Monday, September 03, 2007

The Mother Lode of Collections !!!

This weekend, the hubby and I were all over, visiting festivals, vintage auto shows, flea markets and yard sales. While visiting at one sale, we were chatting with the home owners and my hubby mentioned how much he liked some of the vintage Pepsi and Coca Cola signs that they had in their garage as decorations. The man mentioned that if we liked those items, then we should go and take a look through one of their windows of the house, and peek at their Coke collection room. So of course we couldn't wait to take a look, and I must say - what awaited me totally BLEW ME AWAY! We were oooh-ing and aah-ing at all the Coke memorabilia that we could see from the window, trying to take it all in. Then we started back towards the car to go on our way.

Luckily I had my camera with me, and I thought to myself - hmmmmm, I wonder if I ask them, if they would let me take some pix of their Coke collection? Hubby told me that that was kind of pushy *giggle* but I figured all they could say is yes or no - so off we went. The woman of the house was extremely gracious and let us go in and take some photos of the Coke room. And then, she directed us towards the kitchen, which was done in all Campbell's soup decor!!!! I almost fell over, because I love those Campbell soup kids! :) Then, she motioned for us to step into another room, and lo and behold, it housed an entire room of Pillsbury memorabilia, of course including the Doughboy!!! My hubby thought for sure I was going to keel over from my excitement - and I swear, I almost did! And believe me, when I say every single inch of the walls and surfaces were covered in collectibles, I mean it!

Let me tell you, in all the places I have visited, and magazines I have read - I have NEVER seen anything to compare to this woman's collections! There were tons of vintage and newer collectibles, taking up literally every inch of the walls in the rooms. But they were so tastefully done - every single piece you could tell was meticulously placed in a perfect arrangement. It was beyond amazing, I tell you! So I quickly started taking pix of the Coke room, and some in the Campbell Soup kitchen. I did not get any taken in the Pillsbury Room, wish I did, but I did not want to take up too much of her time. And if that was not enough, they also had a Pepsi Cola room, a Teddy Bear room, and a Santa Claus room! I do indeed think I died and went to heaven, it was a shame that I could not spend an entire day in each room inspecting and enjoying every single piece of her collections that she had so lovingly put together.

I asked her if her home had ever been featured in a magazine, and she replied that she did not want her collections in the public eye, and I guess I can understand why. So with all due respect I will not mention her name or location.

I must first apologize for some of the pix I took, not being very good. I did not realize that I had left the camera on a close up setting, and did not find out until I got home and looked at them on the 'puter. Ohhhhhhh, I could have kicked myself!!! LOL But I am posting them anyway, so you can get a small idea of the extent of her massive collections. Hope you will enjoy them!

The first 8 pix are of the Coca Cola Room, and the last 4 are of the Campbell's Soup Kitchen - you can click on the pix to enlarge them:


















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12 comments:

sweetheartville said...

Wow. I'm glad I don't have to dust at her house!

PEA said...

Omigosh, how amazing!! Like you, I would love to have a whole day just to admire every little collectible she has in every room! Can you imagine how much all that stuff is worth??!! That's what you call a true collector:-) xox

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long it took them to collect all that??

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Flea Market Queen said...

Holy cow...that is phenomenal!
I would love just to peek in the windows...thanks for sharing!
Priscilla

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh! I have one small shelf and a few odds and ends of coca cola stuff. That is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Peta said...

Amazing collections. I think it is a little sad that they haven't let the public share their collection by at least having it in a magazine. Hopefully if they don't sell it all they will donate to a museum.

woof nanny said...

Holy cow. That frig and the red coke shelves are my fav. I hope my next boyfriend likes thrifting--it's so cool your husband goes with you to all the flea markets and stuff.

woof nanny said...

Also, it's neat (I can't believe I just used that word) that you oohed and aahed over her collection. I mean, she probably was all proud and stuff.

Cathy Nash said...

Wow-Coca-cola heaven?! Fun blog to look at. Best wishes~Cathy Nash

alveycomclean said...

Ok I have a Campbell's collection but her's tops mine.I would love to go see it if you could tell me where it's at.

cory said...

i have my kitchen in campbells i'd love to know how to get some of that amazing stuff

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