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Inside oddities dealer James Freeman’s ‘demented Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

James Freeman is not your average antique dealer. After being a collector of macabre and death-related objects for many years, he decided to turn his fascination into a business: Freeman and Fugate Oddities Company.

James Freeman, of Freeman and Fugate Oddities, in his Pine Lake home. (RYON HORNE / RHORNE@AJC.COM)

Along with his finacee Kate Fugate, Freeman now sells his rare and extraordinary items all over the world. Freeman recently invited reporter Becca Godwin and videographer Ryon Horne into his home — what he called a “demented Pee-wee’s Playhouse” — to talk about how one gets into such a business, what kinds of wares he offers and the aesthetic of the Nine Inch Nails “Closer” video. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Tunes From the Tombs.

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