Strange, Unusual, Bizarre: The Oddities & Curiosities Expo Feature

by - March 24, 2022

For the lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre, The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror-inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, funeral collectibles and much more.

Husband and wife Michelle and Tony Cozzaglio have been organizing “different” events in their hometown of Tulsa, Okla. since 2014, as well as collecting art and unusual items for personal use. That is what sparked the idea of starting the Expo and giving fellow lovers of the macabre a place to indulge.

“As small business owners ourselves, we love supporting other small businesses and independent artists,” Michelle said. “I remember thinking ‘It would be so cool to have an event focusing just on dark art and strange items!’ I could have never dreamed it would transform into what it has today.”

While they had experience organizing events that offered a more offbeat style, this was entirely new territory. They found it challenging to get their name out there as a hard-working, trusted expo that could draw both vendors and attendees, but thankfully found several venues and vendors that took a chance on them.

These days, thousands of applications are received for the Expo, which travels around the country every year. Michelle personally reviews each application in order to curate the best possible show for each location.

“Since 2017, I think we have really grown something special,” she said. “It’s a place where vendors who don’t fit in anywhere else can thrive.”

Not only is it a place for vendors to thrive, it is also a place for attendees to be in a safe space. Each event is a place where anyone can find their new favorite artist or dealer without judgment.

“Tony and I have worked really hard to provide this experience and [after] almost every show we get messages from attendees thanking us for providing a place that they felt ‘with their people’ and at home,” Michelle said. “It makes me emotional! That's the most important thing to me.”

While The Oddities & Curiosities Expo isn’t for everyone, Michelle encourages anybody to come check it out and give it a chance. There is something unusual for everyone to enjoy, whether they think they enjoy it or not.

View upcoming shows for The Oddities & Curiosities Expo here.

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