A collector is defined as a person who collects things of a specific type, but Nida Gyorfy, one of the co-owners of collectors corner museum, believes a collector can be anyone who has three or more of something.
“Well, Jim and I are both collectors,” said co-owner Nida Gyorfy. “People would call that a die-hard collectors. He started when he was eight, and i started when i was six, and we’ve both been collecting all of our lives. We’ve been married 53 years and we have opened a museum to share all of the wonderful collections that we have gathered.”
Gyorfy says her love for collecting came at a young age and contnued to grow over the years. She started collecting the things any little girl would treasure.
“Dolls, storybook dolls. And Jim started with toys and trains and stamps and coins,.” said Gyorfy
After a lifetime of collecting themselves, the Gyorfy’s decided to share their hobby in a muesum for all to admire and enjoy.
“We really are not making a living because we’ve already done that,” said Gyorfy. “We just enjoy taking care of and helping people learn about the past and different pieces of collections.”
Collectors corner museum is found in Idaho Falls on John Adams Parkway. This muesum has multiple things setting it apart from all others.
“Well our museum is really unique. We don’t know of any other museum that has just collections on display, and as i said we have over 100 different collections on display, all set so people can see and enjoy and learn.”
They continue to add to the museum with new collections and new artifacts wherever they can find them.
“Any museum that doesn’t continue to change and grow is not a viable museum.”
The unique pieces found throughout the collectors corner museum are brought together with the help of many different sources and people.
“As any collector would tell you, we get them from every possible source,” said Gyorfy. “We find them at estate sales, we find them at auctions, we find them from just friend helping us, they’ll call and they’ll say were someplace and we’ve found something wonderful that you’ll want to see. Come see. Or they’ll even buy it and just bring it and so it’s just really a wonderful adventure all the time, you just never know where your going to find the next treasure.”
From beanie babies, to unique disney pieces, collectors corner museum will have something that reminds you of you childhood.
“We have obviously dolls, we have teddy bears, and we have toy trains and toy plans and toy cars, we have antique cs and saucers and we have 22 other collections that have been donated by others since we’ve opened.”
Many of the collections within the muesum are uncommon and interesting pieces that will leave the visitors in awe.
“We have many one of a kind piece obviously,” said Gyorfy. “Any collector seeks out special pieces and one of a kind piece. And so we have some really one of a kind pieces some really antique pieces and some wonderful things in each of the collections.”
In addittion to unique collections as far as the eye can see, the Gyorfy’s provide kid friendly fun as kids explore what the museum has to offer.
“They have to find 25 things in the museum. We have 6 different games created. When they find the 25 things on the list and locate them, we know they locate them because they have to tell us where they are on the paper, then they get a little reward.”
Being a part of the collectors corner museum gives the Gyorfy’s a chance to experience a new adventure everyday.
“Well its an adventure every day because we have all kinds of fun things with our collections, we get to enjoy them every day and the people we love the people, ” said Gyorfy. “People who collect and people who walk through the door are an adventure themselves.”
Nida and Jim believe the benefits of the museum don’t come from the collections themselves..but are found withinhose that come to admire what the museum has to offer.
“One of the really major benefits is the people. We love people and they come through the door from everywhere, all around the world and all around our country and they find an adventure here.”
Just every other aspect of they Gyorfy’s lives, being successful at anything takes certain qualities and commitment.
“Persistence and dedication. When we decide to do something we are committed, that’s why we’ve been married 53 years and we work at it every day in order to make it a success.”