CR’s Crafts was started by Clarice Brown in the small town of Leland, in
north central Iowa. It all began with two patterns Clarice created for a Christmas Tree and a Santa,
which were followed by some bear patterns. This was back before bears became
so popular. That first original bear pattern is still selling today! See Sitting Bear and
Softie Bear #36012.
Originally she worked full time and the "hobby" was worked
on in the evening at home. Pretty soon she needed help and other family memebers were
enlisted or was that conscripted into helping. It expanded into the basement and soon
into the garage.
Doll joints were hard to find in stores and armatures were rarely used yet. In fact joints and parts
were so hard to find that customers kept asking her to carry and sell them. Thus the
warehouse side of CR's Crafts began. Pretty soon the house was too small and it was time
to "move out." Fifteen years ago a small part of our current building was
purchased for the business. After four additions to the building, we now have
16,000 square feet full of supplies.
Interest in dolls and bears has grown dramatically over the years and so has
our business, thanks to doll and bear makers like you. The interest has grown so strongly that
CR's Crafts now has over 100 original patterns created by Clarice.
From those first patterns, kits and supplies to make them were added and currently
we have over 7,000 items in inventory We now offer the largest selection of
doll and bear making supplies and accessories in the USA. We distribute for numerous companies
and sell products from around the world.
Our new catalog is jammed full of bear and doll supplies.
A long way from our first 16 page catalog.
CR’s Crafts is located on Highway 69 four miles north of Forest City in this big red building.
We employ several people in our mail order facility and have several
people working out of their homes making designer clothes,
porcelain and wood accessories exclusively for us.
We operate out of a 16,000 square foot office and distribution
center in Leland, Iowa, which is centered between Des Moines, Iowa and
Minneapolis, Minnesota north of Forest City, Iowa.
Our showroom is open from 8am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday and has samples of our products and
many one of a kind closeout items and bargains. You can also stop at our
warehouse and take your order with you. Be prepared to spend some time with us.
While our showroom is small many people spend hours looking at the dolls and
checking out the supplies.