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

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. 

The J-Team ventures into dollhouse wiring

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

 

The Kiwi-The lights are on!

Our Lilliput® Kiwi Cottage Dollhouse Kit is finally done!  After adding some finishing touches, Jen and I can proudly say that we have successfully wired a dollhouse!  Seeing your hard work come to fruition is very satisfying.  But isn’t that the case with every dollhouse you build or miniature you create?

Come on in. We've left the light on for you!

We started the Kiwi with the idea that we would focus on wiring and lighting and not so much on the finishing details.  Having said that, we still put stucco on the exterior and wallpapered a couple of rooms.  We wanted to  experience several different wiring situations while working with a couple of different fixtures. To wire a dollhouse is to take a real leap of faith.  We did lots and lots of prep work, running tapewire, spackling and using liner paper to hide the wiring.  Then we tested our work.  We actually held our breath when we held the tester to the tapewire to confirm good connections.  And then….there was light.  We got that “kid on Christmas morning feeling”.  We were on a roll. (more…)

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…)

ExtraBrite LED, Power Supply update

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Roombox Lighting with  ExtraBrite LEDsRoombox lighted with LED striplight 

  

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The Versatile Dollhouse

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

CVCAC Weatherization Dollhouse

Recently Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) came to Real Good Toys to help with their Weatherization Project. CVCAC offers weatherization services that include an energy audit to find out how your house can be made more energy efficient and comfortable. Energy renovation services include adding insulation, fixing holes, caulking cracks and gaps and improving ventilation.

Air can leak where electrical outlets are placed

Air leaks can be caused by wall penetrations that aren't sealed properly

The weatherization crew was scheduled to attend some local energy and home expos soon, and they thought a dollhouse would be just the tool they were looking for to demonstrate the no cost weatherization services they provide to income qualified Vermonters. We thought that was a great idea too! CVCAC purchased the Real Good Toys Ready-to-Decorate Finished Vermont Farmhouse dollhouse from our Factory Outlet Store to become their weatherization demo dollhouse. It was fun to work with them helping to decide how they might use certain materials to demonstrate the services they provide. They felt it was going to be much more effective to be able to show people where air can leak from your home rather than just telling them about it. They created a framed in wall with electrical wiring and plumbing, an outside electrical panel and garden hose, all showing penetrations that may not be sealed properly causing potential air leaks. They also showed how air can leak around the chimney in the attic.

Air can leak around a fireplace and chimney

The crew plans to electrify the dollhouse and do more work on depicting the weatherization services they provide, but so far the weatherization dollhouse has been a hit!  We hope that the word “leaks” out to other energy organizations so they can create a weatherization dollhouse to use in their energy education programs. Real Good Toys was very happy to have one of our dollhouses be part of this important project.

Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 4

Monday, December 13th, 2010

More Wiring:

use the layout stick from the EL-66 to mark for tapewire   Run the tapewire around the attic partition

The Dividers are in, and it’s time for a bit more wiring.  (more…)

LED Lighting in a Miniatures Showcase

Monday, June 7th, 2010
I’ve been answering questions about our new Extrabrite LED striplights and how to use them (and a picture is worth 1000 words!), so here’s the scoop:

LED lights are perfect for lighting up a display.

They are small, easy to install, and easy to keep out of the way; they are bright and use very little power; and they last a long, long time.  But the big advantage in LEDs inside a closed display is that LEDs turn most of their power into light – they make much less heat than incandesent bulbs so there’s no need for venting or fans. (more…)