Post by momof6under8 on May 23, 2007 12:03:51 GMT -5
This is a very large item comparable to a historical doll's trunk. It is designed almost exactly like a school locker would have been right down to the hole on the latch that will accept a small lock. Inside it seems spacious, but I was actually disappointed in how much it actually did hold (I expected a lot more). There are hooks on the back as well as the right and left side that will hold something. The hooks are not large so dont expect a lot. In the center, near the front there is a metal square hanger that can be used to hang hangers on with outfits. If you do hang more than a short jacket or two on this hanger it makes accessing the other items in the locker hard. There are two swing out drawers on the bottom that you can put small items into. They seem to fill up fast. You can also store items on top of the drawers and there is space in front of the drawers where I have some shoes. You do have to move the shoes though to get into the drawers. The locker originally came with some magnetic grin pins, a magnetic mailbox and banners you could color in. My locker is an ebay purchase and unfortunately did not come with any of those things.
I think this item is cute, and if you have room or want a "school" set up for your dolls it is great. If you think you are going to use it as a trunk like I did, dont bother. I do plan on getting 2-3 more of them and lining them up in our "school" area and they will contain jackets, extra sneakers, back packs, text books and sports items.
I have two of these lockers. In one I keep the athletic suits and shoes. Roller Blades and misc. bags. Seems as if they could have made the hanging bracket longer so you could put more in it. In the second one I have the Cheer outfits with Poms in the drawers. There is just enough space.
I agree that there isn't as much storage for doll stuff as you'd expect, since the drawers don't fit much, especially for the price. But I have to say that I think this piece was the one that got the most bang for the buck over the years. Obviously it's useful for playing school, and mine has a handle on top, which I don't see in the OP's pictures, which makes it more portable, albeit less realistic.
Another issue is that unlike Julie's lockers, which come in a set, there's only one, so you'd need buy more than one to make a more realistic scene, but the price prohibits that.
I mainly like this piece because it has use beyond being just doll's furniture. I used it after I stopped playing with my AGs for years because of its locking capability. So it I used to store my secret diaries and etc. It's cute enough to also work in a preteen or teenager's bedroom.
If you just want it as doll storage, there's better pieces out there. But if you find it for a good price, I recommend it.