Doll Shops Ankeny IA

Local resource for doll shops in Ankeny. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to doll houses, doll clothes, doll accessories, doll collections, toy dolls, Barbie dolls, and porcelain dolls, as well as advice and content on doll museums.

Learning Post Limited
(515) 964-3494
1802 Se Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
 
Midwest Toy Company
(515) 243-8697
615 New York Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Higgins Collector Diecast Toys
(515) 276-3443
3815 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Mary's Doll Hospital
(515) 265-7740
4029 E 27th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Hobby Haven
(515) 276-8785
2575 86th St
Urbandale, IA
 
Cheryl's Dolls
(515) 282-8912
255 Nw 51st Pl
Des Moines, IA
 
Fun Toys Games
(515) 276-4586
3850 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Teddy Bear Connection
(515) 270-8494
3850 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Learning Post
(515) 331-8008
2761 100th St
Urbandale, IA
 
Scientific Games Intl
(515) 727-4600
4424 Nw Urbandale Dr
Urbandale, IA
 

Confessions of a Doll-shop-a-holic

Written by Alison Rasmussen   
Are you looking for good deals on dolls? Let me share my tips with you.
Now that I have your attention, I’ll open with my biggest secret: I’m probably the worst bargain shopper in the world when it comes to dolls.

My main problem is loyalty. I have a couple of favorite dealers, even when I come across a better price elsewhere. There are benefits to frequenting a favorite dealer:
  • Customer loyalty programs. Repeat customers often get the best prices from dealers, especially on newly released dolls.
  • Dealer insider specials. If my dealer goes to a convention or show, often she can pick up a special doll or outfit with me in mind.
  • Patronizing the smaller shop. I feel good that my dolly dollars are supporting small business.
A part of my collection is unusual and narrow in focus, and I have commissioned several unique outfits from artists. While this may not be the best way to get a bargain, I am sure to find exactly what I need this way. I’ve found a few people whose work I admire, and I have returned for more pieces later. The benefits are:
  • The artist is familiar with my taste.
  • I’m familiar with the artist’s needs and work habits.
  • The second commission will most likely fit in with my collection, since the artist’s former work is similar in style.
In my collection, I’ve found I really enjoy one-of-a-kind creations. And I really like supporting individuals--be they seamstress, doll art...

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