Since 2008, the thrice-yearly Bazaar of the Bizarre has brought to life a faux-Victorian world populated with dusty old curiosity shops. A marketplace for unusual crafts, clothing, and related accoutrements, it’s a hotbed of fantastically creative oddities. Here’s what we learned at last weekend’s gathering.
1. You can now kill vampires with locally sourced goods.
Inspired by eastern European folklore and the 19th-century fad for all-in-one vampire hunting kits, business owner Danny (operating as Macfie’s Wizard Shop) began producing his own kits containing holy water, oil blessed by a Catholic priest, and, naturally, hand-carved wooden stakes.
2. Nowadays, snake-oil revivalists are honest about their wares.
Snake oil, bathing teas, and other hoaxy Victorian-era cure-alls were peddled by sideshow performer Dr. Charlotte Tann (get it?) and her partner, although she admits that the remedies she has are “purely placebo in nature.”
3. Death and blasphemy will always make T-shirts look cooler.
Trevor Nicholls began screening shirts four years ago, selling them through his website, monsteraesthetics.com, and at metal and hardcore festivals (obviously). The occult seems to be a big influence on his wares (inverted crosses, coffins, Satan, runes, wolves with inverted crosses), which means your parents will hate them.
4. Cthulhu lives on, in mask form.
Crafted out of leather, Eden Bachelder’s Cthulhu masks weren’t the only H.P. Lovecraft–inspired goods for sale at the bazaar. She’s also created custom works for parties, Burning Man attendees, LARPers, and even a bride-to-be’s wedding reception.