Laurie Koller: Largest Collection of Mermaid ItemsModal Trigger
Laurie Koller the Mermaid Woman with her collection of MermaidsEdmund J CoppaThe self-described “Mergirl” was ready to ditch legs for fins the minute she laid eyes on two wooden plaques etched with sea blue mermaids.
“I was so intrigued by them. I always wanted to be one when I grew up,” said Koller, 48, of when she was a tot.
Since then, the sea sprite obsessed woman has amassed a collection of 726 mermaid trinkets, and counting.
“After I got a few items, my obsessive compulsive nature kicked in and I started collecting more and more. My friends also gave me all kinds of mermaid stuff,” said Koller, who lives in Franklin Square, LI.
Her fishy treasures include jewelry, figurines, pillows, life-size mermaids, blankets, shirts, vases, umbrellas, beach towels, bathing suits, Barbie dolls, matches and a broom and dustpan — and she even has four mermaid tattoos.
Her most valuable nymph item is a $400 Lladro porcelain figurine of a mermaid with a powder blue tail sitting with her fin scrunched at the knees.
The optical store clerk nabbed the title on Oct. 15, 2015, and says she has at least 100 more scaly objects to add to her mer-booty count.
Original article at NYpost.com
I bet she has a few new items since this. wonder if she has a mermaid tail?