Downtown Birmingham’s most odd + whimsical shop is closing November 19

Birmingham Oddities in downtown Birmingham on 23rd street between 1st and 2nd Avenue North (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

One of Birmingham’s most original and off-the-wall shops is closing this Sunday, November 19th—Birmingham Oddities.

The store made the announcement Wednesday evening on social media.

Birmingham Oddities thanks Birmingham

Below is the store’s message to its loyal customers from their Facebook page:

“It is with a sad heart we are coming to you this evening. Birmingham Oddities will be closing its doors this Sunday.

Since it’s opening in 2014 Birmingham Oddities has connected many people and created space for artists. The owner and artist staff cannot thank you enough for your support and love these past almost 10 years. After the lock down of 2020 we expanded and opened the doors to working Alabama Artists and created strong presence even in the face of the world shutting down. It is our pleasure to have had this time with you Birmingham. Please don’t fret because we can still be found here and there and everywhere even if we no longer have a store.

Our sister store Wantfull Things – Tattoos and Cultural Artifacts is open for business and full of things you recognize and love from Birmingham Oddities! Plus you can get can the coolest, oddest, most unique style tattoos! Please go follow and like their page and visit their store Friday – Sunday Noon – 6pm. This store grew from the artists inside Birmingham Oddities and though it is sad to close one door, there is always another one opening!

Please come shop with us this weekend as it’s the last time you will be able to!!!

Keep this page liked and followed for event updates where Birmingham Oddities might be set up with a booth!

Thank you for shopping Birmingham!”

From Birmingham Oddities Facebook page (Birmingham Oddities Facebook)

A Bham Now favorite, located only a couple of blocks from our office, Birmingham Oddities is a beloved haven for creative folks here in the Magic City. Here are some of our favorite stories on this unique spot:

Small Business Monday – spotlight on Birmingham Oddities

Changing Downtown Commercial Landscape

The closure of Birmingham Oddities is the fourth longtime commercial establishment to close downtown this fall. In September, Magic City Grille announced it was moving to Bessemer. In the same building, Robert Hill Custom Tailors also announced it was leaving while Bizarre: The Coffee Bar was shuttered. 

However, new stores are popping up too. 

  • Grounds Bham – a new coffee shop is opening in December
  • Kettle Brothers – a gourmet popcorn place

Birmingham Oddities sister shop

We are going to miss Birmingham Oddities, our favorite quirky neighbor, but the store will live on through its sister shop, Wantfull Things – Tattoos and Cultural Artifacts,  in Birmingham’s Five Points South District.

Make sure to drop by this upcoming holiday season and shop local!

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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