14 January 2016

Pick of the Markets: Suitcase Dollhouse

| Sophia Carlini
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Before Christmas, I headed back to the Kingston Bus Depot Market to check out the Christmas stalls. I was very surprised to see many new stalls that I have never seen before. There were so many stalls, that they flowed over into the Fitters Workshop, which is the building right next door to the market.

It’s pretty hard to amaze me, but I have to tell you, I was amazed! There are so many extremely talented people in Canberra. Seriously!

As I walked around the room, I truly could not decide which stall I wanted to review. I found stalls selling beautiful handmade printed tea towels, framed quotes and even succulents growing inside old books. There were just so many wonderful things to see.

But then I stumbled across something extra special; Suitcase Dollhouse by David & Marissa. A stall of beautiful handmade dollhouses made from vintage suitcases. I felt like a little girl staring in awe at the beautiful houses; they were unlike anything I have seen in my life.

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Because I couldn’t buy a Dollhouse (I have no where to put it), I decided to tell David and Marissa that I would be writing an article on their little business and asked them to share the story of how they started out. David told me that he and Marissa were flicking through a magazine, when they stumbled across an image of an artist who had drawn a door on the side of a suitcase. They absoloutely loved the idea and knew they could make something even better, and so began Suitcase Dollhouse. I really loved David and Marissa’s story, it’s funny how thing work out.

Suitcase Dollhouse not only uses vintage suitcase for their designs, but they have also branched out to include custom jewellery, cigar box dollhouses, matchbox dollhouses and custom designed houses. You can even give them your very own suitcase to turn into a stunning dollhouse.

Considering the work that would go into these beauties, their prices are pretty reasonable; with the matchbox houses starting at $20, Cigar dollhouses from $45 and their vintage suitcases at $250.

If your interested in checking Suitcase Dollhouse out, you can visit David and Marissa at various markets or contact them via their website. Suitcase Dollhouse will next be at the Bus Depot Market on 17 January 2015.

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