Excessive Gnome Collector (03:28)
Retired window cleaner Ron Bloomfield has spent his adult life buying dwarf figurines. He tracks his 1,725 items in a log book, dresses like a gnome, and is locally famous.
Excessive Reborn Collector (02:51)
As her five children grew up, Pembrokeshire housewife Alice Norman dedicated her life to lifelike baby dolls. She treats them as live infants and has created a nursery room, complete with clothes and toys. She takes "Reese" out to the beach.
Baked Bean Museum (01:37)
Port Talbot bachelor Captain Beany has an excessive collection of Heinz baked beans merchandise in his home.
Reborn Subculture (03:07)
Alice joins other lifelike baby doll fanatics at an East Midlands fair. Many have experienced emotional trauma; Alice grew up in an abusive household and was placed into foster care.
Excessive Barbi e Collection (03:12)
Florida resident Lori Birkeneder has close to 3,000 dolls; display cabinets are taking over her home. She associates the icon with positive childhood memories.
Transient Childhood (02:38)
Lori Birkeneder's family moved frequently and she couldn't accumulate toys—a fact she attributes to her excessive Barbie collection. Her husband Jay supports her passion. She spends $10,000 per year on dolls.
Gnome Cottage (02:58)
Ron began collecting gnomes after a divorce 50 years ago. He sees no room for a partner in his home, but receives visitors to fill his desire for human company. He hopes to reach 2,000 figures.
Excessive Shoe Collector (04:37)
Philadelphia resident Beth Shak has 1,200 designer pairs, estimated at $1 million in value. Her passion is inspired by Dorothy's red slippers in "The Wizard of Oz" and she began collecting as her marriage broke down.
Excessive Vacuum Cleaner Collector (03:43)
Heanor resident James Brown has collected hoovers since childhood. He runs a repair shop that doubles as a museum, and holds the world record for owning most vacuums.
Adding to Collections (03:19)
Reborn artist Caroline will create a twin for one of Alice's lifelike baby dolls. Ron goes hunting for new specimens in a gnome reserve run by a fellow enthusiast.
Obsession and Identity (03:16)
Barry Kirk has changed his name to Captain Beany and set the world record for taking a bath in baked beans to raise money for charity. A bachelor, he gets tattoos of female and male baked beans.
In a two week process, Caroline paints realistic skin elements and roots hair on a vinyl mold to create Alice's next baby doll. Alice receives her new “infant” in the mail and plans to expand her fake family.
Lifelong Collectors (03:45)
James shows off his five favorite vacuum cleaners. Ron adds two new gnomes to his collection, and hopes to reach 2,000 figures before he dies.
Credits: Excessive & Compulsive Collectors—Can't Stop: When Compulsion Rules Your Life (00:32)
Credits: Excessive & Compulsive Collectors—Can't Stop: When Compulsion Rules Your Life
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