NME After Print: The Oddities & Curiosities Expo
On January 19th, Albuquerque will witness a spectacle of the strange and unusual at the Oddities and Curiosities Expo at Expo New Mexico. Michelle Cozzaglio, curator of the event, took a moment to tell us more about it.
Why oddities and curiosities? What do you feel makes people take part?
Many people (including us!) collect the strange and unusual. There wasn't really anything going on to bring people interested in this type of thing together, so thats how the Oddities & Curiosities Expo was born. Our vendors have all things weird - so theres truly something for everyone at our show.
You've expanded from two cities to 16. You must be getting a good response with this genre?
Our first year in 2017 we had two cities, 2018 had eight, and 2019 we have the 16! We've grown tremendously and are blown away by the support we've received all over the country!
What are your goals for 2020?
For 2020 we look to continue our expansion by adding a few more cities the line up.
What drew you to Albuquerque to have us on your list?
We had a lot of people from the New Mexico area reach out wanting us to come there! We truly take all city suggestions into consideration, so we thought we'd try out Albuquerque! We've always been heavily focused on the Midwest region...but its time to move West!
What can we expect with this year's event?
The Albuquerque event has over 100 local and national vendors with items such as: Taxidermy, preserved specimens, original art, skulls/bones, jewelry, odd antiques of all kinds, horror items, and so much more. We will also have Sideshow Entertainment and Live Human Suspension happening all throughout the event! We'll be holding two basic Taxidermy classes throughout the show as well, but seats are already sold out.