Friday, May 21, 2010
The House that Jack Build Wooden Dollhouses
As I clear away old toys from my children's playroom, I feel a little sad. Most of the toys are not really recyclable, and they didn’t last long either. I remember purchasing them with excitement and the look of excitement the kids had when they first played with them. Soon, most of the toys joined the other toys in the land of misused or abandoned toys.
I am also reviewing my offerings in my stores for the 2010-2011 selling season. I am cleaning house there too. The world does not need any more cheap plastic, electronic, faux wood or otherwise disposable, temporary toys! My family and I went on a tour of the House of Seven Gables in Salem MA last fall, and I was amazed at the beautiful furnishings, the gleaming woods and rich fabrics that have endured the test of time. They are heirlooms. That is what good lasting toys should be as well.
That is what a nice wooden dollhouse should be. An heirloom is lovingly past from one generation to next, sometimes remodeled, but always enduring and endearing. I see some of my favorite manufacturers starting to see this need too, and I am thrilled!
In 2010, Melissa and Doug, one of my all time favorite toy manufacturers released their newly acquired line of dollhouses called, “The House that Jack Built.”
Each beautiful dollhouse is natural, unpainted wood, ready to assemble, shingle, and decorate by its owner’s family. There are enchanted Victorians, classic colonials, and warm cottages to choose from. The dollhouses are crafted from 3/8” plywood and are 1:12 scale, to fit 6 inch dolls. They take some time to complete. They are not for a quick last minute gift-giving idea! These dollhouse are heirloom quality and say “with Love” from the gift giver to the recipient.
These houses have what it takes to look and feel like a house you could just live in yourself. They are available in many sizes and styles to suite every miniature enthusiast. The grand dame of the line is the Lady Anna
followed closely by Holly Ann, and Katherine Victorian dollhouses.
Details include oval pane windows in the tower and a window’s peak walk. The Katherine has hinged doors that open to reveal 6 rooms and 2 additional attic rooms. The Katherine is 37” x 31” x 20” when assembled.
For a city dwelling, consider the Mansard townhouse, reminscient of the classic Bostonian brownstones! This townhouse features 4 floors of spacious living in a 23” x 40” x 14” wide.
If your dolls prefer a country home, you may consider a large country colonial like the one the TV classic family, the Walton’s lived in! The appropriately named “walton” includes a covered front porch and 3 floors of living space including the attic. John Boy would be proud. Others in this style include the Lisa Kay with a double front porch on the 1st and 2nd floor and French doors.
For a simpler look, try the moderate Lit Bit or Aunt Ellie, or Cassie.
Have a vacation getaway home in mind? You may consider the smaller sea or lakeside abode, the cute gingerbread cottages: Christy’s cottage, Kotton Kandy ( keep Hansel and Gretel away!) or the Mary Jo.
Whatever your choice, you will not be disappointed in your “House that Jack Built” dollhouse. You can find these fine dollhouses on Amazon.com
You may prefer other dollhouse retailers specializing in dollhouse miniatures: