I pulled the trigger and bought this:
Melissa & Doug wooden dollhouse kit called Christy's Cottage. I love the simple and traditional look, the cute stairs and front porch, and mainly the open floor plan. I feel like dollhouses can get very chopped up with little rooms and become difficult to actually play with. Since I want this to become a toy for Violet one day, I need it to be functional as well as pretty. The one thing I may not have space for is a kitchen, so I might eventually buy an 'addition'? Or just do a little kitchenette sorts - I mean, it is make believe, right? I also am not sure if I'm going to have a bathroom or just go with an office instead.
As far as price, Christy's Cottage retails for $199.99 and even with the 15% off that M&D is offering through the challenge it was too expensive for me. I was looking for something that was closer to $100. Then I did a Google search and found it on this site for $113.99 - score! And then I did another search for coupon codes and got an additional $5 off. Luckily the shipping was very reasonable as well.
In the end with shipping I ended up paying $128. Through Melissa & Doug's site the total cost (with the 15% off plus shipping) would have been $179, so I'm pretty happy with my purchase.
Now comes the fun part - decorating! Okay, I guess first I have to assemble the thing. Does anyone else out there have experience with the House that Jack Built wooden dollhouses? Do they go together pretty easily?
Wish me luck!