Episode 12: Holiday Edition: Our Favorite Things

It’s the holidays, which often means spending time with family — and maybe growing a collection or two at the same time! So, for this month’s episode, Andrew and I got together with our parents to talk collecting. Our dad, who is an extreme collector of many things, shares some stunning poetry broadsides. Our mom…

Episode 11: Galloping Ghost: an Epic Arcade Game Collection

Since 2010 Doc Mack has been the operator of Galloping Ghost Arcade, an old school arcade in Brookfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago. It’s the world’s largest public arcade game collection. Doc grew up on fighting games and developed an interest in martial arts, game design and arcade electronics restoration.  Since then he has helped open new…

Bonus Episode! Actors Read Old Love Letters!

Earlier this month, we released episode 10, “The Mysteries of Old Letters,” which was an interview with collector Hallie Bahn, who collects letters written roughly between 1900 and 1960. We thought some of these letters—particularly the juicy love letters—were worth hearing in full, so we asked two actors to interpret them dramatically through voiceovers.

Episode 10: The Mysteries of Old Letters

Hallie Bahn collects old letters, and she has more than 200 individual missives in her collection. Often times, she has a packet of letters that are all from the same person: the mother of a soldier in World War I; a housewife writing to her husband who’s a traveling salesman. Hallie enjoys the enigmatic quality…

Episode 9: Fall Fashion: Exploring Designer Bonnie Cashin’s Archive

As a graduate student in the ‘90s, Stephanie Lake became friends with the legendary fashion designer Bonnie Cashin, who is known as “the mother of American sportswear.” Stephanie wrote her dissertation on Cashin’s legacy, and, along the way, they formed a close friendship. When Cashin died in 2000, Stephanie ended up with her entire fashion archive, as…

Episode 8: Building the Perfect Railroad, LEGO Brick by Brick …

Monty Smith is a musician and a rail fan. His fascination with trains started at 14 months old! He collects many different types of trains, and his primary medium for design and exhibition has become LEGO™ trains. He maintains a blog of his collection and creations at MontysLegoTrains.Net. You can find out more about Monty’s LEGO™ Trains…

Episode 7: Salty Salt & Pepper Shakers! (NSFW)

Susie Frank is a collector of novelty salt and pepper shakers. Susie is an interior designer and a fine art photographer in Pasadena, California. She spent roughly two decades collecting salt and pepper shakers that were made from the ’30s through the ’60s, ultimately amassing a collection of 4,000 sets. Now, Susie’s into collecting something…

Episode 6: Don’t Mess With Texas Art

  For the past 25 years, Tam Keihnhoff has collected “early Texas art”—which is not exactly what it sounds like. It’s art made by an artist who was born, lived or worked in the state, and it was made more than 40 years prior to the present date. So, “early” doesn’t necessarily mean a century old—or…

Episode 5: Why ’70s Quilts Matter

Our guest this month is Bill Volckening, quilt collector and author. Bill owns more than 400 quilts, from all different periods of American quilt history, including quilts from the early 1800s. But lately his real passion is sharing quilts that have rarely, if ever, been shown in museums: groovy polyester quilts and vibrant Hawaiian scrap…

Episode 4: Big Mac: One Man’s Obsession With Vintage Apple Computers

Adam Rosen is an Apple Consultant and collects Macintosh computers, software and Apple nostalgia. He is curator of the Vintage Macintosh Museum which he runs out of his home outside Boston. Our discussion covers rare items in his collection, and photos are from his website, VintageMacMuseum.com Adam also speaks more broadly about the Apple ethos and…

Episode 3: The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Fabrics

We’re sick of winter and looking forward to spring, so this month on the podcast we’re talking about some Japanese fabrics that are so delightfully bright, they remind us of walking through a botanical garden. please be patient, the audio will play in approx. 30 seconds Artist Patricia Belyea collects vintage Japanese yukata cottons, which…

Episode 2: A Brief History of ‘Zines & the Healing Power of Yard Sales

I’m so excited to have Katie Haegele on the podcast for episode 2! Katie is the author of two books (with a third coming soon!), and many awesome ‘zines. I talked to her about the ‘zines she’s made, the history of this DIY publishing phenomenon, and about her undying love of all things secondhand—as evidenced…