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Monumental Miniatures – In the Spotlight

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO

Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO

 

Situated in the small town of Monument, Colorado, this quaint dollhouse, miniature and toy store is more than meets the eye. Monumental Miniatures is the size of a 2 car garage, with toys on one side and miniatures on the other. Just step inside and you will be captivated…and surprised by the volume of merchandise displayed in the shop.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Gayle Wade, the proprietor of Monumental Miniatures, has been involved in miniatures all her life.  When she had the opportunity to purchase the perfect location for a shop in 1996,she turned her lifelong love of miniature collecting into a retirement career. Her business has flourished over the years and has grown as Gayle travels and expands her eclectic collection of miniatures.  She says, “I am always looking for miniatures.  I look for different artists and also haunt the antique stores when I am traveling.” Gayle displays most everything in her shop in open display boxes so customers can actually touch items.  The open display boxes were originally men’s shirt displays from Saks Fifth Avenue.  She does keep her handmade items in a case to be shown upon request. Just take a look at her website, www.monumentalminiatures.com, and you will find some of the most unique miniatures on the market. She carries some very interesting fairytale characters and the cutest little fairies. One of the more unique items is a miniature dilapidated old truck. She also carries a magical collection of circus miniatures. Gayle makes a point to stay in touch with the artisans she sells, which makes it possible for her to place custom orders for her customers.

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

Amid all of the one-of-a-kind miniatures you will also find dollhouses. Gayle nicely displays Real Good Toys Dollhouses in her store and on her website.  Gayle says, “Only Real Good Toys in my shop!  I feel I can put my reputation on their product.” She also mentions that Real Good Toys Dollhouses are the only dollhouses she has carried in her 16 years of being in business.  Although you are not able to order directly from the website, she encourages you to call or fax your order. Gayle prefers to have a personal touch with each order.

Even though Monument is a small community, Gayle has customers from all over the country. She also has had international customers from Germany, England and New Zealand. Gayle has even driven and picked up folks visiting in nearby Colorado Springs to bring to her shop. Gaye confides that going that extra mile usually pays off in the end, but either way she is happy to do it. Monumental Miniatures has something for every collector, beginnner or seasoned.  Gayle collected miniatures as a child and knows the importance of inspiring beginners. She carries miniatures and dollhouses in every style and every price range. Each customer is welcomed and treated with enthusiasm and courtesy.

Tons of wonderful miniatures

Browse through tons of wonderful miniatures.

If you are traveling through Central Colorado, be sure to make time to visit Monumental Miniatures. The shop is located at 274 WashingtonStreet in Monument, Colorado, 80132.  Their hours are Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm. You can reach the shop by calling 719-481-1361, or get in touch through the website, www.monumentalminiatures.com.

” The only problem with spending an afternoon at Monumental Miniatures is that one afternoon may not be enough.”

Monumental Miniatures is a member of DMMA, Dollhouse Miniature Merchants Association.  The goal of this organization is to increase public awareness and interest in the hobby of Dollhouse and Miniature collecting.

Kudos to Gayle for her dedication to the growth of the miniature industry.  Her loyalty to Real Good Toys Dollhouses is greatly appreciated! 

 

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Fall Foliage Workshop – More lighting with LEDs

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A0805The 2013 Foliage Sale (Sept 28) was delightful!  We had great weather, good fall color, and lots of friends from near and far: old friends who have become regulars at our get-togethers, and new friends who have just discovered this event.  (more…)