Doll Shops Brookline MA

Local resource for doll shops in Brookline. 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.

Brookline News Gift Shop
(617) 566-9634
313 Harvard St
Brookline, MA
 
A Piece of Heaven Limited
(617) 566-1321
18 Atherton Rd # 2
Brookline, MA
 
Irvings Toy & Card Shop
(617) 566-9327
371 Harvard St
Brookline, MA
 
Henry Bear's Park
(617) 264-2422
19 Harvard St
Brookline, MA
 
Compleat Strategist
(617) 267-2451
201 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA
 
Magic Beans
(617) 264-2326
1319b Beacon St
Brookline, MA
 
Imaginarium Toy Center
(617) 232-3807
312 Harvard St
Brookline, MA
 
Puppet Showplace Theater
(617) 731-6400
32 Station St
Brookline, MA
 
Every Little Thing
(617) 782-2669
163 Harvard Ave # 617
Allston, MA
 
New England Comics
(617) 783-1848
131 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA
 

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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