Four men inherit 30,000 dolls

A mother’s last wish has her family digging through thousands of boxes.

"We’re boys," says Greg Lahndorff. "We don’t play with dolls."

Boys or not, Lahndorff and his three brothers now own thousands of dolls.

Little dolls, big dolls, baby dolls and barbie dolls all passed down from their mother, Colleen Hobgood.

"Why in the world would you have left all this stuff for us?" says Bob Hobgood. That question has been on his mind for many months now.

He says their mom bought her first doll in the late ’60s, and her collection grew from there.

"She just loved dolls," says Lahndorff. "She collected them, worked on them, made them, painted some for other people."

In April, Colleen died at the age of 89. She passed her collection on to her four boys, asking them to sell the dolls and split the money.

"We probably spent a week in hours going through the boxes," says Lahndorff.

It’s a very time consuming treasure hunt, but with each box comes a new surprise.

"Sometimes it’s exciting, really," says Hobgood. "If you go through and pick out something that’s worth a lot of money."

They have to go through all the boxes first.

"When this is over, if I never see another doll, I’ll be happy," says Lahndorff.

The family is having a sale this weekend at their warehouse in Paducah at 3217 Central Ave., right behind Estes Chiropractic Center.

You can check out the dolls and other items Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.

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