It was eBay, in real life!
Or like a more-organized and commercialized version of Hoarders.
Shows like this encourage people to fill up their basements with stuff because "maybe it'll be worth something some day".
But that's too cynical. Most of the vendors were passionate about their collections, and told interesting stories about the items for sale.
And it's far more interesting to collect old stuff than to just chuck it in the garbage.
Here are some photos I took.
|A Colonel Saunders piggy bank. You put the coins in his back.|
|Classic collectors item: buttons.|
|I think these were sold at Burger King.|
|Unopened cans of Coca-Cola. Saw a lot of Coke memorabilia, not much Pepsi.|
|Besides cans of Coke, cans of oil are also popular collectors items.|
|I've probably read every one of these.|
|Included here in the interest of balance. I haven't read any of these.|
|Nothing makes you feel old like seeing toys you played with as a kid labeled as "collectible". (And the barn doors still moo.)|
|Finally figured out why they're called "Matchbox Cars". Because they originally came in match boxes.|
|Early, clumsy attempts at artificial intelligence.|
|Just some hints, he's not giving everything away.|
|People will try to sell anything.|
|People will collect anything.|
|Not a real ray gun.|
|From a binder full of old Valentine's cards. Don't you love vegetable puns?|
|Theory: Given enough time, every doll will eventually look really, really creepy.|
|These ones are approaching the creepy stage much faster than the typical doll.|
|The cutest robots are always the deadliest.|