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Friday, March 7, 2014

Marisa's Excellent Point

Once again, I was going to respond in the comments and then realized I was writing an ode.

Marisa made a good point about muck in the hallways (and the need for something to combat it), which hit at the heart of a question I've been considering now for a little while: how furnished should this house be?  My as-yet unnamed project will, of course, be for sale to raise money.  The question is, given that the house is going to be for sale, how much is too much?  And how much is too little?  Does the inclusion of more furniture, etc make the house more desirable as a sale item, or less?  I've never really sold a dollhouse before, or a finished roombox, etc, so I'm completely in the dark on this issue.

Thoughts?  Personal opinions?  Speculations?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The way I see it, if it was filled, then the buyer would just look at it. But if it was left empty or partially empty, then the buyer could fill it according to taste. I, if I would buy it, would want it to be empty/partially empty for me to fill. Of course, not all would feel that way.
Not exactly very helpful but maybe a bit of light.

Hope you get more responses
Lorne

C.J. said...

Lorne, that's what I thought also. My original plan was empty house plus fixtures (i.e. stove, tub, etc). Those are removable, so if someone wanted a different sink they could by all means have it.

Steinworks said...

I see Lorne's point but in my life I have seen women and men fall in love with a dollhouse and plan on finishing it ...they never do..just like new years resolutions they fall away and the house gets handed down and tossed in the basement or attic..but if you finish it and sell it finished it will be displayed and handed down or sold fully finished so your hard work is displayed and you might get more commissions ..when in doubt I refer to an ad I saw with a woman who grabbed a completed dollhouse and loved it. with your talent and attention to detail if you complete this house the buyer will display it and will never let it go.

Hugs
Marisa

yea I know Im saying your awesomely talented cause you are :)

C.J. said...

Finished...but how filled, though?

C.J. said...

And then there's the issue of, what (within reason) could I charge? A fully filled house, down to the books, peaches in the fruit bowl, etc is certainly do-able but I don't know if anyone would want to pay the final price!

Steinworks said...

I think you are on this level so charge what they charge...you're worth it

http://www.mulvanyandrogers.com/gallery.php

C.J. said...

That's a fantastic comment and one I don't deserve...but I couldn't find any pricing information on their website?

Steinworks said...

I couldn't either, I think they took it down :(

C.J. said...

I have since, however, found a couple of pieces of theirs sold secondhand, with prices. Holy cow! I really don't think I could compete.

Susan Korman said...

Hi C.J.,

Do you belong to any online groups? If yes, there are usually artisans represented in the group who could be helpful. I belong to a group called CAMP on yahoo and there are some really great and knowledgeable people who could help. Also, I'm curious what Brae (Otterine) charges for her work as I definitely feel you are comparable. You're very talented, so just be sure not to sell yourself short. I hope some of this is helpful :-)

Susan

Michelle said...

It depends on who you are selling to. I think most would prefer empty, but I know some peeps are clueless when it comes to filling..so a little starter would be helpful. You have exquisite taste so you'd appeal to many!

Don't whatever you do sell yourself short! Your talent is sublime...dolls houses that look like real houses with all the naturalness and more.

I hope it goes for the best price, because it is so worthy. :o)))

Pepper Mitcheson said...

I've been to many miniature fairs and from that experience, the houses are always decorated but never furnished. Maybe give the buyer an opportunity to have extra items made for the house by adding 'custom furniture available on request'
As for price, you're looking at £600 (sterling) upwards.
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