Name: Viola Location: Perth, Western Australia Collection: Comic character figures Size: 150 figures Value: $2,000 Description:"I collect comic character icons, from the original Katzenjammer Kids, Little Nemo, 1930s bisque characters such as Little Orphan Annie, Skippy, Little Rascals, Gasoline Alley, Dagwood, Blondie, up to 50s and 60s, Little Lulu, Little Audrey, Nancy and Sluggo, Tin Tin, originals 50s Peanuts, to the present, Beavis and Butthead, the Simpsons, South Park. The main criteria is that my figures have to have character ie soul. My wish list includes 1930s dolls of Skippy, Buddy Lee, The Campbell kids, Shirley Temple and Betty Boop. The other criteria, is originality, I don't mind if they have chips or paint loss, that adds to the character. I have incorporated them into my interior decor placing them on art deco tables, drink trolleys, setting them up against vases. They fit well into an eclectic style where i've constructed set pieces around the house that catches the eye. I rent a 1955 beach cottage, and try to incorporate designs preceding that time."
Art nouveau, art deco, 50s diner, etc. This is all done on a budget, and my furniture comes from thrift shops. Fortunately I live in an area where old furniture is not well consdired ,so I can pick up an art deco side table for $10. At present, I am decorating my large patio in a 1930s ocean liner look.My other collections include beach motifs, soda siphons, art deco animals, ornamental bird cages,I have a collection of colorful glass bottles. It all depends on what I can find in thift shops. My comic icons mainly come from US ebay. Thanks Viola! And if you have a collection you'd like to share with AT readers, please consider submitting below.