Who said obsessing over TV shows was a bad thing? Becky Findlay of West Vancouver, B.C. is the proud owner of the Guinness World Record title for largest collection of Scooby-Doo memorabilia.
Findlay's collection of the animated cartoon TV series has cost more than $20,000, takes up a 135 sq.-ft. room, and is currently made up of 1,136 pieces… and counting.
It all apparently began 17 years ago when she spotted a Scooby-Doo candy machine, reported The Vancouver Sun.
"I know [Scooby-Doo] was very rare to find," the married mother of two told The Huffington Post B.C. in an interview. "There wasn’t toys in Walmart and stuff like that so when I did come across that little toy with the candy in it I bought it. This is really neat and unique. And I bought it and then it kind of just grew from there."
The Scooby-Doo franchise of TV shows and movies started in 1969. The series follows a group of teenagers and a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo who solve mysteries involving monsters and supernatural creatures.
Findlay has the characters Daphne and Velma tattooed on her back, as well as Scooby-Doo's face, and a host of villains that cover most of one arm.
Some items in her collection include 15 backpacks, a box of cereal, a glow-in-the-dark shirt, and even a quarter sleeve arm tattoo. But her favourite item is an oil painting of Scooby Doo howling at the moon, done by her cousin.
Once she realized she had something notable, she gave Guinness a call and actually had to pitch the idea to them since the category of "largest collection of Scooby-Doo memorabilia” didn't exist.
But getting the Guinness verification was a long and tedious task.
Findlay, 34, needed to record a video that showed her counting all of the memorabilia, as well as hire an expert to witness the count. She ended up spending five hours with Peter Turcotte from Big Pete’s Collectibles tallying up her collection.
This week while she was at work, the administrative assistant got confirmation from Guinness that she is indeed now in the famous world record books.
"We hooted and hollered. It was pretty fun!" she recalled.
Although she vowed to stop buying more Scooby-Doo stuff after winning the Guinness title, Findlay can’t seem to resist. Her latest purchase is a new Scooby-Doo phone case.
Findlay says she's not sure what she'll do with all that memorabilia in the future. She has considered selling or donating it. But for now, the collection is a part of her will.