Hey You All Everybody!
As many of you know, I run an online store through eBay called The Gift Hatch where I deal in entertainment memorabilia, trading cards, comics, toys, and convention exclusives. First and foremost however, I am a collector.
Now that the series itself has come to an end, I've decided to create a new way in which LOST fans can come together and share their love of the show. Over the years I have seen all kinds of wonderful LOST memorabilia, and I believe most of you know about the last ARG, Damon Carlton and a Polar Bear, which resulted in an amazing series of art prints. LOST fans went pretty wild over those pieces, so I wanted to expand upon this excitement and bring anyone and everyone in love with LOST STUFF here to gather, share, and admire each other's collections.
So with that, I welcome you to the very first installment of the newest Four Toed Foot highlight series:
Each week I will be highlighting a new LOSTie along with their collection, so also consider this a CALL FOR COLLECTORS who want to be featured in their very own post. Please feel free to email me a few photos of your collection or a link to your blog and I will get back to you with more details.
So without further ado, I'd like to introduce Bonnie Craft AKA andAlone and her fabulous LOST collection!!!
Bonnie has been collecting LOST memorabilia since the beginning of the series, and has amassed one of the most amazing collections I think anyone has seen, or will ever see. In October of 2009, she decided to begin documenting her collection in her blog AndAlone. Since then she has made over 600 posts showcasing every type of LOST collectible you can imagine, and then more. If it has to do with LOST, Bonnie has found it and added it to her collection. As she put it to me in an email, "I think I need an intervention already! I can't seem to just say no."
Although Bonnie has been a collector all of her life, it wasn't until she saw LOST that entertainment memorabilia became a major part of her hobby. As she put it, "I really never collected any TV show related memorabilia or merchandise until LOST though. It struck a chord on so many levels with me, and I just couldn't get enough! And the obsession just grew to the point you see reflected in my collection. I also participated in The LOST Underground Art Project aka DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com, and bought all of the prints: 16 from the first series, 4 from the LOST Live Event, and the 8 from the second series. And I have purchased many non-official pieces, so LOST art has really taken over my entire home".
I know the feeling, as I'm sure a lot of collectors do!
Besides having basically turned her home into a museum for LOST art prints, Bonnie has also collected every book, magazine, advertisement, trading card, button, badge, poster, DVD, pin, shirt, mug, and print she could find. In addition, she owns a lot of rare or one-of-a-kind pieces, such as the "Man of Faith Skull Clown", pictured above.
She has also supported the artwork of fellow Bloggers, Like Paul Burrows from Room 23, who created an amazing set of his own collectible Trading cards.
Not to mention, Bonnie has of course been able to get her hands on an authentic LOST prop or two, such as one of the Virgin Mary Statues that were tempting Charlie with the heroin stashed inside (I don't think they come with heroin, though...haha). In my previous post I highlighted Tina Lau's LOST prop store All Access 808 on eBay, and Bonnie was able to snag one of the awesome coconut cups used by Hurley at the surprise party his parents threw him back in the Season 4 episode, "There's No Place Like Home Part 1".
I believe my personal favorites of her collection are the Marvel comic books that actually make mention of LOST in true Easter-egg fashion. I didn't even know these were out there, so once I finish this post I will be hunting for my own copies of these awesome finds.
In reality, there is so much going on with the AndAlone blog, you just have to check it out yourself. It just begs for exploration, and demands admiration. This is the LOST collection that should go down in history if there ever was one, and fellow LOST collectors will be amazed and probably even a just little bit jealous. Everyone else will appreciate Bonnie's dedication as a true fan of the show.
If you'd like to connect with Bonnie and give her some "props" in regards to all the work she has done, you can contact her via her blog AndAlone, or on Twitter as @andalone.
Bonnie, you and your collection are amazing and awe-inspiring. I look forward to continuing to keep up with the treasures you find. Please keep doing what you're doing, as you really have created a true monument worthy of what LOST has become to so many fans around the world.
Until next time, be well my friends, fans, and COLLECTORS!!!