Miss Evie has been talking a lot lately about wanting a dollhouse and doll family. There was one conversation that went something like this:
Evie: I want a neighborhood of dollhouses
Me: They take up a lot of room so we would have to get rid of some of your toys
Evie: we can get rid of ALL of my toys
Me: you would let me get rid of all of your toys if you got a neighborhood of dollhouses?
Needless to say, we won't be getting a whole neighborhood of dollhouses but I was excited to start looking for what to get for her and maybe do it for Christmas. I was really wanting to get a wood one instead of plastic so I started looking at Melissa and Doug and Plan Toys for starters to see prices and options. Here are some of my favorites!
Well, lets just say that wood dollhouses are not cheap! And if I'm anything, its frugal, so it is quite painful for me to pay full price for anything, especially when that means over $100 before any dolls or furnishings! So, I went to my trusty Amazon.com and did my search there... it was better but still a lot more than I would prefer to pay. So on a whim, I did a search for dollhouse in Craigslist...
Most of the listings were for the plastic ones, which I didn't eliminate right away but then I found one that was almost 3 weeks old and just said "make an offer" with a picture like this:
I sent an email to see if it was still available and then started trying to find out which brand it was and how much it cost new... I was stuck because I only found the Melissa and Doug furnished house
and this Plan Toys My First Dollhouse
So that right there was just a crazy amazing deal, but my story is not over yet ;)
Well, Monday night we drove down to pick it up and as we are going to the garage she says "Oh and I found another piece... it is 3 levels now." Um, WHAT?! She had forgotten this piece below:
This add on piece with garage and more rooms and stairs retails for 69.99 so I was thinking, great she's leading up to telling me she wants more money for it... so I ask if $10 is still okay and she says yes, just get it out of my house. YIPPEE! But I totally understand too, because no lie, this thing is HUGE! All stacked up it is almost 3 feet tall and over 2 and 1/2 feet wide! Just look!
So, for now Evie doesn't know about it and I managed to hide it in the garage because it does need aired out a bit and wiped down from being stored. I am wrestling between giving it to her right away or TRYING to wait until Christmas (yes, I know that is 8 months away) and stocking up on the dolls and furnishings bit by bit until then...