Doll Shops Waterloo IA

Local resource for doll shops in Waterloo. 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.

Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(319) 233-3023
2711 Crossroads Blvd
Waterloo, IA
Toys R US
(319) 232-7030
2039 Crossroads Blvd
Waterloo, IA
Ajs Farm Toys
(319) 234-2415
729 Wallgate Ave
Waterloo, IA
Discovery Toys
(319) 277-0570
2824 Fandre Dr
Cedar Falls, IA
Dollar General
(319) 233-2365
1955 Enterprise Ave
Waterloo, IA
Game Crazy
(319) 833-8134
1511 E San Marnan Dr
Waterloo, IA
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(319) 235-7677
3731 University Ave
Waterloo, IA
Peek-A-Boo Baby
(319) 268-2828
108 Main St
Cedar Falls, IA
University Book and Supply, Inc
(319) 266-7581
1009 West 23rd St,P.O.Box 486
Cedar Falls, IA
Dollar General
(319) 833-8279
930 W 5th St
Waterloo, 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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