How I started collecting

Wedding Car

Snoopy and Me

Marc and Me

This article was published in Peanuts Collectors Newsletter in 1993 Vol IV. 

How I started collecting Snoopy? I was 8 years old, a friend at school gave me a Snoopy metal trinket, that I treasured more than anything else. From then on, I always wanted a Snoopy doll but could not afford it. At the age of 13 my parents took me to Hong Kong for holidays and there I bought my Snoopy doll that I always wanted. 

This Snoopy doll is now 11 years old, and has had several nose operations, gone through fights with my brother and I, eaten dinner with my family resulting in all kinds of food on his white fur, has been washed, spin dried and hung by the ears on the clothesline, and yet he is still here (no longer pure white but a greyish white fur) and still very much loved, even though very much worn out. 

I only found out about the Peanuts Collectors Club in 1990, by reading a French TV Guide in France when I was studying French and holidaying in Paris.

I have a small Snoopy collection compared to Andrea Podley, but perhaps I have the largest and only one in Australia??? If anyone doubt this, please contact me? It is hard to find Snoopy things in Australia because there is hardly any Snoopy things. This is what makes my collection unique and different. I have a lot of things from Japan since I have been there eleven times, and can't wait to go again.

Japan is a wonderful place for Snoopy collectors. You can find everything you desire and things you never even thought of. From baby strollers to clothes, from jewellery to stationery, toys, dolls, kitchenware. Each department store has something Snoopy, though as the years go by it seems to be less Snoopy things as other new characters become popular. At the moment Penguin is popular. Perhaps the decrease in Snoopy things in Japan is because my collection is growing and it is hard to find something that I don't already have. Does anyone else have this situation happen to them?

You can have a Snoopy Day in Japan. Firstly you start off with a Snoopy breakfast, that is eating Snoopy cornflakes with Snoopy milk, then brush your teeth with a Snoopy toothbrush and brush your hair with a Snoopy hair brush before heading out for the day wearing a Snoopy T'shirt. 

You first stop at Sanwa Bank to collect all the information about how to set up an account and how to obtain a Snoopy Bank Card and Cheque Book, and then off to a travel agency to find out about the Snoopy ANA Ski Club. Then you may decide you need to get a haircut so you go to the hairdressers and while they cut your hair, you can watch a Snoopy video (in Japanese), though this video is really only for kids but a brave Snoopy collectors can still enjoy this if you have the nerve to ask if you can watch the video. 

After, the main event is going Snoopy shopping. That means finding all the Snoopy things in all the stores. It comes in handy if you can learn a little Japanese beforehand. This makes it quicker to find Snoopy things in those large department stores. When entering a department store I always look on the directory first to find the Toy Section or Children's Section. If not I assume it is on the 7th Floor with all the Sanrio things.

Last thing, it is advisable to wear good walking shoes, and more fun if you go with someone. That someone should be understanding of your needs for Snoopy things and be able to carry all the Snoopy things you have bought and have extra cash to possibly pay for Snoopy things for you.

In my house Snoopy things are always there to find. The first time I went to Japan I unpacked everything before Mum came home from work. My mother kept on finding Snoopy things everywhere she looked and where and when she least expected it.

My trip to Japan, I bought a Snoopy and Belle plush dolls dressed in the traditional Japanese wedding clothes and the other Snoopy and Belle dressed in Western style wedding clothes. These dolls were to commemorate the Japanese Royal wedding of the Japanese prince. This set is a limited edition but I left some still for sale for other Snoopy collectors.

Since I live in Australia it gets lonely to be so far away from all other Peanut Collectors and unable to join their meetings and sales events. I would love to hear from other Peanuts People, so please write to me, then I won't feel so crazy to be the only one to collect Snoopy things (down under).

I really hope to be able to attend the next Snoopy Beaglefest in 1997 or even the mini-Beaglefest in 1995, to meet other collectors. I will probably be the one who travelled the furthest to get there coming from the other side of the world. 

Lisa's collection has now grown to more than 1,500 items. She keeps a complete list on the computer with a Microsoft Access database. Each item is individually numbered. 

There's a few snap shots of the collection on this page.

Since my collection has grown so much I had to buy 4 new bookshelves to display my collection. Now of the clutter look I have more space to display my collection. Sorry these photos are not the best. I will take more photos since my collection has changed and hopefully better photos soon. 

I’ve yet to finish writing my 2nd letter to Peanuts People page. At least I have started yet I haven’t quite finished. So much more has happen since then. Hope I get it finished. Latest news I am expecting our first baby end of June, so I am now increasing my baby Snoopy collection and especially love Daisy Hill Puppies. They are the cutest!

Another proud moment was our wedding in June 1995. I didn't let Lisa come down the aisle with a Snoopy dress but there were a few Snoopies invited to the Wedding.

Weddings are lovely and even more special when it concerns the cutest beagle and he is invited to the wedding.

Not much Snoopy stuff in Australia especially of the wedding kind. I used small Snoopy and Belle soft toys dressed in wedding outfits from Japan to put besides our wedding cake. As for the front of the car I used two plush wedding Snoopy dolls that my brother bought in Hong Kong. He was lucky to find them for me and I was very lucky and happy to have them, especially for my wedding. My husband surprised me by taking about 10 soft toy Snoopys to the wedding to sit at the bottom of the cake table. The Snoopys gathered around the cake table just to be the first to eat the wedding cake. The Snoopys were there having a great time and even there to try to catch the bouquet and garter. 

My husband (boyfriend at the time) proposed to me with a BIG FAT SNOOPY. How could anyone say NO to ONE BIG FAT CUDDLY SNOOPY? 

Also on the wedding night my husband gave me a Snoopy gold diamond ring. There is a story to the ring. Apparently the best man was travelling to Japan for a business trip and he nearly missed the plane because he was buying for my husband a Snoopy gold ring (minus diamond). My husband had a diamond added to the ring and it looks like Snoopy wearing a diamond collar. So spoilt I am and loving it! People are overwhelmed with my love for Snoopies, especially my husband. I just can’t help myself. 



A few years ago, Lisa met Charles M. Schulz. 
It was a proud moment for me.

I met Sparky in his office at Santa Rosa. I wrote a letter to Santa Rosa. I received a reply from the secretary and also I receive a letter from Charles M Schulz personally. They didn't’t promise me that I would be able to meet him but welcome me to come anyway. 

As you can see in the photo, he made me sit in his chair in his office were he creates those brilliant drawings that we all love and can’t get enough (especially drawings of Snoopy). He even gave me a book and autograph it. The book and meeting him may not be worth anything much to Charles and perhaps he was trying to tell me politely it’s time to go, but the book and meeting him is worth millions to me, Luckily the photos did come out and now I have proof and am quite proud and happy to remember meeting Charles M Schulz. One of my dreams come true! 

Perhaps you can meet Charles M Schulz at Beaglefest in July 97. I think he will be attending. As for me, I am expecting a baby in June 97, 1st baby, so unfortunately as much as I regret I won’t be able to attend, yet I’ll only be an internet address away.

Written October 2005 For Life Story Course

Describe photo 

In the photo I have the widest smile as I am sitting in a brown leather chair behind an artist desk tilted for ergonomically use, with an older man standing and leaning against the chair. 

In the background there is a picture on the wooden wall with 3 zebras walking across a field with lots of clouds in bright blue sky. I never took any notice of this painting before. There is paintbrushes, pencil, triangle and ink tips for drawing, push button telephone and books on a low shelf.

I am wearing a white blouse with small black flowers on it. The man is wearing glasses and has whitish grey hair and wearing a green and symmetrical jumper.

Story of photo

When you look at this photo, it doesn’t look anything special but for me it does. This man in this photo, he just looks like any elderly man. He could be a neighbour, a friend of the family, a work colleague, or a boss. This man is a person I have just met but yet I’ve feel like I have known him all my life – that is – I know his work and feel like I know him well.

The smile is natural and I am showing all my top teeth. I don’t think I could frown at this moment, that would be just too difficult. You couldn’t wipe that smile off my face for days.

This dream has come true for me. WOW! Fantastic and Spectacular. I can’t believe it. I am in awe of him. Though, he looks like any ordinary elderly man. But far from it, he is rich, he is famous, he is my hero, HE IS Charles M Schulz, creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. He has been drawing Snoopy for more than 50 years, even before I was born. I am just a girl from Sydney Australia, living my dream, meeting my hero. Without him I would not have such a unique hobby that has kept me sane, busy, and happy but poor.

You see, I have been collecting Snoopy things since I was 7 years old, and still going. I have the largest Snoopy collection in Australia that includes 4500 plus things. I have travelled around the world buying Snoopy things and nearly every Snoopy I have, there is a story behind it. I even planned my wedding around Snoopy, that is, I had to get married a month earlier, so that I could be at the Snoopy festival on my honeymoon. Our house was built around a big room where I can keep all my Snoopy things in. I have a letterbox with Snoopy lying on his doghouse. I have a car with Snoopy on both sides that people recognise the car as the Snoopy mobile. My kids’ first word was Snoopy – Nah! that would be too unbelievable.