One week from today (as I am writing this), vendors from across the great Pacific North West will be making their way to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington, to set up their booths and be ready for the crowds of rabid, spend-thirsty customers that will descend upon our humble little Oddmall.
It’s the first new Oddmall of the decade, the first new Oddmall under new management, and the first Oddmall of the Pandemic. I’ll admit it, I’m nervous! Did I do enough promoting of the event? Did I do too much? Will people show up? WHat if the weather is terrible? Let me go check the Weather App real quick… BAH! We live in WESTERN WASHINGTON! Everything further out than 3 days from now is ALWAYS “MId to low 60’s with a chance of rain” – YOU ARE NO HELP, WEATHER APP!
Okay, well… guess there’s nothing to do but worry? If anybody needs me, I’ll be over here next to my anxiety, breathing deeply into this paper sack. Because everything’s going to be just fine!
This is David, the founder of Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in the PNW in 2013. My Brother Andy Hopp founded Oddmall in Akron, Ohio in 2009 and has produced over 40 Oddmall shows in Ohio. I want to give everyone an update on our future plans. I have stepped back from show production and I am now focusing on expanding the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird footprint to other areas of the state and eventually other states thru-out the United States by finding awesome people with an interest in event production to run shows under the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird banner.
You may have noticed that our upcoming show November 13 & 14, 2021 is being promoted as Captain Slinky presents: Oddmall the Emporium of the Weird! Captain Slinky who will be taking over and running shows going forward in what we are calling Region 1 of Washington State. Captain Slinky (aka Brian Pierce) has been vending at Oddmall since 2014 and is most known for his Weird Lamps. Brian will be running several shows a year going forward (a new show announcement will be forthcoming in November after he gets the first show under his belt.) in Region 1 which covers the areas of Everett North to Canada and the City of Renton. Look for more announcements for this region in the new year.
I would also like to announce that Esther Chillicut will be the show producer for Region 2 which encompasses Bremerton and surrounding areas, areas surrounding Tacoma (Puyallup, Auburn, Spanaway) and the Olympic Peninsula. Esther has been a big part of Oddmall from the start in 2013 and has helped me with so many things during shows I can’t even count them all. Esther has been a huge part of making Oddmall successful and she has many ideas to make Oddmall an even more amazing experience for all such as celebrity guests, 3 day shows that include panels and workshops and more! Esther hopes to have her first show this coming February. Stay Tuned!
We are actively seeking show runners for Regions 3, 4,& 5 of Washington. These regions occupy the following areas.
Region 3 – Seattle, West Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood Issaquah, Hwy 2 from Gold Bar to Wenatchee, and I-90 East to Ellensburg
Region 4 – I-90 after Wenatchee, Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Yakima, and Spokane south to the Oregon border
Region 5 – South West Washington that includes Centralia, Chehalis, Vancouver and surrounding areas.
If you are interested in more information about hosting an Oddmall Emporium of the Weird in your region, please contact me at Oddmallseattle@gmail.com
SIXTY-NINE-DAYS FROM TODAY (noice) on November 13-14 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA, the Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird “Merry Creepsmas Between-The-Holidays Art, Craft & Gift Show will be happening!!! And what better way to celebrate than to unleash the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT, ALL-OFFICIAL MERRY CREEPSMAS WEBSITE! This website has it all and promises to answer all your Merry Creepsmas Questions! Questions like What Is Merry Creepsmas? What kinds of events will be happening there? Who are some of the OVER 100 VENDORS that will be there? How do *I* become a Vendor? What are you doing about COVID-19? How do I get there? Where do I park? ALL THIS AND MORE, in one easy-to-print-for-your-convenience page! We also have an official Facebook Event Page at https://fb.me/e/4BSzDHLfv but I haven’t put much work into that yet – still, could be helpful!
That’s right – WE NOW HAVE AN OFFICIAL TITLE! I know a lot of you loved the “Black Friday Only It’s Saturday & Sunday And It’s Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving Instead of The Friday After Thanksgiving But Okay Y’know What Forget It We Didn’t Think This Title Through” title, but there’s a National Vowel Shortage going on right now and I just couldn’t justify wasting so many vowels on a silly title for our show at a time like this. Maybe back in the 80’s, when you had so many vowels across this great nation of ours you could name your rock band “Kaja Goo Goo”, but in today’s economy? FORGET ABOUT IT!
So WELCOME to MERRY CREEPSMAS! It’s that magical time between Halloween and Christmas, when you can’t decide between Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha! When you go outside to hang up lights and notice that your Jack-O-Lantern still needs to be tossed in the yard waste bin! When you look at all the Halloween Clearance Stuff and think “Y’know, Uncle Randy would probably REALLY like that Skull-Shaped Candle Holder for Christmas”! When you start realizing that Thanksgiving is just a SPEEDBUMP between the TWO BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR!!!
And so we give you the Merry Creepsmas Between-The-Holidays Show! This is the Oddmall event where you will find the PERFECT gift for the *extremely* Hard-To-Shop-For people on your list! Unique, one-of-a-kind, WEIRD and ELEGANT stuff that you’re not going to find on Amazon or at Walmart! Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Oddmallpnw) for upcoming Vendor Spotlights!
WE’RE BACK, BAYBEEEEEE!!! Click on the banner above to “Apply Directly”!
Spaces for this show are just $200, which gets you a spacious 10’x10′ space for the entire weekend of the show, the Friday Night Set-Up, snacks, drinks, access to our private offices at the event, booth sitting services, and whatever other perks I can come up with between then and now. This right here, though, this is JUST a link to the application – No money, no space selection, no contracts, nuthin’ except YOU introducing us to what it is you plan on showing off and selling at Oddmall. I’m not going to waste all your precious time on reading and filling out a bunch of moot points if you’re not accepted! So what’s gonna happen when you submit an application, is that we’re gonna run it past our esteemed panel of judges and get back to you within 72 hours. If you didn’t quite make the cut, don’t worry – it’s probably just because we already have too many vendors selling similar product! You’ll get a very nice “Maybe next time, champ” email from us. But if you’re ACCEPTED, you’ll get an email with all sorts of Next-Step Stuff! What stuff? I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!!!
A copy of the Vendor Contract for you to digitally sign and return to us, which you can read ahead of time if you like by clicking over to the Registration / Show Rules link at https://oddmall.co/registration.
The love and adoration of the entire Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium Of The Weird cast and crew!
You won’t be assigned an actual booth till payment has been received in full, and payment must be completed/cleared within one week of acceptance!
Thank you all for your patience and understanding over the last year and a half. Let’s get right to it!
The Oddmall PNW shows are finally coming back! The next show is going to be at the Fairgrounds, but in a different building. (Our old building will be demolished after this year’s fair. The new building is much nicer, with smooth concrete floors, has bathrooms in the building and will give Oddmall an entire new feel and upgrade.
There are some pretty major changes, including NEW MANAGEMENT of the events in the greater Puget Sound area. When I started Oddmall in the PNW in 2013 I had big dreams of Oddmall across the country, my brother is the creator of Oddmall and started Oddmall in Akron, Ohio in 2009. There have been over 50 Oddmall shows since then. The shows in this area going forward will be run and managed by your fellow vendor/artist Captain Slinky (of Captain Slinky’s Weird Lamps – Aka Brian Pierce). Captain Slinky has been a part of Oddmall since 2014 and Slinky and his family will be taking over ownership of the local shows so I can concentrate my efforts to expand the Oddmall Empire beyond Western Washington!
My plan is to develop different areas of the country to produce more Oddmall events with partnerships from local vendors who would like to have a show in their area. Captain Slinky will be running shows from Everett – Bellingham and in the Snohomish County area as well as Renton. I will be actively seeking people in the near future to run shows from Renton South to Olympia, Centralia – Portland and Yakima, Spokane and Tri-cities as well as Lynwood to Issaquah, (Areas have not been formalized at this time, but the idea is to have multiple shows in the state working together under the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird Banner. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in running shows in your area.
From here on out, all your Oddmall PNW correspondence will be coming from Captain Slinky with a new Oddmall email address. The new email address is – email@example.com – so make sure to read what he sends you as it will have all the information for you about this show and all upcoming shows!
I will still be a part of all shows going forward, but in a more behind the scenes / consulting role. I plan to teach Captain Slinky all I know about how to produce a successful show and I am confident going forward that Oddmall is in the right hands.
I am happy to answer any questions you might have, you can still contact me at Oddmallseattle@gmail.com .
Due to reasons beyond our control (I am sure you know the reasons!), all 2021 shows have been cancelled. Shows will (hopefully) resume in 2022. All previously purchased booths will be honored when shows are able to resume at the Fairgrounds safely, indoors, and at full capacity.
REGISTRATION FOR ALL SHOWS IS SUSPENDED UNTIL WE KNOW MORE ABOUT WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO RESUME RUNNING SHOWS DUE TO COVID-19. REGISTRATION FOR OUR HOLIDAY SHOW 2020 WILL RESUME AS SOON AS THE LOCKDOWN IS LIFTED. To be notified when booths are again available, please fill out this short form. Join our Holiday 2020 Vendor Mailing List