***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Like many little girls, my soon to be 4 year old, Sophie, loves playing dress-up. Anything that can transform her into a fairy, a princess, a witch, or even Eeyore can keep this little girl happy and engaged for hours. The funny part? Even her little brother who is almost 3 loves to participate in this creative play. Hey, the way I see it, if the kids want to share toys and can play together nicely, I am all for it. Even if it means that Sophie plays with cars and Xander wears the occasional ball gown.
Sophie has loads and loads of pretty princess dresses, shoes, and accessories. They always seem to end up all over the place, too. This can be frustrating while cleaning, or when a favorite ensemble gets lost.
So naturally, I was really excited when I discovered the Dress-Up Storage Center from the folks at Guidecraft!
The Dress-Up Storage Center features upper and lower storage areas with fabric bins for toys, shoes and dramatic play items; a sturdy wood dowel and hooks for hanging clothes and costumes; and a tall acrylic mirror for dramatic play. Durable laminate construction allows for easy cleaning and ensures years of use. It is recommended for children ages 3+
About Guidecraft :
Here is a great letter from the owners of Guidecraft about how they got their start and what they have to offer families :
It's our 49th birthday and we have so much to celebrate!
My father started Guidecraft in 1964 in a small woodshop, producing 10 items. I purchased the company in 1995 and have continued to develop the line, which now includes over 850 educational toys and furnishings. Our size has changed, but our mission remains the same; stay true to the tradition of smart, beautifully crafted wood products, which allow children's minds and imaginations room to truly wonder and grow.
As we turn 49, we see that our best contributions lie in this commitment to continue doing what we do best, while always giving our loyal customers what they have come to expect; expert quality, excellent service and an ever growing collection of creativity inspiring products for children. Our playful furniture is a wonderful new extension of our line and we are delighted to present it to you.
As I watch the next generation of Fein's play with Guidecraft products I eagerly invite you and the children in our lives to join in the fun, learning and excitement.
Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm; we are working hard to earn your new and continued loyalty.
Jason L. Fein
Our Review of the Dress-Up Storage Center :
We received the Dress-Up Storage Center in white. Eventually, it will end up in my daughter's room, where it will match the decor perfectly. For now, it's in our play area until after Christmas. (Yes, my husband assembled this, left it up for a couple of weeks, and repacked it to wrap.)
This product arrived very well packaged, and includes everything needed to create the perfect dramatic play center.
I love the high-quality materials and feminine details in this product. As you can see, there is delicate looking scroll-work on many of the pieces, as well as a set of 3 princess pink canvas bins to store shoes or accessories in!
The best part? This is made from laminate materials...This is AWESOME, since it means that messes, spills, and even crayon can easily be removed. In my home, easy clean-up is a must!
Here, you see the Dress-Up Storage Center all put together and filled with some absolutely stunning princess gowns. There might just be a witch costume and Eeyore suit hanging there as well!
I love the fact that this will hold so many outfits. We actually have room on the wooden dowel for plenty more outfits!
I am also super excited about the addition of a safe, acrylic mirror. This allows little ones to get a full length view of their transformations, while remaining completely safe.
There is also some built in storage on top of the unit. This can be a great home for tiaras, wands, etc. Or, if you're in my home, it's the perfect kitty cat bad. Here's Truffles about to hop down from her cozy perch!
Here are the cute canvas bins. These slide right in to the bottom of the unit, and can hold tons of things from shoes to purses to accessories.
Sophie likes storing shoes and purses in these bins the most. Yes, these don't look at all like princess shoes, or dress up shoes at all, for that matter. These are the light-up shoes she wore on Halloween with her purple witch costume.
Sophie and Xander both really love the Guidecraft Dress-Up Storage Center. It's a lot of fun for them to have their own "dressing area." It really adds a lot to the quality of their dramatic play.
Plus, having all of their dress up clothing easily accessible and within children's reach makes clean up and organization a breeze!
Overall, we couldn't be more thrilled with our Guidecraft experience. The quality is amazing, and the Dress-Up Storage Center was relatively easy to assemble. It's extremely durable, and will last for many years. This would be a great potential family heirloom to pass down to future generations. If you're not looking for "girly" products, Guidecraft still have some fantastic gift options to consider, such as table and chair sets, toy boxes, and other furniture. Plus, they have an incredible selection of art, construction and building toys! Definitely be sure to check them out while you do your Holiday shopping this year! Guidecraft products are guaranteed to bring huge smiles to little faces.
How to Connect :
You can check out the awesomeness that is Guidecraft on their website.
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Also be sure to check out their Blog for creative play inspiration!
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I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a Guidecraft Dress-Up Storage Center of their own! This is a value of $242!
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