Millersburg couple turns miniature hobby into business

Miniature dollhouses are all about the details — the wallpaper, the trim, the bedding and all of the tiny accessories.

Miniature dollhouses are all about the details — the wallpaper, the trim, the bedding and all of the tiny accessories. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

MILLERSBURG — Bricks made of egg cartons, towers made of paper towel rolls, chandeliers made out of earrings, a doily as a rug; Sarah and Richard Klingbeil of Treasure Hill World of Dollhouse Miniatures can find a use for almost anything when they are putting together one of their creations.

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Treasure Hill World of Dollhouse Miniatures owner Sarah Klingbeil gets ready to show off her favorite creation, a miniature milliner’s shop. Klingbeil said the piece is her favorite because it involves the use of so much fabric, which is her favorite thing to work with.

As Sarah Klingbeil led a tour through the Treasure Hill collection, she said the couple started their small business — where they sell dollhouses they have refurbished as well as all the supplies necessary for someone to get started on their own project — almost by accident while still living in Rolla.

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The interior of the miniature milliner's shop at Treasure Hill Wolrd of Dollhouse Miniatures. Owner Sarah Klingbeil described the tiny store as her "pride and joy."

“It was a fluke. We’d been in the restaurant business and the motel business, and then the motel sold and we needed something to do,” Klingbeil said. “We opened a consignment shop and were doing lunch, and I added some dollhouse things.”

She said the business grew from there until the couple was focusing solely on the dollhouse miniatures.

Both Klingbeils said it was the creative freedom of working with miniatures that appealed to them.

“I just like making something, it’s satisfying. I like that you get to use your imagination, and you’re creating things,” Sarah Klingbeil said.

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