Neighbors team up to refurbish 1980s dollhouse to auction off at Lend A Hand Up's Stick it to Cancer benefit - InForum

FARGO — When Bekki Majerus was 9, she enjoyed accompanying with her father whenever he mosted likely to the equipment shop.

“I keep in mind all these racks, as well as on the leading rack, there were a number of doll-house versions on display screen. Whenever we’d most likely to that shop, I’d stand as well as look at this specifically,” Majerus claimed.

On her 10th birthday celebration in 1984, her moms and dads amazed her with the set she’d been looking at for greater than a year.

The partly completed inside of Bekki Majerus’ youth doll-house. The item has actually considering that been reconditioned as well as equipped by her next-door neighbors Ray as well as Nancy Blotzke. It’s being auctioned off as component of DMF Lend-a-Hand-Up’s yearly Stick it to Cancer cells occasion taking place currently via Friday. The occasion is organized by location secondary school hockey groups.

Added / Bekki Majerus

“My father dealt with it when he had time to develop it,” she claimed, which was mainly on weekend breaks or throughout pause from job. Building and construction contained gluing the outside trim as well as little stairs with each other, after that paint as well as designing.

An additional year gone by as well as Majerus’ mommy dropped dead of an aneurysm. Conquer by pain as well as the stress and anxiety of all of a sudden parenting without his partner, her father shelved the doll-house task forever.

Although it wasn’t completed as well as didn’t have much furnishings, Majerus keeps in mind having fun with the doll-house for hrs at a time.

“I had fun with it a whole lot prior to I outgrew it. As well as I constantly visualized completing it as well as providing it to my very own child one day,” she claimed. “However when I wed my hubby my only step-daughter currently had a doll-house.”

In the years that adhered to, Majerus hung on to the doll-house via secondary school, after that university, marital relationship as well as numerous steps.

Up until lately. She handed it over to her smart Fargo next-door neighbors Nancy as well as Ray Blotzke to be reconditioned as well as totally equipped—for a reason.

On Friday, the doll-house will certainly most likely to a brand-new kid after it’s auctioned off at

Dakota Medical Structure Aid Up’s 12th yearly Stick It to Cancer cells fundraising event at Scheels Sector


Argue Cancer cells was begun by the Fargo Secondary school hockey area in 2010 as a charity event to aid family members via a clinical dilemma. Every one of the funds increased will certainly be dispersed via Aid Approximately neighborhood family members in clinical dilemma.

“It was time to allow it go, as well as when my next-door neighbor Nancy discussed the public auction, I might not envision a far better usage for my youth plaything that had actually been stored waiting on a brand-new function,” Majerus claimed.

Today, the doll-house is an artwork—one numerous are wishing will certainly increase great deals of cash for a fantastic reason.

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Ray Blotzke crafted the stairs as well as little information, such as crown molding around the ceiling as well as home windows.

Added / Nancy Blotzke.

Like Majerus, Nancy Blotzke constantly enjoyed doll houses.

“I constantly desired a doll-house,” Blotzke claimed.

Additionally like Majerus, she had ladies in her household, yet they either currently had a doll-house or had actually grown out of the wish for one. So as opposed to renewing the plaything for a relative, she as well as hubby Ray, a passionate woodworker, made a decision to restore it in time for the fundraising event.

“We simply like the Stick it to Cancer cells occasion as well as we contribute things to it yearly,” Nancy Blotzke claimed. “My hubby Ray is truly proficient at woodworking as well as strove paint it as well as making it truly glimmer. I place my indoor abilities to make use of as well as embellished it.”

Ray Blotzke fixed loosened as well as broken tiles, completed the raw inside floor covering, after that offered it a fresh paint work prior to handing the indoor enhancing information off to his partner, that hand-sewed drapes as well as various other things. The remainder, they patched with each other while second hand shop purchasing.

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The den inside Majerus’ youth doll-house consists of plaything gallery video games, a fire place as well as Minnesota-themed antiques repainted on the wall surfaces.

Added / Nancy Blotzke

“We tiled the 2nd flooring, pictured every space, as well as I purchased points like flooring mats as well as a placemat for the infant’s space at second hand shops,” Nancy Blotzke claimed. “Points simply suit location so flawlessly.”

Like equipping life-size residences, however, costs for the doll-house promptly showed cost-prohibitive.

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The baby room includes a quilted flooring made by Nancy Blotzke, that is a passionate quilter.

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After that eventually while purchasing at Pastime Entrance hall throughout after-Christmas sales, Nancy Blotzke struck up a discussion with an additional lady in line.

“She asked if we required much more furnishings as well as I claimed yes. We can’t fill up every space since it’s so costly as well as we’d currently spent a lot in it,” Blotzke claimed. “Ends up this girl had furnishings left over from her now-grown child’s doll-house.”

The following day, the lady called as well as informed Blotzke she’d be giving away the things absolutely free to the task since it was mosting likely to charity.

As both were talking as well as establishing a meeting point to hand off the things, the lady giving away the things asked if they’d include her child’s name to the public auction summary.

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The doll-house restroom has an actual tiled flooring as well as a hand-made doily.

Added / Nancy Blotzke

“When she claimed the name Kim Parks, my jaw simply went down,” Blotzke claimed. “I’d collaborated with Kim in the Emergency Room at MeritCare (currently Sanford Wellness) for twenty years. So, I obtained all this attractive doll furnishings, like little doilies for the tables her grandma had actually crocheted, little carpetings for before the fire place. It’s simply attractive.”

Not just that, yet the furnishings matches the 1980s, the exact same age Bekki Majerus’ doll-house was constructed. “I might not have actually visualized it ending up any much better,” Majerus claimed. “It appears like the doll residences I’d see on display screen at galleries.”

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The teen space of Bekki Majerus’ youth doll-house currently includes a cover bed as well as vibrant wall surface information.

Added / Nancy Blotzke

Bidding process on the doll-house as well as various other public auction things began Sunday as well as goes through Friday, Feb. 20, as component of Stick it to Cancer cells occasions. Contributors can

proposal online right here


At The Same Time, Majerus is anticipating learning just how much cash her long-beloved youth doll-house will certainly go with.

“I wish it increases considerable amounts of cash as well as goes residence to a kid that will truly appreciate it,” Majerus claimed. “It’s an outright work of art.”

When It Comes To Ray as well as Nancy Blotzke, the pair doesn’t have strategies to team up on such a large art task in the future, though The Arts Collaboration wishes they remain to appreciate their imaginative undertakings as well as motivate others in the area to do the exact same.

This write-up becomes part of a material collaboration with The Arts Collaboration, a not-for-profit company growing the arts in Fargo, Moorhead as well as West Fargo. To learn more, check out