A woman buys an old, run-down dollhouse for $50. She rips out its carpet to discover a surprise making it worth $20,000

Anita Durairaj

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In an article in The Sun, a grandmother from Northumberland, UK purchased an old, run-down dollhouse at an antique store for her granddaughter.

Grandmother Wendy Lyons was looking for a dollhouse for her grandchild when she spotted an old, quirky-looking dollhouse.

It was run-down and would require a lot of repair but Wendy thought it would be perfect for her granddaughter.

The toy was originally listed at 65 pounds (80 dollars) but it was further marked down on sale for 40 pounds (50 dollars).

Wendy purchased the dollhouse with the goal that she would upcycle it for her granddaughter.

As she was working on the dollhouse, she ripped out the carpet and saw a surprise. There was a logo on the floor of the dollhouse.

She says,

“I lifted the carpet and discovered a picture underneath on the wood at the base of the house,”
“I didn’t recognize it but was interested in finding out what it was. And if I want to find something out I keep going, so I spent hours Googling this logo.

She sent a photo of the logo to a memorabilia expert and he immediately recognized it. The logo represented the wood that made up the dollhouse. It was very old, rare, expensive, and dated to the 1800s.

A previous item made from the same wood had sold at auction for almost $18,000 to $20,000 or more.

The doll house is currently being researched and Wendy hopes that she could sell it for a similar price.

She hopes to spend any money she gets from the sale on further upcycling.

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