The number of spiritual shops in Lubbock is less than the number of churches located in the city. The Oddities Market has curated and spotlighted some of Lubbock’s artists and spiritualists who are spiritually inspired to pursue their craft.
The Oddities Market is a semi-annual market hosted by Mary Elizabeth Burt, Kaitlyn Salazar and Sam Gaitan. According to the market’s Instagram, odditiesartmarket, the event organizes artists with unusual and strange creations.
Kaitlyn Salazar, kaiterinski.oddities on Instagram, is one of the creators of The Oddities Art Market. Salazar said she created the art market to bring together unique sellers in Lubbock.
“I got the idea for the oddity market in big city markets and there was nothing like it here,” Salazar said. “I really wanted to make it accessible to other people and all come together just to meet the needs of weirdos.”
At Salazar’s stand were hair clips decorated with teeth and terrariums with animal skulls and crystals. Salazar said this market is made to sell items that are anything but ordinary.
“That’s exactly what we wanted,” Salazar said. “We curated it so that the items were specifically darker and weirder, because there’s simply nothing like it in West Texas.”
Shelby Hatch and Lauren Lewis, moonandchariotapothecary on Instagram, are intuitive tarot and oracle card readers. The two met while attending the Addiction Disorders Research Program together at Tech. Hatch said providing readings and selling handmade items is a creative outlet when school gets stressful.
“We came to Tech as a Ph.D. students from the same program and we realized that we both took this journey to really reconnect with our energy and the Earth,” Hatch said. “I was practicing tarot and we were just looking for a way to creatively express ourselves. We were always coming to these markets and spending all our money and thinking what it would be like to be on the other side, selling.
Spirituality is something that inspires most artists at the Oddities Market to pursue their craft. Whether that craft is their spiritual practices or the craft they turn into art, Edie Sanchez, koreys.korner on Instagram, said it was important to embrace diversity in spirituality.
“Being spiritual and having beliefs other than Christianity is not something to be afraid of,” Sanchez said. “I think a lot of people stigmatize or demonize paganism and Wicca. Teaching people from an early age that it’s not scary and to respect others should make them realize.
At Sanchez’s table, concha and marranito earrings sat next to jewelry with beads in colors to match the pride flags. Sanchez said their identity is what inspires the jewelry and art they create and share with others.
“I feel inspired by my spiritualism, being a huge supporter of the LGBTQIA community and my heritage,” Sanchez said. “I would always make my own jewelry and one day I thought I would like to share it with other people and get a little idea of their own style.”
Trudy Rice, scarletsnicklefritz on Instagram, does tarot readings and does art, Rice said as she grew up and attended Texas Tech receiving a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in anthropology, classics, and visual and performing arts, she has expanded her spirituality beyond what she was previously taught.
“I grew up in the Bible Belt and it was really hard for me there, so I went to train to not be afraid,” Rice said. “I think people fear things they don’t understand. I tend to teach people how time is cyclical and how many Christian holidays are stolen pagan holidays. Many ancient Egyptian and Greek scenarios carried over into many Christian rituals.
Rice said her tarot readings and her art are interconnected with other women selling their art and performing spiritual services. Along with her business, Courtney Headley’s Valhalla Bound, Patricia Trout and LaQuetta Purkiss hit the markets together to support each other.
Purkiss makes jewelry and reads runes, Headley makes soap, and Trout sells witch bags.
“We do all kinds of things,” Rice said. “She (Purkiss) sells jewelry and reads runes, I make goat milk soaps, we all have something to contribute. We all help each other in many ways to support each other.