Stepping up to the black door of 101 23rd Street North, a rickety old wheelchair with bunny costume head hanging off greets everyone coming to experience a new adventure. Stepping through the dark door guests are transported into a world of wonder.
Adam Williams, Birmingham native, takes what he calls home decor to a new level. Williams’ store, Birmingham Oddities, has attracted everyone from artists to children with the unique finds displayed in cases, bookshelves and hanging off the walls and ceiling.
Williams started a personal collection of natural history and science oddities when he was young in the search for things such as fossils and raccoon skulls. It then grew enough to open a store in downtown Birmingham in 2015.
“I love the feeling of wonder,” said Williams. “It makes me go back to being a kid again.” In such a buzzing world, as kids turn to adults, they are “saturated” with noise, losing their sense of wonder.
Willaims wants each visitor to take a journey and have a space to wonder. Check out the oddities he has to offer only on Saturdays in the heart of Birmingham.