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Ripley’s wants your weird stuff

Sudbury Living Magazine July 31, 2013 Upfront No Comments on Ripley’s wants your weird stuff



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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! International Tour to Discover Strange, Weird, & Unbelievable Items Comes to Science North  Aug. 16, 17, 18    


Not sure what to do with that shrunken head that’s been taking up space in the closet? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a solution for you.

Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Science North on Aug. 16, 17 and 18. This marks the first Canadian tour date, and the third stop on an international road trip to find and acquire items worthy of being part of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!     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 that meet the benchmark for Ripley’s.

For more than 35 years, Meyer has travelled 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.

At a June Bizarre Buying Bazaar event in Orlando, Meyer purchased approximately 80 items – everything from a rare New Guinea widow’s finger chopper to unusual artwork to a lamp made from a taxidermy chicken. Items 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.

Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaar are encouraged to RSVP to Angela Johnson at [email protected] 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.     The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 from 10 am – 5 PM, Saturday, Aug.  17 from 10 am – 5 PM and Sunday, August 18 from 12 PM – 4 PM at Science North, 100 Ramsey Lake Road in Sudbury. The public is welcome to watch the Bizarre Buying Bazaar, which will take place in the main lobby of the science centre.

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