RICHLAND, Wash-- Just about everyone has their hobbies. For one Richland couple, they have marbles.
"It's definitely different. It's something unique and something you don't hear about everyday," says Liz Thompson, co-owner of Uptown Girl Antiques.
The Thompsons have been collecting for so long it's no longer just a hobby, it's a career consuming their lives.
"Now we've got marbles everywhere," Liz adds. "I mean, we have marbles everywhere! Probably in our bathroom, in the car, here in the shop, everywhere."
And they come in all shapes and sizes-- some big, some small, some even with fancy art.
The pair has found a unique niche in the market. They sell to local collectors and also travel across the country--hunting for that perfect marble.
Liz's husband, Mark recently purchased a marble for roughly $1,300. It's money well spent for the two, because it has been Mark's dream to collect the rare ones since he was kid.
"My dad showed me how to shoot marbles and he told me about the old hand made German marbles and how they were made, and he mentioned some day they might be valuable, and it kind of sunk in," Mark tells us.
And what's really great is each marble tells a story.