October 30th, 2014
It was The Dolls House Nederland Show at the weekend. “Surprising!” I think best describes this show.
I had no great expectations for Apeldoorn this year, particularly considering the economic situation in the Eurozone. However, the show was well attended and the hall was full of both sellers and visitors, which was great. Once more my long suffering husband faced the delights of the Antwerp ring road on a Friday afternoon!
The world of miniatures and Dolls houses is alive and well in Holland I am pleased to say.
This was the last show in the Americahal, I have only missed one show in six in the last three years so it will be interesting to see how the new venue stacks up in its new home of Ulft next March. I guess it may attract more of the German miniature collectors as it is much closer to the German Border. But for those traveling from the UK and France with suitcases packed with miniature furniture, Dolls, porcelain and all the other 12th scale paraphernalia required to set up and equip their stand, will have a much longer journey.
The one great thing about going to this show is that my long suffering husband drives me and we can spend the weekend together. Considering the amount of weekends I’m away at fairs this is a treat.
We stayed in a great hotel in Apeldoorn, The Bilderberg; brilliant restaurant, comfy room and very reasonable. It is right next door to the Royal Palace so its a beautiful location and very popular with the makers attending the show.
Saturday night was a ball, we went out for dinner with some French speaking friends, Frederick and Evelyn from Blondie Creations and Serge and Isabel from PiaMini. Such a pleasant evening, the restaurant was a great place on an old airfield called Hanger 51 with an old propellor driven Airliner parked outside used as a hotel room (great idea). A very cool jazz trio provided some great entertainment and both the food and company were excellent. A lovely way to wind down after such a busy first day.
Here are a few photos of the wonderful miniatures I found at the show and brought home with me. They will be on the website soon but at least you get a preview now.
I look forward to the new venue next year in Ulft. Rika tells me it is very atmospheric with great facilities. So, all good in Holland.
Next venue Philadelphia USA. Yee Ha! Just time to unpack and find my dollars!
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