Ripley's Believe It or Not! National Tour to Discover Strange, Weird, & Unbelievable Items Comes to St. Augustine

Top Quote Ripley's looking to buy items from the public at its "Bizarre Buying Bazaar" in St. Augustine, July 19 & 20. End Quote
  • Jacksonville, FL (1888PressRelease) June 21, 2013 - 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 the St. Augustine Odditorium on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. It's the second stop on a road trip to several cities in the U.S. and Canada 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 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.

    At a June Bizarre Buying Bazaar event in Orlando, Meyer purchased approximately 80 items - everything 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.

    "I think St. Augustine has a lot of potential because it's rich in history," said Meyer. "I would love to see some pirate and historic nautical items turn up at this event."

    Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaar are encouraged to RSVP to Angela Johnson at Johnson ( @ ) ripleys dot com in advance and provide some details on the item they want to bring in dot That will allow Ripley's research team to see what they can find out about the particular items of interest in advance dot

    The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at Ripley's St. Augustine Odditorium , located at 19 San Marco Ave. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

    The public is welcome to watch the Bizarre Buying Bazaar, but people who want to tour the Odditorium will need to purchase a ticket.

    Media Contacts

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

    Kim Kiff
    Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions
    904-824-1606
    kkiff ( @ ) ripleys dot com

    About Ripley Entertainment
    Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine 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.

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