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Rec.Crafts.Dollhouses FAQ Monthly Pointer
The main body of this information is stored at
Please be aware that this is a web site, not a simple text file.
There is _much more_ at the web site than is posted here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What are some good magazines? How do I subscribe?
There are a number of miniature enthusiast magazines available
in different parts of the world. Here are two that are popular
Dolls House World
in US mail to:
3150 State Line Road
North Bend, Ohio 45052
or call Julie at (513) 353-4052
Dollhouse Miniatures (formerly Nutshell News)
Kalmbach miniatures, Inc.
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53187
foreign $45/year US funds
Magazines are a primary source of information on regional and
international miniature shows, as well as contact info for
artisans of all types. House plans are often available from
individuals who list in the "personal" ads in the back of each
2. Where can I buy miniature houses, furniture and acessories?
Look in your yellow pages phonebook for dollhouse shops or
craft stores. Dollhouse shops specialize in kits and acessories
for the hobby. Craft store sometimes sell miniatures, but more
often have all the raw materials for making your own. There is
no single "correct" source for purchasing supplies.
3. How do I install flooring/wallpaper/electricity in my dollhouse?
Most hobbyists agree that adding these elements as you build the
house is easier than adding them afterward. We're not sure yet if
tape wiring is better than round wire, though. Some of these
discussions are in the archives. (See Below)
4. Are there any online sources for miniatures?
Yes! There are a growing number of retailers offering information
and/or products online. This group maintains a large directory of both
shops and websites that sell miniatures. Aim your web browser at the
FAQ page at the top of this file and click away. In addition, several
vendors participate in the discussions here and welcome private e-mail
about their products.
5. What mail order sources are available and how do I get a catalog?
There are hundreds of commercial and private companies who offer items
by mail. A good way to get their info is to pick up a copy of a
miniatures magazine from your hobby shop or newsstand and flip through
the advertising sections. A selected list of mail-order retailers is
available at the web site, it has been edited to reflect those vendors
who offer both a variety of products and a free or inexpensive catalog.
6. Can I post a for-sale or auction ad here?
No. Let me repeat that: NO ADS. This is a discussion group devoted to
miniatures and dollhouses. Advertisments tend to turn this into a
discussion group devoted to advertising. Since we prefer to stay on
topic we ask that you respect our rules and post all commercial
advertisements to rec.crafts.marketplace.
Retail vendors who participate in this group may post their business name
and website in their signature file. (That's the part of the message that
comes after you sign your name) The key here is that these folks are
part of the community and regularly offer up help and conversation within
the group, not advertising. Vendors may respond to direct requests for
product information if such questions are asked on the group.
Vendors are encouraged to ask for a link to their business web site or store
from our FAQ website by writing to the webmaster at the email address given
on the website. Please be sure to include your store address or the website
Just to make sure this is clear: You are welcome. Your advertising is not.
If you do not want to abide by these rules please feel free to take
yourself to some other forum.
7. Where can I post pictures of my miniatures?
Your personal web page is the best place for pictures. If you do not
have a web page you can post to a binaries newsgroup. Here are some choices:
-- alt.binaries.crafts.pictures was created just for crafts pictures. It is
a moderated group that only accepts crafts images. Post your image there
and come leave a note on the discussion group so we can find it.
-- alt.binaries.pictures.crafts (slight difference in name) is mostly
unused and may be a better option
-- alt.binaries.pictures is another place to post images
If none of those is an option (maybe your provider doesn't subscribe
to any alt.binaries groups regardless of content) contact dduperault (at )
aol(dot) com about having your picture put on the r.c.d FAQ site for a
short period of time. Please do not post images to this discussion group.
8. How can I search the message archive?
This link will take you to the Google Groups website, a service which archives
and allows searches of Usenet message groups.
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