A Less-Than-$20 Find at the American History Museum Gift Shop

As you may know, it’s hard to find things in DC gift shops that cost less than your first-born child. We’re always on the lookout for anything in the gift shops that would be within most people’s budgets.

I personally have always loved the Bradford dollhouse. It’s bigger than me, and marvelously detailed. What’s not to love? On yesterday’s trip to the American History Museum, we were in the gift shop and saw this book on sale:

The title is America’s Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford, and it’s all about the American History’s doll house display. According to the tag, the regular price was $24.95, but it was marked down to $7.99. The blurb inside the front cover says that when the maker of the doll house, Faith Bradford, donated the doll house to the Smithsonian, wrote a lengthy manuscript about the house, the furniture, the fabrics, and even the personalities of the dolls who lived there! The manuscript even included a scrapbook of fabric swatches and photographs. The book is a combination of that manuscript and other notes about the house, written by William L. Bird. Of course we bought it on the spot, since I as well as my mom and sisters love miniatures and doll houses.

I know for certain this book will make an excellent addition to our shelf.

Bethany Meyer

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