See the older fellow in the middle, there? That's a guy named Trygve Trooien. He's a farmer in South Dakota, and he collects overalls. He owns more than two hundred pair of them!
“It kind of started by accident,” said Trooin of his bib overall compilation. “I’m a packrat. I save everything, including my old overalls. And when you live in a house that has 18 rooms you have a lot of space to store things.”
About a dozen years ago, Trooin realized that his compulsion for saving had inadvertently resulted in an extensive bib overall collection. A friend of his suggested that Trooin put on a fashion show as a way to share his bib overall collection with others.
“It seemed like a good idea,” said Trooin. “I now have over 200 bib overalls in my collection. There are 80 different kinds that include 42 different brand names.”
Wow. Two hundred pairs! This puts me to absolute shame. Last time I counted -- as part of Ask Me Anything! August 2010 -- my collection topped out at between 25 and 30 pairs. That struck me as a lot, but wow, does Mr. Trooien ever have me beat. That's absolutely amazing.
I actually have not purchased a single pair of overalls in several years, but now I'm wondering if I don't need to start up again! I do still check eBay once in a while, mostly for vintage pairs -- I'd love to find a white painter's pair that has a "traditional" chest pocket, as opposed to the big triangular pocket that most painter's pairs have -- but I'm rarely tempted, and even when I am, the bidding quickly shoots up higher than I have any interest in pursuing.
What cracks me up is that Mr. Trooien displays his collection by having "fashion shows"! He gets a bunch of women together, and then they apparently walk a runway showing off his overalls. This is awesome!
More photos here. Long live Trygve Trooien! He's a big damn inspiration, I tell you what!