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

The Doll House and Toy Store – In the Spotlight

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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The Queen Anne dollhouse. Beautiful colors!

Sari and Sam Powazek have been in the dollhouse, miniature and toy business since 1977.  In this era of quick start internet-only businesses, this brick & mortar store has withstood the test of time.  As a matter of fact, they proudly proclaim that The Doll House & Toy Store in North Scottsdale, AZ is the oldest family owned miniature, doll and toy store in North America! In September of 1977, The Powazeks’ started the shop with just 600 square feet.  Today they are a popular, thriving full line miniature and specialty toy store with 3650 square feet of fun! Real Good Toys is proud to include The Doll House & Toy Store in their family of preferred customers.

The Doll House & Toy Store is packed with educational and developmental toys from Melissa & Doug, International Playthings, and Calico Critters, to name just a few. They carry many lines of dolls, such as Middleton and Madame Alexander and the store has the only Middleton Nursery in Arizona. In the Dollhouse & Miniature community, they are recognized as one of the leading stores in the country.  Their offerings will dazzle each and every miniaturist.  The store stocks all types of dollhouse furniture and accessories – literally every miniature item you would need!  They display carefully selected,commercial and handcrafted artisan miniatures with a wide array of styles and designs. And of course, they carry dollhouses! Sari says, ” Many of our dollhouses have gone to sports people and entertainers, such as Britney Spears and Tanya Tucker. Our long history has given us a unique look at the history of minis. We are seeing people coming back after a break, new people getting involved and the younger generation redoing dollhouses that their grandfather did for them.”  The Doll House & Toy Store is also a member of DMMA, Dollhouse Miniatures Merchants Association.  This group is comprised of like minded, full line Dollhouse & Minature brick & mortar merchants whose goal is to increase awareness and interest in Dollhouses and Miniatures as a hobby.  (more…)

Circus Circus Dollhouse Store Is No Match For Hurricane Irene

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Marilyn Loprete, Owner of Circus Circus Dollhouse, has been through so much this year.  Not only did her store get severely flooded from the wrath of Hurricane Irene, her home did as well.  Many people wouldn’t even know where to begin to start re-building your entire life!  However, Marilyn is a fighter and a survivor and she has done just that!

On August 27th, 2011, Hurricane Irene tried to dampen the spirits of Circus Circus Dollhouse with 4 feet of water in the store.  After 32 years in business, Marilyn had to decide to let it all “float” or put on her boots and start cleaning up.  She chose the latter and the work began.  For 8 weeks, friends and customers were happy to help her out.  After all, that’s what friends do, right?  Walls were torn down, carpeting ripped up, new air conditioning and heating were installed.

After all that hard work, the store has a new, fresh look!  You’d never know that Hurricane Irene tried to turn Circus Circus Dollhouse Store into a mini-disaster.  Marilyn is happy to have the store open and available for business as usual.  She happily says, “Here we are…All Departments are Open…and we have a bright, fresh, new look!” 

Bright, Fresh New Look at Circus Circus Dollhouse in Pompton Plains, NJ

Stop in and visit Marilyn and her crew soon.  She is located at 445 Route 23 South, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.  Her store hours are Monday thru Saturday 10AM-4PM.   Take advantage of 20% off your purchase (not including sale merchandise or labor) and let her know Real Good Toys sent you!  She’ll be happy to see you and you’ll be glad you stopped in!

Good luck Marilyn – may your holidays be bright, happy and prosperous!  Oh, and mini wishes from the entire Real Good Toys gang!

30 years of dollhouse wizardry celebrated

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Gary Root, RGT Production Manager

When you think of momentous 30 year anniversaries that have occurred so far in 2011, you might rememer (or not) that MTV turned 30. The 30th anniversary of the 1st space shuttle launch was also celebrated this year. The most important  2011 milestone in the world of dollhouses is that Gary Root, dollhouse wizard, has been with Real Good Toys for 30 years!! Recently, the employees of Real Good Toys had a luncheon to celebrate this event. It was a very pleasant afternoon full of funny anecdotes, interspersed with a bit of nostalgia, honoring Gary’s 30 years at Real Good Toys. Gary has such a following of miniaturists through Facebook and his website, and his contributions to the success of Real Good Toys dollhouses is so important, that I thought I would let everyone know a little something about this special guy.

In 1981, Gary came to Real Good Toys by applying for an advertised job for Production Manager. The day Gary applied for the position a Powermatic table saw broke down during an important run of work. Story goes that no one knew what to do. No one knew how to fix it. Gary saw the dilemma and, althought not yet a Real Good Toys employee, rolled up his sleeves and took the motor apart. Minutes later it was back together and working like a charm. Needless to say, Gary got the job. Here we are 30 years later, and Gary is still willing to roll up his sleeves and do whatever it takes. He is the epitome of the word multi-tasking. Gary has worked at a myriad of different jobs anywhere from a gardener to a shrimp fisherman to a lumberjack, with lots of others in between. He was a licensed master electrician at the age of 18 and studied engineering at Cornell University. His experience has proven invaluable to Real Good Toys. (more…)

Welcome to new Real Good Toys dollhouse retailers

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Throughout the year Real Good Toys is happy to welcome new customers to our family of store front retailers. Sometimes these new customers are brand new stores that have just opened their doors to the world of dollhouses. More often, our new customers are established hobby or craft stores looking to expand their inventory into dollhouses and miniatures. Some retailers are already carrying dollhouses in their stores, but are looking to offer Real Good Toys dollhouses as another option for their customers. Whichever way these stores come to us, we welcome them. It’s important that we take a moment to introduce everyone to these great stores and recognize what they have to offer. If you happen to find yourself in their area, stop by and say hi. Ask them about their Real Good Toys dollhouses.

Welcome to A.B. Charles Hobby Shop, Western Pennsylvania’s oldest and most complete hobby shop. They have served tri-state hobbyists for over 60 years. This store carries an extensive variety of trains, RC cars, planes and helicopters…and now dollhouses! They will be happy to offer expert advice to help you find just the perfect item among their huge inventory. They are located at 1635 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Their store hours are Mon. – Weds. – Fri. 10 am – 8 pm, Tues. & Thurs. 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Sundays. For more information, give them a call at 412-561-3068 or check their website at www.ab-charles.com.

Welcome to Huntley House Miniatures, a brand new dollhouse store in Riverbank, CA. They are a family run shop that offers custom dollhouses, dollhouse kits, castles and miniatures of all kinds. They have an extensive inventory of building supplies and offer classes, repairs and remodeling, ready for any dollhouse situation you may have. Huntley House Miniatures is located at 3220A Santa Fe Street, Riverbank, CA 95367. Their hours of operation are Sun. – Weds. 5 pm – 7 pm, and Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 7 pm.  You can contact them for more information at 209-863-0160 or check their website at www.huntleyminiatures.com.

Look for upcoming additions to the Real Good Toys family of store front retailers!

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: The Doll House Shop, Richmond, VA

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Tom O'Dea, owner of The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA

Tom O’ Dea, owner of The Doll House Shop, started building doll houses when his daughter was four years old.  She’s grown now and no longer plays with dolls.  But Tom just keeps building doll houses. In 2001, for reasons known only to him, he decided to open a small business to build and sell doll houses. Maybe someone would want to buy them. Well…they did! Not just buy what he made, but give him specific designs and ideas for their dream dollhouses. Can you build this house? Sure. Can you put lights in it?  Sure.  What about running water? Sure. An elevator? Why not. Central air…now hold on just a minute!

Dollhouses at The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA

From that concept evolved a full-fledged dollhouse operation in Richmond, VA. The shop includes construction studios as well as a complete supply of accessories, furniture and building supplies. Tom specializes in custom dollhouses and doll house repair, and can electrify your dollhouse to add yet another touch of distinctiveness to your keepsake. He takes enormous pride in creating his dollhouses and miniatures. Tom can even create a dollhouse that is a replica of your own home! (more…)

Chips Dollhouse Adventure for Sydney

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Chip’s daughter Sydney informed her dad in 2008 that she wanted him to build her a dollhouse for her birthday and she wanted to help.  Sydney was five at the time.  The youngest of two daughters, Chip says she is the quintessential little girl, fascinated by dresses and dolls, and in every sense, a little lady. (more…)

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Happily Ever After, Ashburn, VA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Happily Ever After, Ashburn, VA

When you’re in the Northern Virginia area, make sure you visit Happily Ever After for all of your dollhouses, miniatures and dolls. They pride themselves in friendly, helpful service offering a wonderful collection of dollhouses and miniatures. Happily Ever After will repair, renovate and construct all types of dollhouses. From custom-built projects to a simple adapter-wiring job, they are always happy to help their customers. Their home decorating center allows customers to completely coordinate their wallpapers, floorings, and interior trims. Being able to see and coordinate all the items together creates their perfect interior design. The staff at Happily Ever After takes pride in their ability to guide their customers to their ultimate goals. Sometimes, with the availability of their varied styles of furnishings and accessories, they are able to “stage” their customers’ ideas and offer insight into their dream dollhouse. (more…)

Museum of Miniatures: CBS explores the Dollhouse World

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Earliest Dollhouse - Museum of the City of New York

I found an old handwritten note the other day about a great news broadcast about dollhouses and miniatures.  “A World Of Dollhouses” was aired on CBS Sunday Morning in December, 2007.

In the video, Rita Braver takes a tour through the tiny world of doll houses. Some of the displayed models were built from Real Good Toys dollhouse kits! The video also highlights some phenomenal miniature collections from Ginger Landon Siegal’s collection and the Museum of the City of New York dollhouses.

Many adults may consider dollhouses mere child’s play, but doll house collecting is now a lucrative business.  You can read the full article, “It’s A Small World After All,” which goes more in depth into the subject.

I hope you enjoyed the show and the article.  Please add your comments for others to enjoy.