How one Dollhouse Merchant gives back to her Community

There is a great full service dollhouse and miniature shop located in O’Fallon,Missouri, just outside of St. Louis. Why is it so great? Well, mostly because of the efforts of one of the most generous, energetic and community minded shop owners I have ever met. I am referring to Suzanne Schwab of Suzanne’s Dollhouses & Miniatures. While she runs a wonderful shop full of amazing dollhouses and miniatures, catering to miniaturists of all ages and abilities, Suzanne works very hard to give back to her community. She donates finished dollhouses to many organizations throughout her community for their fundraising projects.

 

Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of many of these projects by donating the Real Good Toys QuickBuild™ Firehouse to area fire departments for their fundraisers. A fire department in Centralia, IL is doing very well with their firehouse. They have sold over 1000 tickets and still have a few places to showcase the firehouse before the drawing. Their firehouse was on the front page of their local newspaper with an article on their fund raising efforts. The Volunteer Fire Department in Ward, AR raised $11,500 for their Fallen Firefighter Memorial with their firehouse.

October is National Fire Prevention and Dollhouse and Miniatures month, and to celebrate these occasions the O’Fallon Fire Protection District launched their fundraiser to benefit The Center for Autism Education. They will be taking the firehouse to several different functions throughout the month, selling raffle tickets at each event. Other St. Louis area organizations, such as the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, have had successful raffles with the Real Good Toys QuickBuild™ Classic Colonial Dollhouse, which Suzanne has built and donated. Suzanne takes great pride in giving back to her community while working with something she loves…dollhouses and miniatures.

Suzanne advises the most profitable way for any organization to raise funds with a dollhouses is through raffles. She also suggests using the dollhouse within the community.  Suzanne says, “One week it can be featured at the local grocery store or beauty salon and the owners can use it to promote the fundraiser. This exposure is great for the raffle and gives business owners a reason to stay in contact with their customers. They can have a friendly competition between businesses. Everyone benefits.” She even takes a turn and displays them in her shop and sells tickets. Her customers are very used to buying raffle tickets for all the various fundraisers. Some of her customers are buying the firehouse and other dollhouses to donate to their schools and churches and have had great success.

In addition to building, finishing, decorating dollhouses for donations, Suzanne offers classes on almost every aspect of dollhouses and miniatures. You can even bring in one of your projects, sit in the classroom and work on it any time the shop is open. Suzanne’s Dollhouses & Miniatures is located at 58 Crossroads Plaza, O’Fallon, MO 63368, 636-978-6501. Shop hours are Tues, Weds, Fri & Sat 10 -6, Thurs 10-8, Sun. 12-5. The shop is closed on Mondays. Check her website, www.suzannesdollhouses.com and she’s on Facebook at Suzanne’s Dollhouses. 

♥Kudos to Suzanne for all of her hard work and time. You are an inspiration to all of us. If your organization is interested in building and donating a dollhouse for a fundraising project in your area, let Real Good Toys help. Check our Dollhouses for a Cause program on our website.

One Response to “How one Dollhouse Merchant gives back to her Community”

  1. Marys Miniatures Says:

    A truly feel good story. Suzanne, you are an inspiration to us all.