An antique dollhouse is exotic and can become a hobby if decorating dollhouses is a passion. One can obtain a list of books that have been published about antique dollhouses. These books will have pictures of available ones, and along that it will have the price and also the year of manufacture and country of origin.
There will also be various types of dollhouses you can chose from. The style and architecture of each antique dollhouse will be different. Some websites would have communities with many collectors as members. This would be an interesting area for people where they can exchange information and get to know what is available for sale. You can also get information about auctions from such communities and probably meet them too at such places.
Antique dollhouses not only come by themselves, sometimes there could be ancient toys as well. If the architecture and style of the antique dollhouse matches the toys, you could probably buy the toys too. These need not necessarily be collections, it could also be used as general dollhouses at homes.
Every decade has seen change in architecture as well as other creative arts. So it is with antique dollhouses. Every decade has seen greater modernization of dollhouses and with Barbies of course, the market exploded across the world. These dollhouses have to be handled with care as it will be worth a lot of money to a collector. If you love antiques and are unable to spend money on one such dollhouse, you could try to replicate it to your best ability for your own happiness.