Doll Shops South Bend IN

Local resource for doll shops in South Bend. 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.

Griffon Bookstore
(574) 287-5533
121 W Colfax Ave
South Bend, IN
 
Game Crazy
(574) 299-4899
4502 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
 
Game Crazy
(574) 243-5369
2202 S Bend Ave
South Bend, IN
 
K-B Toys
(574) 272-5550
6501 Grape Rd
Mishawaka, IN
 
Toys R US
(574) 277-4928
6011 Grape Rd
Mishawaka, IN
 
Team Stalker
(574) 232-6111
713 Rex Street
South Bend, IN
Services
Toy Stores, Knives and Cutlery Retail, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Bumper Stickers

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Fantasy Games
(574) 277-1133
52025 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN
 
Buymetoys.com
(574) 271-8697
6327 University Commons
South Bend, IN
 
Hobbyland Incorporated
(574) 255-1722
2564 Miracle Ln
Mishawaka, IN
 
Imagine That
(574) 254-1600
707 N Main St
Mishawaka, IN
 
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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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