Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Paperwork: 1978 A Frame Unfurnished Dream House Instructions





























So many have asked for it, so here are the instructions. Feel free to right click and save and or print, they are my gift to you. Its the same instructions folks are selling on ebay. the orange and white image is the old correspondence card you could send in if you needed help with anything. I guess it was cheaper than  call centers or maybe they didnt have 800 numbers in the 70's? I remember my 1987 Ghostbusters firehouse didnt have the instruction so we just called them up and they sent out replacements for free. =-) Those were the days!



SO, all I can think of when I see these rare pieces are, 'Does the person who pays $500 for an unassembled house peel the stickers and pick the small pieces off the trees?' I hope not!! 

10 comments:

  1. I cannot thank you enough for making this available, and for free at that. The last time I saw a dream house was when, at 13 or so, I sold the one my sister passed down to me along with the rest of my Barbie collection that had accumulated because there was something that became more important to me at the time and I wanted the money more than the dolls. I sold everything I had (and it was a LOT - enough to fill several 6' or 8'tables) for $250. Then I cried and cried, and cried. Only when I was by myself, but you can be assured that this went on for weeks.

    I am now a mother myself, and have four children, two of which are girls (almost 12 and just turned 5). I was at a yard sale a few weeks ago when I spotted the telltale yellow patio triangles and red roofs of my childhood, except that someone had for some reason dismantled the entire thing. Amazingly, I was the only person there who recognized this treasure for what it was and was giddy inside, but remained calm as I asked how much the woman was asking for it. She asked me what I would be doing with it and I told her it would either be a birthday or Christmas gift for my (at the time) 4 year old. She sold me the house, every piece of furniture, every detail item down to post and pans, forks and knives, etc, and a giant bin of mixed modern and vintage Barbies/Kens/Skippers, etc AND clothes for $30!!! I couldn't believe it.

    There are only a few things wrong with ours and I am not really sure how to fix them. At this point, I used a piece of card stock and scotch tape in place of the broken 3" corner, and chose a cosmetic instead of structural area for the missing 15" corner cover. Two of the 3" corner covers are broken in half lengthwise and one half of one is missing completely. One 15" corner cover is missing completely. One of the little Windows that is stacked 4 high is missing. There are probably 5 places where the pegs are broken off, so the windows/doors won't stay on. The refrigerator is one of them. However, everything else is good as far as I know and things are there down to the flowers in the boxes.

    Thank you SO much for making these instructions available. I am not sure I could have done this without them, definitely not as quickly as I did. I had no idea until I came to your blog yesterday and started looking around that this is even an item anybody else is looking for. It is good to know that as long as the kids take care of it, we will be able to sell it if we ever decide to do that.

    Thanks again for all of your hard work that has gone into creating and maintaining this site. It is very helpful in situations like mine.

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    1. Thank you for your post, I am glad I could help. My goal is to provide a one stop resource for collectors to properly renovate these. If you go to the search box on this blog and enter terms like 'post covers', 'wax', 'flowers', etc, you will find blog entries devoted to restoring the house to like new condition (or as good as it can possibly get). The fridge hinge has a post, but in short you can use a Q tip to replace the always broken hinge. I am going this morning to the dollar tree to get white poster board to replace the missing post covers on my current reno. Keep posting, I think everything you need is already blogged about, so have a look around and enjoy. =-)

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  2. Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to create this site. I am 46 and have a daughter who is 5. I have been holding on to my Barbie Dream House all these years to give it to my future daughter. The time has come and of course I don't have the original box or instructions. I printed your instructions and found I am missing some items. I have moved many times unfortunately. Besides eBay, do you know of any way I could find the walls and 2 side roofs? The other pieces I am missing I did find on eBay. I had wanted to give it to my daughter this Christmas, but it seems that I will have to hold off. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!

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    1. Hi, sorry to be getting to you so late! As you may have discovered already, usually the best way is to slowly watch ebay over time for those missing parts, or to just buy a second house and raid it for pieces, selling off the rest. You could try Craigslist. Its a long shot, but I have found plenty of houses, some even for a good deal if they are really in bad shape, you could at least get the walls and roof pieces. I would just recommend not to do anything via the mail since there is no buyer protection, I would drive to them and pick it up in person. Anyhow, good luck and glad this blog is helpful for you!

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to put up the instructions. This was the house of my dreams as a kid; unfortunately, mom couldn't afford it. My husband gave me one for my birthday, and now I'm in the middle of restoring it, thanks to your advice & suggestions. It's so hard to find info on this beautiful house, so I was happy when I found your site. You have a lot of great & interesting info. Yesterday I bought another one for $15. It's dirty and missing a few things, but no cracks or breaks. So it's time to start the process all over. Thanks again!

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    1. You are most welcome, where did you find one for $15?

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  5. Wow! I am so excited to find this! My parents have begun moving around my Barbie Dreamhouse for the last 40 years or so.
    I am missing all the screws. I don't see a list of the sizes of the needed screws. Anyone know what size the short and long screws are and how many of each??
    My almost 5 year old twin girls are so excited to play with my Dreamhouse!

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    1. I need this answer myself. I am putting mine together to sell now that my son has only given me grandsons. :) I know you need 22 long and 6 short screws. I checked online and someone on Ebay claims to be selling the original screws, however they only show one size. Not sure if that is a legit post or not. I will keep looking and hopefully we will find out the exact size. I am so surprised the manual wasn't more specific.

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    2. Sorry, I should have included that info. the Long screws are 1 ⅛" long, the short ones are 9/16" long, I cant remember when I bought some new ones years ago, but they could possibly be ⅜" thickness, you will likely have to buy phillips star head screws as flat head screws are rarely used anymore.

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