Very inexperienced but wanting to purchase things to suit and last several children.
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.
This photo courtesy of Marina @ www.asmalltribe.blogspot.com
I believe her dollhouse furniture is from Grimms Spiel Und Holz.
Don't buy Evi dolls- they have PVC in them :( Ostheimer came out with Dollhouse dolls, The Wooden Wagon carries them in the "dollhouses and dolls" section :)
I'm posting the same thing multiple places, but in response to comment about Evi Dolls:
It's not a concern, as Franz from Evi Dolls writes (translated from the Portuguese):
"As the wireframe wrapped in PVC I have no option. [It's required by law that the wire be coated in plastic for safety]. We knew that in certain circles PVC is seen as a highly dangerous materials and sent to an individual test of this structure in accordance with the standards for toys in the lab SGS-Brazil, international accreditation. According to the Appraisal Report this lab the level of phthalates (which is the villain of this story with PVC) in our wireframe is so small that is well below the reference table."
Their dolls also meet the testing for European Union EU-71 and are sold by Grimm's Spiel und Holz in Germany.
It's good to be cautious, but given the above, I don't believe that we need to worry about the PVC-coating on the wire frame in the Evi Dolls. Both the Brazilian lab and the EU testing that Grimm's must have had done to import them will be testing for limits that, as with children's safety, are many times well below the suspected safe levels. As Evi Dolls says, in the Brazilian lab, the level of pthalates tested was well below this level, that itself would be many times lower than that deemed safe.
Testing and regulations for children's toys are very strict and very cautious. If it is passing these tests in Brazil and Germany, I don't think it is a problem.
Evi Dolls is a great company with a noble history, past and present. They originally supported disabled peoples and women with children, many of them single mothers in poverty in Brazil, and taught them skills for doll-making, and a means to make a living and a way out of poverty. Now it is mainly women working there, but still a social development project. They use all wool stuffing, and they use the plastic coating because it is law that they do so for protection of children, should the wire become exposed.
Evi is not required to use PVC-coated wire. They are required to use coated wire and are choosing to use PVC. Kathy Kruse uses cotton wrapped wire.
When this issue was first widely reported last year Nova Naturals, their primary US distributor confirmed that they were looking for an alternative. I returned the set of Evi dolls to Nova not because I thought it was a huge safety risk (all wire is well covered and I doubt there is actual risk) but if you are buying an expensive "natural" product it should contain natural ingredients. We use Kathy Kruse.
At this point, those aren't Evi Dolls anymore from Grimm's. Grimm's has sourced in Germany for these dolls to be made now, with some designs copied from Evi Dolls actually. The new Grimm's prices are a lot more expensive though, and the clothing isn't removable. Nest.ca ships to Australia for low prices for small packets, with good prices on Evi dress-up dolls.