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Premier Wholesaler of Dollhouse Components for 35 Years
Founded in the spring of 1975, Houseworks has manufactured and provided quality dollhouse components to thousands of dealers and distributors around the world.
Over the years, we have established a level of excellence in quality, design and service. Our standard has become the industry benchmark to which others strive. We invite you to shop around our site and get to know us better. If you would like to become a dealer of Houseworks products, just complete our Dealer Registration form, and we will contact you shortly.
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The Houseworks Story
By Mickey Benamy, Founder
In 1975, Benamy International was a going and growing importer. Morris Manufacturing Company, a Texas customer that I knew from when I was associated with Cunningham Art Products came to see me with a concept of miniature furniture of Early American design. The designs were similar to what you would see in Ethan Allen Furniture stores. The customer gave me the drawings and specifications for the miniature furniture (1/12th scale), and they wanted us to quote a price. I went to Taiwan and contacted a reliable maker that I had known for several years in the craft industry. After more than a week of negotiations in Taipei, we reached a price, which I quoted to the customer by telex. The customer accepted our price and placed a significant order with a letter of credit.
The maker was told that each item must be made exactly as specified and that there would be zero tolerance for variation. We had to locate machinery, which did not vibrate, and soft wood lumber that would not warp. Within a month, production was started. Within the next two months, the customer called to say that they were going out of the craft and hobby business – that they would accept the orders placed but would not reorder. I was told that we could have the rights to the designs that they had created, and that was it. Wow!
The Story of Houseworks, cont.