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  1. How hard can it be? Fly into Sacramento. Hire a U-Haul, pick up the dollhouse, and drive back home. I may be wrong, but I think they made 4 versions of the Charmingland houses.They all had a heart in a window somewhere. I think that's a bit pricey for that one. By maybe $600 or so... LOL
  2. Way to go, Matt! I just kept looking and looking at it with no idea. Is there a picture of the little porch on the other side? I always wanted to see that.
  3. I'd kill for those stairs!
  4. I was, but it's interesting to know who collect other magazines, too. I used to have a 4ft pile of homeplan magazines that I left behind when I moved to Washington. I'm still kicking myself for that. I also threw out all the old science magazines that I'd had forever. Then, when I came up here, I started collecting home decoration magazines. I had a huge pile and someone at work wanted to read them, so I brought them in and put them behind her desk. A few days later I asked if she was enjoying them and she said she hadn't taken them home yet. Needless to say, we couldn't find them any
  5. We had a Fred Meyer store here that had the most awesome magazine selection. Then they moved it and I think halved the number of magazines they ordered. Now it just sucks. I finally got everything sorted (until the next invasion). See that space between the magazines where my clock is? That space is now about 2" wide because I put a fourth pile of magazines in there. There are still two 12" piles of Miniature Collector on my cabinet that I have no idea what I'm going to do with. There were 23 duplicate magazines. Unfortunately, I did dump a lot of the hardcover books. Most of them wer
  6. I think I must have kept every miniature magazine, book, how-to publication, and catalog I ever got my hands on. Today Lisa gave me a good portion of her magazines and books. These are some pictures I took of all the magazines while I was sorting them. What you can't see in this picture is that there's another plastic bag holding a pile of magazines behind the table that my water glass is on. I found it when I thought I had everything sorted and put away. That whole shelf under the collies and the stuffed animals is miniature magazine
  7. I saw this house and thought the same thing. It is so pretty and has endless potential! That's the one with the sun room on the side of the living room. I'd love to have that house, but I think I'm done collecting large dollhouses.
  8. You guys realize this is a Greenleaf Jefferson, right?
  9. Tim, that first house is an American Crafts Queen Anne Rowhouse, a house most of us would give their eyeteeth for. Back in the mid 80s, the house sold for about $300 then for just the kit. I found this the other day: https://corvallis.craigslist.org/for/d/corvallis-richard-carlson-unique/6841501449.html And there's this on eBay, the front-opening Colonial from the kit or the 3-in-one planbook: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Large-WOODEN-doll-house-Federal-Period-All-custom/273768054049?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D201603
  10. Thanks, guys. I didn't know we were supposed to clean the dollhouses. I thought dust was there to protect the roof.
  11. You know, that would make sense that it would be from Lawbre. They have the windows for this dollhouse for sale on their website.
  12. I think I have a bunch of these newel posts that I got from The Dollhouse Factory back in the 80s. This was the old Dollhouse Factory before it was sold to the current owners, and I may be wrong, but I think that store has now gone out of business. I have these posts in various heights, so if you could send me the length of the bottom (from the ground up to the top of the square base), I could look and see if mine matches. OK, then, as I was sitting here, I realized that the posts and balusters were an arm's length from me, so I photographed them the best I could. Does this look like
  13. I'm not really sure. I think the company went out of business sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, but I'm not sure what decade they started. I would hazard a guess maybe in the late 70s to early 80s? I don't remember a whole lot of commercial dollhouse companies before then.
  14. The tower was always my favorite part of that house. I love the closeup of it!
  15. Thank you, everyone! Cynthia and Jackie - that's a definite yes to both of you, but it may be years before I even open the box. Now I'm considering making the entire central section of the house an open air plaza, taking the roof and 2nd floor off over that area. I'll bring a staircase up the right side (facing the house) and then the little people will walk across a balcony above the front door to get into the bedroom. Meantime, I may have to sacrifice part of the upstairs porch for a bathroom. Well, those are my ideas today. They'll probably change tomorrow.
  16. Someone on Offerup had an Artply Highland dollhouse for sale. The ad was a week old and I figured someone already got it, but it was still available. It was only about 30 miles, so I drove down there this afternoon and got it. I've wanted the Highland forever and I'd like to make a Spanish house out of it. But if I have to sell it, for once I think I got a house that can be called an investment. It's still sealed in the box and the box is in PERFECT condition. You'd think I just bought it out of a store. But I'm thrilled to death. Here's a pic of what it will look like put together:
  17. That's an S/W Crafts house called Grandpa's House, I think. Sonia Messer is and isn't pricey, depending on who's selling it. I got a long Sonia Messer table and 6 chairs to it for only $50 a couple years ago. The chairs weren't the ones that went with the table, but I didn't care. I saw someone at the time selling a single chair for $59 and I think that chair is still up for auction. I also got a Sonia Messer black walnut vanity desk and stool from Shellie's Miniature Mania when Shellie had her stuff on eBay and I only paid $15 for that. I think if you do a search for
  18. That's the Joseph Angel house and the signature underneath probably spells Clell Boyce who was the designer. The 52 means it was number 52 made. Each house was numbered and signed. I notice it has all the original windows it's supposed to have. I believe (I'm not sure) that Derek Perkins made those windows and they had to be purchased separately for the house. Your house is a little unusual because of the double front doors and where they're placed. The front door on most JA houses was placed around the corner and it was a single door. I actually like that configuration much better my
  19. Well, I spent all day yesterday looking at things like garages, trailer covers, and things of that nature, but came to the conclusion that they were either too expensive or not what I want. So I am going to call some handymen and see what they can do about the leaks. I also got on an RV forum and am getting help there. I did call someone about bringing some gravel out and laying it down as a solid place to put the trailer. He insists he needs to see the site, so I'm meeting him tomorrow at my lot. I've already explained to him that you can't see the slope of the land under the snow, but I gues
  20. That looks a lot like the Houseworks front-opening Victorian. Since those houses were also done as plans in the 3-in-1 book, it's not out of the realm to imagine the builder may have decided to alter the plans a little. Those beams - are you sure they're supportive? Have you tried taking a chisel or screwdriver to just see if they come off the walls? The other thing you might want to do is check the size of the fireplace in that room. Miniature fireplaces have various sizes. Some fireplaces are 6" across and some are only 4" across with height accordingly. I just saw a lovely
  21. Thank you for that, Tracy. Now I have one more I can add to memory. DO you know if the doors and windows are original to the house? ANd do you have the measurements?
  22. That house you weren't sure about is a Walmer Victorian house.
  23. But Kathie - I LIKE snow! Having my own place is sort of losing its luster. Today I was trying to find out how much it would cost to put a roof over the trailer. I think we're going to look at cheap tarps instead. Then I called about getting some gravel put down for a more permanent base. The guy wants to come out and look at the site on Wednesday, so guess where I'll be? Everything is sounding expensive and I'm starting to reconsider moving into my car again. I thought those orbs were just big snowflakes! If my trailer is haunted, it better be haunted with ghosts that can fi
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