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Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!
Traveled down the road and back again. Part of the lyrics for the popular television show catchy theme song, these words also hold true to Erin Bradley’s willingness to collect Golden Girls memorabilia. Based in Seattle, Erin has amassed everything from the show’s costume jewelry to a tattoo stating her love for the sitcom. Read on to see how her interest began.
Hi Erin! Why did you start collecting Golden Girls stuff?
I’ve always had a deep and abiding love of the Golden Girls. I was a fangirl at 9 years old. I used to watch it on Saturday nights with my mother. We’d make huge bowls of microwave popcorn with melted butter and binge watch NBC’s entire Saturday night lineup. The fact that there’s not a lot of memorabilia out there makes whatever you can manage to find even more special. It’s not like The Simpsons or Star Wars. You’re not going to find a stack of Sophia Petrillo bobbleheads chilling in the 50% off bin at Target.
What’s the rarest item you have in your collection?
I own several pieces of Rue McClanahan’s costume jewelry, which I bought at an estate sale shortly after she died. My two favorites are a long string of faux pearls that is all kinds of pastel and fabulous and perfect for lounging on a lanai and a carved tiki bear pendant with a tiny gold fig leaf over his crotch.
Which Golden Girls memorabilia has the most significance to you and why?
It’s not memorabilia in the technical sense but I have a Golden Girls tattoo. It’s the first few words of the theme song on my right arm. It reminds me of the importance of laughter and female friendship and overall just being thankful for all the awesome women I’ve known in my life.
What do you look for when adding Golden Girls stuff to your collection?
Items with a direct connection to the actors or the show are the most appealing to me. Barring that, anything that makes me laugh and is well made or well designed.
Where do you go to find Golden Girls memorabilia and what’s the most unique way you’ve obtained an item?
Online auction sites, independent craft seller sites, your usual haunts. I have an old acquaintance from college that I keep in touch with in part because I know he owns a large collection of Golden Girls props. I ask him every couple years or so when he’s going to be ready to sell a few. So far he’s not budging but I’m confident I can wait it out.
Where do you store or display your collection?
Here and there around the house. A lot of the stuff is small, like jewelry, or something you’d never even know was special until you heard its backstory. I’ve so far managed to not subject my husband to giant framed Bea Arthur posters in our boudoir but who knows what the future holds.