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medical model collection

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A few weeks ago I shared photos of my globe collection and talked about wanting to share more of my collections. Today I'm bringing you one of my favorites, my collection of medical models. I wish I had a better reason to share as to why I started but I've got nothing. I really just like how they look. If you haven't noticed my apartment has a whole doctors office / middle school vibe going on.

It's not all that large of a collection yet but I'm certainly working on it. Just like globes, and well, everything else, I try to be thrifty in my purchase. I rarely shell out large chunks of money on a piece. The piece I paid the most for (one hundred dollars) is the life sized torso I purchased from Jerry's Junk. Considering it's one of my very favorite possessions I'd say it was a solid purchase!  Honestly, when I think of my visit to Jerry's Junk I regret not buying more from that guy! My medical dude, who I somehow never named which seems like a very Kaylah thing to do, is missing some pieces, that I hope whoever owns them treasures as much as I treasure the piece I have.

Because I don't like to shell out lots of money finding new items is like a treasure hunt. I regularly scour ebay, as well as etsy. I'm often unlucky and spot lots of amazing things that are simply overpriced. I've had the most luck at estate sales though. Well, one estate sale in particular. Back in 2014 I went to the estate sale of my dreams. It was one of a doctor's residence. I've been to many doctor's estate sales. Most of the time they're in massive houses, and these folks have collected super normal things that aren't of interest to me. This sale though, normal size home packed to the brim with medical goodies. Creepy vintage tools, medical models, and even a few articulated skeletons. My kinda dude! I shared some photos of my finds from that sale in this post, aptly titled "the BEST estate sale." I still have yet to get as lucky as I did those two days.

 "Mom, you know I hate the tripod! Why would you call me in here?"

Here are a handful of photos of everything laid out on my coffee table. I thought this would be a more epic shot when I set it up but really it turned out to be a mish mash of body parts. Still, it shows a few things that weren't so easy to see in the photos of the items in their place, like the model of the baby in utero - which is what I'd consider to be one of the strangest items in this collection. Although to most people all of this is probably very weird...


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4 thoughts

  1. *Literally* the collection of my dreams! I definitely miss being able to score big at estate sales - I've only been to one in New York and it was disappointingly expensive (like most things here). I need to make some thrift store/flea market pilgrimages back home!

    1. I bet! Sales are even different here in Cleveland than what I'm used to in the middle of nowhere so I can't begin imagine what ones in New York are like!

  2. I love all of Mary Roach's books! Great collection!
    Last year I went to a retired science teacher's estate sale and came away with Woolly Mammoth hairs and a jar of rattlesnake teeth.

    1. Isn't she the best!? I love her books. Can't wait to get my hands on her newest one.

      That's awesome!! What an awesome score.


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