Doll Shops Grand Rapids MI

Local resource for doll shops in Grand Rapids. 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.

Pooh's Corner
(616) 942-9887
1886 1/2 Breton Rd Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Hopschotch Childrens Store
(616) 233-4008
958 Lake Dr Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Valueland
(616) 257-5232
1701 Porter St Sw
Wyoming, MI
 
Minds in Motion
(616) 363-8434
5258 Plainfield Ave Ne Ste B
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Suburban Five Ten
(616) 532-7198
815 36th St Sw
Wyoming, MI
 
Mary Jo's Enchanted Doll Clst
(616) 243-0403
857 Maxwell Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Creative Learning Toys
(616) 975-9019
1200 E Paris Ave Se Ste 3
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Debby Company
(616) 364-7660
3170 Plainfield Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Rider's Hobby Shop
(616) 247-9933
2055 28th St Se Ste 12
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Learning Express
(616) 949-2000
3665 28th St Se Ste 5c1
Grand Rapids, 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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