Not sure what to do with that matchstick model of the solar system that has been taking up room in the closet? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a solution for you. The Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Discovery Place Science on Saturday, June 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, noon – 5:00 p.m.
Edward Meyer, Ripley’s VP of Exhibits and Archives, will review all items that come in and will make on-the-spot offers for items worthy of being a part of the world famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection. For more than 35 years, Meyer has traveled the world collecting unusual stories and unbelievable items for the company. He has acquired over 20,000 different museum artifacts, as well as countless stories for its cartoon and books.
What is Ripley’s looking for at the Bizarre Buying Bazaar?
“We’re hoping to find oddities, artifacts, relics, strange things from science and nature, unusual artwork – the weirder the better,” says Meyer.
Meyer has purchased more than 100 items from the public at Bizarre Buying Bazaar events – everything from a rare New Guinea widow’s finger chopper to a motorcycle created from cow, alligator and other animal bones to a lamp made from a taxidermy chicken. Items offered but not purchased included a $400,000 Lamborghini!
Even if Ripley’s doesn’t acquire an item, its owner may still get an "oddpraisal" – that means Meyer won’t necessarily tell people what an item is worth but will give them an idea of how unusual it is.
How to participate in Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar
Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaar are encouraged to RSVP to Angela Johnson in advance and provide some details on the item they want to bring in. That will allow Ripley’s research team to see what they can find out about the particular items of interest in advance.
Oddity owners participating in the Bizarre Buying Bazaar will receive $5 off the price of one general admission to Discovery Place Science. Not combinable with other offers or valid for IMAX® Dome Theatre films