One member who stood out was Robin Simpson, secretary of the Queensland Chapter and an avid Coca-Cola collector. Robin boasts an impressive collection of almost 14,000 pieces – 7000 of which are Coke bottles. His is one of the largest Coke bottle collections in Australia.
Humble beginningsIt all began in the early 1990s at a typical service station.
“It was just your normal day,” Robin laughs. “I needed some fuel so there I was at the service station and they had a promotion going so I got a free
That t-shirt had quite an effect. Robin travelled home with
“These days I probably spend at least an hour or two every night researching items, talking to traders, or trying to track specific merchandise down.”
Beginning in the early 1990s at a local service station, Robin Simpson now has a
Coca-Cola collection comprising almost
15,000 items of memorabilia.
Creating communitiesMeeting once every two months, the Queensland
“After that first t-shirt I started building up a Coke bottle collection,” Robin explains. “And I found this bottle on a trading site that I really like, so I bid on it and won!
“The seller turned out to be located really close by, so I drove over to pick the bottle up and when I got there he asked if I was part of the local
Meeting once every two months, the Queensland
Coca-Cola Collectors Club has provided Robin with an enduring sense
of belonging to a friendly and supportive community.
Living the lifeAs it turns out, the community Robin signed up to all those years ago is far more extensive than he first thought. The collector lifestyle has taken him around the world – and he has made some lifelong friends along the way.
“During my time as a
“The lifestyle that comes with being a collector really is one of the most amazing things about it. I’ve been able to travel the world, attending various conventions and meeting some absolutely fantastic people.”
What does his wife think of the collection? “My wife, she isn’t really into the whole collecting thing,” Robin laughs. “But if I had to describe her attitude I would probably say that she puts up with it.
“I like to remind her that while she collects shoes, I collect Coke merchandise,” he laughs. “And luckily for me, my wife seems to enjoy travelling the world as much as I do, so I don’t think I’ll have to give up my collecting anytime soon.