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Weird Homes Tour recruiting homes for 2018 tour

  • Kelly Gale Amen's loft is filled with art and furniture he's either made or collected in his travels. His home was featured on the 2017 Weird Home Tour. Photo: Thanin Viriyaki Photography
Photo: Thanin Viriyaki Photography
Kelly Gale Amen’s loft is filled with art and furniture he’s either made or collected in his travels. His home was featured on the 2017 Weird Home Tour.

Winking hippos, a C3PO-like metallic mannequin, outlandish art and over-the-top murals have all won over judges at the annual Weird Homes Tour. The next tour is set for Oct. 6, and organizers are recruiting homes and homeowners for the next lineup.

The home tour that celebrates eccentric personalities and sometimes odd decor began in Austin in 2014 when organizers Chelle and David J. Neff wanted to play tribute to the inherent weirdness in that city. It spread to Houston in 2016, and now is also in New Orleans, Detroit and Portland. It’s also the subject of a new coffee table book, “Weird Homes: The People and Places That keep Austin Strangely Wonderful” (Skyhorse Publishing; $16.99).

To be considered to be one of the eight to 10 homes chosen for the tour, you have to be willing to let hundreds of complete strangers traipse through your home, but you’ll also get professional photos of your home, a little publicity and, of course, bragging rights about the degree of your own weirdness.

Past tour homes include Kelly Gale Amen’s art-filled loft downtown, Selia Qynn’s garden-rich Spring Branch home and Sue Shefman’s “Hippolotofus” home, filled with hundreds of hippos as well as an art car that can wink at you (via remote control).

The tour will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6 and tickets are $30-$55. Apply to be part of the tour at www.weirdhomestour.com.

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