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

Real Good Toys Dollhouse Factory Outlet Store – In the Spotlight

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Granite Statue in Barre

Granite Craftmanship in Barre

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry in Barre, VT

What does Real Good Toys, the leading dollhouse manufacturer,do when local miniaturists can’t find the dollhouse they’ve been wanting? The answer was right in front of us – open a Dollhouse Factory Outlet Store right here in our own warehouse, of course! Barre is centrally located in Vermont and just a little over 3 hours north to Montreal and the same going south to Boston. The city is touted as the Granite Center of the World, with many fine examples of granite craftsmanship throughout. Barre is also home to Rock of Ages, the Goliath of the granite industry. The Rock of Ages Granite Quarry is an open-pit granite quarry nearly 600 feet deep and 50 acres in surface area. What does this have to do with Real Good Toys? Real Good Toys lives in an old granite shed that was once occupied by Lawson Granite Company. Parts of this building are over 100 years old.  If you drive around the city, you will find quite a few old, rambling warehouses that were once active granite manufacturers that now house other types of businesses. Barre is a great place to live, work and visit.

Welcome to the Sale!

Welcome to the Sale!

In the Spring of 1988, Real Good Toys moved from their much smaller quarters in Montpelier to their own rambling 26,000 square foot warehouse here in Barre. Ruggedly built of massive timbers, there is still a crane in the rafters of our factory that was once used to move gigantic granite blocks from place to place in the building. We wasted little time in spreading out, and we filled every nook and cranny with inventory and raw materials. Real Good Toys now had the tools needed to push forward and continue to grow. We expanded our product line, designing exciting new products that gave our customers a greater selection of dollhouses.

Real Good Toys Dollhouse Factory Outlet

Real Good Toys Dollhouse Factory Outlet

Fast forward to 2009. We learned that the last of the retail businesses selling our products in Vermont had closed their doors, leaving no alternatives for dollhouse shoppers. We continued to receive calls from people traveling through the state asking where they might buy our products. It was very discouraging not to be able to offer sources where folks could buy Real Good Toys dollhouses within Vermont. After much thought, speculation, planning, some renovating, and then more planning, the Real Good Toys Dollhouse Factory Outlet Store was born.

Sue,Assembly Manager

Sue, Real Good Toys Assembly Manager

The store resides within our Assembly Department, allowing Sue, our Assembly Manager, to wear two hats. Frequently she will be assembling or painting a dollhouse just behind the front desk while folks browse and ask questions. When they are ready to check out, she hops behind the cash register to tally their purchases. Sue is happy to run through the basics of beginning your dollhouse project with anyone who needs help. The store is a bright and friendly place, with lots of dollhouse models, furniture, accessories, seasonal miniatures, and depending on the holiday, lots of life size decorations nestled in between the dollhouse and miniatures. Recently, we spruced up a part of the factory to create our Clearance Area, which is adjacent to the store. Here is where you’ll find old prototype and sample dollhouse kits, odd components and trims, and sometimes you’ll come upon a box of miscellaneous parts that even we can’t identify. You’ll find the Clearance Area is packed full of great deals you just can’t pass up.

Wiring Demo

Gary giving a wiring demo at the 2012 sale

Discover Great Deals!

Discover Great Deals!

With Mid-September upon us, everyone at Real Good Toys is gearing up for our 3rd Annual Fall Foliage Clearance Sale on Saturday, September 28th, 9 am to 4 pm. It’s all hands on deck, as we stock up all the shelves and dust off some more merchandise so you can rummage to your hearts’ content. We’ll have those special grab bags, door prizes, drawings and refreshments. Gary, our Production Manager and resident Dollhouse Wizard, will be hosting a free workshop at 11 am entitled “Creative Uses of LED Lighting”. You’ll find us right next to State Farm Insurance at 10 Quarry Street. You can’t miss the store front – it looks just like a dollhouse. Come early and stay all day. Late September promises to be a beautiful time of year with our fall foliage at peak color.  Perfect for sightseeing and snapping photos. We can’t wait to meet you! Everyday store hours are 9 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. If you can’t make the sale, not to worry. There are specials deals everyday! The direct line to the store is 802-477-6464, or call Jodi or Jen at 802-479-2217. While you’re in the area, check out the many activities Central Vermont has to offer. Read more about the sale and the store at www.realgoodtoys.com.

Fall in Vermont

 Come and visit the spot Real Good Toys has created for all the dollhouse and miniature enthusiasts in Vermont, and neighboring states, to get the dollhouse of their dreams!

 

  

 

Real Good Toys 3rd Annual Fall Foliage Warehouse Sale September 28, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

SAVE THE DATE!!!   SAVE THE DATE!!!   SAVE THE DATE!!!

Real Good Toys is having a huge warehouse sale on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 9AM – 4PMArrive early and stay all day.  FREE demonstrations at 11AM, presented by Gary Root (RGT’s resident Dollhouse Guru!), will cover electrifying a dollhouse as well as many creative uses for our ExtraBrite© LED Lights.  Have you ever wanted to light up your dollhouse without having to install all those tiny lamps?  Gary’s indirect lighting demo will spark your imagination and you will feel confident that YOU CAN light up your miniature dollhouse with ease!

You’ll also discover great deals on dollhouse kit closeouts, seconds, overstocks, components, accessories and so much more.  There will be door prizes, drawings, refreshments and amazing grab bag surprises!  It will be a perfect time to pickup the NEW Real Good Toys T-Shirt – celebrating 40 years of dollhouse magic!

Plan your trip now and experience Vermont’s extraordinary fall colors along the way to our warehouse.   Check out www.vermont.com for all your planning needs (dining, accommodations, other sites to visit in VT, etc.)

Directions to Real Good Toys Warehouse: 
Follow Interstate 89 (North or South) to Exit 6.
Follow Route 63 East about 4 miles to the stoplight at Route 14.  Turn left.
Go approx. 1 mile to Quarry Street, Turn Right (State Farm Insurance is located on the corner) and our showroom can be seen immediately on your left.

Everybody here at RGT looks forward to seeing you.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions – [email protected] or 1-866-524-0222!

Mini wishes – Jen

Sharing 40 Years of Miniatures with Real Good Toys

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

 

Sharing 40 Years of Miniatures with Real Good Toys

Homemade Cherry Pies!!

Do you enjoy sharing your love of dollhouses and miniatures with others? Sharing 40 Years of Miniatures with Real Good Toys was the workshop given at our Fall Foliage Clearance Sale. Real Good Toys is coming up on our 40th anniversary and Chris Abrams, co-owner of Real Good Toys, combed through our archives of miniature publications to create a packet of mini projects that had been featured in past Nutshell News issues (now Dollhouse Miniatures magazine).  Chris found that these magazines contained a wealth of information and history about the miniature industry. Each magazine contained many timeless, creative mini projects and she picked 15 projects from some of the earliest Nutshell News magazines that seemed still relevant and interesting for any miniaturist. Some of the projects she chose were making baskets from needlepoint canvas, creating stained glass, and making elegant chandeliers, which I think I will try sometime soon.  Chris’ goal was to get folks to pay their love of miniatures forward by sharing these projects with friends and family. Dollhouse Miniatures magazine graciously gave us permission to reproduce these projects to share with everyone. They also gave a door prize of a 1-year subscription to Dollhouse Miniatures magazine. The lucky winner was Diane Suppa of Carmel, NY. Chris gave everyone attending the workshop a miniature cherry pie kit, complete with bottle cap, fimo and red beads. Folks couldn’t wait to get home and “bake” their pies.

We thank everyone who participated in the workshop and attended our Fall Foliage Clearance Sale. We all had a great time meeting and talking with everyone that stopped by. 2013 will be Real Good Toys 40th anniversary.  Stay tuned for more anniversary celebration announcements!!

 

Real Good Toys Dollhouses 2nd Annual Fall Foliage Warehouse Clearance Sale

Monday, September 10th, 2012
Real Good Toys is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Fall Foliage Warehouse Clearance Sale, Saturday, October 6th 9AM-4PM and Sunday, October 7th 9AM-Noon.

Live Demos by Gary (our resident dollhouse guru!).  These demonstrations and workshops are FREE and open to anybody interested in attending.

Saturday:
10:30AM“Tape Wiring Goes Robust” featuring a brand new RGT Wiring Kit (available soon).  You’ll also learn how to rotate your electrified dollhouse using our Electrified & Assembled Turntable Base.

2PM – Join Chris Abrams (co-owner of RGT and miniature enthusiast), as she will be “Sharing 40 Years of Miniatures”.  Why attend?    Because minis are truly timeless and we have several mini project handouts to share as well as the materials to make these fabulous mini pies.
Miniature Pies created by Chris Abrams, Co-Owner of Real Good Toys Dollhouses

Sunday:
10:30AM“Dollhouse Customizing” featuring how to cut custom door holes and windows successfully in your finished dollhouse, using tools you most likely have available in your real home.

Lots of finished dollhouses, dollhouse kits, miniature accessories, components, people, furniture and new seasonal minis will be on sale.  Everything in our store and clearance area will qualify for an additional 15% off the lowest marked price!  Plan to come early for the best selection.  Be prepared to rummage through years and years worth of accumulated goodies.

We are also discontinuing our Melissa & Doug line of wooden puzzles, blocks, miniatures and much, much more.  Great deals for all and a perfect time to think ahead to the holidays.

There will be refreshments, door prizes and grab bag surprises!  Lunch will be available on Saturday.  Come one, come all and meet the RGT Team – we’d love to meet you!

If you would like to make arrangements for accommodations, please check out www.vermont.com, www.vermontvacation.com or www.central-vt.com.

We all hope to see you soon!  Travel safe and enjoy the scenery!!

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. 

Real Good Toys Dollhouses Sizzlin Summer Warehouse Clearance Sale June 30th, 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SAVE THE DATE and join us for our first ever Sizzlin’ Summer Warehouse Clearance SaleONE DAY ONLY – lots of new-old items recently uncovered in one of our warehouses and we still have more to go through!!

You’ll find spectacular deals on everything in our clearance section as well as the Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store.  We’ve been stocking up on summer minis just for you!

In addition to the sizzlin’ sale – our resident dollhouse guru Gary is planning to WOW you with some technique demonstrations.  These demos will include Flooring (score, stain, faux-wood), Wiring (tapewire, eyelet connections, LED’s) and Shingling (dying, applying and valleys).

Plan a road trip with your mini friends, drive up or down, and meet us Saturday, June 30, 2012.  Sale hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Demonstrations are planned for 10AM, Noon & 2PM.  Sale location is at Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store & Clearance Area, 10 Quarry Street, Barre, VT 05641.   Have questions?  Feel free to call Jen or Jodi at 1-866-524-0222.  We hope to see you all!

Mini wishes – Jennifer

Real Good Toys 1st Annual Fall Foliage Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Clearance Sale

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Real Good Toys
1st Annual Fall Foliage
Dollhouse Factory Warehouse Clearance Sale!

Save the Date:

Saturday & Sunday – October 1st & 2nd, 2011
9AM – 4PM
Come early for the best selection!

Visit beautiful Vermont and take advantage of our GIANT clearance cleanout!
Drive up or down, save on shipping and get terrific deals on: dollhouse components, moldings, building parts, windows, doors, spindles, porch posts…dollhouse kit closeouts, seconds, overstocks, damaged goods, returns, prototypes, antiques (from our archives) and sample products from other companies.

This fun event will include refreshments, door prizes and grab bag surprises!
Meet Jodi, Jen & Gary!  Sue & Rose will greet you at our Factory Store with special discounts of
20-50% OFF EVERYTHING including our stock of AZTEC furniture and Melissa & Doug!

We welcome you to get the first peek at our newest designs,
tour our factory and enjoy the lovely autumn leaves.
Visit other local New England attractions
(don’t miss Rock of Ages and Ben & Jerry’s),
but be sure to make reservations for accommodations early – it’s a popular time of the year!

Hope to see you there!
Mini wishes,
Jennifer