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A really crazy story...
My passion for miniatures recently got me into a really bizarre situation...
I collect finely hand sculpted wood furniture... in real size... one of my hobbies is hunting for beautiful pieces of furniture, often in a state of disrepair, and restoring them back to life. So naturally my passion started to bleed into my miniature hobby and I began searching for vintage furniture pieces. Lundby is a personal favorite of mine, but after starting my 1:24 project I discovered the wonders of Bespaq, Hanson, JBM and so many other fantastic artists that I couldn't find locally. Most of what I managed to collect came from all over the world, previously owned, mint or broken. I'm not exactly concerned with the 'collectors value' of a piece, I enjoy the process of searching for pieces that I'm missing and just mixing it up, if I like it I'll get it and if it's broken it can be fixed.
So I was “furniture hunting” of the miniature kind and came across this beautiful carved table I had never seen before, great condition and a nice deal too so I grabed it. I kept picturing on my mind where I could place it in my 'mini home', when it finally arrived I open the package with anticipation and..... I find Harley Davidson Merch! My partner is a bike enthusiast, so I ask him if he had ordered anything recently on Ebay... then we check the labels and the receipt inside... it was not ours. After some detective work we managed to piece out what happened, on the journey to its destination someone had switched the labels on the packages, and somewhere out there a bike enthusiast had received dollhouse furniture lol. Luckily I managed to get in contact with the other person, and we sorted out this situation ourselves. I am very happy and grateful that this lovelly table ended up on the hands of a nice person who was kind enough to return it to me, such honesty and kindness is a thousand times better than a refund!
The table arrived with one leg broken, and I imagine the person who first received it thought it was maybe their fault and tried to fix it.... with 'crazy glue' lol! So I've spent a good portion of the day carefully scraping off the bits of cyanoacrylate adhesive from the wood, and put it back together with proper glue. I think it's setting well together now, and the shape on the top is just perfect for the mini radio I made recently. Attached a couple pics of the table after repairs, dunno if you can tell which leg was broken.. there is a very tiny seam but I figured is probably best to not try to redo the veneer since everything else is pretty much in good shape. I think it's a vintage Bespaq piece but I can't find it on their catalogues, its shape is very unusual and I love it!
Ebay Store and Etsy Shop
Hello everyone, long time no see.
Between a big move to my art studio last Summer and more Dollhouse/Art shows being added to my schedule, my miniatures and I have been zig-zagging across western/central New York. It's been an interesting experience and come September (Sept. 25th - WNYME Dollhouse Show in Hamburg, NY), all of my tiny creations will start traveling again, but for now most of my inventory plans on spending the Summer online.
So if you missed me at a show, or you would like to browse my artist offerings, you can find my work available at my Etsy shop; https://www.etsy.com/shop/KyleLefort
And a large portion of my inventory is also posted at my eBay store; http://stores.ebay.com/kylelefort
I have been posting a few new items each week on eBay and once I'm out of store listings there I will start adding more to Etsy, so feel free to check back later.
~ By request, I also have plans to focus more on 1:48 scale items this year. Since 1:48 is a scale I only began working in because I was asked to a few years ago, I'm open to suggestions for new items. If there's anything in my shops that you'd like to see made in 1:48 or there is something that you have a tough time finding for your collections fell free to shout it out here. I'm not planning on accepting any commissions, but I would like to make sure that the super tiny things I create are actually things that other people would enjoy. I have a big magnifying glass now (such a good idea) and am more willing than ever to attempt to do cool stuff in that tiny scale.
Listed Items on eBay
I've been focused on reorganizing and purging in anticipation of getting my new laser cutter late this year, and have listed some items I either don't need, or know I won't use, on eBay. Thanks for looking
Do you sell your dollhouses?
Hi, there folks! I introduced myself a few months back and then dove right into building two back to back kits, one for each of my daughters. I built an Orchid, took a break for a few days, and then built a Westville. During that time, I really didn't need to lean on everyone here as much as I thought I would, and I didn't spend time posting or reading here because I was building. I really, really loved it. I finished last week, and am extremely proud of how they turned out. Cleaning up my workspace and putting away my supplies left me bereft. Sooooooo I bought another kit. My Laurel is on its way! I guess the plan is to build it and then try to sell it locally, maybe to a friend. Is that what many of y'all do? Because I think I'm going to be doing this. And doing it again. And again. I caught the bug. I've got the fever. And I am not going to turn my garage into a gallery. My knitting and crochet compulsion is much more manageable/useful.
I'm wondering what you folks do with your houses. If you sell your work, I want to hear about it! My husband is all for me making a little cash from something I enjoy doing. Thanks, and forgive me if this question is asked once a week on this forum.
Closeout Special in my eBay Store - 30% Off
I have some items I need to move as I get ready for show season. I have about 60 items marked down 30%. There is a lot of JBM furniture as it is onesies and twosies that are left in my inventory. The furniture has FREE shipping. This is all I have of these items. Once they are sold I will not be buying more. In cases like the JBM, there are no more. PM me with any questions and I hope all is well with everyone.
Go to my "All About Miniatures" store and click on "Closeouts."