This week I got to buy out a hoarders house. I go into many houses, but this was one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen.
There was not one spot on any walls that were uncovered. The man who owned the home was placed in a nursing home because he had started to show signs of dementia.
I have gone to the home two times, filled up a pickup truck both times and my SUV one time, and still haven’t made a dent in the collection.
I deal with a good amount of collectors, and it is interesting to see how people display the items they collect. One toy dealer who visits my store weekly, puts everything in plastic bins and keeps them hermetically sealed in storage. Not much fun if you ask me. Sure, his collection will hold value, but I don’t think you get much enjoyment out of your items if you are hiding them away.
The man who owned this home, he displayed everything. Sure, his items lost value not being in the original packing, but he got to enjoy them. By the time it came to sell the stuff, he was in a nursing home any way, so did it really matter?
I got a ton of books for Amazon, and 13 boxes of comics. It is going to take forever to go through everything. What is interesting was when I got the house, within 5 minutes I thought there was no chance I was going to buy anything because it was so overwhelming. But after spending a while going through things, I was able to buy some stuff. It was hard, back breaking work, carrying 200 pounds of books out, but my father alway told me you can make money doing what others refuse to do. I think the majority of people who would walk into the house would have walked out just due to the smell. Hopefully the patience will pay off, I am sure it will.
These pictures are from the cleanest and most organized part of the home, the owners office, where he would customize many of the action figures.