Weird Things People Collect — Carleton Place Museum Junk & Disorderly Sale Saturday


Remember the guy who bought a box of unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe at a garage sale for $2? Or another who walked away with what looked like an early Andy Warhol painting at a yard sale for $5? Well, you have a chance to find some neat collectibles on Saturday and Sunday at the Junk & Disorderly Sale at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Here are some things you won’t find, and why do people collect them? Well, I have no idea.

Celebrity Hair Locks 
John Reznikoff owns the bizarre, yet the most expansive collection of celebrity hair locks in the world. The collection includes the hair of famous celebrities and historical figures including Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe and Ludwig van Beethoven. 

How can anyone verify that the hair is authentic? I feel like any old barber with an eBay account could make a fortune off these guys.

crazy collections - celebrity hair

Human Remains-skulls etc.

Just out of interest, how many women do you get back to your place if you collect this stuff? AND how many leave?

Belly Button Fluff
At 22.1 grams, Graham Barker has the largest collection of belly button fluff. It’s his own fluff, if you’re wondering. He started the collection in 1984. No, I am not wondering, trust me!
crazy collections - belly button fluff

Cat Whiskers

A few years ago the media did a story on a woman who had a collection of cat whiskers. Yes, cat whiskers. She had them mounted and framed and plastered all over the walls of her house. I had nightmares for a month after seeing THAT story!

Love dolls
Wacky couple Bob and Lizzie Gibbons share their home with their rather unusual collection of 240 love dolls. According to the couple, they like dressing the dolls up and even take them on shopping trips. I can’t figure out where Lizzie Gibbons is in this photo. Where’s Waldo err Lizzie?
crazy collections - love dolls

Souls of the Damned

I don’t know about you guys, but I have heard some collect the souls of the damned, trapped forever in their small, square, paper prisons. (Stamps) Excuse me—philately will get you nowhere!

Murder Memorabilia

Why? Just why? Nothing like cooking eggs in Jeffrey Dahmer’s frying pan. Yuck!

30,000 Toenail Clippings
Why would anybody want to collect that? Why? Well, okay, this weird collection of toenail clippings is actually intended for medical research.
crazy collections - toenail clippings

It’s all fun believe me.  Or is it?

You know what they say: “One man’s TRASH is another man’s TREASURE”.

See you Saturday and Sunday at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum!


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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