Doll Shops South Elgin IL

Local resource for doll shops in South Elgin. 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.

Bag Z Game
(847) 695-4263
692 Villa St Ste 4
Elgin, IL
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(847) 697-5740
200 S Randall Rd
Elgin, IL
 
Toys R US
(630) 443-8697
3880 E Main St
St Charles, IL
 
Learning Express Toys
(630) 587-1234
3865 E Main St
St Charles, IL
 
Just Thomas Incorporated
(630) 736-0540
519 S Bartlett Rd
Streamwood, IL
 
Lolly's Doll Houses Minitrs
(847) 697-4040
1054 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL
 
Hobbytown USA
(630) 587-1256
3627 E Main St
St Charles, IL
 
Cat's Eye Collectibles
(630) 587-9034
1450 W Main St
St Charles, IL
 
Thomasville Station
(630) 584-3899
12 N 3rd St
Saint Charles, IL
 
Game Crazy
(630) 289-0495
141 E Irving Park Rd
Streamwood, IL
 

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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