It’s hard to top doll-arm earrings or an intestine necklace, just some of the outré creations featured on the blog Incredible Things.
But it would appear that Etsy users are trying. Searching the go-to site for handcrafted items for the word “weird” yielded some 25,785 results.
And clearly, only those come from sellers who actually describe their stuff as weird. That means there’s a lot of weird stuff whose creators don’t realize it.
So points to those Etsy creators who do display a sense of self-aweirdness.
That’s only a small fraction of the 9.5 million items that Etsy says are for sale in their marketplace. But that’s still a lot of weird stuff.
In the spirit of investigative journalism, I took a little time out to try to find a few of the strangest items.
Right away, I came across Crime Scene Doll, a black stuffed doll with cute little Xs over its eyes and displayed in the picture with presumably fake blood. (If it’s real, I don’t want to know).
But then, I was stymied by what I now think is just plain old mistake art. You know, stuff that people made that didn’t quite work out, but they thought they could sell anyway? Someone needs to coin a term for this only-on-Etsy genre.
Then there were the truly weird items.
I’ll close this off with the find of the day: Hip Handcrafted Witch Finger Crayons. Can’t you just see your kids’ faces light up with excitement when they unwrap this neat gift? For the first time in this search, I was tempted to buy. But I didn’t, which means you can.
So now it’s your turn. Post your favorite weird Etsy finds — or tweet them at me.