Collecting Barbies was basically the most important thing to me when I was a young girl. I probably had more than a dozen, and I loved each and every one of them.
As I grew older, and I didn't want to play with Barbies anymore, I slowly let go of my collection, passing them down to younger cousins and selling them at garage sales. I don't have any left now, but sometimes when you see the commercials it gives you that little warm nostalgic feeling.
One man however, went ahead and decided that his desire for nostalgia would trump all other thoughts of logic, because he has managed to grow a collection of Barbies that numbers in the thousands.
Sam Pena is 45 years old, and he has collected about 5,000 Barbies since 1992. He has dedicated an entire room of his house to his impressive collection that has been growing for 20 years.
"I got my first Barbie in 1992, and since then I've collected over 5,000 dolls," Pena said to Mirror.
It all started when he came across his sister's old dolls, he just couldn't get them out of his head. "As soon as I stumbled across my sister's old Barbie dolls , all of the memories of our childhood came back and I was hooked on Barbie again," he said.