Stone Mountain Village, GA, USA - Barbara Hartsfield’s little shop called 'The Minichair Gallery' displays more than 3,000 miniature chairs-setting the world record for the Largest collection of miniature chairs.
The Minichair Gallery at 994 Main St., Stone Mountain, is a combination shop and museum with plant holders, picture frames, bookends, cookie jars, inkwells, water globes, jewelry boxes and a huge assortment of other items - all made to look like tiny chairs.
The salt and pepper shaker collection alone has more than 100 items. There are even chairs within chairs such as the chair earring holder that has earrings that are all chairs.
In honor of the season, there is a Christmas tree with more than 100 different ornaments, each a miniature chair. "I stopped counting at 3,000. Somebody else may go after the record, but that’s OK."
In the museum with the Largest collection of miniature chairs, chairs are grouped by about 30 themes. There’s a Coca-Cola theme, a jungle theme and a sports theme, for example.
There are groupings for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and other holidays, but Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Labor Day items are included in the patriotic collection, where she has photos from the 2008 presidential inauguration that have never been published.
Functional items such as radios, napkin holders and planters are separate from those that are just knickknacks. Not every item in the shop qualified for the world record count. It was for miniature chairs only. The numerous photos, needlework pieces and other such images don’t count, nor do the original doll-size chairs. “They have to be three-dimensional and they have to be small enough to be considered miniatures," Hartsfield explained.