Over the past few years Bendigo's Peter Pascoe has been instrumental in bringing together fans of comics, music and pop-culture collectibles.
The popular events of Bendi-Con and Bendigo Record Fair have grown around his own passion for collecting, and have attracted many like minded enthusiasts.
He is currently gearing up for the Bendigo Record Fair to be held this month.
But where did it all begin?
As a kid growing up in Bendigo, Mr Pascoe collected comics.
"We didn't have a whole lot of money, and there just wasn't the means to entertain yourself like there is today," he said.
"I used to buy a small English weekly comic called 'Play Hour', featuring the Magic Roundabout. I think I bought it from a small local supermarket in Bendigo."
He had about 30 of the magazines, a small collection he treasured, until one day he found they had "mysteriously disappeared".
"To this day, I would say if you want your kid to be a collector, the best thing to do would be to throw out one of their collections," he said. "I remember how powerless I felt."
He went on to collect comics more seriously, along with stamps, coins, notes and toys.
Today, his personal collections include records, CDs, comics, board games, fridge magnets, DVDS, magazines, and books.
Music has also been an enduring passion. He bought his first single at the age of 10.
"I still remember - it was David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes," he said.
At 12 he bought his first LP, a compilation album, "1982 with a bullet".
"People of our generation came from a world where our parents would just bundle things up and throw them away. There's a lot more stuff out there to collect now."
He said the fair attracts all kinds of different people. Some are looking for first releases or particular albums, or versions of albums by bands they love.
He now has about 450 records and about 2000 CDs.
One of his most treasured possessions from his own collection is a signed copy of an album by Brazlilian Thrash metal band Sepultura.
Another is a Spinal Tap album signed by musicians Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel.
Mr Pascoe said the fair would be a glimpse into the "weird, wonderful and expensive world of collecting".
And will he be having a browse himself?
"I'm always looking for rarities."
Visiting stall holders are booked in for the Bendigo Record Fair, which will have around 27 tables, groaning with between 15,000 and 17,000 records.
There will also be tables of comics to browse.
The fair will be held at the All Seasons Hotel, on Sunday November 17, from 10am until 4pm.
Entry is $5.00 a head, but early bird entry is available from 9am at $10 if you want to get in first and have a look.
Children under the age of 14 admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Mr Pascoe's motivation for starting the fairs was originally to get traders to come to Bendigo.
In organising the fairs he's connected with people from far and wide who love collecting.
"I've built a community event around my interests," he said.