What did you buy from miniatures.com for the 40% sale? Last year I bought RGT's 333 Franklin Street Townhome (still in a box!) which I can't wait to build some day. This year I bought the Bay Window Shop by Houseworks and it was about $50 with shipping (I was tempted to buy either a Lily dollhouse kit, or a Brookwood... but I think I want something smaller and less messy to work on next).
These shops are fun and easy to build, and a great way to try out new things. I never would have put craft stick floors or paperclay in my $300 dollhouse, but in a smaller shop, it is easier to try and less disasterous if the attempt goes wrong. Plus, they come with the cute windows and doors and trim. I'm thinking I might try to get my boyfriend involved with this one, and maybe make a Pittsburgh tourist shop complete with sports team merchandise, local books, gift baskets, etc. Alot of the stuff could made with a computer and a printer. But who knows, plans always have a way of changing!