Disney Fan Spends £50k On Extension So She Can Store More Collectables
Sarah Warriner, 33, has been obsessed with all things Disney since she was 28.
She went to Disneyland for the first time in 2014 and has been going every year since, as well as spending over £25,000 on her collection of memorabilia and £7,000 on Disney tattoos.
With her home now bursting at the seams, Sarah's just paid for a £50,000 two-storey extension so she can continue collecting, while also having a Disney bar fitted in her back garden.
"My whole house is dedicated to Disney, every room is decorated with the Disney theme, and my daughters' room was decorated to Star Wars once Disney had the licence," said Sarah, from York.
"We want to make a Disney bar in the back and will be decorating multiple rooms to fit the Disney theme.
"I have always loved Disney, my partner and I first went there seven years ago and I have been back for my Disney fix every year since.
"It started with just buying bits and bobs but over time I really enjoyed collecting all these different pieces of memorabilia."
Sarah added: "I have a collection of 200 snow globes, some are valued at around £500, I usually buy them broke and fix them myself.
"I think a lot of people assume it's odd to have a collection like this and to be so dedicated to it.
"But it's not the collection itself that I love, it's the community of people I have met and the many collectors I now work."
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The business woman has been collecting Disney figures, trinkets and collectibles since she was younger, but her obsession took on a new form when she made her first trip to Disneyland in 2014.
"It was such a great trip; we have been there every year since," she said.
"I bought a few bits from the Disney shop and have being buying stuff ever since.
"I usually go on eBay and find snow globes that have hundreds of pounds worth of value but because they're damaged people sell them very cheap.
"Four years ago I learnt how to fix them and have then started fixing Disney collectibles for a living which is going really well."
Sarah believes her collection is now worth double what she paid.
Currently, Sarah is waiting for her two-storey extension to be built so she can start decorating the floors in Disney theme while expanding her collection.
She's also creating an office space to run her business which will buy and restore old Disney memorabilia.
"I'm going to do the bathroom with black and red tiles like Micky Mouse," she said.
"My new bedroom will be themed like the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland, we're also planning to build a Disney bar in the garage."
We've officially been out-fanned.
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