Bring your odd, wacky items to 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Buying Bazaar'

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 12:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Believe it or not, if you have some strange or unusual things laying around the house, you could make some money off of them.

This weekend, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is holding a buying bazaar.

It's called the "Bizarre Buying Bazaar," and its goal is to to find and acquire items judged worthy of being part of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection.

Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held Arizona Science Center Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. It’s the fifth stop on a road trip to several cities in the U.S. and Canada.

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.

"We hope to buy some very bizarre things in Phoenix this weekend," says Meyer. "We just want weird."

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.  In fact, just last month in Tucson they discovered two finds icluding a prehistoric shark tooth.

Even if Ripley’s doesn’t acquire an item, its owner may still get an "oddpraisal." That means they'll tell you what an item might be worth or how unusual ro special it is. "And if Ripley's likes it, and thinks it's weird enough for our permanent collection, we'll buy it on the spot," says Meyer.

Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaar are urged to RSVP to Angela Johnson at Johnson@ripleys.com 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.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! holds "Bizarre Buying Bazaar" at Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Friday-Saturday, March 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
There is no charge to have an item looked at.
http://www.azscience.org/ or www.ripleys.com

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