I love my dollhouse!!!1111!!! And it is sitting about four feet from me ( completely unfurnished right now because of a)kids b) random cat invasions.)
It gave me just joy and comfort when I was a wee lass.
Whenever I see a dollhouse at the Salvation Army ( where I work and shop and live) a part of me wants to rescue it immediately and take it home. I don’t have this compulsion with stray animals or the need to ‘fix or save’ men with bad habits. Just dollhouses. (And stuffed animals.)
If I gave into this compulsion, I would easily have twenty or more crammed into our house.
Three is a very abusive age for toys. Do you want to see something you’ve worked very hard at putting together accidently lose a wall/window/roof due to it being turned over and used as a Moon Base to fight back the Martians!!!1111!
And, if you are planning other kids, they will hamfist their way into the dollhouse the minute they can totter, causing havoc like Godzilla skipping down the main strip in Tokyo.
Magic Cabin is a wonderful resource for the under 10 group, really catering to the under 6, preschoolish crowd. Check out the treefort, which we copied and made on the cheap for our daughter for less than $15. Yeah, it wasn’t as spiffing, but it was used ALOT, probably more sturdy, and eventually covered in stickers, her name written in sharpie and became a base for an unholy alliance of her brother’s pokemon and her My Little Ponies. When she decided she was done with it, it was tossed in the bonfire in our yard. You aren’t going to do that with a $200+ dollhouse.
More linky goodness to keep you entertained for hours:
The Silver Penny.
Island Treasure Toys
Tree Hollow Toys
Chinaberry Books (Some toys, but mostly books and audio. It is a mandatory link for me in anything kid related.)
And if I can make a gentle suggestion, whatever family type you pick for your daughter to have ( plastic or wooden) make sure they can go into the bathtub without you having a twitching episode. Everything will end up in the tub or kiddie pool.
HAVE FUN!!! I am so totally jealous!