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Small World Doll House Miniature Show and Sale, 2/28-3/1 |

Small World Doll House Miniature Show and Sale, 2/28-3/1

If you want to have a little fun this weekend, check out the 37th annual Small World Doll House Miniature Show and Sale at Arizona State University West.


The Small World Miniature Club of Phoenix will present intricately crafted houses filled with tiny furniture and accessories. You can see mini artist studios, kitchens, living rooms and even a cupcake house. Many of the structures measure less than an inch.

Club members look forward to the show because they never know what types of projects will be on display.

“The entire hallway is lined with exhibits. Those are things that people in the Valley have made,” said Anne Monday, the show’s chairwoman.

Previously, she said, “we had one member who did the Disney Pixar cars. It can be fantasy … a replica of a colonial kitchen or a wood house or a cupcake shop. Kids go crazy just looking at them. They will get very focused. Kids will notice the smallest detail. They will notice the roll of toilet in the bathroom. The grownups marvel and look for the living room they never had.”

More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day show. Anyone who returns on Sunday with a ticket from Saturday will get in for free, Monday said.

About 40 vendors will sell all sorts of items for miniaturists, from display cases to silver antiques.

Sometimes the projects have themes, Monday said. A group will agree to collaborate on a church, a school house or trailers, for example.

Sally Lonn, a retired teacher and Surprise resident, has created numerous miniature scenes for the show. They include an adaptation of a roadside stand in Vermont, an art studio, a bookstore and a cupcake room.

It took Lonn two months to make the cupcake room in late 2012. She found the pieces for it by shopping online and at Valley crafts stores. She also ordered items from artists.

Sometimes, the items are pricey. A chandelier could cost $200, she said.

“I learned how to make a cupcake — about 290 cupcakes — made out of clay baked in an oven,” Lonn said. “There were kids peering at this for days. I was really honored for best of show.”

Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

Where: La Sala rooms A, B and C in the University Center at Arizona State University West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix.

Admission: $5, $2 for age 11 and younger.

Details: phoenixminiatures.com.

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