i was *so* proud of myself for snatching up this awesome wooden dollhouse for katie's b-day at an even *awesome-er* price, until tonight when nathan and i broke out the tools and started putting it together. it is a big wooden piece of crapola. *nothing* fit together right; he had to break out the drill and make at least half of the holes bigger for the bolts to fit properly, one of the pieces of wood was bent pretty noticeably, causing the 2nd story to sag, and in general it was just one giant headache. it took the 2 of us about 2 1/2 hours to put together what should've probably been about a 30-45 minute job. i do *lurve* gettin' a good bargain, but sometimes it backfires and you get what you pay for. grrrr.
ETA: katie *does* like it, so even though it was a giant PITA, i'm glad we got it. nathan was able to fix the 2nd story sag with some gorilla glue, so it all turned out good.