So needless to say 2020 was an "interesting" year. Lots of ups and LOTS of downs. I even stopped collecting Winnie the Pooh items for a bit. Now THAT is CRAZY!
In September of 2020, after a collecting draught, a neighbor who does estate sales found 17 Pooh beanies I didn't have. I needed well over 17, but decided to set a goal of reaching 20K by year-end to have sort of a "numerical alliteration" record of 20,000 collectibles in 2020. With the first 17 beanies towards my goal, I was energized again.
I got to December and thoughts I might come up short but almost like a mysterious Christmas miracle two Winnie the Pooh collectors contacted me and both asked if they could donate their collections to the Guinness World Record. I was humbled and honored to take care of their collections. Karen and Michelle's collections got me to my goal.
It was a long day, but with two witnesses to help count and document my collection on 12/20/2020, we verified that I indeed had 20,000 different and unique Pooh collectibles. I sent my database and documentation into Guinness World Records and on 3/26/21 (the day before my birthday) the adjudicators presented me with the birthday gift and honor of breaking my own record which had been 14,314. Yeah!!
I have set my next goal and I am well on my way. It is pretty huge (and has scared Gary a bit) but I always say, "GO BIG OR GO HOME"! We might need another house. In the words of Pooh, "Oh, bother!"