There is something about watching other people collect things that is both irresistible and repellant. American Pickers, the TV show in which antique hunters scour garages, basements and barns for cool finds, can be an enjoyable watch. Hoarders, on the other hand, is a cautionary tale about collecting getting way out of control.
A Vancouver man cleared out a major stockpile of all sorts of stuff recently. Wayne Learie is an antique dealer known as “The Mad Picker.” He is in the business of buying and selling stuff. Apparently he recently decided he should clear some space and so he held an auction. He assembled 550 lots for sale, featuring telephones, gramophones, Victorian furniture, pinball machines, silverware, taxidermy, statuary and plenty more.
His reason for divesting himself of inventory? To get more stuff. (more…)