By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -
The city of Lawrence is getting some national attention. It's not the University of Kansas' basketball team - this time it's a set of homeowners with some very unique decorating styles.
HGTV's "Home Strange Home" is a show that features strange homes all across the globe, and now the spotlight is on Lawrence, KS. Nick Schmiedeler and his home near Seventh and Missouri streets were featured on Thursday night's episode.
He's been stockpiling all sorts of collectables for the past 16 years, and he'll be the first to admit there's no method to his madness.
"Anything that catches my eye in the junk yard or alleys, it just looks different or has history to it - that's something that I like to bring into the yard and give a second life," Schmiedeler said.
Schmiedler has turned into something of a folk hero around town, but he admits it hasn't always been that way.
"We had a neighbor to the north when we first moved in. She was in her 90s and threatened to burn the house down a few times," he said.
But not all of Schmiedeler's items are just for show. One contraption in his yard uses a bowling ball and gravity to crush cans.
If you think the outside of his home is unique, just take a step inside the Museum of the Odd near 10th and New York streets. Randy "Honey Boy" Walker has been collecting odd items his entire life.
From celebrity toothbrushes to more than 600 sock puppets, he's got it all.
His claim to fame, though, may be the strangest thing in his home – cow hairballs. He said it's the largest collection in the country.
Many may think he's crazy, but Walker said he's just having fun.
"Oh, you know, it's not like I'm a hoarder. I do this with style and panache. It's not like I'm collecting every newspaper I can get my hands on," he said.
If you'd like to see all Walker's stuff in person, admission is $1 and seniors get in for $0.50.
Schmiedeler's home was featured in Thursday night's episode, but the Museum of the Odd will air in a separate episode sometime in January.
Click here for more on HDTV's "Home Strange Home."
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