We're in England for just under two weeks, and will be staying in Staithes, North Yorkshire, and Lavenham, Suffolk. We'll be spending our first night in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
The following dolls' house shops are currently on my definite list:
Dolls House Gallery in Chesterfield
House of Cards in Middlesbrough (quite close to Staithes)
Bijou Dolls Houses in Braintree (along with bribery trip to King William IV pub for David :)
Perfect Miniatures in Sudbury (15 minutes from Lavenham :) It also carries model railway stuff for David
Colchester Dolls Houses (not far from East Bergholt, and one of David's favourite pubs, the Dickie)
Shop Kit -- I'd like to buy a dolls house kit to use as a circa 1963 pub. I may wait until we get to Colchester Dolls Houses to buy it, because they seem to have a great selection of shops for under 100 GBP.
The Shop -- 84.95 GBP
Brooke Road Stores -- 70.50 GBP
Village Shop -- 90.00 GBP
Millview -- 70.00 GBP
Which do you like best?
Accessories and furniture for the pub -- it's going to be a pub owned and operated by an ex-RAF chap, so in addition to all the normal pub things, it's going to be decorated with WWII memorabilia and tiny model aircraft! This is a salute both to my father, who flew Spitfires in WWII, and my husband David, who was in the RAF in 1963 :)
McQueenie's Miniatures kits -- Bijou Dolls Houses has a great selection of these. I'd love to pick up one of McQueenie's Aumbry kits for the castle, as well as their mahogany bookcase, dressing table and chair (for the Edwardian Roombox), and cabriole leg stool, firescreen and library steps kits for the William and Mary House.
Blue and white china -- I'll be on the look out for any blue and white china that takes my fancy for the William and Mary house.
Light fixtures -- for the Castle, the William and Mary House and the Pub. I'm especially looking for chandeliers appropriate for a 1700 house.
Kitchen accessories -- especially pewter. Lots of pewter!
Rocking chair -- for the Edwardian Roombox
I'm so excited now!
If anyone has any suggestions for must-sees during our brief visit, or feedback regarding the dolls house stores I've picked or shop kits, please leave me a comment!