Winnie-the-Pooh fan Deb Hoffmann is so obsessed with the lovable bear that she’s built the world’s biggest Winnie-the-Pooh memorabilia collection – in her own home.
The 48-year-old currently has a staggering 8,900 items, worth as much as £65,000. And the collection is so big it fills four rooms of her four-bedroom house.
Deb already has a place in the Guinness Book of Records but she insists she’s not stopping adding to her collection any time soon.
The computer software designer, from Wisconsin, USA, says, ‘I’ve been collecting for 20 years. I remember it started with maybe 20 different Winnie-the-Pooh toys a year, but then it got worse and I’d be picking things up on a daily basis.
‘I scour thrift shops and websites like eBay for anything to do with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. I’ve even got 475 different items of clothes with their faces on.’
Deb has been in love wih the AA Milne creation since being given a Winnie-the-Pooh at the age of 2. She has that toy to this day. So what is it about Pooh that she loves so much? ‘He’s so friendly and warm and I think he represents a simpler, safer time,’ she says, ‘when we didn’t have so much tragedy and drama in the world.’
But not everyone is such a fan, admits Deb – with some of her family and friends not understanding why she feels the need to have so much. Just as well her hubby is fully behind her hobby then!