Little girls have always loved doll houses and the little miniature household items that come along with them. If you were a child in the 40's or 50's there’s a good chance your dollhouse was created by Renwal.
It seems to be that most collectors today are of the baby boomer generation which shows that perhaps they’re trying to recapture a really precious piece of their childhood memory. Others collectors just appreciate the detail and uniqueness that set Renwal apart from other companies.
What was really special about collecting pieces for your Renwal dollhouse was that there were so many options for designing your own home. Every little girl could outfit her home in any number of ways, and interchange the pieces for a completely new look. You could find everything from different sized wardrobes to desk lamps to ironing boards. All the dollhouse accessories are so cute and reminiscent of the times in which they were created. Take for example the old fashioned pink washing machine that came complete with a crank and wringing rollers, how quaint! Each little piece of furniture really reminds you of a different era, whether it’s happy memories of your childhood or an idealized image of a simpler time.
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Renwal also created its own dolls that included a complete family. There was a mom, dad, brother, sister and baby, plus other characters like a policeman, doctor, mechanic and nurse. All of these little doll characters were cherished by little girls for their bendy, lifelike features that could sit and move their limbs easily. These dolls would elicit hours of imaginative play among girls, and as you can imagine, most of the ones you’ll find today will have a bit of wear and tear.
Today there are plenty of dollhouses and miniatures to be found if you look in the right place. Because they were made of plastic, many items that would have been left out in the heat would have been ruined and warped. However there are many items around that were carefully handled and packaged and look just as good today as they did when first produced. The actual dollhouses are hard to find, but they’re still out there. In the meantime there are plenty of really great Renwal miniatures to buy while you’re still “house hunting.”