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Waterloo, IA, United States
DoneSun, Apr 30, 2006 2:00 PM GMT

The Mark & Connie Stellinga Collection

We’re honored to be able to assist the Stellingas in bringing their important collection to market. It’s been a “lifetime together” adventure for them. In Mark’s own words, “As early as 1972, Connie and I began collecting antique typewriters. That was how it all started. We were subsequently exposed to many other fascinating kinds of “stuff.” The stuff one unavoidably confronts while browsing through antique shops and hitting the odd flea market. What an education we got! Harvard or Yale would have been the cheaper way to go. 32 years and 1.8 million miles later, we have decided to part with most of our finest pieces and collectibles. The roadmap for our next adventure says that smaller quarters will suffice as I embark upon a full-time career as a poet and novelist. This has always been a dream of mine and Connie feels that dusting fewer pieces of furniture is much easier than keeping up with more than 125. We’ve hunted in 48 states for nearly as long as we’ve been married and can suggest nothing more gratifying than to discover, restore, and display a great antique. We met a lot of great people as we collected, and a few rascals. Nevertheless, it has been, for the most part, an absolute BLAST! ” So now, what was a BLAST for the Stellingas turns into a BLAST for other collectors. As you look through this selection, keep in mind, 32 years and almost two million miles of travel are assembled right here in one place, at one time, for your buying pleasure. May you be the successful bidder!