On hoarding, part 9

For once, I will come out in favor of hoarding — as long as it’s in someone else’s attic.

The Hill Top General Store in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, is a very humble museum. They have everything from collections of old tools, a room of vinyl records (including the songs of Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Motor City Rollers), a gathering of toy ponies, to a small group of Elvis memorabalia. And there’s much more, held in a fairly small collection of rooms.

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I’m glad this place exists. Many people would enter the door and promptly turn around to leave. But I savored every moment of browsing (and photo-gathering). How wonderful that this room of records exists, even though no one will ever listen to them again. I applaud the creativity of Ms. Hill Top, as she carefully arranged the ponies on a shelf behind a painting that the ponies would love to wander into.

Thirty years from now, all of this may be in a land fill. But I am glad that my daughter and I had the opportunity to visit this eclectic landmark. (The rest of my family also visited, but their enjoyment level was not quite the same.)

(“Part 9” is simply an estimate. I don’t know how many posts I’ve written actually relate to the topic. You can see at least some of those posts here and here.)

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2 Replies to “On hoarding, part 9”

  1. Wasn’t there a museum in Oxford that was a similar idea? Lots of “stuff” arranged in little rooms, you could browse for hours and were even allowed to actually touch things?

    1. Hi Deb. The only museum in Oxford that I remember is the Ashmolean: http://www.ashmolean.org/. I’m not sure about the ability to touch things, but I do remember seeing something like three Stradivarius violins/viola(s) in one small room!

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