Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Anthea Simpson

Joined Aug 31 2011
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Hello my name is Anthea, I live in Cumbria which (for the benefit of people in other countries) is in the North of England. I've joined this site only recently and I decided to write my profile tonight. I must confess I've never had an interest in dolls or dolls houses until a few weeks ago when something happened to me... I love car boot sales, charity shops, auctions, and the more reasonably priced antique shop. I love all things art deco and thirties. If I see something from that era I cant leave it.My house is full! I was at a car boot sale and I came across this rough looking stall selling mens stuff, you know tools, old electrics, car parts and the like. But there was this old dolls house there too. See pic above. It was only a few pounds but I walked away because I'm not a dolly person; then I looked back and it was looking at me, and I knew I just had to have it! I thought it was thirties and that was the deciding factor. My husband rolled his eyes, we paid up and carted it off to the car. Something else for the garage... At home it went on the kitchen table and the more I looked at it the more I liked it, so I went on E bay and bought a few vintage pieces of furniture which exceed the cost of the house by miles. And now I think I am hooked, I have gained a very interesting and thereaputic hobby.

I would like to know what other people think of this. I know it looks a bit basic compared to others I have seen on here, but it is very solid and not home made looking. The paint is original I think and it has bakelite knobs I can date to 1936. I will add more details later as I know I have written too much! Regards Anthea xxx

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Reply Pamela Nield
6:30 PM on April 12, 2016 
Hi Anthea,
I am very new to this site buti it is so nice to see so many people that are in love with this great hobby.Your house looks fab. Charity shops are a great way to purchase a house, my latest one was from a charity shop and lucky Mr it had quite a bit of furniture which was a great find. So you can guess I am working on redecorating the whole house Iam tryingt to decide on painting or papering the outside.
Now that I have talked your ear off.Iwould be pleased if I could become your friend.
Reply Michelle Robertson
11:51 AM on May 16, 2012 
Anthea I have added a couple of photos of a 49 in original condition to your album I hope you don't mind & that they are helpful. Feel free to delete them. Michelle xx
Reply Marion B
3:35 AM on September 23, 2011 
Hi Anthea, So pleased another northerner has joined the site. Hope you enjoy it as much as me.
Reply frisco
8:19 AM on September 19, 2011 
I managed to buy some furniture at the weekend it's not really what I want, but it makes the hose look a little better and my grandson can finally play a little with it..... I am away now for about a month to France so may be able to get some good furniture , I have all my friends there on the lookout for me, enjoy working on your house
Reply Rebecca Green
10:44 PM on September 16, 2011 
Hi Anthea, welcome to the site. I'd love to see more photos of your house - and please tell us more about the bakelite knobs and how you can date them so precisely! Your knowledge of the 30s and art deco will be very much appreciated by others who have 30s houses :-)
Reply Joan
3:35 PM on September 16, 2011 
I'm in Cumbria too, whereabouts are you?
I live in a little village called Blennerhasset,about 10 miles north of Cockermouth.
Reply frisco
1:43 PM on September 16, 2011 
Hi Anthea your house like mine spoke to you I have had mine a month now and am having great fun restoring, this site and the people on it have helped me a lot /your at least one step ahead of I've got none enjoy!!!!