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Behind every collector's obsession is a story. Hear the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

Feb 14, 2020

Teen idol time! Writer Kristin Nilsen is rebuilding the record collection she had as a girl in the 70s — and collecting tales of preteen infatuation through "My Celebrity Crush Story," her growing social media project.

"My Celebrity Crush Story" on Instagram and Facebook • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin'...

Jan 15, 2020


Armed with her array of metal detectors, Alison Walker has collected everything from rare coins to a musket ball — but she's made a name for herself as a member of The Ring Finders, recovering lost jewelry for grateful clients and raising money for charity along the way.

Alison on • Alison's...

Dec 16, 2019

Swimming pools! Color television! Air conditioning! The American motel — particularly the quirky, independent kind seen along highways in the 1950s and 60s — fascinates writer James Lileks, whose 500 or so motel postcards capture the motel's midcentury heyday.'s "The American Motel" postcard archive •...

Nov 26, 2019

Matthew Kennedy secretly bought his first Barbie doll as a young boy — but it wasn't until adulthood that he became confident enough to share his 1,000-plus doll collection with the world, in large part through his witty, eye-catching Instagram feed.

@barbieonthebrain on InstagramMatthew's Los Angeles Times

Nov 13, 2019

Good grief! With the largest known collection of Snoopy memorabilia Down Under, Lisa Ridey is constantly on the lookout for items to add to her massive collection — as well as space in her family's suburban Sydney home for displaying it.

Lisa's 2014 appearance on Australian TV • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still...