Oddmall? What the goose is Oddmall?


Oddmall at a glance

  • WHAT: Oddmall is one of Ohio’s largest and most unique exhibitions of art & artifice featuring hundreds of artists, crafters, entertainers, cosplayers, artisans, and purveyors of games, toys, comics, collectibles, and all things odd, geeky, bizarre, imaginative, and wonderful!
  • WHEN: Six shows throughout the year in northern Ohio (and several shows in the Pacific Northwest).
  • WHEN WHEN: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm (Outdoor shows Saturday 11-7, Sunday 10-5).
  • WHERE:
  • HOW MUCH: While entry is FREE your suggested donation of $5 or more is greatly appreciated. Vendor booth prices range from $80-$320 depending on the size and the Oddmall show.
  • HOW MANY: Attendance at Oddmall shows varies according to the venue and the show. Our smaller shows typically attract 3000-5000+ visitors while our larger and more established shows usually attract over 10,000-12,000. Our oldest and biggest show is Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird in Akron.
  • HOW: Drive, walk, take the bus, stamp yourself and go by mail. Maybe ride a horse.
  • HUH: Vendor information can be found here.
  • WHY: So, so many reasons. It’s pretty much the most fun thing ever.


What?

Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.

Oddmall is founded on several core tenets:

1. Entry is FREE. We appreciate your donations ($5 is suggested) but nobody will be turned away if they can’t afford it.

2. Oddmall is open to everyone (except people who infringe upon anybody else’s right to be who they are). At Oddmall there’s no judging people for the things they enjoy. If you like to dress up like a giant action figure and have your picture taken with strangers GO FOR IT! If you dig making life-sized models of your pet cat out of old socks, do your THANG! Are you a collector of unusual art? Is your other car a TARDIS? Do you know Bruce Wayne’s middle name? Do people call you weird, strange, bizarre, nerdy, geeky, artsy-fartsy, or Gertrude? If so, Oddmall is the place for you. ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

The Oddmall Art and Craft Fair

Oddmall is more than just an ordinary craft show. It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity. …umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me.

The Oddmall Comic, Game, & Toy Exposition

It’s an overflowing cornucopia of raw, burning geekiness! This amazing combobulation of toys, games, comics, books, and all things fun and geeky is a HUGE part of Oddmall. There will be special guests, superheroes, a costume contest, dozens of vendors, and all sorts of other snazzy jazz. At most our shows the Comic, Toy, & Game Exposition and the Art Show are best friends, sharing the same space. At Emporium of the Weird (our May show) the large room upstairs is reserved for the Oddmall Art and Craft Fair while the rest of the space is open to vendors of all sorts (including artists and crafters).

Where?

When?

  • Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere – February 17-18, 2018
    Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
  • Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird – May 5-6, 2018
    Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
  • Oddmall: Riverside Ramble – July 28-29, 2018
    Saturday 11-7, Sunday 10-5
  • Oddmall: Rubber City Rumpus – September 15-16, 2018
    Saturday 11-7, Sunday 10-5
  • Oddmall: Hallowondrous – October 13-14, 2018
    Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
  • Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan – December 8-9, 2018
    Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Why?

Shopping

Where else can you find such an eclectic fecundity of oddness? It’s the perfect place to find something unique for that special someone and pick out something really unique for your that hard to buy for relative. Need cool Valentine’s Day gifts (or even fun Andy’s Birthday gifts)… Browsing Oddmall Ohio’s indoor profusion of vendors is a great way to beat the wintery goodness of Ohioand a fantastic and totally free way to spend an afternoon with the family (or friends).

Demos and Hands-on Activities

Many of Oddmall’s vendors and artists will be onhand to host demonstrations of their unique creations. Who knows, you might just learn something and have fun doing it.

Entertainment

Oddmall presents a variety of performers for your edification and enjoyment. Check out this page for a current list of what’s up with what’s going down and so forth.

Special Guests

Several amazing guests, from comic and game writers and illustrators to television and film celebrities, will be in attendance. Nab yourself an autograph or three or just shoot the beans for a bit. We’re still compiling the invites, but you can click on over to this page for a current guest list.

It’s Free

While we sincerely appreciate your donation of $5 or more (or less) nobody is ever turned away for not contributing. We depend on donations to keep the show going, but such beneficence is optional. That means lots of traffic if you’re a vendor and extra cash in your wallet if you’re a shopper.

Who?

Public

Oddmall is open to absolutely everyone and admission is only five bucks. It’s the perfect place to nab a gift for everyone you’ve ever known and indulge all your other shopping dreams.

Performers

We are looking for various performers to entertain the masses at Oddmall. If you are a musician, magician, juggler, dancer, balloon animal maker, or any other unusual performer and you’d like to strut your stuff at Oddmall please contact Andy at andy@andyhopp.com.

Vendors, Crafters, and Artists

As a celebration of the unusual, Oddmall strives to showcase arts, crafts, and products that are a bit different from what you’d find at your local country craft fair. Anything weird, freaky, bizarre, off the cob, or just plain different is welcome fodder. We’re talking jewelry, art originals and prints, t shirts, stuffed animals, clothing, games and toys, home decorating jazz, holiday ornaments and just about anything else you might think of. If it’s creative, unusual, and you made it it’s welcome at Oddmall (as long as it passes the jurying process, see below). Adult themed material is allowed but must be clearly marked as such and hidden from the eyes of passing children and the faint of constitution.

Also of great interest is the Oddmall Comic and Toy Expo. Here’s a fantastic realm of vendors peddling all sorts of comics, games, toys, model railroads, books, costumes, geeky jazz, educational and scientific material, models, hobbies, and assorted othernesses.

Jurying

Oddmall is a juried show. This means new prospective vendors must submit samples of their work in order to be considered for participation. Vendors may submit their samples (or a link to a site online where samples can be found) using the Vendor Registration Form. More information about the jury process can be found on the Vendor Registration page.

Guests

We just went over this, but Oddmall will indeed have some pretty sweet special guests. You’ll see…

Volunteers

Oddmall a pretty big show. As such, it takes a pretty sizable team to get things moving smoothly. If you are interested in being part of the Oddmall Awesome Squad (volunteer team) please follow this link for more information.

Staff

Oddmall is presented by the good folks of Mutha Oith Creations, the same peeps who bring you Con on the Cob, Low Life, and an assortment of super awesome games, arts, and othernesses. Hi, I’m Andy. I sort of run this thing. Krystal is my superheroic assistant and the main contact for the Oddmall website. Greg, Brent, Vicky, Jessie, Robin, Heather, Bart, Ken, Michael, Dawn, Kylan, Elyse, Phil, and a bunch of other awesome people do a lot of stuff too. Find out more about the Oddmall staff right here.

How?

Contact Information

Andy 
Email: andy@andyhopp.com
Phone: 330-899-1017

Krystal
Email: krystal@muthaoithcreations.com

Greg
Email: greg@muthaoithcreations.com

Brent
Email: brent@muthaoithcreations.com

Mailing Address:

Oddmall
772 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd.
Akron, Ohio 44319

Sponsors
Oddmall has many opportunities for advertising partners and sponsors. Please mosey on over to the Partners & Sponsors page for more information. We’d love to work with you (unless you’re evil).

Press
We love press! In fact, we have a whole page dedicated to it. That’s the place to find press releases, contact information, and other media related jazz.

Social Stuff
Check out the Oddmall Facebook page and the Oddmall Pinterest page – show them to all your friends (and this site too).

Flyers, Banners, etc…
To help spread the word in your community, please download and print the Oddmall promotional flyers hosted on the Free Downloads page and post them abundantly.

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