June 17, 2014
Here Are A Few Things That You Should Not Keep In Your Storage Unit EVER!
Everybody has their own taste in fashion, food, music, TV shows, books and films. Some people like to chow down on spaghetti and meatballs while sitting down to watch a spaghetti Western. Others might find sitting in a three-piece Italian suit at Wolfgang Puck's latest Michelin-rated restaurant more enjoyable. Some people find comedies like CBS's How I Met Your Mother funnier than The Big Bang Theory while others would say the opposite. So it should come as no surprise that there are some very unique and personal items that people love to collect. Whether you are enamored with old-school Pez dispensers or coffee mug designs from around the world, keeping your collection in a climate controlled storage unit will keep it safe for generations. Here are a few of the most interesting collections in the world today:
For nearly two decades, Spencer Ward-Bowen has been adding to his impressive Pez collection. It all began at the age of 10, when he received his first Pez dispenser, a Smurf. He was so inspired by the design and history of the items that he kept on buying them. Ward-Bowen now owns more than 1,000 unique and vibrantly colored dispensers, stating they represent a slice of 1950s and 1960s Americana that you just can't find anywhere else. His collection includes die-cut Disney characters including a 1961 Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. He also has ones from the comic book world including Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Thor and Batman. However, his favorite collection would have to be the U.S. presidents series first released in 2011.
Collecting sea shells takes a lot of patience and many trips to different types of beaches. Lakes, oceans and rivers all have their own deposits that are full of colorful and oddly-shaped shells. But merely adding a variety of sea shells to shelves upon shelves in your storage unit can lose its excitement relatively soon. Some collectors like to create shell-covered vases and lamp bases, ranging from intricately patterned to organically encrusted. These items can feature shells as varied as the candy you find in a sweet shop boutique. The more random the shapes and colors, the more bold a statement you make with your collection.
While the art collecting world might be saturated with millionaires and royalty, collecting art created by painting by the numbers is wide open for future investors. Trey Speegle is an artist inspired by his paint-by-the-number collection, many of them vintage originals from the 1950s and 1960s. He has amassed more than 2,500 paintings ranging from nudes to modern art. Some of the more famous items in his collection include a Mona Lisa and a Queen Elizabeth. The latter was aggressively sought after by the paint-by-numbers community and earned Speegle $5,000. He believes that although some people might consider this form of art kitschy, there are many ways, like incorporation into other works, that transform these basic paintings into original art.