Ripley’s is on the Hunt for the Weirdest Things You Own
Ripley’s, the purveyors of all things unbelievably weird, are on the hunt for new oddities to add to their Believe it or Not Collection. The public is invited to bring their most outlandish, uncommon, freaky and/or creepy possessions to Ripley’s “Bizarre Buying Bazaar” this Friday and Saturday at Space Center Houston. Ripley’s will asses your item and offer you a bid if it’s worthy of joining their awe-inspiring collection.
If you’re wondering what to bring, there’s only one thing to keep in mind: the weirder the better. Ripley’s is looking for items that the average person would find strange. Edward Meyer, Ripley’s vice-president of exhibits and archives, explained “some sort of story about why it's unusual is what we're hoping for." Anyone interested in bringing an item is encouraged to send an RSVP to Angela Johnson so researchers can find out more about your item and have an idea of what to expect to see.
Houston will be the 10th stop for the Bizarre Buying Bazaar. Over the previous nine stops, Ripley’s has accumulated nearly 100 antiques, products and art made from materials ranging from animal bones to hair. The Bizarre Buying Bazaar is part of a 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibit called “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”
While it covers an expansive range of topics beyond aeronautics and extraterrestrial life, it fits in perfectly at the Space Center. "Our mission is to educate about science, engineering, math and technology,” said Space Center Spokeswoman Meridyth Moore. Moore believes the Ripley’s exhibit will inspire curiosity, explaining “It gets people thinking about science and makes them excited about learning more.” For more information about the event, go to www.spacecenter.org.