Thrift store

Looking for a gift or an original decoration? Discover The Strange and Unusual in downtown Greeley

A new store in downtown Greeley has some weird and, well, unusual deals customers won’t find anywhere.

Store owners Corri and Chase Mehan took over the store that now houses The Strange and Unusual, formerly The Midwest Market, a few months ago.

“The previous owner had passed away and the family had all this inventory that they didn’t want to liquidate,” Corri said. “So when we arrived, we were ready to sell.”

GREELEY, CO – JUNE 10: Objects are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

But with the Lincoln Park Emporium and other antique stores nearby, selling the items that came with the store posed a challenge.

“We weren’t succeeding, so we were like, ‘You know what? We just have to do our thing the way we wanted to,” Corri said.

This meant carefully packing and moving all of their Western-style stock and replacing it with oddities like jars of cured specimens, a human femur, real crime trading cards, a collection of taxidermy weasels looking quite dapper in their outfits and other interesting pieces.

GREELEY, CO - JUNE 10: Objects are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – JUNE 10: Objects are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

“We love quirk shops. We went to one in New Orleans, and it really made us want to do it,” Corri said. “They’re all over Denver and Fort Collins, but nothing here.”

The couple kept a corner with some of the more vintage-inspired pieces on the Midwest market, including old suitcases, a few jackets and toys.

“Weird people like vintage stuff. So we tend to sell a few things here and there,” she said. “Eventually it will be fine, but for now we are keeping it in good condition and storing it.”

Stepping into The Strange and Unusual is like being in a museum and a side show. Old photos and trinkets are strewn among modern objects like a cross-stitch piece that reads “Ew, David” that fans of the TV show “Schitt’s Creek” will surely laugh at.

GREELEY, CO - JUNE 10: Owners Corri Mehan, right, and her husband Chase Mehan, left, are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/ Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – JUNE 10: Owners Corri Mehan, right, and her husband Chase Mehan, left, are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/ Staff Photographer)

Corri also has some of her own work in the shop.

“I make terrariums, and I take flowers and bugs and rocks and put it all together,” she said. “So you can look at dead things, but it’s pretty. It goes with what we love – it’s the weird stuff.

It was also Corri’s work that inspired them to start looking for a location to launch their curio shop. The couple have spent their entire lives in the area, with Chase growing up in Windsor and Corri growing up in Loveland. Finding a place at Greeley was therefore a top priority.

The couple scours Colorado for estate sales looking for items for the boutique.

“I try to find unique things with each sale. I’m not going to erase everything like a lot of people do; I pick and choose things,” Corri said. “And I try to choose things that will go with the store. I don’t choose cheap things; I choose the most beautiful things.

“I don’t want to think of myself as a thrift or thrift store. I feel like a high end antique store.

GREELEY, CO - JUNE 10: Tarot cards and other items are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – JUNE 10: Tarot cards and other items are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

The couple also visit other oddity shops on their travels to see what they’re wearing and how the pieces are displayed.

While many oddity shops take on a darker aesthetic, the Mehans’ shop is a combination of “pretty and dark.”

“I’m trying to give it a more sleek and creepy look, like ‘sleek dark’ you might say,” Corri said.

The shop also hosts a variety of classes such as Intro to Tarot Cards, Making Witch Bells and more.

Classes are from 1-3 p.m. at the store, 906 9th Ave. and all supplies and instructions are provided. The cost is $37 per person and all ages are welcome.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Saturday July 16: Introduction to the Tarot
  • Saturday August 20: Mourning wreaths
  • Saturday September 10: Witches’ Bells
  • Saturday, October 22: Lunar Diary

Registration for classes is required and can be done by calling the store at (970) 691-0294.

GREELEY, CO - JUNE 10: Objects including a human skull are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – JUNE 10: Objects including a human skull are seen inside The Strange & Unusual in downtown Greeley on June 10, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

The store is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed from Sunday to Tuesday.

“We like scary things. It’s just our thing,” Corri said with a laugh.

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