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
 
Rc2 Brands Incorporated
(563) 875-2000
2021 9th St Se
Dyersville, IA
 
Hobbycraft Shop
(319) 754-4979
803 Jefferson St
Burlington, IA
 
Stout's Distributing
(563) 388-9572
5119 Tremont Ave
Davenport, 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
 
Winnebago Tribe-Ne Gaming
(712) 428-7305
1501 330th St
Sloan, IA
 
Toy Tractor's Things
(319) 882-3532
232 S Main St
Tripoli, IA
 
Vortex Crystal & Gem
(319) 337-3434
211 E Washington St
Iowa City, 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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