We mentioned that our adventures two Fridays ago did not end with our stop at Crocker Blvd. Resale. Rather, we had one more very important stop to make. Gibraltar Trade Center! This Friday happened to be Gibraltar’s “Garage Sale Extravaganza.” And what an extravaganza it was.
We blew past all of the normal vendor booths on our way into the Center (more on those later). We even blew past these inflatable water balls that you climb inside of and roll around in. I momentarily considered forcing Sarah to try these out with me, but then I started getting worried that I would pop my inflatable ball, which would be MEGA embarrassing.
When we got to the garage sale area, we were greeted with tables and tables full of treasures (and garbage).
That lady is SO on to us.
This was a booth where some white people sold Native American goods. Each Dreamcatcher came with a special extra treat:
How much do I have to spend to supersize my “reading” to the non-mini size?
All jokes aside, there were some nice booths here. It felt like a huge estate sale—the good and the bad all in one place. I bought a ticket stub from the opening game at Ford Field and an old Briggs Stadium ticket. I paid a mere $6 total. Sarah bought a lot more than me, so I’ll let her show all of that off.
My only other purchase was some handmade Easter candy. This part gets a little NSFW so heads up people! While looking at the available candy, Sarah noticed a sign that said “Adult Novelty Candy—Ask to See.” Of course we asked to see. And of course we bought some.
That rabbit’s sitting on a barrel and has a giant wigglywob. Zach and I still have not eaten this because it creeps us out so bad. I suggested we break off the wigglywob and then eat it, but this still hasn’t happened.
Eventually, Sarah and I left the Extravaganza and got some ice cream at the upscale dining establishment in the heart of the Center.
Mad props to the head chef here because that ice cream was hella good.
From the looks of this photo, Sarah got beer flavored ice cream. I got Superman. Also, here is a close up of that booth behind her:
Idk which of these is my favorite sticker, but probably any of the ones that include the phrase “Ditch the B*tch.”
Anyway, here are some T-Rex heads mounted on a board so you can fool everyone into thinking that you done shot yourself a dinosaur:
I would like to know the rules on hunting baby T-Rexs though, because, like deer, I don’t think you are supposed to kill the babies.
We searched high and low for the wrestling area before we saw that helpful signage hovering in the sky like the Batman symbol.
This person was selling various “oddities,” which I think is becoming a more mainstream thing to do.
I kind of think the truck decals were scarier…and those inflatable water balls.
Update from Sarah: You know how you know when you have a world class blog? When your co-blogger’s entry makes you laugh so hard you start crying. I don’t know WHAT kind of face that is that I’m making with the ice cream but it is truly great.
Ok, so right when we walked in, I saw this.
As we all know, a wall of books often excites me. But before I could even start browsing, I saw this sign:
Can someone answer this for me?: In what world is the going rate $18 for a used Dean Koontz hardcover from 1989?
Moving on… the next thing that caught my eye was a wall of iPhone covers being sold by a teenaged Juggalo. He ended up selling me one for $5 and it’s super cute!
The only problem with that little bear is that his big squishy body sometimes rubs against the phone and accidentally flips the ringer on. Very convenient for quiet concerts and movie theaters.
Before I go on to what I did buy, let me show you a few more things that I did not buy:
I’m no expert but I believe that is an assault rifle hanging from the ceiling.
Anyway, when we first walked into the garage sale area, I saw a long line of boxes of records, which of course caught my eye. Right away I found Endless Summer and a bunch of ’80s records that seemed really awesome at the time but in retrospect really aren’t that exciting. But the guy who sold them to me was nice and only charged me $5 for 8 records. Whee!
I also scored this cool cast iron trolly for $10.
It looks big here but it’s tiny.
The best thing I found, though, was this adorable sterling charm. It’s got inlaid stone so Erin thinks it could be Zuni. I paid $20 which was totally reasonable to me!
It’s a little bigger than the size of a quarter. I’m not even an owl person… I just think it’s adorable.
Like Erin, I also bought my husband some sexy chocolates, and like Erin and Zach, Adam and I cannot bring ourselves to eat them. One of Adam’s is the absolute worst:
Part of me still can’t believe I bought this.
All in all, though, we had a fabulous day! Things are finally improving!
DTT Top Ten Best Moments of the Year
Happy (almost) New Year everyone! It has been a really fun and hilarious first year of this little ol’ blog. Thank YOU for reading, and for the emails/facebooking/comments/etc. that tell us you enjoy our sass. We hope that 2013 brings even bigger and better estate sales and many more treasures.
To cap off the year, here are the top ten BEST moments of our estate sale insanity:
10. That time Erin bought a bear wearing a REAL GOLD necklace: Sometimes you find perfectly fine treasures that you are happy buying as they are—say, a Muffy Vanderbear doll. And sometimes, as an added bonus, that perfectly fine bear happens to be wearing a 14kt gold necklace. In our “Cash for Gold, Part Two” entry, Erin found out just how valuable gold is at the moment, when she cashed in a chain for $44. Who puts real gold chains around teddy bears? And who then sells that teddy bear for $12 at an estate sale? Whoever that person is, we hope they do it more often—wrap all our purchases in gold please!
9. That time DTT had a huge ass garage sale: The DTT garage sale put quite a twist on our normal routine. This time we were the sellers, trying to convince people to buy our garage sale wares. This was also a chance for us to unload all of the estate sale finds we had trouble selling on ebay, or that we fell out of love with. Let’s just say, we had a lot of stuff to sell:
Check out the entry “Cold Ones Left” to see how the garage sale went, and to hear about Sarah taking a serious spill on the sidewalk.
8. All those times we found ourselves in “interesting” houses: Hoarders? Check. Survivalists? Check. Straight-up Grey Gardens style situations? Check. We’ve seen it all, and somehow lived to tell about it. Take a peek at the entries: “Grey Gardens”, “Survival of the Fittest”, and “Hoarders. No Like Real Ones” for all the nitty gritty.
7. That time Erin interviewed Ryan Matthew Cohen of the Science Channel’s Oddities: Somehow Erin scored an interview with fan-fave Ryan Matthew, and the resulting post here on DTT (Ryan Matthew Kind of Hates Christmas, and Other Revelations) turned out to be one of our most reblogged/linked out/googled entries. In a later turn of events, Erin met Ryan in New York, where he nervously informed her that he confuses our blog with the phrase “Take that Bottle.” (That’s a phrase?)
6. All the times we made mad cash on eBay: And we are proud to say there were many! Check out our “Money Maker” entries to see just how well we did reselling our treasure finds. Our biggest jackpots can be found in the entries: “Original Goonies Movie Posters”, “Old Duck Decoy”, “Valley of the Dolls II”, and “Crazy Horse”.
5. That time a guy asked Erin for her home address: You meet all kinds of people while out treasure hunting. Erin happened to meet a guy who wanted to know where she lived…EXACTLY where she lived. Read all about it in the entry “Where I Live”.
4. That time we got in a CRAZY HUGE FIGHT with Cari Cucksey from HGTV’s Cash & Cari: We get asked about this all the time, so of course we had to include it in the countdown: our infamous quarrel with Cari, from Cash & Cari. If you remember, we started out in quite the love affair with the show, and with RePurpose estate sales. But then we mentioned ONE sale they had that was overpriced and crowded, and next thing you know, we’re public enemy number one. Find out just how loud ladies can yell in our entry “The End of an Era”.
3. That time we fell in love with auctions: Perhaps one of the biggest developments this year was our love affair with auctions. Maybe in 2013 we will change the name of this blog to YO! We Love Auctions or something like that. It all started with Erin’s fave honeyhole in Plymouth, featured in the entries: “Stand Down”, “Standing Room Only”, and “Trumpeting”. Sarah caught the auction bug in the entry “Open for Bidding”, only to have it explode into auction frenzy in the entries “Auction Crashers” and “Blacktop Surprise”.
2. That time we hunted down the person whose stuff we were buying at an estate sale and became cross-country friends with him: Despite our humor, estate sales are a really emotional thing, and we recognize that. Most sales happen because of a death in the family or because of other sad events (financial trouble, divorce, hoarding, and so on). At the time when we wrote our entries “House of Horrors Part One” and “Part Two” we had no idea that a charming California man had just lost his mother in Michigan, and it was her home we were shopping at. Our blog entry focused on the amazingly bizarre and intriguing items we found in the home, items unlike anything we had ever seen. And before long, Erin tracked down the aforementioned Cali man (entry “REAL LIFE”) and Sarah wrote a heartfelt entry all about him and his mother (entry “Be My Little Bumblebee”). You couldn’t have scripted it any better. In fact, we are all now friends, and for Sarah, even in real life!
OK, drum roll please!!! The BEST moment of the year, as you’ve probably guessed, is…
1. That time we went to the BEST SALE EVER: “Best Sale Ever”, as it is known, was, well, the best sale ever! We both still dream about this sale (literally…at night, in our dreams). Featured in the entries: “Best Sale Ever: Round One” and “Round Two”, this estate sale will forever live on as the perfect storm of all things wonderful about treasure hunting. The owner of this estate loved shopping, and the packed house showed it. Everything though was high quality, clean, and most importantly, CUTE! There was a great mix of antiques and newer items, and somehow we got the most incredible bargain bin prices on everything. Erin bought a brand new Pendleton blanket with the tags on it for basically pennies, and Sarah took home half a Hallmark store worth of books, ornaments, and Christmas decor. We visited this sale twice over two days and hauled our items out in a wagon each time.
So cheers to estate sales, and “junk”, and antiques, and to all of the people and places we encountered this year. To 2013, bring it on, we are ready for your treasures!
Happy New Year!
-Erin & Sarah
Smells like dead.
So my New York adventures continue with a trip to Obscura Antiques & Oddities. You may remember my post from a few months back in which I interviewed Obscura’s Ryan Matthew. He and the store are featured in Science Channel’s Oddities. Since I only knew about the store from this TV show, and from the interview, Zach and I decided to go check it all out in person.
Everything in New York opens super late, which we weren’t aware of. Heading to Obscura, we saw Ryan Matthew sitting on the steps outside. We breezed past and killed some time by drinking $13 raw juice smoothies (only in New York!). When we got back, the store was open, and packed with people.
My first thought was that it looked EXACTLY like the TV show. I know this seems obvious, but I once visited the pawn shop featured on History Channel’s Pawn Stars, and it looked completely different in person. Mostly everything in Obscura has been featured on the show, or is visible while watching the show.
The store is really cool. It is full of so many things. The first item that really caught my eye was this taxidermy pig. It looked less like real taxidermy and more like an adorable Steiff collectible.
Ok so actually, in this picture, he looks terrifying. Trust me that in person he was cute. Anyway, at this point, I introduced myself to Ryan Matthew and asked about the pig. He told me that it was a Victorian specimen and not for sale. If it was for sale, it would be about $5,000.
Ryan also told me that he confuses “Dig This Treasure” with the phrase “Take This Bottle”, which is a “phrase” I have actually never heard of. I am thinking this is some sort of word association thing having to do with messages in a bottle/pirates/buried treasure. Who knows. Either that, or Ryan is the Zodiac killer and speaking to me in ciphers.
Zach and I didn’t find anything to buy at Obscura, even though we went there determined to do so. Everything was pretty out of our price range or wouldn’t fit on the plane home. I kind of regret not buying a t-shirt from the store because it had a nice design. Whomp whomp.
Skeletons in the Closet
On Saturday night, Zach and I decided to head to an auction in Plymouth. This particular auction happens EVERY Saturday in Plymouth and is similar to waiting around to bid on items that you could buy at any thrift store. Once and awhile though they have some interesting things, as evidenced by this boar head we bought there last year:
When we first walked into the auction, they were busy selling some Hawaiian shirts. Then they moved on to this giant box of silverware:
We passed on the silverware, but were definitely interested in another item. You can see it there in the background of the above photo. Ok, here’s a close-up:
This is a human skeleton that a local family LITERALLY KEPT IN THEIR CLOSET since 1919. Zach and I aren’t normally in the market for such items, but we knew that antique skeletons were pretty valuable. We consulted ebay and saw that a similar skeleton (namely with brass fittings) had sold for $1500.
We decided that we would bid to at least $300. This seemed reasonable to us because we once got two antique wardrobes for $30 total at this place.
Turns out we were totally wrong about getting the skeleton for an equally cheap price, because as soon as the bidding started, it sailed right past our $300 limit. It eventually sold to some hairy man for $1300.
We left the auction empty handed which was probably for the best. We don’t have any closets that can fit a human skeleton.
So here are some photos of the items I packaged up and sent to Ryan Matthew in thanks for his interview last week. I am like 89% sure he will want none of these things. That said, this is the best we could do in terms of “oddities” at the sales we hit in the past couple weeks.
In case you can’t tell, there is a giant piece of coral, some mushrooms on a rock, and some weird caterpillar-like things on pieces of wood. The caterpillars are particularly bizarre because some were made to look like little mice. We’ll call them micerpillars.
Ryan Matthew kind of hates Christmas, and other revelations
As mentioned, I was lucky enough to get in contact with Ryan Matthew Cohn from SCIENCE’s cult-hit Oddities. I was hoping he would humor our little blog with a mere email correspondence, but instead, he was kind enough to chat with me on the phone last week. So if you’re wondering what a real child’s skeleton might cost you these days, or you have questions about bejeweled human skulls, look no further…
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
Alright, so let’s start with the obvious, how did you get into collecting?
I’ve always had the bug. It’s something you are born with. My mom had it to an extent, but she wasn’t obsessive compulsive like I am. She collected old quilts and baskets, things like that. And she wouldn’t bombard the house with them like I do now with my collection. I grew up in upstate New York, in the woods, and I would find roadkill or animals eaten by bears…and I would bring them back to the house. My mom probably thought I was going to be a doctor or a serial killer…which I didn’t become either.
Well, that you are willing to admit anyway…
Hahahahaha, exactly. So anyway, it went from natural history stuff to collecting stuff I would find at the thrift store. And then when I was 10, I collected baseball cards. But it wasn’t just collecting baseball cards…I obsessively collected baseball cards until my whole room was filled. And then I moved on, and it became more art-based, and then I got into the oddities world.
What was the first oddities piece you ever bought?
Well, there typically is a piece that sets you into like a fury…a piece that sets exactly what you are going to collect for the next 5 years. For me, that piece was a taxidermy dog I got. It’s a real nice old one. It’s a mid-size hunting dog from the Victorian era, obviously someone’s pet. It was in a really nice glass case and at the time I didn’t have a car or anything. I called my dad, who was living in Jersey, and he picked me up at 4:30 in the morning in Manhattan, and we drove all the way out to Yonkers to go to this estate sale. I already knew it [the dog] was going to be there, and we had to wait out in the rain. And then other people were looking at it…but finally, I picked it up. It was kind of a lot of money for me at the time. I think it was $400. And it’s like one of those things, from there I went crazy and started collecting taxidermy and selling it, and manipulating it.
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
And then the first skeleton I got, it was partially put together…and I got to see, ok…this spring holds this together…and it was like a big puzzle. So I put that together, and then I got obsessed with putting skeletons together. So it all sort of blossomed…doing this kind of work that I do now—manipulating skeletons, started with this one.
So it seems as though you guys work with a lot of antique dealers on Oddities, but where else are you finding these treasures?
Where am I finding this stuff? It’s kind of a mixture. There are flea markets, those for me are the most fun. It’s like this big treasure hunt and you never know what you are going to come across. And you are there at like 3am, it’s cold, it’s dark out, it’s raining. That scares some people away, but then you have the hardcore people who might be looking for the same thing as you. So you might walk away with a candlestick, or like the rarest object you’ve been looking for your whole life. And there is this adrenaline rush that comes with going to these things. Although at this point in my life, I don’t go there with any expectations. I don’t even go at 3am anymore. I straggle in later and will find something that someone else has overlooked.
Yeah, our site is primarily about estate sales, so I know what you mean about the adrenaline rush and finding that thing you’re really looking for…
I’ve found that the rarest stuff will come to you. It actually will. I’m not being superstitious—I’m not a superstitious person—like the other day, for instance, I got a call from someone who said they had a lot of cool stuff in their basement I might be interested in. So I go out and it’s like stuff I’ve had interviews about looking to find, and they had it. And I just basically got it because they were cool and they liked me.
So what have been some of your best finds?
Some of the mummified stuff, and some of the elongated skulls, and then like the medical collections from places that have gone out of business. I love those because you never really know what is in a jar until you get it home and look through it.
A lot of the stuff I’ve gotten is in bulk…collections I have gotten in boxes that take me a week to sort through. I’ll have what looks like a normal bone or box of bones and I put it together and it turns out to be someone who had a severe abnormality.
So who are the people who have—well you said medical collections—but have you met people who are like, “Oh hey, I have a jar of bones just hanging out in my basement.”
That happens quite a lot actually. We really put ourselves out there with the show. We used to have to locate this stuff but now people contact me because they know I am interested in it. They sort of want to hear our expertise. Situations like that, if they could happen everyday, that would be cool. Although looking around for the stuff is half the fun…
My question about people’s basements was more…well, we have seen a lot of crazy things while out at estate sales. I guess my question was are these people like you who also collect or do you literally have people who for some crazy reason have bones in their basements?
A lot of people’s families were in the medical field. They don’t necessarily do this today, but back in the day, when you went to med school, you had to buy a skull. It was just part of learning the cranium. So for all of those millions of people who went to med school—they might have passed on—and the family didn’t know what to do with the skull so they put it in the basement. When they move, well it’s, “I don’t want to bring this skull with me!” That’s how stuff is changing hands. A lot of the time, a physician might retire and they don’t want to take this stuff with them to Boca Raton…they want to retire, not with a full child skeleton. Those are my favorite times because they are happy for these things to find a home.
I also have a problem because I am such a collector, so a lot of stuff that comes through me ends up in my personal collection.
Yes, the photos of your collection look amazing. So let’s say your house is burning down, what do you grab?
Oh, I don’t like to talk about that. Fire is not my friend, even though I use it for a living. I don’t know. I don’t think there is one thing I could grab. I might have to die with my things.
I give little tours to people, clients or whatever, and I always go around and say, oh this is one of my favorites pieces…and I say it about like every piece.
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
So if I say “favorite piece”, what pops into your head?
My fetal skeleton.
My fetal skeleton. It’s a child. Those just as far as skeletons go, are very difficult to find. I actually have a funny story about that little guy. I was supposed to move out of my apartment and into a new one. This was back in the day and I didn’t really have any money, and I spent my deposit money—much to my girlfriend’s at the time chagrin—and thank God she could spot me because I spent all my money on this skeleton. It’s really cool. I still have it to this day. I keep it on my mantel in the living room.
How small is it?
Um, it’s about 2 feet or so, which is perfect. It is a really nice, old one. The day I found it—it was from a dealer friend of mine—and I said to him, “Hey, I’m looking for a child skeleton. If you ever come across one…I don’t have a huge budget, but I really want one.” And he didn’t say anything, he just pointed to a shelf and there it was.
So what does a child skeleton run you these days?
Well, the store Evolution has them and they are $1000, but you could be lucky and sometimes get them a lot cheaper.
Oh, ok. Interesting.
Well they are a lot more rare. Children die a lot less frequently than older specimens.
And I would imagine that most people are burying or cremating their kids.
Yeah, children don’t as readily leave themselves to science. That is ultimately how a skeleton is bought…someone leaves their body to science. The organs and tissue are used to save lives and then the skeleton is cleaned and used for medical purposes.
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
Ok, so what is your holy grail? The thing you have yet to find but always hope that you do.
That’s hard because I have found a lot of things I have strived to find. There is always stuff. Hmm, what do I want? What do I want that you people can get for me…
Yeah, put it out there into the world so someone can read this and get it for you.
I was answering this same question a month or so ago and literally a week later I found the piece I was looking for, which was an elongated skull from Peru. And a real drastic one. Um, I don’t know…you know, one of the things I have been focusing on is mummification. And more medical mummification as opposed to Egyptian mummification. Egyptians were wrapped and typically done centuries ago. Medical mummification hasn’t been around as long. It was used to educate people who didn’t want to use wax specimens, because wax melts and is expensive. So they came up with a preservation not unlike plastinating something. They usually use nasty chemicals like arsenic and mercury. But some of these things still come up and are preserved that way. So think “Body World” and plastination but a way earlier form, from the 18th and 19th century. I just recently came across one and was flabbergasted.
(Photo by Sergio Royzen, courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
Oh, you know, really, my holy grail…sorry, there is like so many things…
No, don’t apologize, put it out there…
Shrunken heads are like my main focus. I don’t have one right now. I sold one I had awhile back and I really regret it. That’s one of the things that just is not coming up these days.
You know, I held a real shrunken head once. That’s something I can say I’ve done in my life. I used to work in museum prep at a natural history museum, and the Anthropology department had some they kept locked up.
Yeah, what were they doing? It was just part of the collection huh?
Yeah, part of the collection, but not on exhibit.
Most Anthropology departments have stuff like that and you’ll see the craziest stuff in the back room. It just pains me because it is supposed to be an educational tool and of course, it’s just sitting back there. It makes me crazy.
Yeah, they had it all locked up. I think they were worried about the cultural implications of it, putting it on display. Anyway, a shrunken head, I would think you would already have one of those.
I have had a few and resold them because I needed money, or I traded them. And now it’s like the one thing I really want back, and of course if is one of the hardest things to find—especially like long hair shrunken heads. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has bought most of them, so they are extremely hard to find…of course, they have a bigger budget than private collectors. So when they come up, they are really expensive.
Alright, well, we will put it out there. Maybe in like a week you will get a package and there will be a tiny head inside…
I want to report back to you and say that that happened.
(Photo by Sergio Royzen, courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
So this may be a silly question after talking about shrunken heads, but is there anything that comes into Obscura or that you have seen that is too freaky even for you?
I get really weird about certain types of taxidermy and the fear that it might have bugs.
Wait, you’re not worried about like arsenic in it, but you are worried about bugs?
Uh, no. Believe it or not, because I collect a lot of Victorian taxidermy—or I did a lot more than I do now—but of course, antique taxidermy had arsenic in it. And I never wore gloves. When I work with mummification, I wear gloves and a mask. But anyway, bugs could easily get into your collection and ruin it.
Oh I see! You are worried about taking bugs home. I thought you were saying you were scared of bugs!
No, no, no. I grew up in the woods.
Well, then, is there anything that is too gross or too sensitive for you to own?
Are we specifically talking about in this field or antiques in general?
I hate Christmas collectibles. I don’t hate Christmas, Christmas is alright. But I hate…like, you’ll spend 3 hours at some flea market and you’ll see a bunch of vintage Christmas decorations. And it bums me out.
Uh, oh…I don’t know if you will like our blog much then.
People get pissed when you say you don’t like those things.
Well yeah, that’s a whole market. There is money to be made with that stuff.
Animatronic Santas…those things bug me so much. I mean, I’m not scared of them or freaked out…
It’s just gross to you.
Yeah, exactly. Also, I have a keen sense of smell, so things that are potent occasionally gross me out. Say you have to change the liquid in something being preserved, even with a mask, that stuff is gruesome. Actually, when I have had to clean skeletons myself, they are sometimes disgusting. They have the meat on them. It’s the stench you can’t get out of your nostrils.
Ugh, I bet. Alright, well tell me about those other hobbies—taxidermy, skull manipulation, and your store Against Nature.
In a sense, it is really two businesses. It has gone beyond hobbies. I know Mike and Evan [from Obscura] because I have always done articulations for them. You know, people who want skeletons done. I do that mainly at my home studio. And then I have a studio at Against Nature. I own that business with a couple friends. We do custom suits, and I do the accessories here. I actually used to do a lot of work with Ralph Lauren as a designer, so when I stopped working with them, we started this business. It’s in the Lower East side of Manhattan. We primarily do the custom suits, called bespoke suits, custom denim…and we do everything in house.
I was a jeweler before I was—I guess you would say an osteologist.
Were you a formally trained jeweler and that sort of morphed into…
I was a collector first, and then I got a paid internship as a jeweler’s assistant…to a man who was Ralph Lauren’s first jewelry maker. He taught me what I know. Luckily, for osteology and medical preparation, the same tools are used, so I was able to segue, mixing all these things together. When you’re working with skulls, you are also working with brass hardware, and I can make a skull look 300 years old, and that is from working in antique restoration. So I am using all the categories as one…
I am actually doing a skull right now…I can’t go too far into it, but it looks like something a 15th century king would have on their bedstand.
When will it be done?
A couple months.
It’s for you or a client?
A special order for a client. We are collaborating on the idea for it, and I am executing it, no pun intended. It’s going to be very regal.
We’ll have to wait and see then. Send us a photo of it when it’s done.
Alright, I promise.
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
You can read more about Ryan Matthew Cohn at his website ryanmatthewoddities.com and on his tumblr page. Be sure to check out Oddities this June for the second-half of the third season. It airs Saturdays at 9pm on SCIENCE.
Well that’s odd.
So this entry is a teaser for a SERIOUSLY AWESOME entry that will launch on Friday. If you are not familiar with the TV show, Oddities, then you should check it out. It airs on SCIENCE, and the second-half of the third season picks back up in June.
Oddities explores the fascinating world of scientific artifacts—taxidermy, quack medical devices, preserved specimens, and so on. The show is based out of Obscura, an antique store in Manhattan that wheels and deals in this type of collecting. It follows co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson, as well as their buyer Ryan Matthew Cohn, who finds the treasures being sold.
(Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Networks.)
So we thought, “Hey! Who better to talk about antiques and treasure hunting with than Mr. Ryan Matthew himself.” Luckily, he was gracious enough to spend some time on the phone with me last week, and talk all about his wild and wacky collection.
(Photo by Sergio Royzen, courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
But before the interview is posted on Friday, we wanted to brush you all up on the show. So watch the video below, check out the Oddities website, and get ready to hear about one of the strangest hobbies out there. You think we buy crazy things? Well, just wait…