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Devon man fills his home with £60,000 worth of odd ornaments

April 18, 2017 12:52 PM
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A man has been dubbed the ornimator for filling his entire home with £60,000 worth of bizarre ornaments.

Eccentric Lawrence Cobbold, 43, has filled his home, three sheds and a garage with 20,000 items of bric-a-brac - and he doesn't plan to stop there.

The obsessive collector - who started his hobby 30 years ago - even moved to a new house so he could have more room his ever expanding collection.

"It just took off," said Lawrence, who works as a warehouse attendant.

"I'd say that the total value of my items are between £50,000 to 60,000."

In total, Lawrence has around 14,000 thimbles, 2,000 paperweights, 1,000 fridge magnets and about 300 plates.

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Lawrence, of Plymouth, Devon, says he is known in most of the local charity shops, with some stores even holding items back for him that they'll know he'll like.

His collections have taken over every room of the house - so he spends most of his time at his parents' place.

"I've got a feather duster, but a lot of the pieces are too delicate to clean that way," he said.

"The best way to clean them is to blow the dust off them and then hoover it up."

"Whenever we see a bird, thimble or paperweight, we'll always buy it," said Tony, 65.

Lawrence previously owned a two-bedroom house before he moved into his father Tony's old three-bedroom property so he had more room.

"He used to sleep at ours as well and just have the house to show his ornaments but he's managed to fit a bed into one of the rooms now.

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