Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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In the late 70's my parents and I moved back to Ireland from England and among my most treasured possessions that came with me was my dolls house. It was the envy of many of my school friends who used to come to my house to play and I could never recall seeing another house like it. I got hours of play out of it.

I was always told that it was " made" by a family friend but always doubted this story. I thought it might be a kit house so I dusted down the old house, which was stored in my Dads shed and after some extensive googling and research, identified it as a ToyWorks Dollshouse. After questioning my Mum again she said it was actually given to me by my Aunt as a gift when I was three. 

It was in pretty good shape up until 1999/2000 as it was stored in my room, however after I moved to a different city for work purposes, my parents put the dollshouse outside  in a shed.

It has deteriorated from being " unloved" over the last 15 years and I have noted alarmingly that there is now some woodworm in the base which needs to be treated urgently. I'm hoping to restore the house for my daughter and would li,e to keep it for sentimental reasons.

I would love to hear from other ToyWorks dollhouse owners to exchange some tips.

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Reply Shanni
5:58 PM on February 13, 2017 
IrishKitty, your story is so poignant and sweet. I hope your wee home can make the time travel to become a beloved again. Good luck and best regards!
Reply Michaela
10:44 AM on August 3, 2016 
Hi Kitty and welcome!
Whereabouts in Ireland are you? I'm in West Cork
Reply Comfort
11:09 AM on June 22, 2016 
(edel: mine is 44 now and Very low maintenance! get his own food, feeds himself and everything! lol) welcome, kitty! i hope you find this site as great as i do. there are some great pictures, wonderful information and intellegent and kind folk on here!
Reply Edel
10:19 AM on June 22, 2016 
Kitty, I bet you've bumped into my sister in Dublin then, she was a great frequenter of that shop before it closed and still mourns it!
Running after a two-year-old is a pretty demanding occupation, I've never been so tired (or skinny) as when as I was doing that! Mine are 16 and 18 now, so very low maintenance, they just need lots of food ;-) Good luck with the house, there are a few ToyWorks albums on the site: if you go to "Photo Gallery" and then scroll through the list of topics on the left of the screen you will find a ToyWorks category.
Reply Edel
8:01 AM on June 22, 2016 
Welcome to the site IrishKitty! I'm Irish too, but emigrated to Germany in the 1990s... I also still have my childhood dolls' house, which is a Gee Bee DH10C, a really cheap house but I loved it (and still do). Good luck restoring your house, it would be lovely to see some pictures.