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Real Good Toys What’s In Your Attic? Contest

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Real Good Toys is excited to announce our new contest, What’s In Your Attic?, featuring the completely finished, 1 inch scale Attic Tower Top.  So come one, come all and pull out those extra minis you have sitting around…in your craft room, closet or tote, and wipe the dust off (or not!).  Put those minis to good use in the Real Good Toys’ What’s In Your Attic? contest.

The rules are simple – buy at least (1) Attic Tower Top, which is completely finished inside and out, and furnish this small room with things you may find in your attic.  It could be neat as a pin or dirty as a pig sty, it’s an attic after all.  Use your imagination because there is no right or wrong.  Simply show us what’s in your mini attic for a chance to win a $100, $75 or $50 gift certificate from Real Good Toys. 

Contest entries are due by November 9th, 2014.  You have up to nine weeks to create a spectacular miniature attic.  Send three (3) photos of your project to [email protected] We will post the photos on our Facebook page, Real Good Toys Dollhouses, and ask our favorite fans to vote on your project.  Our Facebook friends will determine the top five finalists and the J-TEAM will pick the top three winners.

  • First Place:        $100 RGT Gift Certificate

  • Second Place:   $75 RGT Gift Certificate

  • Third Place:      $50 RGT Gift Certificate

So what are you waiting for, order your Attic Tower Top today, and get in on this simple yet fun contest.  What do you have to lose?  Shipping is free and there are a limited number of Finished Attic Tower Tops available…45 to be exact.  This makes your odds of winning even greater.  Show us What’s In Your Attic? TODAY!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

4th Annual Real Good Toys Build-Along Project Finished Photos

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Jodi and I were so excited to see what everybody would come up with for our 4th Annual Build-Along Project featuring the Collectibles Cabinet shell kit.  Lots of people customized to create in mini what their minds only imagined.  Each Build-Along Project is so unique and we’re simply thrilled with the results.  I’m sure you’ll be amazed by the creativity of everybody involved.  Many of our build-alongers were very brave and customized many aspects of their build as well as tried some new techniques .  It’s truly inspiring to see what each and everyone of you do with this annual project.  We’re so privileged to work with you all and be part of such an amazing online community.

Many more people have not finished their kits yet so we hope to add more photos to this album as they roll in.  Take some time to check out the 4th Annual Build-Along Project Finished Photos.  Maybe it will spark an idea and get you in the mini-ing mood.

Jodi and I would like to thank everybody who participated in this year’s Build-Along project and look forward to our 5th Annual Project, which is yet to be determined.  More info will follow in January 2015.  We hope you’ll consider joining us.

For those of you who feel so inclined to create your own mini world with the Collectibles Cabinet shell kit, we still have a few available.  When they’re gone, they’ll be gone forever.

Many Mini Wishes – Jennifer

NEW – Real Good Toys Large Dollhouse Electrical Kit

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Haven’t you always wanted to electrify your dollhouse kit and light it up?  Our NEW Large Dollhouse Electrical Wiring kit includes enough materials to adequately electrify a dollhouse up to 36 inches wide.  (You could electrify our Ultimate Queen Anne Dollhouse kit simply by purchasing an additional 30 Feet of Tapewire and another package of Small Hollow Eyelets.)  With features like our awesome and unique EL66 Electrification Piercing & Drilling Tool and our superior Power Jack & Plug Set, our Large Dollhouse Electrical kit makes electrifying your dollhouse soooo easy!  We include our detailed instructions and free wiring guide to help you along your way.  Of course, we also offer extended technical support via email or phone because we want you to succeed.  I’ve done it a couple of times now and I must say that it’s much easier to do than expected.  Plus the final results are simply amazing.  People make their dollhouses look so life-like and when they are electrified and all lit up, it’s so worth the effort.  You will not be disappointed.

We’d love to see pictures of your electrified dollhouses.  Please email them to us directly at [email protected] and we’ll feature your dollhouses on our Facebook page as well as the Photo Gallery on our website.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Mini wishes – Jennifer

Real Good Toys 4th Annual Fall Foliage Sale

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Come one, come all and meet the entire RGT Team.  We’re ready to throw open the doors, once again, to our 4th Annual Fall Foliage Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Sale and offer amazing deals on old, unique and some one-of-a-kind dollhouse kits, dollhouse components and dollhouse miniatures.

This year, the 4th Annual Fall Foliage Sale is on Saturday, September 27th, 9AM – 4PM.  ONE DAY ONLY!!  Make plans to come early and stay all day.  Be prepared to rummage through years and years worth of accumulated goodies.  Who knows what you’ll find but we’re sure you’ll find something you cannot live without!

FREE DEMO – Join us at 11AM when Gary, our resident dollhouse guru, will be holding one of his wildly popular technique demonstrations.  This year’s demo features The Dollhouse Builders Tool Box, where Gary will highlight many of the most efficient tools for building dollhouses and how best to use them.  It will be a hands-on demonstration.  You know, practice makes perfect!  IT’S FREE and open to anyone interested in attending.

We’ll also be providing refreshments, door prizes and grab bag surprises!  For those of you have been surprised in the past, you know what that means!!  Lunch will also be available.

After you’ve spent time at the sale, getting the very best deals, you may want to explore the area and the beautiful Vermont foliage.  If you are planning to stay overnight, please remember to make your reservations early.  This is one of Vermont’s busiest and most beautiful seasons.  Some websites to check for further information regarding lodging, attractions and restaurants are: Vermont Vacation, Central VT and Vermont.com.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.  Everyone here at RGT is looking forward to another big event and seeing some familiar as well as new faces.  See you in September!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

Correcting A Dollhouse Boo-Boo With A Heat Gun

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

I was beginning my first attempt at using egg cartons for miniature stones and it was U-G-L-Y!  I decided I had to remove the egg carton stones in order to begin fresh, with a clean dollhouse wall.  After discussing my issue with Gary, we determined the perfect way to correct my dollhouse boo-boo was with a heat gun.  This was my first time seeing what a heat gun is capable of and it worked like a charm.  As Gary said to me, I can now feel confident customizing and working on my dollhouse without any worries of making a mistake.  Even if I make a mistake, I now feel confident that I can correct my dollhouse boo-boo’s easily.

I took many photos during this process, posted the entire Photo Album on Facebook for everybody to see, and hopefully learn that mistakes can be corrected easily.  I wanted to share this photo tutorial with you, so you can also feel confident that all mistakes can be corrected, one way or another.  Hopefully, this will give you a new perspective when it comes to customizing.  Creating a one-of-a-kind dollhouse miniature could be all the incentive you need, but knowing you can correct your dollhouse boo-boo if it doesn’t work out like you planned, will give you the confidence to let your imagination go wild.

If you have a different way to correct this type of issue, I’d love to hear what you’ve done.  Please let us know the process and tools you have used.  Remember, the more knowledge we have, the more power we yield.  When you have the right tools, anything is possible.

Mini wishes – Jennifer

How I Created Dollhouse Miniature Stained Glass

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

I have been busy working on my Collectibles Cabinet Build-Along project and wanted to try something a little different this year.  I’ve always loved the way stained glass looks and some of these creations are just so beautiful.  My hats off to people who make stained glass in real life!

The first step was to find some pictures of stained glass (or just pictures!) and save them to your computer as a JPG.  I used Pinterest for this purpose as I found many more pictures than doing a simple search on the internet.

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Real Good Toys 2014 Facebook Build-Along Project – The Collectibles Cabinet

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Presenting Real Good Toys 4th Annual Facebook Build-Along Project…The Collectibles Cabinet shell kit.

The Collectibles Cabinet is perfect for all those special treasures that are close to your heart.  The J-TEAM is calling all mini “FAN”atics…beginner, intermediate and advanced builders of all ages, to please join us for RGT’s 4th Annual Facebook Build-Along.  Come share the experience and share the fun!

On Monday, March 17th, join Jen & Jodi for a worldwide mini project featuring the NEW Real Good Toys Collectibles Cabinet Shell Kit.  Invite your customers, spouse, friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren, miniature club members or   grandparents…anybody you think might be interested in joining us.    Individualize and design your own dream project while sharing creativity and enthusiasm with a whole group of like-minded folks.

This year’s project is a front-opening design, which will be a new experience for many build-alongers, including the J-TEAM.  The 1 inch scale shell kit features standard size window and door openings.  This makes customizing the Collectibles Cabinet easier than ever!

The kit is MADE IN THE USA and produced using only high-quality, cabinet grade, Smooth MDF (medium density fiberboard).  The MDF is 3/8″ thick, the side walls are grooved for easy floor placement and assembly.  All hardware for hinging the front   panel is included and you can choose to hinge the panel left or right…the choice is yours.

Check out all the classic kit features,  see more pictures, recommended supplies and so much more on our website.

Jodi and I look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll be able to join us for what is sure to be an exciting mini adventure!

Many mini wishes! – Jennifer

Dollhouse Miniatures DIY Tutorials on Pinterest

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Are you a do-it-yourself kind of person?  Even if you’ve never built anything before, I know you can follow these easy dollhouse miniature tutorials and create custom one-of-a-kind dollhouse miniatures that suit your style and taste.    Whether you want to make some special miniature food, build custom kitchen cabinets, stuffed chairs, plants, blinds and so much more…Pinterest is a wealth of information and visual candy for your eyes.  Our motto is: “If you can imagine it, you can build it!”

We’ve been trying to post new DIY tutorials each week and I cannot wait to see what you all decide to create.  If you are already a member of the Pinterest community, please take a moment to check out our very popular board Tutorials for Miniatures.  If you’ve already created some of these fantastic dollhouse miniatures, we’d love to see them.  Please either post pictures on our active Facebook page or email them directly to me at [email protected].

Mini wishes ~ Jen

Real Good Toys 3rd Annual Facebook Build-Along Project Featuring JJs Dollhouse Cottage

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The 2013 Facebook Build-Along Project is sure to be a hit again this year.  We have created the cutest little cottage for this year’s event.  JJ’s Dollhouse Cottage is a shell kit and has lots of options for expansion and customization.  The main kit will give you the dollhouse cottage shell and then you can purchase extra levels to build your dream dollhouse as tall as you’d like.  You can purchase two main kits and even put them side by side or use it as an addition to your taller main section.  The possibilities are endless and we’re sure to see some really amazing creations.  Jodi and I are so excited to be able to offer our 3rd Annual Build-Along Project in both 1 inch scale and 1/2 inch scale.  It seems to be a popular concept and I think many people will be trying their hand at the smaller scale, I know I will be!

Make sure to save the date – MARCH 1st we will begin this year’s event.  We are offering a SPECIAL PRE-BUY OPPORTUNITY Buy your kit(s) any time before February 15th and SAVE $$$$$.  All kits ordered will be shipped the week of 2/25/13 or sooner.

Check out all the pictures and details of our 3rd Annual Facebook Build-Along Project featuring JJ’s Dollhouse Cottage.

Hope you can join us – Mini wishes – Jennifer

Summer Dollhouse Clearance Sale at Real Good Toys Warehouse

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Happy Customers ready for bargain hunting

 

Getting great deals

Our Sizzlin’ Summer Warehouse Clearance Sale and Demo Day at Real Good Toys was a great success!! It was a beautiful Saturday in June, so we threw open the warehouse doors to find lots and lots of customers waiting at the door to come in.  People traveled from all over New England and some attended the sale as part of their vacation. There were amazing deals on old, unique and some one-of-kind dollhouse kits and components. People filled the aisles, hunted through boxes and found that special item that they needed for their projects.

 

Dollhouse flooring demonstration

 

Dollhouse Wiring Demo

The technique demonstrations given by Gary, our Production Manager, were a huge hit!  They were very well attended and participants listened intently, taking notes and asking questions.  When the demos were over, everyone scurried back to the sale area to purchase supplies that were used in the demonstrations. 

 All in all, everyone that attended our first summer sale left satisfied they got the best bargains, and many were excited about attending our 2nd Annual Fall Foliage sale in October. You weren’t able to make the summer sale?  Start making plans to visit us in October!!  No rest for the RGT team.  Time to start digging for more treasures to offer in the fall!!  

Digging for dollhouse treasures

 

New mini friends

 

Save the dates – Saturday, October 6th, 9am-4pm and Sunday, October 7th, 9am-noon. Come and visit Vermont during its most beautiful time of the year.  Don’t miss this one! Contact Jodi at 802-479-2217, or email [email protected] for more information.