Archive for January, 2010

Who is your favorite?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Here I am beating the bushes again for my next merchant to spotlight.  As you can see from the Merchant Spotlight archives on our website, there are many wonderful dollhouse and miniature shops out there and many of you have a shop in your area that you like to deal with.  How about telling me who your favorite dollhouse and miniature merchant is and why they’re so special?  What makes them your favorite Real Good Toys dealer?  Is it their extensive inventory?  Is it the customer service they offer?  Maybe you attended a fabulous class they offered.  I will contact your favorite merchant and see if they would like to submit information and pictures for our next spotlight for our website and newsletter.  Say something nice about your favorite shop and I will put your testimonial in the spotlight narrative.  What a way for shops to advertise!  Being featured in our Merchant Spotlight is a great way for shops to reach thousands of existing and potential miniaturists.  So get busy everyone.  I’ll be waiting for you to tell me about your favorite.  Jodi

Holiday Contest Winner Receives Real Good Toys Dollhouse

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

 MECA – Miniature Enthusiasts, Craftsmen & Artisans had a holiday contest in which RGT sponsored the event.  The winner received a Milled Plywood Classic Bungalow Dollhouse kit by Real Good Toys. 

The Family Christmas by Gina "Wolfie" Gagnon

The Family Christmas by Gina "Wolfie" Gagnon

Gina “Wolfie” Gagnon was the lucky winner!  Her theme was “The Family Christmas”.  Six family members are gathering for Christmas at the family home.  Grandma, who is a widow, is the matriarch of the family, her son is toasting his lovely pregnant wife and their two year old is running around enjoying the happiness of Christmas.  Grandma’s Sister and her husband made the long journey and he is proposing again this year, like he did so many years ago.  Love is in the air in this very special Christmas themed room box. 
Gina "Wolfie" Gagnon

Gina "Wolfie" Gagnon

Gina is an amazing artisan as well.  Read the feature article here and find out why her nickname is “Wolfie”! 

Congratulations Gina on a job well done!

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: My Dolls House Torrance, CA

Monday, January 4th, 2010

My Doll's House, Dollhouse & Miniature Shop, Torrance, CA

Real Good Toys Queen Anne dollhouse kit custom built by My Doll's House

Since 1990, My Doll’s House has been the premier miniature source for enthusiasts and hobbyists in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Marj and Roger

DeKoster built their first dollhouse for their eldest granddaughter. They found so much pleasure in their granddaughters’ delight that they decided to share their love of miniatures and building dollhouses by opening the store. Although Roger was legally blind, this did not deter them from their passion and dream of being in the dollhouse business. Giving a gift of a hand crafted, custom built heirloom dollhouse was all it took! Over the many years that they have been in business, Marj and Roger have become known as experts in building unique, heirloom quality dollhouses, which generations of families have come to treasure and enjoy. They have custom built over 500 Real Good Toys dollhouses, along with houses from other manufacturers. Every house they’ve built has been photographed and recorded in their many photo albums. Their customers love to pore over these albums getting ideas for their own dollhouse projects. Marj is known for her color expertise and talent in wallpapering the houses, and Roger, who passed away in January 2008, was known for his skill in hand-laid flooring and electrical hardwiring the dollhouses. Local artisans have sought them out over the years and many of them have supplied the store with one-of-a-kind pieces that give the dollhouses an added quality of uniqueness and value. Some Hollywood celebrities have commissioned Marj and Roger to build custom dollhouses for them. A lighthouse that they built was used in a high profile feature film.

My Doll's House, Real Good Toys Lighthouse and Keeper's House

My Doll's House extensive dollhouse and miniature products

Marj continues to run the store after Roger’s passing and she enthusiastically passes on her passion for dollhouses and miniatures to newcomers as well as her regular customers. One customer, who had not visited the store for 10 years, was very pleasantly surprised when Marj remembered him. He said, “Her experience and hospitality makes visiting the shop for supplies and advice worth the drive…”. Another customer says, “Marj is friendly and very helpful to all customers, from beginners to experienced, and is a dream to work with because of her knowledge, which is why I love to visit the shop”. Marj also occasionally brings in other experts who offer workshops on building, flooring, and stained glass.

Great service, quality products and extensive knowledge…My Doll’s House is truly a full service dollhouse and miniature shop.

To see the current workshop schedule and find out more about My Doll’s House extensive product line, don’t hesitate to drop by and visit Marj at the store when you are in Torrance or visit the store online at The store in Torrance is open 7 days, 9:00am – 4:30pm and by appointment.

My Doll's House workshops and classes

My Doll’s House

1218 El Prado, Suite 136

Torrance, CA 90501