where you can find a huge variety of commercially and handmade items that they have in stock. Prepare to be enchanted.  You’ll discover, experience and share the magic of dollhouses and miniatures at Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures.

 

Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is a proud supporting member of NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and the DMMA (Dollhouse Miniatures Merchant Association).

Vermont dollhouse donation brings many rewards.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Our local senior crafters have once again brought joy to a special group of children. The resident girls age 7-9 at the Kurn Hattin Home* in Westminster, VT, previously made a dollhouse out of a cardboard box. They had fun, but wished for the “real” thing.

Mr. & Mrs. McIntyre, of Westview Meadows, heard about the girls’ dream and contacted Real Good Toys to ask if we could help. A dollhouse kit was chosen and delivered to the Westview Meadows Senior Crafters who have built and finished more then 100 dollhouses for charities throughout the state. Having plenty of experience, they got right to work. In just a few weeks they arranged to surprise the girls with the beautiful finished dollhouse.

Finished dollhouse delivery.

Finished dollhouse delivery.

When their stunning Victorian “Painted Lady” was brought through the door, the girls literally jumped for joy and filled the room with shrieks of laughter, as well as some happy tears. Everyone’s heart was full.

 

We wish the children at Kurn Hattin many happy hours of play and once again thank the seniors at Westview Meadows for generously giving their time to a worthy cause.

Doll house dreams come true!

Doll house dreams come true!

If you or your organization would like to do a good deed and donate a Real Good Toys dollhouse to one of your favorite charities please visit your local dollhouse retailer and discuss their donation policy or go to “Dollhouses for a Cause” on our web site.

 

*Since 1894, Kurn Hattin has helped thousands of at-risk children by providing a safe home and a quality education in a caring nurturing environment.