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Miniature general store projects for dollhouses, roomboxes and dioramas

General stores, an older term used to describe smaller stores, one floor, sell just about everything...department stores are the modern version, larger with floors of merchandise

see kitchens, haberdashery, groceries, food and look on the workshop page for hardware items as well as pages with shop tag.

For RL shops selling miniature goods, see shops


Miniature 1940's General Store

Links to miniature General Store projects



  • photo albums, blog posts, webpages

Corner Store - from Kleine Leute (German)

Country Store - by Rita Pierce

Emporium - by Fern Rouleau

General Store - by Elk

General Store - from Miniature Madness Ann Masceli's Flickr album

General Store -by Ichar

General Store - by John Stapes

General Store - by Judy Ferguson

General Store - Museum recreating the 1920's, from Messynessychic

General Store Products

Ginzberg Department Store - by Fern Rouleau

Harold Parker's Store

Higgins General Store - by Raven's Wing

Meet the new Baby!

Stocking the store

What can I get for you?


General Store Blogs

  • Blogs concentrating on general stores or categories/labels about them in blogs


General Store Groups

  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to general stores.


General Store Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making general store projects.

Cigar Store Indian - Wright Guide minis has many vintage groceries as well

Store Shelving Unit - Les Main Calmes (written in French)


Miniature General Stores for sale

  • Do you have a section for general stores in your shop? Add a direct link to that item here.




  • Books about miniature general store projects (also books with chapters about them)


Instructions for miniature general stores

Miniature general store printables

General Store Wallpapers

  • Wallpapers that go well with general store projects

Other General Store Printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to general stores
  • look for vintage printies and can labels 

General Store Links

  • links to sites showing how to make items related to general stores



  •  YouTube videos about miniature projects related to this subject


Research/ Inspiration about General Stores

Things in a store:

  • mops,and brooms in barrels with a sign "Brooms for sale x cents"
  • feather dusters
  • buckets
  • garden tools
  • hoses
  • ribbons and laces
  • long johns, dungarees, overalls
  • coffee grinder
  • mousetrap
  • rat poison and fertilizer
  • seed packages from printies.
  • don't forget to post a few broadsheets.
  • tinned and canned food
  • Post office was also often in the general store. Make little letters and parcels and stamps.
  • Cakes of soap, or a big block that could be cut up. Use Model Magic and paint with wood glue.

Miniature General Store Tips/Hints

  • For mops cut a bunch of cotton twine in a medium length. Gather into a bundle and tie a little bit down from one end of bundle. Shove a stained skewer with a bit of glue on the end up through the middle of the bundle the "wrong " way. Flip upside down and smooth the twine and then tie again with red thread. Wrap the thread around and put a dot of glue on the end.
  • For a scrubber, cut the head off a child's toothbrush, sand both ends so they are even, drill a hole in the middle and insert a skewer.

 Ideas about what is needed for these projects

  • links to inspiring pages

Lincoln's General Store - c. 1850

Sturbridge Village Store

Window to the Past - by Grazhina

  • ideas for shop names
  • YouTube videos about the subject



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