We have readers from all over the world – which I absolutely love! Ava lives in Ireland and recently visited Ireland’s oldest doll store, called The Dollstore.

The doll store specialises in dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. They also have a dolls hospital for any type of doll. You can look at beautiful displays of very old dolls – some are more than 100 years old! You can also buy dolls and bears too like the mohair teddy bears that are made exclusively in Ireland and the Vanity Fair porcelain dolls.

Ava and Kit posing for a picture with a life size teddy bear on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse where The Dollstore is located.

First a little background on The Dollstore from their website:

The Dollstore is delighted to welcome you to our new home in The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2. The story behind the move is one that has captured the nation over the last few weeks, with distressed callers ringing our national airwaves at the thought of the Dolls Hospital closing. The hospital has been running for nearly seventy years and is one of Dublin’s oldest institutions. On hearing the sad news that we were closing, Mary Larkin, manager of the Powerscourt Town House Centre came to our rescue. The Powerscourt is a listed building that displays elegant Georgian architecture and wonderful lighting. We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect location and beautiful home for our variety dolls houses, dolls & teddy bears. With the wonderful space in the ballroom we have also been able to create a Museum of Childhood showcasing our collection of antique dolls and teddy bears, some of which date back to the 1900’s. Again we would like to take this opportunity to THANK ALL OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS, FRIENDS AND THE MEDIA who have been absolutely wonderful with their support and without them we would not have found our new home. We would like to invite you & your family to visit us at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2 it has something for all the family. http://www.powerscourtcentre.com Warmest Regards, Melissa & Chris Nolan Owners of The Dollstore – Hospital & Museum

Here you see some Vanity Fair porcelain dolls and two Jumeau dolls on the bottom.

Another view of the display cases at The Dollstore.

Ava and her friend did not come home empty handed! Ava got two porcelain dolls and her friend got a porcelain doll the same as Ava’s and some wallpaper for her doll house and her Mum bought another doll that she is hiding away to give to her friend at Christmas. If you are ever in Dublin in Ireland any time of the year the doll store is a place that people will love young and old!

Thanks so much Ava for sharing your photos and visit with us!!