Holly Visits the Denver Fall Miniature Show 2021
The Denver Fall Miniature Show was my first time visiting a miniature show. I live in Denver, Colorado, so it only made sense to hit up the Denver Fall Miniature Show this year, hosted by the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys.
What is the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys?
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys is located in Lakewood, Colorado, and they recently moved into a new home.
The DMMDT was founded in 1981 through the support of a grass-roots community. The museum has a collection of over 20,000 objects to stage four significant exhibits each year.
I must admit I haven’t been to the museum yet. I only started miniatures in January of 2021. And, with the pandemic, I was having a hard time finding much local inspiration and products. There isn’t much in Denver, so I tend to shop handmade on Etsy.
I really will try to make an effort to go this fall.
The Denver Fall Miniature Show
Every year the DMMDT puts on a Fall Show. The show was hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton in the Denver Tech Center (not too far from me) on September 8-12.
I must admit that the show page of the website was a little tough to navigate through. I didn’t sign up for any workshops because I couldn’t see any photos of what we would be making when I went to the website. After attending, I learned that there was a PDF packet on the website. So I hope it gets a little techier in the future. Maybe I can help?
So, I chose to attend the first day of shopping open to the public. I didn’t know what to expect, being we were starting to have an uptick in Covid cases, and I wasn’t sure how many vendors had bowed out. But when I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.
Vendors and shoppers filled the smaller ballroom, so this made me happy. Everyone was thoughtful to wear a mask, too!
When shopping, I noticed there are many antique and older styles in decor and design for dollhouses. I am most interested in modern styles like farmhouse, contemporary, and boho designs. I believe most of the younger generation in this hobby choose to be on Etsy only. And that’s okay!
One of the reasons Rachel and I created this community was to interest younger generations that were more intrigued with modern and updated dollhouses and miniature designs. I think there are many opportunities for the dollhouse and miniature world to evolve and have more of this style as the majority.
What I Found at the Denver Fall Miniature Show
I found a few cute things while shopping. I did skip past many booths just because they weren’t my style. I found some of the cutest food and plant items.
I happened upon Twin Heart Miniatures. She makes the most realistic foods and plants. You can even peel the onions and carve the pumpkins. I didn’t get any food because I’m quite a ways off from working on the inside of my dollhouse. But I did pick up a couple of really adorable crates. Luckily you can find Twin Heart Miniatures on Etsy and purchase some cute stuff you see here.
Next up is this fantastic dollhouse maker, Gregg’s Miniature Imaginations. The beauty and craftsmanship of these pre-built dollhouses are breathtaking. They are undercharging. Worth so much more. You have to see these photos.
I do think I will attend again next year. The jury is still out if I’d attend a workshop. Maybe we can be part of the show next year! Who knows.
Here are some photos of what I purchased:
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