Ripley’s Believe It or Not! National Tour to Discover Strange, Weird, & Unbelievable Items
03/13/2015

Ripley’s is looking to buy unusual items from the public at its
“Bizarre Buying Bazaar” in Houston, March 20 & 21

Online PR News – 13-March-2015 – HOUSTON, Texas – 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.

Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Space Center Houston on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. It’s the tenth stop on a road trip to several cities in the U.S. and Canada to find and acquire items worthy of being part of the world-famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection.

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 becoming Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits. 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 and what may have been a Stradivarius violin worth an estimated $2. 5 million!

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 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.

The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held on Friday, March 20 from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to 7 pm at Space Center Houston, located at 1601 NASA Parkway.

Images of items purchased at Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar events are available at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j0fck33o9vmmkq2/EzatkMdbmv

Media Contacts

Edward Meyer
VP, Exhibits & Archives
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
407-345-8010 - office
407-492-8256 - cell
meyer@ripleys.com

Meridyth Moore
Space Center Houston
281-244-2128
cmortillaro@spacecenter.org
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 10 countries each year. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.
About Space Center Houston
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.