35th Collector's Day
GAINESVILLE- The 35th Collectors Day was held today at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Collectors from across the southeast and right here in Gainesville gathered to showcase their prized possessions. This event is the longest running program at the museum since the 1980's. Many of the collectors have been a part of the festivities for over 30 years, but despite this tradition participants said collecting is more of a lifestyle.
"Well I just don't collect Pokemon. I actually kind of live it you could say. I actually do kids birthday parties, car shows, anime conventions. I host panel’s judge costume contest so it's more than just collecting to me. It just getting out there and basically escaping reality,” said Belle Starchak who is a collector.
This was Starchak's first year participating in the event. She has been collecting for over 13 years and now has over 20,000 Picaschu's.
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