Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hightstown Miniature Show

Just a quick post to share my spoils from a local dollhouse show that I attended yesterday in Hightstown, NJ, about 15 minutes away from me: The Hightstown Annual Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale. As I mentioned in my previous post, I rarely go to shows and had not been to this one, which is in its 33rd (!) year, but I really had no excuse, considering how close it is to me!

I'm glad I went. It was super crowded and often hard to navigate, but there were some gems to be found in the 1-1/2 hours I was there. Oddly, I felt like I was the only one negotiating...nothing crazy, and my offers were always fair, but I didn't see bargaining going on. Personally, I can't help it...it's how I was raised! :)

So, here's my finds. As you might imagine, traditional styles reigned, but I did manage to score some great modern stuff.

Check out these two gorgeous artisan-made shelving units sold by a mother and daughter team; the maker's name is Bruce Dawson, and he has an Etsy shop. You'll see his initials on the bottom of one of the units. They were marked down and I negotiated further to get them both for $20.


Some nice outdoor trees, two bags for $15 (originally marked down to $17.50)

Kids toys, accents, and games (all between .25 and $2) 

Two Native American looking rugs, for $4

An Art Deco style bed, for $5

A very surprising find of a Scandinavian style chair and table by Re-ment (one of my favorites) for $2 in a clearance bin

Some vintage TOMY bath items, for $2

Two cute patio chairs ($5), a galvanized tub ($1) and a basket of fruit (.50)

Cool wallpaper (two sheets for $5)

A carved wooden mini Asian shelf for $7

Not too bad, eh? Can't wait to use some of these soon!

26 comments:

  1. Whoa! Score! They are having a "Blind Mice" show here in August. I have actually never been to a show.

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    1. Thanks, cowboybunny! You should try to go! Blind Mice is a huge show, so it might be good to prioritize your path through all the stalls. I find in general that I don't always see things on the first round around ;)

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  2. I think it's the challenge of bargaining that I like too! It looks like you scored pretty well at the show. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. Yup, Mad for Mod, I agree on the challenge of bargaining. I do feel good about my purchases.

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  3. Great purchase! Glad you went to the show. ;)

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    1. Me, too, Eliana! I should really thank my husband for hanging with the kids while I was there. :)

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  4. Bruce sells his things on etsy... his store is store is bedminiatures... I have a couple things he made custom for me and they turned out beautifully (and reasonably priced as well, considering the time he puts into them).

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    1. Thanks a lot, roxygirl88! I updated my post with Bruce's correct name and also linked to his Etsy shop -- much appreciated. I like sharing new sources of quality artisan work.

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  5. Great finds! Love the shelves! You did very well! :D

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    1. Thanks, Kathi! I love the shelves too...can't wait to set them up in one of my houses. :)

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  6. Fantastic minis and prices.
    Bye Faby

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    1. Hi, Faby! I'm pretty happy with my purchases!

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  7. Alright, that's it, I have to hunt myself down some doll shows to attend!!

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    1. Yes, do, Heather, and share your spoils! ;) I do think they are worth attending, although there is that time commitment. This one was in a room at a church, but I did at least seven rounds of the space. I always saw something new on the next round.

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  8. I've been searching for a huge galvanized tub, man! The shelving units are also great. And the retro patio chairs = ohh! You always have to dig but you got some great stuff, friend! Oh if only modern were more popular...

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    1. Hey, MC! I do like the little tub...I think it will come in handy in a variety of settings. The chairs are cute and I like their colors. I definitely got a few odd looks from folks when they asked me what I was looking for. The term "modern" also had many different meanings for different folks...

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  9. Wow, you got lots of great things, I really like the orange bath items. I don't think that it ever hurts to try to bargain, the worst that can happen is they say no.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! The TOMY bath items are indeed cute, and in great condition. I agree with you on the bargaining, and no one said no in this case. I kept it very fair. I figured they were there to sell!

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  10. You really cleaned up at the Fair! I believe I like the wood shelves, Navajo rugs, and wall paper the best. Looking forward to seeing them all in use.

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    1. Hey, studioseven! It was a surprising success. I might try to use those three things you like in a scene. The shelves don't fit in the Villa Sibi, so perhaps the Citadel. Hmmm....

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  11. Thank you for sharing. What's the name of that wallpaper? I'd like to try to find a piece or two. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Angie! Unfortunately, the wallpaper is not labeled. They were sold as remnants, so I don't know the maker. Sorry!

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  12. WOW!!! What great finds! Congrats. That's quite a haul at some great prices. Good bargaining! :D

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    1. Thanks, Mini Dork! The damage was kept to a reasonable minimum, so I was happy. :)

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