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I think people get excited when they see expensive dollhouses on Ebay ("I had no idea a house could sell for that much!"), but what they don't consider is that Asking is Not Getting. Those houses HAVEN'T sold for that much, that's why they're still for sale. Some of those houses have been listed for over a decade. Not an exaggeration, I remember talking about some of those houses with a friend who died in 2010.
To be really, truly successful you'd have to do entirely bespoke work, which means not only a scratch-built house but also handmade finishes, and custom doors and windows with no pre-made components that everyone into dollhouses recognizes as store-bought Houseworks or Alessio or whatever. If you have the talent to compete with Mulvany and Rogers, you might be able to pull it off.
Even then you'd likely need to get written up in dollhouse and miniatures magazines for name recognition. For that, you'd probably need to attend the larger and more famous shows such as in Chicago (or preferably England) to exhibit your work. You can imagine how expensive that would be.
You might be able to find people in the Dallas area who will pay you to build kits they've purchased, but I can almost guarantee you'll largely be dealing with correcting a lot of mistakes after they've mostly finished them but given up. I like rehabbing dollhouses but I don't do it for anyone else. I've helped others with simple tasks like painting and wallpapering, for which I didn't charge anything, but completely fixing a terribly built house from the bottom up? No way!
There are so many houses for sale cheap on Ebay or, to avoid high shipping charges, locally on Craigslist. Most sell for a small fraction of what the original kit or materials would have cost. I got a Lawbre Rosedawn for less than just what the six columns retail for, and it came with all the other expensive components (and the useless over-priced additions for both sides!). Many dollhouses for sale are even furnished. I've bought houses for $50-$75 just to get the hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of light fixtures and collectible furnishings inside, and then the houses themselves got gifted As-Is or simply put out onto the curb with a big FREE sign.
I mention all of that because they are the sorts of things you'd be competing against. As Holly pointed out, you can read all the previous posts in this thread. I've probably repeated much of what others have said (sorry, I skimmed, didn't over-analyze it all!). I hate to discourage but if you can figure out how to make a living selling dollhouses, be sure to let us know the secret.
Vanessa, it's more a hobby than a job. Maybe if you try to sell for the cost of materials. No one would ever really buy a house if labor was included. Even then, cheaper plastic houses from Fisher price hold up better for little kids' play than the artwork created by someone building, decorating, and furnishing a dollhouse.
How is your house Muriel. I was thinking of you a few days ago when sorting out my silks, did you finally manage to get your curtains sorted.
My Fairfield is on hold too as I am completely gutting and sorting my craft room, which of course involves the whole house as I have stuff stashed all over.. crazy. I spent a quiet afternoon yesterday sorting my dressmaking pins and sewing needles..ditto t al my knitting needles etc.
I envy you Christmas house. I stll have a bultt but bare house here that I may do as one so I am watching yor post very carefully. I forget it;s name but it is a small MDF one.
Looking forward to your update,