Doll Shops Fairview Heights IL

Local resource for doll shops in Fairview Heights. 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.

Games Stop
(618) 239-9585
5957 N Illinois St
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(618) 398-7909
10850 Lincoln Trl
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Toys R US
(618) 394-1100
120 Commerce Ln
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Red Board Hobbies
(618) 233-3618
2331 Old Collinsville Rd
Belleville, IL
 
Image of You
(618) 234-7963
48 S 59th St
Belleville, IL
 
Parent Teacher Tools Incorporated
(618) 632-3777
2073 W Us Highway 50
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Build-A-Bear Workshop
(618) 622-0737
288 Saint Clair Sq
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Yo Momma Yo-Yoo Store
(618) 628-6900
134 Saint Clair Sq
Fairview Heights, IL
 
Tribout Distributors
(618) 234-0388
1701 W Main St
Belleville, IL
 
Edge
(618) 236-2101
701 S Belt W
Belleville, IL
 

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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