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  1. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    OK, if you live in the LA area, you can have a Lace House! Unfortunately, it's a little expensive.   But also a cheap Canterbury:   And this house is still up for sale. It occurred to me that the windows at this point are probably worth more than the house.  
  2. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I thought the ad said local pick up only.
  3. Winchester

    I think those staircases are the fancy Lawbre ones specially made for that house.
  4. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    That is a bargain. Go for it!   Meantime, I'm actually thinking of getting htis house:
  5. Hofco kits question

    LOL Yes, definitely. I like to put mine together with duct tape or something that will hold the wood together (without gluing or nailing) and then just sit and stare at it or play with stairs and furniture. Some houses talk a lot when you do that and some just give you the cold shoulder. But it's still fun.
  6. Hofco kits question

    Probably because they'd have had to retool their machines to make the stairwell opening further toward the front of the house if the staircase is facing the back. Now me, I want my first floor staircase to be going front to back and then I want to move the second floor staircase over to the other side of the center hall and have it go back to front. It's easy to buy a jigsaw and change the openings to accommodate what you want in your stairs. Tim, another option is to get a staircase from another company and use it in the center hall going to the second floor. One of the things I'm thinking of is using in the Americana is the Hofco staircase on the first floor, but then getting a smaller (and steeper) staircase that goes to the third floor, maybe even putting it behind a door. I think I have a Carlson's staircase (I'd have to look) and those were only 2 1/2" wide as opposed to most regular staircases of 3". In most old houses, the first floor staircase was the one people saw when they came through the front door so it was built to make a statement, but the other staircases were meant to be private so they were smaller and plainer, like staircases going to servants' quarters or third floor bedrooms.
  7. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    So I had to go thumbing through catalogs again because I just knew I'd seen this house before. What would I do without you guys? LOL Anyway, the house is called the Bannockburn and was put out in a plan book by Sterling Designs by Joe Goddard. Finished size was 54"W x 18"D x 17"H. I'm surprised it's only 17" H - it looks a lot higher than that in the pictures.
  8. What are you up to today? This week?

    Thank you, Holly. I started feeling a little better last night and I feel 100% better this morning, although the arm still hurts. I feel for you with the root canal and the crown. I was supposed to go in for a root canal once and my job asked me to stay overnight, since the night shift person wasn't coming in. I was so relaxed the next morning at the dentist - I was falling asleep in the chair! Last year an old filling fell out along with a section of tooth. I was a little worried, because the tooth section showed all sorts of fractures. Worse, it happened when I was flossing, so now I'm afraid to floss. I love how you describe going in to meet your new ectrocardiologist . He's got a treat in store, doesn't he? But better to break him in early. And here's hoping the biopsy doesn't show anything.  
  9. What are you up to today? This week?

    So did anyone find out what happened to Jeannine? Today is one of those days for me. I had two new vaccines yesterday, one for shingles and one for pneumonia. My whole freaking body is now one big ramped up super germ fighting entity. I got up this morning and every muscle ached and I shivered until I took a hot bath this afternoon. That was a totally stupid thing to do, because it's hotter than Hades here again, so then I was too hot. I should have stuck to just being cold. Feeling better now, but feeling better doesn't mean I am feeling good. I think I want some knock out pills or something. You know, wake up feeling awful, take a pill, sleep for 24 hours and then wake up feeling better. Well, one more day of the heat. Then we can get back to being cold and miserable here again. I can hardly wait.
  10. Hofco kits question

    Really! I have the Americana and I always thought the staircase wasn't steep enough. LOL The Americana has a protruding front in the middle which is where the front door is and leads to the center hall. I always wanted to get rid of that jut and make a completely even front to the house, but I'm afraid the staircases won't fit into the hall if I take that extra 2" off. Did you find a certificate with your dollhouse? They're also supposed to come with an owner's deed or something like that.
  11. selling some more miniatures on ebay

    I wondered about that. When I was young and foolish (about 6 months ago), I was drooling to buy one of a limited run of Peter Stone model horses. The seller had it listed for $240 and there was a Make an Offer button beside the amount. So naturally, I offered $200 and I don't think the seller was very happy with me. She told me the horse was full price and I wondered at the time why she would put a Make an Offer button next to the price if she wanted full price for it. After reading your post, Grazhine, I think I know how that happened now. And no, I didn't buy the horse. There's nothing like having no money to teach you willpower. And even that doesn't stop me sometimes, but for just this one time, it did. *sigh*
  12. Timberbrook products coming back

    I think minirabbits on eBay is the only person bringing Timberbrook back and I have no idea what has happened in the last 4 years. I do know that Alessio now makes folding attic stairs and louvered closet doors, but I'm not a big fan of their products. The only thing I guess you could do would be to search for minirabbits on eBay and then send her a message. Or just do a search fro Timberbrook on eBay. I still do that and that's how I found my closet doors and my $5 Victorian door from Timberbrook.
  13. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I believe that's a house built from plans in a book. Hold on a minute - I think I have a pic of the book. Are all the windows like that? Because if so, the windows would be worth more than the house. I'd get the house for the windows alone. OK, here is a couple pics of the book:   So, no, not an ACP house, but a nice house just the same. Thank you for posting the pictures! That's the first time I've ever seen the inside.
  14. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    What's RCT?
  15. Hofco kits question

    Yes, you can. Aside from Duracraft and Greeenleaf dollhouses, most dollhouses made after the late 70s that come with 3/8" wood have standardized window and door openings that you can use with another company's door and windows. Houseworks is the most common one, but there are others, too. Standard window sizes are 2 1/2" x 5" for singles and 5" x 5" for double windows, and 3" x 7" for doors. Now there are exceptions. The Houseworks French door, for example, is 3" x 7 1/2", so if you have your heart set on putting a French door into a doorway that isn't that tall, you may have to cut an extra 1/2" out of the top. Carlson's windows and doors are still around and one of their single windows run 3" wide instead of 2 1/2". And Houseworks also makes a slim door as well. Always check the dimensions on any windows or doors you buy on eBay or Craig's List. I've seen some listed as 1" scale and when the sellers give the actual measurements, it's obvious the windows or doors are only 1/2" scale. What Hofco kit did you buy?
  16. Hofco kits question

    Yes, they came with doors, windows, staircases, and some trim to go on the outside. In addition, the houses also came with a certificate of ownership inside the kit. I may be wrong, but they may also have come with nails. I seem to get all of my kids pre-built or out of the box, so I really don't know. Sometimes you can find the doors and windows for sale on eBay separately. For instance, I plan to replace my Hofco house windows with other ones I found and I haven't decided yet if I want to sell the ones that came with the kit. The French doors are lovely, as they can be used for outside doors. I never liked the Houseworks French doors for anything but indoor doors. The staircases that I've seen are really, really nice, but I also plan to replace the balusters with others I've found.
  17. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    It seems to me I remember seeing a full page ad in one of the magazines for the Charmingland houses and they all had the heart in them. It's perfectly possible Hofco changed the specs a little on some of them. Look at how many changed the Americana dollhouse went through. Or maybe someone bought out the Charmingland line and decided to market it a little differently. The box in your picture says it's a Collector's Edition, too. I'm currently paging through the magazines Lisa gave me so if I see the ad again, I'll take a picture and post it. What's bothering me is I can't seem to find a picture of the cottage with the extended gable. By the way, has anyone seen this site yet?
  18. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I'm wondering if you have one of the Charmingland houses. I don't recall Hofco making any small houses except for those. Now RGT did get a lot of Walmer designs (along with some of the Batrie houses they got earlier) and some of those are similar to the ones RGT already made. I can't recall if they made 4 or 6 of them, but here are pictures of two:   The cottage that came from Walmer is (was, since they no longer make them) called the Kiwi Cottage and it had a very wide gable on the front, almost reaching across the length of the house. The picture in your post is simply called the Victorian Cottage Jr. I know the cottage you're talking about with the extended gable, but for the love of Mike, I can't seem to find a picture of it anywhere. I see it all the time and I can see it in my mind, but apparently it's a mirage. When I do find it, I'll post a pic so people can tell the difference.
  19. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Put that cat in a haunted house and see what happens.
  20. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I know my camera will turn itself off when I try to take a picture when it's trying to use a flash and the batteries are too low. Have you tried replacing the batteries in the camera to see if that will solve the problem? The other thing I do is, when I go to take a picture, a lot of the times I hit the on/off button instead of the take-a-picture button. Yeah, yeah, y'all can laugh now. (and I'm not insinuating Holly is anywhere near as dumb as I am) Something else you can all laugh at me about. I just noticed the other day that Holly's name is HavanaHolly. I've been reading it all these years as HavaHolly. Just pull out the little white jacket now and get my room ready....(and apologies to Holly)
  21. What are you up to today? This week?

    I was wondering about her myself just yesterday. Usually she posts on here all the time and lately I haven't seen any. I hope she's OK.
  22. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I think it's because one person puts their house on eBay for a high price and the rest follow suit. You notice none of these houses are really selling. I got my large Americana Hofco house off eBay for only $100, so they're out there. Somewhere.
  23. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    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
  24. Interesting story on Duracraft

    You're welcome! And welcome to the forum!
  25. I wasn't sure where to put this. Being this is a Greenleaf forum, I didn't want to drop a Dura-Craft article into the mini chat, but I also rationalized copying it here because of this: with over 4000 members I feel this forum is now a voice for all miniaturists and all dollhouses. We don't want to lose our past in miniatures and I can only hope the moderators agree with me. Anyway, I can't remember where I picked this up. It's actually a very small (4 pages not including covers) magazine which I think was distributed to wood stores. It's done by Roseburg Woodsman and was sent to Ridgewood Forest Products who knows how many decades ago. I am going to copy the article on Dura-Craft,because it's interesting, especially to those who own Dura-Craft dollhouses. And keep in mind, Dura-Craft was known as R. B. Howell Co. when they first started marketing their houses. The article is as follows: "Back in the 1970's, Dura-Craft Inc. manufactured a line of wood products that included furniture and mobile home accessories. Then a customer suggested the Newberg, Oregon, firm begin making miniature house kits as well, and everything changed. Dave Christie, President, and Milo Chapman, Vice President, were skeptical at first. They found it hard to believe that people would be willing to pay upwards of a hundred dollars for what were, after all, only dollhouses. Nevertheless, they gave the idea a try. When 400 of the diminutive dwellings sold in the first quarter of production, the began to recognize the potential of the product. Today, Dura-Craft's other operations have been sold or phased out, and the Newberg plant produces only miniature mansions, at a rate of more than 100,000 kits a year. Once sold only in regional craft and specialty shops, Dura-Craft kits are now found on the shelves of home improvement centers and discount department stores nationwide. Meanwhile, the company's product line has grown from a single design to nine current models ranging in price from $10 to $300 each. Dura-Craft's more basic, less expensive models include three constructed principally of die-cut Lauan. But the more elaborate houses that make up more than 70 percent of sales feature such realistic details as tongue-and-groove clapboard siding, bay windows, and hardwood floors made of Oak and Walnut veneer. The siding and some other components are shaped and molded from clear White Pine using custom-modified milling equipment designed in the company's own machine shop. Because the miniature houses are built in a scale of one inch to one foot, Dura-Craft is able to utilize many short lengths of lumber that full-scale builders would find inconvenient to use. And the quantities are surprising. In 1987, for example, it took three semitrailer trucks to supply enough material for the millions of tiny shingles the company produced. Who buys these little houses? A significant group is known to the trade as "the grandfather market", but there is a thriving market consisting of serious collectors, many of whom are willing to spend $10,000 or more customizing and furnishing their Lilliputian castles with everything from crystal chandeliers to tiny books printed in minuscule type. Some custom-crafted miniatures carry price tags that actually rival those of full-scale homes. The houses that Dura-Craft builds may be small, but the world they occupy is full-sized." I am posting a pic of the cover of this little magazine which features Milo Chapman standing next to the Queen Anne. I am also posting the article itself here so you guys can see the layout, and then an enlargement of each page (ever wonder where all those Brookwoods come from on eBay? Now you know! LOL) And because I know you all are dying to see it up close, I am also posting a single enlargement of that customized San Franciscan. Enjoy.