With my curiosity piqued through a Facebook post, last weekend I boarded the green line and headed to Allston village to check out the Boston Bizzare: Oddity Market at Pop Allston. Pop Allston, for those who don’t know, is a community space that features a skatepark sponsored by Converse, a vintage market and DIY bike shop according to their website. Although it’s only been open for a short while, from what I could tell, in my brief visit that was just the tip of the iceberg and PopAllston hosts a diverse roster of events including yoga, movie nights, shows and an upcoming oddity speakeasy.
Easy to find and easy to get to, Allston is still sort of nestled way out in left field so I don’t often end up there, but the words “oddity market” really grabbed me and I knew I had to go. It was so much bigger and busier than I expected, and it had so much really interesting and cool stuff that it would be hard for me to describe the experience adequately which is why I’ve provided photographs. Walking around I saw everything from Ouija boards to records to hand made jewelry to wall mounted stuffed animal heads, suffice it to say there was a little something for everyone. If you weren’t able to make it to the market last weekend no worries, looking at the PopAllston calendar there are already more markets planned.
Heading over to Pop Allston it was pretty easy to figure out which building it was
Predictably it was cool looking building covered in wall art.
“Aren’t you curious?” Why, yes I am.
The front window was one of the busiest areas.
Old books, fans and all sorts of oddities were present on the two floors of stands.
The market was complete with bar and a dj who played an excellent, mood setting, assortment of David Bowie while I was there.
I had to talk myself out of buying a Ouija board. Very tempting though.
I did wonder where one would find so many keys, but the gentleman minding this booth said it wasn’t that hard. He used them as decorations and to make jewelry.
Amazing and super eerie, this antique enbalming set was straight out of American Horror Story.
Jewelry is always cool. I needed to get a closer look to appreciate the craftsmanship and uniqueness of the items.
On closer look these earring got a lot more interesting. Made out of vertebrae I thought these were eye catching but admittedly they are, probably not for everyone.
No animals, stuffed or otherwise, were harmed in the making of this Faux Taxidermy by Zooguu Handmade. zooguu.com
It was hard to contain my excitement seeing this. The hardest thing ever was to not buy this sweet creature and take it home. 😦
More Vintage this way.
The basement was really busy.
It wasn’t all “oddities” there were lots of other things too, that were hand made and really cool.
Jewelry is always a winner.
Cotton Club sign and lots of vintage clothes for sale.
I just thought these lights looked cool.
Hand drawn signs are awesome..
I didn’t think there could be this much stuff in one basement. I was wrong.
“Don’t have a cow Man!” OMG. The Simpsons, 90’s nostalgia, yes please!
Signs, cameras and other bits and pieces were everywhere. There were moments where it was like wandering through an old time museum.
On the 3rd Floor there is an indoor skatepark, which I was really excited about. Sadly, it wasn’t busy while I was there, but I imagine there are some days where it’s really hopping.
I was surprised that the building was so big. I thought it would only be one floor with a Skatepark out back, but it was a two floor market with a third floor skatepark.