As I continue my quest to find the perfect dollhouse for the Ugly Dollhouse Makeover Challenge, I thought I would make a list of resources here of places to find a dollhouse you can remodel for free or cheap. While sure, it’d be great if we all had the time and skill to build a dollhouse from scratch or from a kit, the truth is some of us just want to get straight to the fun part of decorating and designing! While you can often buy a pre-assembled or pre-made dollhouse, it can easily start to get out of your price range, especially if you’re frugal at all like I am!
This is where finding a used, ugly dollhouse ready for rehab and renovation and in desperate need of a makeover can be a great budget friendly solution. However, it is important to realize – it will take some time to find one!
Here are the places I am looking to find my ugly dollhouse for makeover and renovation:
Craigslist: If you don’t know about Craigslist, it’s one of the leading free classified local websites. It is relatively easy to search and find things here, though you may not always find what you’re looking for! You can also created your own “Looking to Buy” ad and maybe someone will kindly get back to you!
eBay: I haven’t had much luck on eBay as I had originally hoped, but I do continue to search to see if there’s anything there.
Etsy: Etsy doesn’t have a great search tool and so be prepared to look through a lot of listings, but you may sometimes find something good there, though I’ve noticed a lot of people are trying to sell “vintage” kits that you can get brand new from the manufacturer or from Amazon.
Facebook Flea Market Groups: So this is something I just discovered relatively recently – there are a TON of flea market/buy & sell types of groups on Facebook in my area. I posted in a couple of them I was looking for a cheap ugly dollhouse…so far no one has replied, but I remain hopeful!
Yard Sales: The best time to hit yard sales are often the spring, summer, and fall – and you can often find something here though you may need to go to a lot of yard sales in order to find it!
Thrift Shops: Thrift shops at least where I live are so hit and miss, you never know what you’ll find, and it’s more likely you’ll find the plastic dollhouses than the wooden ones, but it’s still worth a look, especially if you love thrift shopping like I do!
Flea Markets: There is hope at the flea market, though be prepared mostly to see hard core collectors here.
Friends & Family: Your own friends and family can sometimes be the best people to ask, they may have one sitting in their attic or basement. You never know unless you ask!
Dollhouse/Miniature Shops: So, this is very hit or miss and will depend where you live, but if you have a miniature shop near you, you may be able to ask if they ever come across ugly ones in need of repair you can buy inexpensively or see if they have any resources for maybe finding one.
Do you have any suggestions for other places to look to find the elusive perfect ugly dollhouse? Share them in the comments below!