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Oddities & Curiosities Expo Brings Weirdness to Detroit

By meerna Jul11,2024
Oddities & Curiosities Expo Brings Weirdness to Detroit

Taking place July 13-14, the traveling show of spooky vendors and artists brings an alternative vibe to the Detroit area in 2019.

Lovers of the unusual and peculiar can come together at Oddities & Curiosities Expo this weekend at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace.

The traveling show of spooky vendors, artists and performers — held Saturday and Sunday — has been bringing an alternative vibe to the Detroit area since 2019. And for the first time, this year’s fair is a two-day event.

Founded by Michelle and Tony Cozzaglio, Michelle Cozzaglio said she and her husband grew up immersed in punk and alternative culture, which inspired the first event in 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The exhibit has since expanded; this year it will travel to 31 different cities in the U.S. and Canada.

“I never thought it would grow into what it is today,” she said. “Honestly, it just came from my personal love of the unusual.”

The expo attracts a wide range of people to come through its doors. Cozzaglio said that while many people come out of curiosity, she feels it’s important to create a community space for lovers of the spooky and weird.

“I thought it was really important to bring all these people together and give them a place where they can come and be themselves and meet people who are just like them,” she said. “I think that’s why it’s been so successful.”

But what makes something weird or interesting? Cozzaglio said that while she believes everyone has their own definition of weird, for her it’s “something outside the norm, something out of the ordinary that makes you think and feel something.”

Cozzaglio said the Expo looks different every year, with new vendors, performers and classes. Vendors sell a wide range of items, including original art, antiques, animal skulls and bones, taxidermy, clothing and preserved animal specimens.

“We really try to have something weird for everyone,” she said. “It’s really all over the map, as are the price ranges. You can come and spend $30 or you can come and spend $3,000.”

Vendors come from all over the country, and some are local to Metro Detroit. Painted Lady Trashions, which sells creepy antiques and collectibles, is based in Ferndale. Electric Vector, which sells refurbished vintage art, is based in Detroit.

In addition to shopping, the fair will feature live performances like sword swallowing and glass walking. Food stations and tarot readings will also be available.

Those interested in the art of taxidermy can take a rat or jackalope taxidermy course for $225 each or an entomology/insect pinning course for $150.

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Exhibition of curiosities and oddities

July 13-14

Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Suburban Showplace Collection

46100 Grand River Ave., New York

Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and under. All ages welcome, parental guidance advised.


By meerna

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