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A dolls' house with a bomb shelter!

18 January 2013

An unusual 1960s tin dolls' house has been brought to our attention which is unusual in the way it reflects designs of the time.

It was designed at the height of the Cold War between the East and the West and as such includes an integral bomb shelter!

Hard to believe now that the world was at the brink of a potential third world war (or worse) and thank goodness the superpowers made the right choices.

Take a look at this house. It’s a Marx metal dolls' house, a Colonial Mansion which is up for sale on ebay in the States!

Ebay versus Etsy

22 April 2009

Ebay has been around for so long now that it's common knowledge that the auction site can hold some real bargains for us dolls' house and miniature enthusiasts.  But do you know about Etsy.com? A great site for browsing and buying hand made, individual pieces. Although largely based in the USA, there are a growing numbers of miniaturists from the UK selling their bespoke goods through this website.

There are some great features, such as the 'shop local' tool which means you can find shops in your area (for miniatures and dolls' houses or other treats!) and the 'Pounce' tool shows you those sellers who have just sold something, and those who are still waiting for their first sale, a great tool to find some one undiscovered!

Unlike Ebay, there's no bidding involved, just the straight price, but most sellers will reduce shipping costs if you purchase more than one item from them. You can chose from anything you might think of for  your dolls' house, including a totally new and unique one.

We're off for a little browse right now!

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