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Say Hello to Linda’s Wee Manor

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Throughout the year Real Good Toys is happy to welcome new customers to their family of store front retailers. It is important we take a moment to introduce everyone to these great stores and recognize what they have to offer. 

Linda's Wee Manor in Carolina Beach, NC

Linda’s Wee Manor in Carolina Beach, NC

A big Real Good Toys welcome goes out to Linda’s Wee Manor of Carolina Beach, NC. The store opened on June 1st and is located at 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite #70. They are open Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.  Call 910-859-0088 for more information.

Arthur and Linda Aliberti, a brother and sister duo originally from Boston, moved to Carolina Beach and opened this enchanting store. Linda says, “We have everything. If there’s something in your home, we can get it, we can make it, or we can order it.” Linda and Arthur specialize in making miniature replicas of customers’ homes, which is a service much sought after by many miniaturists.  As their workshop is right in their store, folks can get a peak at Linda and Arthur in action.

If you find yourself in their area, be sure to stop by and say hi. Tell them Real Good Toys sent you and ask them about their Real Good Toys dollhouses. 

Best wishes to Linda’s Wee Manor. 

The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA – Under new ownership

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Julie Silvester, new owner of The Doll House Shop

Julie Silvester, new owner of The Doll House Shop

Real Good Toys welcomes Julie Silvester as the proud new owner of the The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA. For many years, Julie was a regular customer of The Doll House Shop and she once told Tom O’Dea, then the owner of the shop, that her dream had always been to own her own doll house shop. Tom encouraged Julie and when he retired, he offered the shop to her.

Julie’s background is in finance and information technology.  In early 2013, she started an online dollhouse and miniature retail store to help with tuition costs for her daughter to attend a school for dyslexic children. Now that Julie has her own brick and mortar retail shop, she’s looking to expand to include space for classes and room for customers to come and work on their projects. She said many customers have been interested in this concept because they don’t have room at home to build a dollhouse. Julie envisions the store to be geared more toward children and plans to expand the store’s inventory accordingly.  Julie says, “When parents with children enter the store, the first thing the parent always says is , “Don’t touch anything!” I’d like to change that to, “Please touch all of these!”.

Julie believes that most people think miniatures is an expensive hobby or that they don’t have enough room at home to build a dollhouse.  She would like to change that perception and show people that miniatures and dollhouses come in every size and in every price range.  Julie says there is something in the miniature and dollhouse world for everyone.

We welcome Julie and wish her success! If you’re traveling through Richmond, VA, stop by and say hello.

The Doll House Shop is located at 8534 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229.

You can reach the shop by calling 804-285-8484 or by email at [email protected]


Ms. Peggies Place – In the Spotlight

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Ms. Peggie's Place, San Diego, CA

Ms. Peggie’s Place, San Diego, CA

A group of dedicated miniaturists at Ms. Peggies Place.

A group of dedicated miniaturists at Ms. Peggies Place.

How can a 700 square foot dollhouse and miniature shop have anything and everything your miniaturist heart desires? It’s true. Ms. Peggies Place in San Diego, CA is filled to the brim with delightful dollhouses, miniatures and accessories.  Michael Sue Nanos, the Proprietress of this gem, brings a lifelong love of miniatures and a career of working for Lee Ward’s, the craft industry giant that merged with Michael’s in 1994.  While working for Lee Ward’s, Michael Sue became acquainted with then frequent customer and miniature artisan, Peg Devine, the original owner of Ms. Peggies Place. Ms Devine must have seen the love of miniatures in Michael Sue. Not only did she ask Michael Sue to create custom items for the store, but in 2003 when Ms. Devine retired, she sold the store to Michael Sue.

Michael Sue Nanos, Owner of Ms. Peggie's Place

Michael Sue Nanos, Owner of Ms. Peggie’s Place

 This compact shop is well organized and amply stocked with rows and rows of miniature displays showcasing just about every type of miniature imaginable. Miniature food to miniature garage tools. Electrical supplies, trims, floor coverings, wallpaper, doors, windows, and of course, dollhouses! Michael Sue says she only carries Real Good Toys dollhouses.  She says the selection is good and there is no better quality on the market. And she adds that our customer service is amazing! Michael Sue also stocks handmade, one-of-a-kind miniature treasures, and if she doesn’t have it, she will find it for you. She carries everything needed to make a miniature house a home. Michael Sue says, “I want this to be a feel good shop.” To that end, all displays in the shop are open and touchable. She has created an inviting and friendly atmosphere in her shop.

Displays full of miniature treasures

Displays full of miniature treasures

 The people that walk through the door are Michael Sue’s favorite part of owning a miniature shop. She says, “There is a constant exchange of ideas and I’m always learning.” Ms. Peggies Place offers onsite classes for children on designing and building dollhouses and miniatures. Just call the shop at 858-483-2621 for details. The shop is located at 5063 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109-1810. The shop hours are Monday & Tuesday – Closed, Wednesday & Thursday – 5pm to 8pm, Friday – 12 pm to 5 pm, Saturday – 10am to 5 pm, and Sunday – 11am to 5pm. Find them on Facebook at Ms. Peggies Place and online at You will also find a delightful and informative blog on her website. Take a few minutes and look at all of her dollhouse building projects too. They are exquisite! Planning a visit to Southern California in the near future? Put a visit to Ms. Peggies Place at the top of your list!

 Here is what customers have to say about the only miniature shop in San Diego,

…So happy I finally found a great miniature store in the San Diego area.

…This is the best kept secret in town.

…One on one service, as well as unhurried advice.

Monumental Miniatures – In the Spotlight

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO

Monumental Miniatures in Monument, CO


Situated in the small town of Monument, Colorado, this quaint dollhouse, miniature and toy store is more than meets the eye. Monumental Miniatures is the size of a 2 car garage, with toys on one side and miniatures on the other. Just step inside and you will be captivated…and surprised by the volume of merchandise displayed in the shop.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Exquisite one-of-a-kind miniatures.

Gayle Wade, the proprietor of Monumental Miniatures, has been involved in miniatures all her life.  When she had the opportunity to purchase the perfect location for a shop in 1996,she turned her lifelong love of miniature collecting into a retirement career. Her business has flourished over the years and has grown as Gayle travels and expands her eclectic collection of miniatures.  She says, “I am always looking for miniatures.  I look for different artists and also haunt the antique stores when I am traveling.” Gayle displays most everything in her shop in open display boxes so customers can actually touch items.  The open display boxes were originally men’s shirt displays from Saks Fifth Avenue.  She does keep her handmade items in a case to be shown upon request. Just take a look at her website,, and you will find some of the most unique miniatures on the market. She carries some very interesting fairytale characters and the cutest little fairies. One of the more unique items is a miniature dilapidated old truck. She also carries a magical collection of circus miniatures. Gayle makes a point to stay in touch with the artisans she sells, which makes it possible for her to place custom orders for her customers.

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

A beautifully finished RGT Sterling Estate dollhouse

Amid all of the one-of-a-kind miniatures you will also find dollhouses. Gayle nicely displays Real Good Toys Dollhouses in her store and on her website.  Gayle says, “Only Real Good Toys in my shop!  I feel I can put my reputation on their product.” She also mentions that Real Good Toys Dollhouses are the only dollhouses she has carried in her 16 years of being in business.  Although you are not able to order directly from the website, she encourages you to call or fax your order. Gayle prefers to have a personal touch with each order.

Even though Monument is a small community, Gayle has customers from all over the country. She also has had international customers from Germany, England and New Zealand. Gayle has even driven and picked up folks visiting in nearby Colorado Springs to bring to her shop. Gaye confides that going that extra mile usually pays off in the end, but either way she is happy to do it. Monumental Miniatures has something for every collector, beginnner or seasoned.  Gayle collected miniatures as a child and knows the importance of inspiring beginners. She carries miniatures and dollhouses in every style and every price range. Each customer is welcomed and treated with enthusiasm and courtesy.

Tons of wonderful miniatures

Browse through tons of wonderful miniatures.

If you are traveling through Central Colorado, be sure to make time to visit Monumental Miniatures. The shop is located at 274 WashingtonStreet in Monument, Colorado, 80132.  Their hours are Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm. You can reach the shop by calling 719-481-1361, or get in touch through the website,

” The only problem with spending an afternoon at Monumental Miniatures is that one afternoon may not be enough.”

Monumental Miniatures is a member of DMMA, Dollhouse Miniature Merchants Association.  The goal of this organization is to increase public awareness and interest in the hobby of Dollhouse and Miniature collecting.

Kudos to Gayle for her dedication to the growth of the miniature industry.  Her loyalty to Real Good Toys Dollhouses is greatly appreciated! 




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

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!




Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart – In the Spotlight

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, Cheektowaga, NY

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, Cheektowaga, NY

Nestled in Western New York, just 10 minutes from Downtown Buffalo and 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, you’ll find Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, the “Biggest Hobby Store in the U.S.A.!” With thousands of square feet of store to explore, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has a rich history filled with family traditions. While building traditions in their Cheektowaga, NY store, they celebrate families. They focus on products that you and your family can grow with…not out of.

The 1949 red Cabbose at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The 1949 Red Cabbose at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

John Kavulich, Sr., the founder of Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, began in the hobby business in 1945. After becoming more and more successful, expansion was the natural next step. In 1954, Mr. Kavulich started the wholesale distribution of hobbies and crafts with Niagara Hobby Distributors. From there, came the present day Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart. The store boasts four interactive working train layouts and carries HO, N-Gauge, Lionel, MTH and LGB trains. For the train history buffs, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has a fully restored 1949 Red Caboose in their parking lot. Just perfect for pictures! For the younger train lovers, they can have their picture taken in front of a 10 foot “Thomas the Train” engine. Speaking of interactive, families love their 150 foot six lane slot car track. They even have a 32 foot aluminum Pinewood Derby Test Track!

The Dollhouse Department at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The Dollhouse Department at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart is a full line hobby and craft store filled with everything you’d ever need for your hobby. They carry RC cars, planes and boats, artists paints and supplies, Breyer horses, slot cars, kites, Estes Rockets, military die cast and of course, dollhouses and miniatures. They have the largest dollhouse and accessory selection in Western New York, with an impressive inventory of Real Good Toys dollhouses. Miniaturists have many choices when it comes to dollhouse furnishings, paints, adhesives, electrical components and trims. The store has a dazzling display of over 10 dollhouse models, with some of them being fully furnished and electrified. Their staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to helping you find exactly what you need. If they don’t carry it, they will special order it for you.

Miniatures at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Miniatures at Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The Real Good Toys Bostonian fully furnished and electrified.

The Real Good Toys Bostonian fully furnished and electrified.

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart truly has something for everyone and every age. They host free Children’s Craft Workshops for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter. Santa, his elves and reindeer visit every weekend during the Holiday Season. The store offers free gifts for every child and free photographs with Santa. No worries if you forgot your camera. They will take the picture and it can be retrieved from their website Photo Gallery.

If all of this doesn’t convince you that you just have to visit, take a look at their Virtual Tour of the store on their website, It’s just like walking through the door yourself. If you find yourself traveling through Western New York, be sure you take some time to visit this amazing store.

The store is located at 3366 Union Road (At Walden Avenue, Exit 52E off of I-90), Buffalo, NY 14225. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. You can reach them by phone at 716-681-1666. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

“Begin something today that you, your family and friends can enjoy for a lifetime at the store that combines quality, value, service, brands from around the globe, lots of fun and so much more. Bringing moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and family and friends together for generations.”



The Doll House and Toy Store – In the Spotlight

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Doll House & Toy Store -5

Doll House & Toy Store - 4

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…)

Say Hello to Nana’s Necessities, Dollhouse & Miniature Store

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Throughout the year Real Good Toys is happy to welcome new customers to our family of store front retailers.  It is important we take a moment to introduce everyone to these great stores and recognize what they have to offer.

Nana’s Necessities

A big Real Good Toys welcome goes out to Nana’s Necessities located at 809 East 4th Street, London, Kentucky, 40741. Their store is in a 110 year old hardware store with its’ original tin ceiling and oak plank floors. The store boasts over 4000 square feet of unique products.  Their hours are 11 to 6:30 Tuesday through Saturday and you can reach them at 606-344-9357.

Shelly, also known as Nana, has been making miniatures with her family for almost 32 years.  She says, “We try to carry all of the hard to find stuff, but if you can’t find something, let us know and we will try our best to find it”! Nana’s Necessities carries one inch, one-half and one-quarter scale dollhouses, miniatures and components.  They have a great selection of patterns to make your own American Girl doll clothing and carry lots of other unique, one-of-a kind items. Shelly and her family make their own soaps and candles and have an extensive inventory of both.  Check out all of their products at their website,

Inside at Nana’s Necessities

Nana’s Necessities is also a member of the Dollhouse Miniatures Merchants Association (DMMA), whose members are dedicated to sharing their dollhouse and miniature knowledge, along with providing the highest standard of customer service, to everyone from the novice collector to the seasoned miniaturist. 

If you find yourself in their area, be sure to stop by and say hi.  Tell them Real Good Toys sent you and ask them about their Real Good Toys dollhouses. Best wishes to Nana’s Necessities.♥


Whimsies Dollhouse Shop Expands Their Business

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Whimsies Dollhouse Shop in Greenwich, Connecticut has expanded their business to a new and larger location, just down the street from their previous location.  Susie Vallon, the owner, contacted us earlier this year because she had a vision of what her newly acquired location would look like with the help of Real Good Toys new Miniature Showcases

Real Good Toys was able to help with Susie’s requests by customizing our Miniature Showcase kits to work for their specific needs.  Susie and Casey assembled, painted and electrified each Miniature Showcase unit and the final presentation was incredible!  Check out these amazing photos:

You can visit Whimsies Dollhouse Shop at 39 Lewis Street, Greenwich, CT.  Phone – 203-629-8024.  Store Hours are 10AM – 6PM, Tuesday thru Saturday.  Make sure to tell them Real Good Toys sent you!

Everybody here at RGT wishes Whimsies Dollhouse Shop the best at their new location!  May you make everybody’s mini wishes come true!

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: D & J Hobby and Crafts, Campbell, CA

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

D & J Hobby and Crafts store front

Life in a small town is nice, but it sure can be boring. Janet Pozzi grew up in Klickitat, WA, a town of about 400 residents near the Oregon border. She left to go to college, but never forgot the boredom, and sometimes trouble, that growing up in her small town could bring. She wanted to give kids something fun and positive to do.  Janet just knew her calling was to help bring families together and give children a healthy outlet for their creativity, so in 1971, she opened the doors to D & J Hobby and Crafts shop in Campbell, CA.

Jason and Darrell Pozzi

Janet worked in the 1600 sq. ft. store almost completely on her own until 1978, when the business out grew that space.  She moved the store to a larger 7500 sq. ft. space and her husband, Darrell, left his job at Lockheed Martin to help run the store.  Today, almost 40 years later, D & J Hobby and Crafts has grown to a 20,000 sq. ft. bustling store.  With Janet and Darrell all but retired, their son Jason Pozzi, runs the family business. Jason is dedicated to his mother’s original vision.

What makes D & J Hobby and Crafts unique is the diversity of their products.  This combination of hobbies and crafts in the same place is hard to find. D & J has three departments. Crafts, which includes dollhouses, R/C, and Hobbies, which includes models, games and trains. The store carries everything from yarn and leather working supplies to board games and puzzles, to radio control cars, trains, planes, and helicopters. Indeed, there is something for everyone at D & J, which is just how Janet likes it.

A large selection of miniatures at D & J

The dollhouse department at D & J Hobby and Crafts

Not only does D & J sell hobbies and crafts, they enjoy them too!  Most employees take their work home with them as their own hobbies and pastimes. Jason, Janet and Darrell are no exception. Jason loves to build and race R/C cars. Janet loves macrame and candle making, and Darrell can’t resist a good puzzle!  This kind of expertise helps Jason and his staff choose the best hobbies and crafts to carry in the store.  D & J employees love talking to customers about their own experiences with hobbies and crafts. Sometimes customers bring their completed projects back into the store to share. Many of their customers are much more than just customers…they’re a community. D & J Hobby and Crafts has a new classroom and hosts classes on many different subjects. Hosting customers is their greatest joy and it allows hobby and craft enthusiasts of all ages and demographics to share their interests face to face.

Jason is not only continuing his family’s dream, but he is expanding it as well. He has taken the nostalgia of classic hobbies and crafts and given them a cutting edge.You can find D & J in YouTube videos and on Facebook.This presence allows hobbyists from anywhere to participate in online discussions about the latest products. Also, they have a great website to visit at Now D & J Hobby and Crafts is at your fingertips. If you find yourself traveling through the San Francisco/San Jose area of California, a visit to D & J is a must!

Parking Lot Tent Sale & Events, July 10 & 11, 2010

Despite all the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley, D & J is just your average Mom and Pop store. Just like their slogan says…If it’s fun, we’ve got it!

The store is located at 96 N. San Thomas Aquino Road, Campbell, CA  95008

You can reach them by phone at 408-379-1696.

Store hours are M-W 10-8, Th-Fr 10-9, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-7.