Fast food fan transforms home into a shrine to McDonald's
Since Taylor Gecking was a little girl, she absolutely loved McDonald’s.
And once she was old enough to graduate from Happy Meals to buying her own home, she took full advantage of finally having a space she could turn into a shrine to her favourite fast food chain.
Yep, Taylor, 31, has turned her home in Richmond, Virginia, US, into a McDonald’s themed haven, complete with more than 100 memorabilia items.
The property has red and yellow walls, the iconic golden arches, a Ronald McDonald stained glass window, and plenty of toys and collectables.
Taylor, who is married to HR manager Adam, 40, said: ‘My obsession with McDonald’s started as a kid.
‘I visited the play place back when they still used the McDonaldland characters, Ronald, Grimace, Hamburgular etc.
‘My sister and I had so much fun climbing around and sliding into the ball pit. It made a mundane lunch something to look forward to.’
You might think that these items would have to be specially made, but Taylor was actually able to pick up many of her McDonald’s bits with relative ease.
‘I started my collection a couple of years ago,’ she said.
‘My husband and I stopped at a flea market during a road trip and saw the Ronald McDonald stained glass piece and I was inexplicably drawn to it.
‘I walked away from it that day, but a whole year later as we were driving through the same area I asked him to stop at the flea market so I could see if he was still there.
‘The price hadn’t gone down, and I still couldn’t afford it, so I sadly walked away again.
‘My husband could see how sad it made me and the next day while I was at work, he drove the eight hours roundtrip to West Virginia, so that it was waiting for me when I got home.
‘Since then, anything McDonald’s themed just calls to me.
‘I definitely get a rush of excitement when I see a vintage McDonald’s item in the wild.
‘I’ve found some of my smaller things at antique malls or flea markets, but many of my items are from online marketplaces.
‘The biggest rush I’ve had was finding the hamburger spring toy. It was amongst hundreds of items on a local online estate auction.
‘Counting all the individual happy meal toys, I’d guess I have over 90 items.’
The oldest item in Taylor’s collection is the golden arches hanging on the wall above her stairs, which she says is an original sign from the 70’s taken from a real McDonald’s restaurant.
She hopes to continue to grow her collection as the years go on. Her dream piece is an original McDonald’s bench that has a Ronald McDonald statue sitting on it.
She added: ‘I actually finished my McDonald’s wall during the pandemic, so no one else has seen it in person yet.
‘No matter what items I add to the collection, my Ronald McDonald window will always be my favourite, but I did feel a really childish excitement when we hung the giant sign on the wall.
‘It was everything I had envisioned and I definitely did a little happy dance.
‘One day I hope to add a Ronald McDonald sitting on a bench, but so far it’s been out of the budget. A girl can dream.
‘Our whole home is full of things that are a little unusual to decorate with, but my husband and I both believe in surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy.
‘For him that’s thousands of books, records, and video games, and for me it’s McDonald’s, Funko Pops, and salt and pepper shakers.
‘Adam has no McDonald’s nostalgia whatsoever, in fact he’s vegan, but he still gets just as excited as I do when we find a McDonald’s item because he knows how happy it makes me.
‘He didn’t flinch when I told him I was painting our whole stairwell McDonald’s red with McDonald’s yellow trim. We love that our home reflects us.’
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