Doll House Accessories
Doll house accessories are very important!
Doll house accessories form one of the best parts of doll houses, with endless possibilities in terms of style, design and colour. Collecting doll house accessories is not just a hobby of little children, but adult doll house enthusiasts as well. Ranging from a bottle cap lamp, to intricate bookcases, or even colourful pillow covers for your doll house bed, doll house accessories can get as cheap or as expensive as you want, making it the perfect hobby or collectible for all budgets.
As a collector, you can get hold of a variety of doll house accessories from a number of sources, such as the internet, local hobby stores, yard sales, exhibitions and even auctions. One of the most popular doll collectors in the world, Queen Elizabeth II, even had her collection up for viewing at the Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, and can be seen online even today. Visiting such events can give you great ideas about how to further decorate your dolls and your doll house with accessories.
To begin with, you need to decide whether you want to buy all the doll house accessories, or also introduce some hand-made accessories into your collection. Making doll house accessories is an easy task, and can be done using very basic items found around the house. You need to be very sure of the scale of accessories, as this is important for it to fit into your doll house. So take careful measurements of your doll house first, decide on the scale of the doll house accessories you wish to collect and then begin purchasing them, or making them from scratch.
Collecting doll house accessories usually requires a theme. Even though this is not a must, deciding on a theme for your doll house accessories will make your collection more valuable and your doll house more impressive. Once you've decided on a theme, begin with some research online, to find out the types of doll house accessories available in that particular theme. You can also get an idea of the prices of these accessories, though they will be considerably lesser from sources such as yard sales or garage sales.
For more expensive doll house accessories, try visiting auction houses where vintage doll houses are sold. More often than not, these houses come with vintage doll house accessories, which are extremely valuable to any collector. Apart from actual vintage doll house accessories, you can even purchase vintage - appearing doll house accessories, made by many manufacturers around the world. Some popular doll house accessories are coffee sets for the living room, a swivel mirror for the dressing table, miniature books, even popular ones such as Winnie the Pooh and The Wizard of Oz, perfume bottles and much more.
Apart from purchasing readymade doll house accessories, you can also purchase kits, which will allow you to make your own doll house accessories, but with less effort than building it from scratch. Use your imagination to produce more custom doll house accessories, which will give your doll house a more personal touch. A great idea would be to take small postage stamps, or make small pieces of art of paper, and frame them with twigs or toothpicks, and put them on the walls of your doll house as art. Make the art as colourful as possible to make the doll house appear brighter and more fun.
Now that you know where to get your set of doll house accessories, you also need to learn a little about maintaining them. Clean them regularly, but avoid heavy dusting of delicate items. Using a soft brush to wipe intricate and valuable doll house accessories is good way to clean them. Avoid using water to clean these accessories, as this can destroy the paint, or worse cause erosion of the material used. Keep small doll house accessories out of reach of small children and pets, as swallowing them can be dangerous. Just a few necessary precautions and maintenance measures will allow you to expand your doll house accessories collection easily.