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!!

What’s New In Miniatures

Friday, April 15th, 2011

News Flash…Suzanne Schwab from Suzannes Dollhouses & Miniatures in O’Fallon, MO is designing and manufacturing her own firehouse furnishings!

Firehouse Furniture by Suzannes Dollhouses & Miniatures

Over the years Suzanne has been very successful at building and donating the Real Good Toys QuickBuild™ Firehouse to organizations in her area. She has helped raise thousands of dollars for some great causes. Suzanne found that there just wasn’t a good source for furniture that fit with the firehouse theme. What to do? She made it herself, of course!

Suzanne started this creative venture with a dalmation themed bed, a coat rack and lamps that range in price from $6.99 to $29.99.  They are all adorable and perfect for our Quickbuild™ Firehouse as well as a boys’ room in any dollhouse. So far, Suzanne says sales have been brisk. Best of all…they are made in the USA. For more information, give Suzanne a call at 636-978-6501 or check her website at www.suzannesdollhouses.com.

Kudos to Suzanne for her hard work and ingenuity.  Keep it up. You’re an inspiration to all miniaturists!

 

The Firehouse Raffle Drawing

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Barre City Fire Cadets draw the winning ticket

Barre City Fire Cadets

Once again, we were visited by the Barre City Fire Cadets…but this time they came to draw the winning ticket for the Assembled QuickBuild™ Firehouse. The drawing was held on December 16th at the Real Good Toys Factory Outlet Store. The lucky winner was Geoff Sather from Montpelier. Captain Russell Ashe said they plan to use the $520 raised towards gear and training for the Fire Cadet Program. He said the Cadets usually use hand-me-down fire gear that sometimes gets commandeered by on call firemen, depending on the situation. Also, Captain Ashe said that one complete fire suit can cost anywhere between $2000-$3000. Any funds the program receives is through fundraising such as this raffle drawing. Real Good Toys is very happy to help them raise $520 to benefit their program.When the cadets found out how much they raised, they just said…WOW! Way to go Barre City Fire Cadets!

Feeling Proud of Veterans and Dollhouses

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Today is Veteran’s Day. Many, many communities throughout our country are remembering and celebrating all service men and women who have fought and are now fighting for our freedom. I also believe it’s a day for personal reflection. I think about how lucky I am to live in this country. I think of my deceased father who fought valiantly in the Korean War. I think of my husband who served in the Air Force. I think of my nephew, cousin and co-workers’ husband who were, and still are, strong and proud Marines.  And I think of the son of one of my good friends.  He is now serving with the Air Force stationed in Italy. No, he is not fighting on the front lines, but if you think he may have it easy, this boy, and yes he is just a boy, has the dangerous, but important job of testing munitions. I also am reminded that one of our own Real Good Toys employees serves in the Vermont National Guard and has spent time overseas and in combat. With all of those people I know and am close to, I truly feel proud.   

Locally, I think about the dedicated people that protect us by serving on our police force and in our fire department in Barre.  Since Real Good Toys has recently donated one of our QuickBuild™Firehouses to our local fire department to raise funds for the Cadet Program, I especially have thought about our firefighters. 

Think about it.  If you’ve never been close to a firefighter, you may have had the misconception that they sit around the station all day eating and playing cards and only get going when they have a call. In Barre, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with some of the most involved and dedicated firefighters through Real Good Toys donation efforts to benefit their programs. Members of Barre City Fire Department maintain websites, facebook pages and blogs dedicated to educating our community about fire safety. They make occasional television appearances demonstrating fire prevention and safety. 

 The Barre City Fire Department also facilitates a great program where kids 15-18 have the opportunity to see what it is like to be a firefighter. The cadets work and train hard, learning about fire fighting, team work and brotherhood. This is a fairly new program, but since its inception, 3 cadets in this program have gone on to complete fire school and become full fledged firefighters.

The Barre City Fire Department travels to area schools to educate children about fire prevention and safety. Vermont supplies fire departments’ throughout the state with a Hazard House. One of these dedicated firefighters recently brought a Hazard House for us to see. It’s a slice of a house that is full of graphics, sound effects and visual aids in each room that enable the viewer to identify and correct any safety hazards, whether they be fire or chemical. It is an amazing tool. It was unbelievable to learn that there is only one company that makes a house like this and it costs several thousand dollars. Equally unbelievable is that Vermont has only one of these for the whole state to share. 

Real Good Toys is donating our Finished Vermont Farmhouse so our fire department can create their own Hazard House of sorts. It won’t have all the bells and whistles the original has, but the firefighters are going to work on creating some graphics and visual aids of their own. They plan to make miniature smoke detectors and rope ladders. Maybe we’ll turn some of these guys into miniaturists! Maybe Real Good Toys will corner the market and create a Hazard House competitor! I’ll keep you posted on that idea. As an employee of Real Good Toys, I am proud of their willingness to become involved in our community and their generosity when donating dollhouses. 

Because of all of these dedicated people, whether they are soldiers, firefighters, or a dollhouse company, I’m feeling especially proud today!