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Deb Hoffmann, Guinness World Record Holder for Largest Pooh and Friends Memorabilia Collection, Shatters 20,000-Item Ceiling

Guinness World Records validates the new collection figure for Hoffmann, who has held the world record since 2008

By: Deb Hoffmann

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WINTER HAVEN, Fl. & WAUKESHA, WI.
- April 13, 2021 - PRLog -- Deb Hoffmann, the world record holder for the largest collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia, has achieved her 20,000-item target.

Hoffmann reached 20K distinctive Winnie the Pooh items on December 20, 2020. On March 26th she received fantastic news that Guinness World Records approved the amount and updated her world record. She has held the record title since 2008.

Hoffmann, 56, has enjoyed a personal brand as the "Pooh Lady" for over thirty years. The role has gotten media interviews from around the globe, and never-ending inquiries from Pooh-fans seeking or donating items linked to Pooh and his gang from the classic A. A. Milne stories.

While her collection's numbers merit the world record, her hobby's true enjoyment goes beyond the items themselves, Hoffmann explained. Most fulfilling are the people she and her hubby, Gary, meet, and the events associated with them.

"Seldom a day goes by that something Pooh-related doesn't occur," Deb Hoffmann said. "Sometimes it's an e-mail from a Cheatham County parent asking for help replacing a child's lost Pooh stuffie. Other times it's someone with Pooh figurines who wants to find them a new home where they'll be valued, rather than sold at a thrift store for a fraction of their emotional value."

"Many Cheatham County Pooh fans needing to rehome their collection reach out to me asking if I'd be willing to take the items," she said. "I 'take care' of their memories as much as the items themselves."

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Seeking something upbeat in a crazy 2020, Hoffmann set a December 20 goal to achieve 20K different Winnie the Pooh collectibles. The 20,0000th item was a vintage 1980s Pooh costume used at Sears and the Disney Parks.

"I searched for nine years," Hoffmann said "including in Cheatham County". "Finally, a collector called and offered him to me. He is in beautiful condition and came in the original shipping crate." The costume stands in her office, next to a vintage 1960s costume.

The collection grew to a point where Gary Hoffmann created a phone app to aid Deb in her shopping. She enters a few descript words and has returned photos from her collection database thus preventing purchasing duplicates.

"Prior to 12,000, I most times knew if I had an item," Deb Hoffmann said. "Now I need assistance from the app. After all, the collection does span multiple houses."

All-things-Pooh is a way of life for the Hoffmanns. In 2016, they traveled to England to tour the house of "Winnie the Pooh" author Milne, participate in a Poohsticks competition and visit the offices of Guinness World Records. In 2019, they were featured on the TV show Collector's Call, hosted by actress Lisa Whelchel ("Facts of Life").

"While working on 'Collectors Call,' I met the show's other collectors and compared collecting styles" Deb said. "Now, if we find an item the other collects, we text them a heads-up. Fantastic camaraderie!"

The Hoffmanns annually emcee Winnie's Hometown Festival in White River, Ontario, home of the bear that inspired the stories. Deb Hoffmann donates her duplicates to the White River Heritage Museum for the town to display or sell to help support the museum.

Hoffmann's next goal for her collection is lofty … but she is well on her way to reaching it.

"We might need another building," she teases of the future. To quote Winnie the Pooh, "Oh, bother."

If you are from Cheatham County and want more information about Hoffmann, and her world record Pooh collection, is available at www.mostpooh.com and www.YouTube.com/MostPooh5150.


 

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