Well, I'm not going to hold my breath, but

Ok…so…anyone ever heard of the Christmas Mouse? They’re stores that stay open year round and are NOTHING but…Christmas of course. They have at least two locations down by where we go to the beach and we make it a point to stop at them at least once every year. These stores are HUGE sometimes two stories, and it takes forever…well, I don’t know if you ever could see everything they have, lol. ANYHOW, I’ve noticed they always have a doll section. But I never notice any pretty dolls, lol. They’re usually porcelain and maybe even tacky to some, but they put outrageous price tags on them. Of course I’m sure they’re just what some are looking for too, but anyways it got me thinking. If they could sell THOSE why in the world couldn’t they sell a couple of mine a year…so…I just emailed them. I sent them my website and pics of all my best work. I honestly don’t hold out TOO much hope for hearing anything back, but if I hadn’t tried I know I’d never get anywhere, lol. So anyways, I’m nervous now, and excited, and already a bit disappointed, cause I’ve never heard back from anybody, when I’ve tried something like this. Course I’ve never tried anything like this with my dolls before…SO…we shall see

Good luck!

Oh, I hope you hear from them & they would like to sell some of your babies…Good Luck!!

Luv…Marlene

Good luck! I think it’s a great idea.

Alma, I used to be a cross stitch designer and my ex-husband maganed our business (thus USED to be…) Anyway, he got me some pretty big distributors/accounts and I know from that experience that you probably won’t get anywhere unless you contact the right person.

First I would suggest doing some internet research on the company and then making a phone call or two. Wether it is singley owned or a chain, you need to find out who their “buyer” is. It may or may not be the manager or owner. If it goes to anyone else, there is a chance it won’t get transferred to the right person. Put together a small portfolio of your best photographs with your letter so that when the buyer opens your package they will instantly be impressed by your beautiful dolls. If they have to look up a website, your letter may get shoved under a “to do” pile and be forgotten.

Since (I think?) you said you already mailed a letter, if you don’t hear anything in about 2 weeks, follow up with a phone call to see if they received your letter, and ask if it was forwarded to anyone. If not, don’t be discouraged - start again. If you “squeak” enough, eventually someone will at least take a look! Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!

Just re-read your post. Hmmmm… Since you contacted someone by email they will have quick access to your website link. That is good. If you sent it to someone other than the buyer, hopefully it will be a woman who loves dolls, who will forward it to the right person. If you don’t get anywhere, I would suggest the snail mail option. I’m thinking along publishing lines here though - some publishers won’t even look at email submissions. Perhaps it’s different for merchandise. Good luck!

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Just re-read your post. Hmmmm… Since you contacted someone by email they will have quick access to your website link. That is good. If you sent it to someone other than the buyer, hopefully it will be a woman who loves dolls, who will forward it to the right person. If you don’t get anywhere, I would suggest the snail mail option. I’m thinking along publishing lines here though - some publishers won’t even look at email submissions. Perhaps it’s different for merchandise. Good luck!

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Thanks so much, that was so helpful!! Anyhow, I thought I’d chime in to say, surprisingly enough, I did hear back from the Christmas Mouse. I didn’t think i’d hear back at all, especially if they weren’t interested, but I did. It was a guy (think I would’ve had better luck with a woman), but anyways, he said that he thinks the prices the dolls would need to bring would be too steep for his stores, but I should find and get in contact with high end doll stores. SO…I’ve been searching and researching for hours and just sent a new email, complete with the best pic of each of my dolls, a a couple photos of the foot (cause I’d like to keep that strawberry birthmark as a trademark skies of blue baby thing, should I hit the big time somehow , and the link to my website). I sent this email to like 23 different stores tonight. I’ll give em a few days, see what, if anything, I hear back. If nothing happens this way, I’ll search for more dolls shops and start using the telephone, lol. One thing, I told them doll prices would START at $150.00 to $175.00 and that’s before I add any pacis or hair or eyes, clothes etc…but I’d need that price AT LEAST to make ANYTHING back at this point, for what I put into them. I don’t know how I could offer them any cheaper, do you? Because I think that starting price tag is a put off…maybe not, doll collectors should know a quality keepsake baby comes with a hefty tag, maybe they won’t be taken aback by it all?

Just a quick reply - gotta go babysit my granddaughter. I’ll check back later.

Most retail stores work on a “keystone” pricing system. They buy wholesale and sell retail, and their mark-up is 100%. So if you sell them a doll for $125, they will sell it (or al least price it ) for $250. The exception to this is if they would sell it on consignment. Then you could negotiate their percentage of “your” price. I used to sell my soft-sculptured Indian dolls in a shop in Sante Fe, New Mexico, back in the early 80’s. I gave it up because even though my dolls would sell the same day they were put out, she wouldn’t raise the prices and I wasn’t making enough money to make it worth my time!