Whether you’re a local looking for something fun to do, or a tourist just passing through, it is show time once again in Seattle, Washington! Although the Dollhouse and Miniature Show has been going strong for 36 years, the 2014 show is new and much improved! New dates— Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. New location— the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport/Southcenter in Tukwila. New dealers, new workshops and classes for kids, and a book signing by miniature gardening expert Janit Calvo. Doors open at 10:00 am and also new this year— FREE parking!
Dubbed the show “where the little things mean everything” more than 40 vendors from across the United States will exhibit and sell dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes, and a variety of hand-crafted and commercially produced miniature accessories. Many of these vendors are NEW to the Seattle show, so even if you’ve attended in the past, it’s never the same show twice! It’s well known that miniaturists and dollhouse enthusiasts love to share their knowledge and show off their work, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Salem, Oregon resident Pat Bennett is the owner and promoter of the Seattle and Portland Miniature Shows. “I’m not a dealer,” explains Ms Bennett. “I’m an obsessed consumer who hasn’t been able to stop thinking about miniatures, and now I am promoting my own show; it’s very exciting!” Pat’s motto is “Happiness is… Miniatures.”
Because of the size and weight of an already-built dollhouse, it is actually uncommon to see many fully finished dollhouses for sale at miniature shows. However, you will find small scale reproductions of furniture, curtains, people, pets, leather-bound books, knitting baskets— everything needed to outfit a dentist’s office, a Tudor castle, and a Victorian dress shop— all for sale and hand-made by talented artisans. These same creative people also make room boxes and vignettes to display inside small containers such as teacups and matchboxes.
Pat subscribes to industry publications, and spends hours working on her own miniature creations. She encourages everyone to attend to see the exhibits— even those with no interest in dollhouses or miniatures. “Tell yourself it’s an art show and you won’t be wrong. Many folks have a preconceived image of a miniature show. Some think it’s all dollhouses and dolls when actually no doll is taller than about six inches. Many wrongly assume it’s just kids’ stuff.”
The Seattle Miniature Show is a great opportunity to learn about the craft. Save $1 off the regular adult $7 admission price (kids under age 12 are free) by downloading a coupon here.
SEE YOU THERE!
Seattle Miniature Show
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 2014
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport/Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98188
- Hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday
- Hotel is conveniently located in Tukwila near Seattle Tacoma International Airport at I-5 and I-405 intersection