My typical routine on a Saturday morning is going to Pepper Place for some fruit and veggies and then going to breakfast with my daughter. Last Saturday routine was not any different except going location hunting for my “Just Because” mini sessions that I am planning. As I drove down 2nd Avenue North, I saw the road sign for Birmingham Oddities. Of course, I made a turn on that street and did a quick U-turn for parking. I remember seeing a lot of my Facebook friends who have attended this shop and had a blast. Now, it is time for me to have a good time. The last time I visited this store, I was with my nephew, daughter, and sister with no camera. So, I took a couple of pictures with my iPhone, but it was not the same. I asked the owner, Adam Williams can I came back next week to take pictures. So that is what I did.
Birmingham Oddities is a very fun and unique place. They have a bizarre selection of items including everything from coffins, doll parts and false teeth to gas masks, boxing gloves and vintage medical photos, from old signs and office equipment to animal bones and human skulls. My personal favorite are the skeletons. I know that sounds odd, but I have a thing for them. I guess because I work in the medical field or maybe that I just like them. I was amazed at the amount of vintage photos that he has collected as well. I just love seeing history in film. The brick interior with the natural lighting really makes this place pops with it bizarre and intriguing history of the items inside. The best thing is that Adam can tell you the history of each item as well. I forgot to mention, he has some custom art that he has created himself.
I highly recommend visiting this place while you are visiting Downtown Birmingham. It is totally worth it. Also, he has a new shirt in the shop, which I am going to buy soon because it has a skeleton on it. So Birmingham Oddities — which is open only on Saturdays from 10-4. However, it is also opened the first Thursday of each month because of Art Crawl. You will not be disappointed.
What’s your favorite oddity? You know mines! Please share yours.