Woman evicted from her home over massive toy collection

Posted at 6:10 PM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 18:10:22-04

73-year-old Nancy Duchovnay's home is filled with thousands of toys.

There's everything from Muppets to dinosaurs, even Tiggers.

"Because I'm the Toy Lady of Jacksonville," Duchovnay says.

Her collection has spread from the bedroom to the kitchen.  Even the bathroom is not off limits.

"Considering what's going on in the world today, I would rather have these funny characters smiling at me. I just think they're funny - they're cute.  They smile," she says.

But the toys are not only for her.  She also collects them for gift boxes that she sends to charities across the globe.

After a surprise inspection last week she was given an eviction notice by the landlord, noting her collection is a fire hazard.

"I'm devastated, as far as I'm concerned.  And no I don't want to leave, I love this, I don't bother anybody.  I don't smoke, I don't cook, and I don't have a live animal that can knock over a lamp," she said.

After living in the apartment with her timeless collectibles for 12 years, she thinks, "They just want me out and that was an excuse."

Now she only has days to find a new place to live and doesn't understand why all of a sudden her hobby has become an issue.

She vows, "Wherever I'm moving to, they're coming with me."