BOONE LIFE: Walking into a collector's house, walking into the '50s

Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 1:10 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — Sandi Adams surrounds herself with images and items from the past. She's a collector, but not just of anything. She's nostalgic for memorabilia from the 1950s — an era that she calls a much simpler time.

For Sandi Adams, collecting memorabilia is a way to preserve the past. She especially loves finding items from her own history.

Some of the most important pieces in Adams' home are her Wizard of Oz items. It was one of the first movies she remembers seeing as a child, and it has great sentimental value to her.
Carol Terrell, Adams' longtime friend and current roommate, plays with some of the toddlers that come to their in-home day care. Adams started the day care when her daughter went to kindergarten in an effort to be at home more. Terrell was Adams' college roommate and fellow nurse in the Operating Room for years and now helps her with the day care. Children, from left with their ages on the day the photos were taken, are Cooper Barnett, 27 months, Adlie White, 14 months, and Kaitlin Mullins, 17 months)
The outside of Adams' house has pink siding, complete with pink flamingos in the yard. Flamingos are her favorite animal because they are fun and unique.

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