111 episodes

Here at The Mothball Prophecies, we love old things. It doesn't matter how old and it (mostly) doesn't matter what the thing is. Whether you call it an antique, an artifact, knickknacks, or just junk, we want it. But more importantly, we want the story that comes with it. Every object has a history, sometimes many histories.

Each week we interview a different collector to learn these histories. Sit down with Sam and Jill every Monday for a fresh account from collectors at every stage of their journey. From casual to obsessive, beginner to expert, we reach out to collectors of all kinds. Get your coffee or tea or whatever you're drinking and listen to a story with us.

The Mothball Prophecies The Mothball Prophecies

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

Here at The Mothball Prophecies, we love old things. It doesn't matter how old and it (mostly) doesn't matter what the thing is. Whether you call it an antique, an artifact, knickknacks, or just junk, we want it. But more importantly, we want the story that comes with it. Every object has a history, sometimes many histories.

Each week we interview a different collector to learn these histories. Sit down with Sam and Jill every Monday for a fresh account from collectors at every stage of their journey. From casual to obsessive, beginner to expert, we reach out to collectors of all kinds. Get your coffee or tea or whatever you're drinking and listen to a story with us.

    Kristi Snarsky Curio Corner

    Kristi Snarsky Curio Corner

    Sam and Mel sit down to share the unlikely demise of Evergleam Christmas Trees, what boundaries their implementing with collectibles, and share about the oldest crewel.

    • 29 min
    Kristi Snarsky

    Kristi Snarsky

    We're all finally settling down from the rush and bustle of Thanksgiving (if you're in the States, anyway) and our butts are more than ready for a long sit on the couch. The weather in Idaho is getting colder and snowier as the days pass, sending us all into the pod office with hot coffee and retro crocheted afghans. This week, the hygge mood is complete as Sam and Spellcheck have a relaxed chat with vintage maximalism enthusiast and down-to-earth music teacher, Kristi Snarsky. Her collection is a choreographed ballet of mid-century color and class. Her precise decorating skills are the envy of the team, with teal and pink playing a central role. Bowls and platters and Pyrex, oh my! Kristi brings to light the concept of boundaries within a collection and we all get confused about how to pronounce Cathrineholm. Plus, Sam gets a chance to brag about the amazing holiday Holy Grail item she recently acquired. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Josh’s Curio Corner

    Josh’s Curio Corner

    We could have listened to Josh talk for hours and hours about all the incredible parts of his collections and his plans to spread that knowledge to the masses. But we all have lives to live and families to tend to. In lieu of having Josh back to nerd out over pirate history (which we're hoping to make happen, don't you worry), your weekend Curio Corner has Sam, Spellcheck, and Grae in the Pod Office chatting over an actual mountain of silver in Bolivia, Sam Bellamy's treasure on the shipwrecked Whydah, and a brief history of the flintlock firing mechanism on those fancy pistols seen in every pirate movie ever made.  

    • 28 min
    Josh Scott of Redbeard Coins

    Josh Scott of Redbeard Coins

    Good morning, Mothballers. The team was hit with a few curve balls this year and we are more than ready to get back to what brought us together in the first place: Collectors and their stories. To celebrate our renewed joie de vivre, we have an incredible guest who's ready to wade with us through a topic never before visited by the Mavens... Literal pirate treasure! Josh Scott of Redbeard Coins,Commodore Coins, and Tortuga Trading, is a real life treasure hunter. He collects and sells gold doubloons, pirate weapons, rare documents and books, and more. He has so many other unique items in his personal collection and available in his store, but we just don't have enough space or time to give them justice. Josh is enthusiastic, charismatic, and deeply knowledgeable about his subject. He was so electrifying to talk to that the Mothball Team has already claimed him as one of our own. If you watched The Goonies or Pirates of the Caribbean as a kid and dreamt of a map with a big, red X on it, then you cannot miss this episode. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Erin’s Curio Corner

    Erin’s Curio Corner

    Last week the Mavens had a grand ol' time with @fare11kat, a previous guest that the Mothball team adopted by force. Lady Erin of the Almost-Hairless Cats is a dashing young woman with hair of fire and a ridiculous streak of good luck. But her latest episode seemed different. Truncated, somehow... Where did the Curio Corner go? During the 100th episode, Sam and Mel announced that we would be trying out a new format for the show. Interviews will still come out on Mondays. But the Curio Corner will be its own episode, a treat for the weekend, released on Thursdays. With this being the maiden voyage of said experiment, the Mavens are joined by Grae (because he was already in Sam's basement) to mull over the existence of luck and chat about the most recent estate sale.

    • 27 min
    Holiday Traditions (minis for)

    Holiday Traditions (minis for)

    This week on The Mothball Prophecies, we talk holiday traditions. Sam,Melissa, and Grae reminisce about childhood meals, grandparents houses, and horrifying genetic turkey mutations.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Emilyct1233 ,

Hangin with my Gals

I feel like I’m hanging with my friends listening to this podcast. It’s rejuvenated my love for vintage and the thrill of the hunt. It also got me through painting my bed room with walls that feel like the Labyrinth’s floating staircases.

farre11kat ,

Always feels like a talk with friends

This podcast feels like a warm hug once a week, and often the best part of my Monday. Sam, Jill, Mel, Grae and Spellcheck have built a vintage family that feels like home, and the family grows week over week.

vintage*val ,

A Must Listen!

This has become my absolute favorite podcast. The appreciation the hosts show for the history of the objects and, more importantly, the families and stories the objects come from, is a true wonder! The stories are fabulous. The gusts are so varied and unique. Because of those factors the show stays fresh and relevant. I look forward to each and every show.

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