An L.A. collector creates a personal museum of kids’ stuff he grew up with-right smack in the middle of his daughter’s room
Hannah Polizzi probably has more toys and games in her bedroom than all of her four-year-old friends combined. But nowhere in sight is a Power Ranger or newfan- gled Barbie. Rather, Hannah plays and sleeps among items like “Leave it to Beaver” and “Rat Patrol” games and “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots”- stuff her friends have never even heard of. That’s because her father, Rick, has turned her room into a museum of toys and games from the 1950s and ’60s.
“I’ve lost a few shelves lately to some of Hannah’s stuffed animals,” laments Polizzi, “but I let her play with everything.”
PLAY WITH EVERYTHING? He lets his young daughter play with all of his vintage toys and games? “I like to enjoy my things,” explains Polizzi. “I like to take the toys and games out and play with them. My daughter’s starting to like it, too.”
TAKE THEM OUT AND PLAY WITH THEM? Polizzi is definitely not your typical collector. In fact, in some circles, he might even be considered a heretic. He doesn’t believe in leaving things mint-in-box. For Polizzi, that’s not what collecting toys and games is all about.