The interview starts with Lynn walking us through her daily regimen:
"Here is what I do every single morning, in between teeth-brushing and waiting for the coffee to boil: I turn on my laptop and type “baby locket” into eBay. This is followed by “baby brooch” and then either “sweater 1930-46 (Depression, WWII)” or “antique enamel charm bracelet” or “Becassine doll." I do this because I am an avid, some would argue rabid collector, with a shifting catalog of enthusiasms that at the moment includes vintage cardigans and 1920s bracelets; rag dolls meant to resemble French cartoon characters (the aforementioned Becassine dolls} and Victorian children’s jewelry—the rarer, the more elusive, the less findable, the better."
"Why am I searching the four corners of the earth for this old stuff? How is it that these links with the past, these talismans from another time, exert such a powerful pull on my imagination? I can’t pretend to know, but of one thing I am certain: I am not alone in my passions. Plenty of other people—people with excellent jobs, people who are in many cases at least semi-famous—collect all kinds of weird stuff too, though thankfully for me, it isn’t usually Gallic comic strip dolls or shabby reindeer sweaters."
I can't wait to see what she has in store for her next three posts!
You can read the entire interview here.