Yes, I’m obsessed with Nancy Drew. I read about her, I write about her, I collect anything with her image. I’m not alone. There are lots of Nancy Drew fanatics out there, and we meet once a year at Nancy Drew Conventions.
I currently own 55 out of the 56 classic Nancy Drew ‘picture cover’ hardcovers. (Yes, only one more eludes me!) There are older, more valuable copies out there — the very first Nancy Drew was published in 1930 — but the yellow picture covers are the ones I remember as a girl. They make a nice backdrop for the pair of Nancy Drew bookends I picked up at the 2012 Nancy Drew Convention in Phoenix, AZ. And of course, now I’ve begun to collect the older Nancy Drew versions, also!
Then I saw a Dana Girls book, and I liked the soft green covers — and Cherry Ames — I needed that one to honor my nursing past. Alas, the slippery slope of book collecting. You see a book with a nice dust jacket, so you buy it. Then you need to have the other 26 volumes. Book collectors are organized and anal. They like to see all the numbers, in order, on their bookshelves.
On the left is a photo of my Nancy Drew paper doll collection. The booklet features 3 Nancy paper dolls and 24 costumes from favorite mysteries of the 30s, 40s & 50s. This paper doll collection is available at The Sleuth Shop, along with tons of other merchandise. I also collect charms and jewelry from convention visits — earrings, a necklace, and bracelets, even a watch. I also collect pins. No, I’m not a hoarder. Hoarders have no idea what they have in their stuff. I know exactly where everything is.
My latest acquisition is my Nancy Drew lunch box, autographed by Pamela Sue Martin, television’s Nancy Drew of the seventies. I’ve wanted it for a long time, and recently won it in a raffle at our latest convention in San Diego! I was able to meet Pamela Sue, and also Parker Stevenson, who played Frank Hardy on the television show. Very cool!