When I was a little girl, one of my favourite games was playing shop. I would empty the food cupboards and stack everything up on the coffee table, making my toys and any willing family members queue up to be my customers.
Therefore when it came to designing an activity play set for little girls to play with their dolls, a dolls shop was an obvious choice. Researching any dolls shop currently available on the market drew a blank, but there were lots of delightful vintage models that would provide plenty of inspiration!
As a mother who has spent countless hours gathering precious pieces of my children’s games over the years, I wanted a play set that could be stored within its own box. Ideally a box that actually became the framework for the shop.
I felt it needed to include lots of well scaled items to offer a variety of imaginative play material, and that the contents of the set also involved an aspect of creativity The finished product is in fact a beautifully illustrated box, with a magnetic clasp, that opens up to display the shop shelving and a sturdy counter which slides out to free stand, with two strong little drawers.
The product cartons have been exquisitely designed by artist Julie Sharkey, there are 5 different designs, all include tiny bar codes, ingredients and content weights, for the special detail that children love. There are also 12 miniature tubes to stack on the shelves, to add to the variety of items available to buy. (The cartons require easy assembly no glue required). We have also included 4 pretty shopping baskets.
Yet more miniature stock is supplied, with 8 greeting cards with envelopes, and two dolls notebooks, these can be displayed on the counter front, and held in position by the pink elastic.
Naturally all these products can be added to! Customers have been telling us about their little sweet jars filled with sherbet pips and iced gems, and the tiny magazines that their daughters have made to pop on the front of the counter!
To encourage even more imaginative play we have included a mini clip board, a self inking village store stamp, and a sheet of special promotion stickers.
The finished shop is 15.5 inches tall (940 cm) so a perfect scale for the 18 inch (46 cm) dolls such as American Girl Doll, Hannah by Gotz, Design a Friend Doll, My London Girl and the stunning Bonnie and Pearl Dolls. It is also a suitable scale for Baby Born, and Baby Annabell.
We are thrilled to hear that so many of our customers have had as much fun playing with the shop as we have had in designing it!