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Growing up I was a dedicated collector of three things: Nancy Drew books, American Girl doll accessories, and plastic frogs (seriously). I doubt anyone would pay to see the fruits of my late-1990’s labor. However there are people all over the world who have turned their unique collections into something really worth checking out.
1800+ Straight Days of Band Tees
The best collections are ones that you can interact with on a daily basis, and Isac Walter of the blog Minor Thread is the perfect example of that. For the past five years, Walter has committed to wearing a different band tee—without repeating any of them. While his collection features a mix of old and new, it’s his ability to hunt down so many examples of unique vintage tees, combined with the fact that he’s been going 1,800 days (and counting) without quitting that makes this collection really impressive.
A Hotel Built By Beer
What do you do when you’re surrounded by a massive collection of beer memorabilia that’s been continuously amassed since the 1970’s? If you’re anything like veteran collector Jeff Lebo, you turn those 83,000 cans and assorted merchandise into a business: The Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn. This incredible Pennsylvania space lets you explore and sleep in rooms packed with vintage and antique beer items. All of it meticulously organized down to country of origin. Whether you’re a vintage graphic design enthusiast or just passionate about your brews, for a great price you can’t pass up a night’s stay in this unique lodge.
The History of Halloween
While it’s definitely creepy to see all of these eyeless faces lined up in a row, photographer Brecht Bug has managed to round up an extensive history of vintage Halloween masks. There aren’t any dates listed with the images, but you can probably discern certain eras based on design style and popular characters. Looking through the clean arrangement of hundreds of masks lets you enjoy past trends, familiar faces and maybe even get a little inspiration for your costume this year.
An Entire Star Wars Universe
If you’re ever wandering around South Korea, and have even the slightest interest in Star Wars memorabilia, Cho Woong’s insane collection is an absolute must-see. Woong started collecting the memorabilia as a child, crafting an organized collection that was worked into his home as beautiful modern decor. But what to do when you’re going overboard? The logical conclusion is to create a huge gallery above your restaurant, of course! Looking through rare releases and vintage collectibles from the original trilogy will keep you hooked for hours.
Creating a Nintendo Community
With a collection that dates back to the 1960’s—an era I would never even think to associate with video games—Erik Voskuil of beforemario has turned his 30-year passion into a thriving online community of fans. Aside from his extensive in-home game room, Voskuil documents each item in his collection on the blog, providing wonderful detail and backstory to every piece. Even a novice gamer will love digging through beforemario’s treasure trove of old-school favorites!