I have had many collections in my life. As a boy I collected army men (the little green plastic guys), I had enough Divisions to rival the Red Army. Then I moved on to model airplanes. I built one of every kind of plane I could find. I specialized in WW II war birds. The ceiling to my bedroom should have had a low overhead warning sign, people might have though I was driven to become an air traffic controller! At the same time I was collecting comic books. That collection was never a serious effort. My comics were worn and dogeared in no time. My collection was kept in a large brown paper grocery store bag. Silly boy! I actually read and enjoyed them, there was no effort to maintain them. Then it was on to camera and photographic gear. That one I was serious about. I was sure photo journalism was my future. That or photo studio work. I sold all my camera gear. Then there was a lull in my collecting ways. Until I started making pens from exotic woods. I started, and still maintain, a collection of wood and pens. But I am also willing to sell my pens. Not only willing, but determined. to sell my pens. (Shameless plug time) www.2bearswoodshop.com
My wife has always loved all thing Mickey Mouse. She has shirts, sweatshirts, jammies, jewelery, I have even bought her animation cells for wall art. My wife is the worst collector ever. Her “Clutter Quotient” is the lowest of any person I’ve ever known. The good side is our house is immaculate. Always clean and always squared away. A trait I truly appreciate and admire. The downside, her collection is, and will remain, small and function-able. She has a lot to learn about collecting from Janet Esteves.
Ms. Esteves is a real collector of Micky Mouse stuff. A Guinness World Record Holder kinda collector. In 2006 she had over 2,100 different Micky Mouse items in her home. Since then she has added and added to her collection, nearly doubled it actually. The latest Guinness count is 4,127 with an additional 2,000 pieces yet to be cataloged and counted!
At what point will we see Ms. Esteves’ house on the show “Hoarders”?