Doll Shops Mason City IA

Local resource for doll shops in Mason City. 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.

Eastside Trains Radio Contro
(641) 423-1748
1631 4th St Sw
Mason City, IA
 
North Iowa Arms
(641) 357-3545
810 N 8th St
Clear Lake, IA
 
Plainfield Toys
(319) 276-3401
702 Main St
Plainfield, IA
 
Grandpa's Toys
(515) 332-2976
1206 15th St N
Humboldt, IA
 
Susie's Keepsakes
(563) 928-6844
502 S Locust St
Edgewood, IA
 
Oak Leaf Collectibles
(641) 424-0333
23 5th St Sw
Mason City, IA
 
Your Old Friends Doll Shop
(641) 424-0984
23 5th St SW
Mason City, IA
 
Wholeforgifts
(515) 576-5582
9 N 12th St
Fort Dodge, IA
 
Larsen Dolls 'n' Woodworks
(641) 755-2624
6292 Panorama Dr
Panora, IA
 
Evers Toy Store
(563) 875-2438
204 1st Ave E
Dyersville, 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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