Doll Shops Fort Gratiot MI

Local resource for doll shops in Fort Gratiot. 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.

Toys R US
(810) 385-8886
4235 24th Ave
Fort Gratiot, MI
 
Pastime Hobbies
(810) 982-2874
2700 Pine Grove Ave Unit 16
Port Huron, MI
 
Kites Fun Things
(734) 454-3760
1049 S Main St
Plymouth, MI
 
Richies Playhouse Collectible Toys
(517) 483-8697
15487 S Us Highway 27
Lansing, MI
 
Gentile's Antique Dolls
(248) 625-7797
4271 Ellis Rd
Clarkston, MI
 
Blue Water Hobbies
(810) 984-8764
3239 Turnberry
Port Huron, MI
 
Academic Gadgets
(810) 354-2687
814 10th Street
Port Huron, MI
Hours
10-5

Battle Ground Games
(586) 427-3962
23540 Van Dyke Ave
Warren, MI
 
Sand Castle Dockside
(269) 857-2323
360 Water St
Saugatuck, MI
 
Learning Gizmos
(586) 757-8488
23601 Van Dyke Ave
Warren, MI
 

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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