With my recent dollhouse house post, http://brandyshappyhome.com/american-girl-dollhouse/ , I have had a lot of questions about Payne Street Doll Boutique. Who? What? Where? When? I also have had several questions after I shared a recent Facebook post from Payne Street Doll Boutique addressing a doll themed website offering plans that were undeniably designed after Payne Street without any acknowledgement of inspiration. So it is my great honor I get to share with you today the inspiring story of Payne Street Doll Boutique. So without further ado here is their story in their own words. AND Payne Street is offering a very special “election” of their own to DIYers that follow Brandy’s Happy Home.
“Is Payne Street Really Closed, or Is Something Wrong with My GPS?
After several wrong turns, you at last find the right street only to discover it’s closed. Isn’t that frustrating? We think so, too, especially when the detour doesn’t look nearly as good. AGers everywhere are wondering why Payne Street Doll Boutique suddenly put out the orange cones and started redirecting traffic. We’re giving Brandy’s Happy Home the inside scoop!
It all began in the fall of 2009 with a set of bunk beds. Over the next five years, Payne Street Doll Boutique’s product line grew to more than 50 furniture items and playsets, sold to hundreds of customers both home and abroad. With business booming, why the abrupt halt in production? The answer is twofold.
PS Doll Boutique’s master craftsman suffers from muscular dystrophy, a progressive neuro-muscular disease. No one would ever know by looking at his doll furniture, however. Each piece exhibits such delicate precision and artistry. In fact, under the right light, you might catch a glimpse of some strange, magical glow. A burning ember of the love he shared while building, the tiny scrap of his strength he may never recapture. He selflessly gave it away so that a child he doesn’t even know could laugh and play. The sacrifice was perfectly paid. He doesn’t regret it or wish he had spent the muscle any other way. Eventually, the disease reached a point where he struggled too much to keep up. It was time to let go.
Wait! Don’t grab the tissues yet! We were ready to move on from a financial standpoint as well. Anyone who has shopped at PS Doll Boutique knows our products were crafted with the highest quality materials. “And the prices reflected it,” you mumble. You might be surprised to learn that our prices didn’t leave us with much profit. All that lumber, hardware, paint, fabric, batting, packaging materials, and shipping cost adds up in a hurry. In fact, UPS rates increased more than 30% between 2010 and 2016. Those rate hikes hurt a small business in a huge way. We never worried too much about competitors who tried to copy our products. We knew there was no way anyone could build our pieces the same way we did and sell them to make big bucks. They would have to cut corners somewhere if they planned to make a living off of it. Something we refused to do. We would have rather closed than cheapen our products. So that’s finally what we did.
Is it the end? Not necessarily. We are always happy to share our blueprints with customers who want to try to DIY. Please keep in mind, our blueprints do not include step-by-step instructions. Most of our products require intermediate woodworking skills. Anyone who possesses these skills would not need step-by-step instructions—just a drawing with some notes and measurements. For this reason, we feel it would be wrong to sell them. We typically share them free of charge. Ask and ye shall receive! In return, we simply ask the recipient to keep those drawings for personal use only. If you chose to share them, we won’t come after you. But we’d appreciate a shout out to let your friends and fans know who supplied the inspiration.
As a salute to all of Brandy’s DIY fans, we’ve decided to offer her exclusive permission to share one of our blueprints on her blog! Which one? You decide! Place your vote for one of the following three products. The one with the most votes will be featured in a future Brandy’s Happy Home blog! We hope this vote will add some fun to your Election Day!”
Payne Street Doll Boutique Barn!
Payne Street Doll Boutique Pet Hutch!
Payne Street Doll Boutique Entryway!
THANK YOU so much Payne Street Doll Boutique for sharing your story! Thank you for providing wonderfully crafted doll toys! We love you!
If you want to be inspired with more PS pictures check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Payne-Street-Doll-Boutique-166447696734471/ or their sales page from their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/paynestdollboutique/sold
Put your vote in the comments in this post, comments on the Facebook link, or comments on Instagram links. Votes will be tabulated on November 22, 2016! Happy Election Day!