Woodline Products Victorian House kit

by brae  

I've finally snagged my own fantastic craigslist deal on a vintage kit....a Woodline Victorian House for $12.  No, that's not a typo.

It's a huge, gorgeous thing.  Here's one for reference called Pop's Dollhouse.  Yes, I am still selling the Newport for being too large, so this one is going to sit for a long time.

I actually had no idea what it was, just that the box said Woodline Products.  For $12, it was worth the gamble.

I was hoping for the Prairie Manor, but this was a good result, too.  So, if someone has a Prairie (or a S/W Crafts Lakeside Manor) and would like to trade... ;D  Even still, I'm not in love with it...so if someone wants it without a trade, I'll give you a great deal!

The kit is still packed the way it was shipped, though the outer box was falling apart.  I unpacked it in the garage to make sure there weren't any nasties lurking inside and packed it in a new box.

The foundation pieces have these tiny holes...from the little bit of research I've done online, looks like powderpost beetle activity.  All other wood in the kit is pristine, and this looks like a long dormant issue.  Still, I'm inclined to pitch the foundation boards and cut new ones.  They are simple straight boards, and I'm not keen on treating a dollhouse with harsh chemicals (I have small pets not to mention caring about my own health) and the treatments are expensive, like $80 a gallon expensive.  Anyone else want to weigh in?

Yes, it's still in the garage.  I'm going to watch it the next couple of days to see if there is any change, but I doubt there will be.

Of course, I could do something like this with it.  :D  Oh, I don't know...

Hereford Inlet Light, photo by USCG


Comment from: Fran [Visitor]
Hey, great find; congratulations! Not that there's anything wrong with cutting replacement foundation pieces, but there is an easy, free, environmentally friendly and effective way to get rid of unwanted critters: Bake 'em. Won't fit in the oven? (Not that you'd want to go that route . . .) No problem! Put whatever it is in the trunk of your car and park it in the sun. Worked for me with flea-infested sofa cushions in pre-Advantage days, should work for you. Good luck!
05/24/12 @ 21:47
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
The beetles are probably long gone already. That's an awesome score for $12. Wow. I need a bigger real life house.
05/25/12 @ 04:40
Comment from: Call of the Small [Visitor]
Nice! Reminds me of my Artply Highland house for $20, also from Craigslist. It is always worth cruising it for these gems. Can't wait to see when/if you do something with this. :)
05/25/12 @ 05:18
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
Ooooo!! Tempting!! Such a great kit! I still have my Marquam Hill Mansion kit from Dura-Craft sitting in my closet. It has been in there for about six years now, LOL! It is going to be my next project, at least that is what I keep telling myself, LOL! Every time I stop by your blog you have something wonderful posted :o) I even talked to my husband about buying your Newport, but unfortunately the answer was what I had expected, not enough funds right now :o( I hope you will keep posting wonderful things! I look forward to seeing what you do with this kit!
05/25/12 @ 07:04
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Great find! I hope you can find a trade for the Prairie Manor you are looking for, if you don't or decide that you're certain don't want to build it, we might have to have a little chit chat. I knew your shopping would get me trouble eventually :) If you still have it this fall, let's talk.
05/25/12 @ 08:23
Comment from: brae [Member]
With all the projects I have planned, I need a bigger house, too. &#59;D Sounds like a plan, April! :>> It looks like the foundation pieces are vacant. :)) Since I have a long weekend to work on minis, I'll varnish those pieces to protect them further.
05/25/12 @ 08:58
Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]
Congratulations on this find! I'm sure it'll be wonderful when you're done with it! $12? Really? Awesome!
05/25/12 @ 20:59
Comment from: Inês Paiva Raposo [Visitor]
Hello Otterine, I am conservation and restoration books and documents, but the first year my course I studied all kinds of materials, including wood. The timber of his house was attacked by little beetle more specifically Anobium punctatum. It has no problem for the structure of the dollhouse using wood as well. Is less resistance than a plank of wood without being attacked, because these insects do it inside tunnels. But for a doll house no problem. If you use the tablets as well, try to inject a needle in the holes like a mass of stucco, so to win this resistance abroad. To see if the bugs are still there just waiting to leave holes for some powder. And when they are active and begin to gnaw make a little noise. Like what happens in antique furniture. Hope this helps! kisses Inês Paiva Raposo
05/26/12 @ 04:19
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, Inês! Excellent information. I have been watching for sawdust powder and have seen none. I think the infestation holes are from years ago. :yes:
05/26/12 @ 14:41
Comment from: Eric Barker [Visitor]  
hi looks like a good project to do. Do you still have it and if so how much do you want for it. Thanks Eric
08/13/12 @ 22:33
Comment from: brae [Member]
Hi, Eric, I've changed my mind since this post and plan to turn the kit into a lighthouse inspired by the one in the last photo of this post. :D
08/13/12 @ 22:37
Comment from: Judy A [Visitor]
I just bought the exact kit at a yard sale. The foundation was missing, but we built a new one. Easy! Only trick was the notches. I paid $20 for mine. And yes it is "big". I just finished a huge farm house, and ready to do this one. I need a bigger room for all these!
09/30/15 @ 07:45
Comment from: cynthia davidson [Visitor]  
FYI, I am Cindy Jenkins and my dad was the builder of these dollhouses. (Note signature on drawing.) You did get a great buy as they were over $100 in the 70's. I've packed hundreds, if not a thousand of these, and if I remember correctly, the pinholes were already in some of the foundation. It was just a character of the wood we used. Best of luck with your house, if you haven't traded the kit. I am still a dollhouse fan, and also need a special place for mine!
07/12/16 @ 15:53
Comment from: brae [Member]
Hi, Cindy! How great! Thanks for popping in to comment. :>> This is a one of these days kit...I do hope to build it someday. :yes:
07/22/16 @ 07:36
Comment from: Norma Fairbanks [Visitor]  
Hello, I am new to the craft, although inspire by you and few other artists to create. I am planning on bashing two Allison Jr. My question is should I glue, nail, the floors boards to join them or make new ones all around? If yes to the new approach, what kind of wood should I use? thank you for your help Norma
03/25/19 @ 12:28
Comment from: brae [Member]
Hi, Norma - I'm not sure how to help having never built that kit. I would suggest joining the Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum. I think there are people there who have built that kit or could speak to altering it.
03/25/19 @ 17:59
Comment from: Tammie Mullikin [Visitor]  
I was given this kit by my Mom before she passed. She started but never got finished. I have decided to finish it. The kit is missing all of the foundation and floor pieces. Are you still planning on using this kit? If not would you be willing to sell the whole kit or maybe just the parts I'm missing? Thanks, Tammie
01/30/21 @ 08:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you for the message! I am planning to build this house one day, so I don't want to break up the kit I have or sell it. If you have the instructions, they should indicate the measurements of the pieces you are missing. I have mine packed away right now so I don't have it easily accessible. You could get wood cut that would replace the parts you are missing.
02/04/21 @ 13:54
Comment from: yoni [Visitor]  
how much is it actually worth? I have the same set, still in its box, haven't looked through the interior yet. located in los angeles.
10/10/21 @ 14:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
Any kit is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. There isn't a hard and fast rule to pricing vintage miniatures or kits. Some pieces will sell for a lot and some will sell for next to nothing.
10/10/21 @ 14:58

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