Friday, May 28, 2010

Attitude…. I Has It

Is this a boy?  or a girl?  My sneaking suspicion is a boy despite the obviously feminine characteristics, coiffed hair and “I’ve got attitude” pose.  That sack, I mean shirt, is just too low cut for a girl, and no girl would be caught dead fashioning grandma’s curtains and a piece of rope into high waisted floor length culottes. 

androgynous attitude

If you look closely, it appears I may have upset him with my comment on his pants.  (imagines his toe tapping in disapproving impatience)

androgynous stare-hance

Kim says: OK - this is kinda cute - but I still wouldn't buy it.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shoes to say no to

Kim says: You just don't get the whole effect of the stretchy material the striped shoes were made of from the picture...maybe next time you should wear them and take video!
black and white shoes
I have to agree with you Kim – these shoes don’t translate well in photo. They sort of remind me of the old striped prison jumpsuits.  Just sayin.  
black and white shoes 2
And here we have some crazy pink shoes.  They look quilted.  In what era were these considered stylish?  And what in the hell would you wear with them??  On second thought, I don’t think I want to know. 

pink shoes
But there is a pair of Ruby Slippers nearby.  Maybe we could slip them on, tap our heels 3 times and end up back in Kansas, far away from these pink shoes!!

pink shoes and ruby slippers

Lisa thinks: First off- any shoes at a thrift store should be considered "shoes to say no to". . . sorry. Second, if you know me- you know I have a "thing" for ugly shoes. The uglier and weirder, the better. My husband actually cringes and freaks out when he has to go out in public with me when I'm wearing certain shoes. On that note- I really sort of like those top shoes. What size were they?Sorry, again ;)

Ok Lisa, I’ll give you a pass on the striped ones.  You may actually be able to pull them off.  Maybe.  But if you wear the pink ones, we’re gonna have to talk.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Serve Those Chips in Style

There’s nothing like getting to the bottom of a bowl of snacks to find this staring at you.

manic tiki bowl

This one makes me want to yell “giddyup, pardner!  We’s runnin outta dip”

giddyup and get some more dip

Monday, May 24, 2010

Playing with Dolls

Amazingly enough, this is NOT a “look at the creepy dolls” post.  We thought we’d just mix it up a bit.
This poor little doll.  This is how we found her.  Notice anything wrong with her?  Besides looking like she’s had a few too many shots of tequila and fallen down a set of stairs, her feet are freaking HUGE!  as we found herAs if having GIANT feet and looking like something the cat dragged in wasn’t enough, we had to come along and complicate matters. This is why grown-ups shouldn’t play with dolls.   Seeing as she looked like she passed out anyway, we couldn’t help but play around with recreating the “wino on a park bench look”.
But something was missing.    
doll mischief 1
So we scouted around for accessories. 
doll mischief 3
and tried a few different looks.
doll mischief 4
Ahh, thrift store mischief.  Always a good time.
Kim says: Well, obviously the girl has been out dancing all night and has swollen feet - REALLY swollen feet!
Lisa thinks: Dancing, drinking, passing out on a park bench. . . reminds me of my college days ;)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Those Are Some Feet

Apparently what he lacks in neck, he gained in foot.
raggedy yeti
Kim says: What is with all the feet these days! It's like the whole world had a foot fettish at one time!

Lisa thinks: It's Raggedy Ronald McAndyDonald! Damn!! Oh, yeah, and I like how his arms make him look like he is a zombie! Like he wasn't creepy enough!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Startled Art Fish

I’m not really sure what to make of this.  What exactly is “tattooed” on this poor fish’s side?  and why??

startled art fish

(again, props to Jodi. S. for sending this in.  You know how awesome you are!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lady GaGa style inspiration

As if this thing isn’t creepy enough already:

scary as it is

The feet make it even more disturbing!

even scarier with these feet

I can actually imagine Lady GAGA trying to pull this look off.

Lisa thinks: This isn't Lady Gaga?! Oops. Thanks for clearing that up for me! I find it painfully interesting that her weird-ass bent-out-of-shap feet/shoes have no heels. I guess she must be a ballerina. . . . and a freak.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

a public service announcement

angels in training
awww, how sweet. But look at the back..
angels in training PSA
Just in case you needed to be reminded. :P

Kim says: How badly did you want to take it after you read the back?

Lisa thinks: The fact that she is pigeon-toed is really bothering me the most. I don't need to be trained by someone who may or may not fall on her face at any given moment! And apparently she was once owned by someone who was friends with a lot of kleptos! Poor thing!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Official Craptastic Post #1

So, our very own Kim is an uber craft junkie.  She found THIS project and thought we should give it a try.  So we ended up picking up some crappy old tins for ridiculously cheap to play with. the crap - cheap tins

And with a pile of shredded newspaper, a little flour, a dash of salt and lots of paint – turned them into these delightful multi-purpose faux-bois tree stumps. 

craptastic stump planters

I keep trying to find an idea for the perfect little chipmunk to peek out of the little knot holes.  Haven’t found anything yet though. 

 craptastic stump storage

Use for planters, pen storage, or whatever else yanks your chain! Kim has the link to instructions HERE if you are interested in trying it yourself!

Monday, May 17, 2010

More Stuff You Shouldn’t Buy at a Thrift Store

These type of posts never get old do they?  It seems that on every thrifting trip we make, we find at least one item that should never have been put on the shelf.
All I have to say about this is no. Not only no, but HELL no. I can’t imagine being that desperate for a scrubby.

Also on the menu today is this little gem…
powder pup
I know, rather innocent looking. Then I looked at the fine print:
powder close
Now you would think that I would have learned from adventures (found here for example, or here) that I would have learned to STOP SHAKING THINGS!! Yeah, not so much.
the contents
This was actually still full of powder, which ended up on me after I made the unfortunate decision to shake it around. (shudder) When will I learn.   --Carmen

Kim says: Hee hee! Bet you shuddered when you revisited this picture! Know what is scary? The thought that someone might buy those scrubbies or the powder and include them in a "gift basket" are the shudders now?

Lisa thinks: I'm not even sure what you do with bath powder. Does it go in the tub to make bubbles? Or do you just put it on afterward? And why would they put it in a Pluto bottle, if that's the case? I don't think I know any kids who have to powder after their baths, right?

P.S.  If you’re reading this today, Happy Birthday MOM!!  --C

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Disembodied Heads!

I cannot tell you all how much we appreciate your willingness to go forth and find the crazy.  Here’s a big shout out to Lisa from Manitoba who sent this in for us to share with you.  
Jackpot!  It’s a pile of heads!  I mean, the options are endless.  Kind of makes me want to buy some.
disembodied heads
Kim says: I see a haunted Halloween when I look at this! We could spray paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint and have them hanging from the trees!!! They are really creepy!!
That’s a fabulous idea Kim!!  We’d be have the best Halloween trees in town!   - C
Lisa thinks: Holy crap! It's a whole BIN of them! What a great find- a multitude of creepiness. I love it!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I have absolutely no idea what this is…

But I have a sneaking suspicion that coconut man and his second rate girlfriend are involved somehow.coconut thing 1
Is that supposed to be a face? If so, it looks a little worried.
coconut thing 2
Pretty sure whatever it is, I’m not gonna cough up a buck for it.
coconut thing 3
Is that a palm tree or a ganja leaf etched into this thing? Maybe that’s why it looks so worried. --C
Kim says: Kinda looks like a giant foot from the side...
Lisa thinks: Silly rabbits! It's a coconut cookie jar! Why wouldn't everyone want one of these in their home? Geez. . .

Friday, May 14, 2010

I’m betting these cows aren’t from California

I saw these and immediately thought of the comment on this post by this loyal fan and had to take a picture.  Not sure if these are anything like the country stuffed cow experience you had, but they were scary enough for me.
country cows

Whoa baby! I'd place these in the early/mid 80's. I remember that time...cows everywhere...acid-washed jeans...big hair...punk rock...all goes together so well doesn't it?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Arrrrrgh! or Yee Haw!!! ??

Tell me, faithful readers…
what exactly do you think this is?  A pirate?  A grizzled cowboy from the old west?  Because I can’t quite figure it out myself.  All I can say for sure it that it’s a whole bunch of crazy.
pirate or old west

pirate or old west side view
(hee hee, from the side, it totally looks like someone gave him a fat lip!)

Kim says: This is what everyone needs - a head full of cologne...sitting on your bathroom shelf to greet you...every morning...can you imagine what a guest would think...first thing in the morning...the yelp would wake the whole house...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shelldon’s Creepy Cousin

Who knew that there was entire families of these strange little shell creatures. I have so many questions about this one.  First off – what the hell is it?  Is it riding an animal of some sort?

shelldon's creepy cousin front

Is it carrying around a baby shell creature in a little sling?  Or just have 2 heads?

shelldon's creepy cousin side

How does it possibly get expect to get around with those gigantic feet?

shelldon's creepy cousin back

The world may never know.   And that’s probably a good thing.  -C

Lisa thinks: Oh, dear! Not sure just what kind of animal this is supposed to be, but I'm really glad it's butt isn't leaking!

Kim says: I am sooo glad you get multiple views... I don't really have anything snarky to say...this just cracks me up!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Split Personality

When I first discovered this little figure,  I thought (out loud as Lisa can attest) something like “what the hell is this!  It looks like the reaper raising his hands in victory.
victorious reaper

Alas, it was just Buddha “raisin’ the roof!!”

nope, just buddha raisin the roof

You have to admit – he looks pretty excited.

Kim says: what is the purpose of the hole where his belly button should be? Do you put a tea light in the back and have a beacon of light shining out his belly button? I kinda wish we could try that...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Rock On!!

No matter how hard I try, I can’t find any justifiable reasoning for having this item on sale. 

rock on!

Lisa thinks: This may be the strangest thing I've seen for sale. Was it special in some way? Did it talk or do the dishes? Hmm. . . weird.
Hey, if it did the dishes, I’d totally buy it!  -C

Kim says: This just kills me! And the .48 cent price kills me! This rock didn't do anything! It was just...a...rock! I shoulda bought it and given it as a gift - with a gift receipt no less...

HeHeHe, I would love to see the face of the person you gave it to.  (please say you didn’t mean me!) -C

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I Shall Name Him Shelldon…

Meet Shelldon.  It seemed like an appropriate name, all things considered.  :)  I’m not exactly sure what he is supposed to be.  All I know is that he made us giggle.  From the front, he  kinda looks like an elephant. 
shelldon front view
But from the side, looks more like a dachshund.  In a hat.  I’m almost thinking we should have bought him for 99 cents.   
shelldon side view
But from the rear…. well, let’s just say it looks like he sprung a leak.  Poor little Shelldon.
shelldon unfortunate rear view
In retrospect, maybe it’s for the best we didn’t buy him.   -C

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Disapproving Nouveau Head

I can’t make up my mind… it this cool?  or scary?  I’m leaning towards scary- just because I imagine that I would be convinced that it’s oversized incredibly long lashed eyes would follow me around the room. 

disapproving nouveau head

Lisa thinks: How boring! You can't even brush her hair!! What a rip-off.

Kim-I got nothin

Friday, May 7, 2010

Little Porcelain Boy

I pretty much had no idea what to title this.

porcelain boy front
What is he doing?  Playing the Clarinet?  Eating a carrot?  Using a GIANT tube of lipstick?
porcelain boy back

Lisa thinks: Is this Little Boy Blue blowing his horn? And what is that at the top of his butt-crack?
Kim says: Ummmmmmm....what exactly is he holding...nuff said....
More importantly, what is holding his sheet?  diaper?  whatever it is.. UP anyway?  (talk about a diaper job gone horribly wrong) -C

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cyborg Kitteh

Now with bionic bling eye!

The latest and greatest edition of cyborg kitteh comes with all the latest featues!  NEW!! Bionic Bling Eye in sapphire with zoom in x-ray vision and the laser shooting ability.  A must have for every young sci-fi fashionista!  -C


cyborg kitteh

Lisa thinks: Looks like Kitty's "cat scratch fever" got the best of her. . . scratched her eye right out. Yikes! I'm sure we could pair her up with one of our creepy dolls and make a perfect match!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Not To Get All Sappy Or Anything…

But all of us here just wanted to say thanks, whether this is your first time checking us out or you are a regular, a lurker or a frequent commenter.   Thanks for visiting us! Thanks for giving us an audience!    We have had so much fun with this project and we love having an excuse to go out thrifting whenever we get the chance.  It’s been a joke for a while that we think we should have a camera crew following us around on our adventures because we have so much fun. 
We will have our first official Crap to Craptastic post coming up soon and have kicked around the idea of having a “Thrift Store Treasures” feature occasionally as well.  We would love to have you join us, send us your treasures, your craptastic wonders, and of course, your Thrift Store Horrors.   There is simply too much crazy crap out there in thrift stores all over the world and we need your help to find it all!

Leave it to Beaver

So, this is actually sort of retro cool. but where would you hang it?
Maybe if I was rich and eccentric and had a whole room devoted to movie memorabilia.  Ok, eccentric I might be, but rich?  not so much.  and no extra rooms in my house. And no other items in my memorabilia collection. So much for that idea.  ;)  It would just be a room with this picture in it and, well, that's just kind of creepy.

wally and the beaver

Lisa thinks: In my bathroom, maybe. . . but for $15!!! That's pretty steep, even for a pic of Wally and the Beav. Do you think it's signed somewhere that we can't see? Maybe then I would pay $15 for it!

I don't know if I'd shower in your bathroom ever again when I come to stay with you if you have Wally and the Beav hanging there looking at me. You can't hang it there.  ;)  -C

Kim says: I wonder how many kids would even know who these guys are? I wonder how many people are cruising the thrift shops looking for Leave It To Beaver memorabilia?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

WTF Sculpture

wtf sculpture side one

wtf sculpture side two

Lisa thinks: This thing is so hideous I can't even come up with anything horrible to say about it!!

Kim says: I just can't figure this thing looks like something that came from deep in the ocean...or something Mike Rowe used on Dirty Jobs... know what I mean???

(dreamy sigh) Mike Rowe… I heart Mike Rowe. 

Oh yeah, we were talking about this pastel poo shaped atrocity.  yeah.  not really sure what the inspiration for this was, all I can hope is that it is a one of a kind piece because really, one is more than enough.  

Monday, May 3, 2010

When Carmen Miranda comes for tea…

Bust out this fab tea set. She’ll be so impressed!

when Carmen Miranda comes for tea

Lisa thinks: Really? Are you sure? :P

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Why Manikins Should Wear Pants

This just made me giggle.  Why on earth would you put this on display?  Even if you could pretend they were leggings, it’s still not a pretty picture.  But then again, this is the from the store that brought you crazy ass manikin heads for crafting.  Speaking of heads, this poor thing could use one, but I guess I wouldn’t want anyone to get a look at my face if I was standing around pants-less either.

stuffed manikins should wear pants
From this angle, he (she?  it?)  is standing like he (she?  it?) really needs to pee!

stuffed manikins should wear pants side view

Lisa thinks: At least it doesn't have it's "anatomy". Could be worse, I guess. . . I'm just sayin'.

Kim says: It looks like a diaper-job gone terribly wrong!