Garage sales are a convenient way to find good deals on used furniture, books, and other household items. But did you know that garage sales and thrift shops are the perfect places to pick up possessed dolls, hilariously horrible paintings, or the exact things nightmares are made of?
Here are some of the most interesting, scary, and just plain weird things found at a garage sale.
We all know that garage sales are perfect for getting rid of those things you no longer use, but your old toothbrush? This has to be some health code violation, or hopefully a potential buyer’s eww factor kicks in enough that they run far, far away from whatever else this garage sale has to offer.
If you ever needed an… ahem…unique gift for a friend or family member that you really don’t like, this item was found at a thrift shop (which is basically an organized garage sale). Who even thinks of making these things and puts them into production?
Disney Black Diamond VHS Tapes
While these tapes aren’t very WTF worthy, the price is. $25,000 for a set of six VHS tapes? This seller is out of their mind. Obviously, they have not done their research. Sure, people are listing them for lots of money — but they are not selling. The ones that do have bids are for $5.00.
Silverware Candle Holders
Ever thought silver candle holders are out of your price range? Do you dream of them gracing the presence of your dining room table? Get the next best thing with these silverware candle holders. Yes, candle holders made out of silverware. I’m sure you’re guests will never know the difference.
This is one of those things nightmares are made out of. Can you imagine this in your living room — or even worse, your bedroom — just sitting there staring at you? No, and neither could the owner… which is why it went to the thrift store.
Scare All The Kids
Sick of the neighborhood kids running around your yard? Just put this statue in out front and it is guaranteed not only to scare the neighborhood kids away, but the local animals and wildlife as well. This is most likely the creepiest statue ever found at a garage sale.
Looking for a way to tell the kids Santa isn’t real? Buy this statue and they will start questioning everything you have ever told them. Not only is this “doll” creepy, but it plays music as well. This will certainly make your guests question their Christmas spirit.
Trying to cut back on your coffee in the morning? Or just drinking in general? Putting anything in this mug and attempting to drink out of it is sure to put you off. It is hard to even look at it, let alone drink out of it.
Yes, those are apparently sheep. Up for sale at a thrift shop. Why? Probably because they were gifted to someone who had no interest in them. They would make for an interesting conversation piece. “Hey, where did you get these eerie sheep that look like they are cursing me?”
Ah, signs like this make me happy we have modern medicine. Taking a different pill for every organ of your body just does not sound fun. Trying to make your kids take these pills sounds even worse. The advertisement is interesting, though. Which side are you on?
Who doesn’t like decorative chicken? This look goes with most home décor like… well, décor in a slaughterhouse seems to be the only one that comes to mind. Hopefully the seller throws in the cards, because that is the only thing that saves this piece.
Maybe Alex made this painting, or a friend of Alex designed it to try and express how Alex felt. Obviously he was visibly upset about having his kidney taken out and not being able to give it to his cousin. Making bad art out of this unfortunate situation is like rubbing salt into the wound.
A Number Two
This isn’t as creepy as the other statues on the list, but it is one of the funniest. Hilarious on so many different levels, from the pot to the expression. Keep reading and you will find a new, deeper meaning each time. Definitely clever and a good Mother’s Day gift, provided your mother has an excellent sense of humor.
This gorgeous piece of art was found at an estate sale. Good thing they bought it, too, because it is magnificent! Well, okay maybe not on the same level as Ansel Adams, but the cat seems interested so there’s that.
I always wondered where these came from. Apparently they are cast off into thrift stores once the nicer shops are done using them. Then, the fast food restaurants purchase them (after they are all beat up at the thrift store). That is why they are so dirty in restaurants. It all makes perfect sense now.
If clowns weren’t creepy enough, owning a painting of one sitting on the toilet reading a book is even weirder. Where would this painting go? In the bathroom? But then again, the clown is STARING at you. In the bedroom just seems out of place. This is the problem — the reason it was at a garage sale is because it doesn’t have a place.
Is this supposed to be Winnie the Pooh? Because it looks like it could be, with the yellow fur and red top. Yet, Winnie the Pooh isn’t this creepy. This looks like Winnie is playing a role in a horror movie, starring as the villain.
Nothing puts you in the Halloween mood quite like a cat-hugging-a-tree-goblin-candle-holder thing. Really, the only thing that makes it Halloween is the pumpkin. Instead of being scared, your guests will just be confused and wonder where your holiday décor taste went.
Punk Rock Chair
Where to even start? Is it weirder that this is actually a chair or that the chair has its nipples pierced? It was found in the basement of an antique store. Would you offer your guests a seat on this chair, or sit on it yourself?
Where are you supposed to keep all of your plastic/toy pigeons? In a pigeon machine, of course. Maybe you can purchase them by putting money in or maybe it is a claw machine type deal. Either way, there are way too many pretend pigeons in there.
This is a bank to store all of your loose coins in. Is it supposed to be Raggidy Ann, possibly? It looks like Raggidy Ann was possessed by the devil and is leaking blood from her eyes. There is no way I would put anything in this bank or even take it home from the store.
Ken on Death Row
Barbie’s Ken had a dark secret that put him on death row. Wonder if Barbie was with him until the end or if she abandoned him in jail. Either way, if you purchase this you can have your very own Ken on death row… and electrocute him over and over again. On second thought, don’t do that.
Oh My Doll
Well, this doll has a little too much makeup on. Do you see the price? $150! For that much money, the doll better be haunted so at least it is somewhat interesting instead of just being horrible to look at. Those eyes just follow you everywhere.
If you love peanuts, why not have a statue of one, with no eyes and huge teeth? It will be the hit of any party. You can talk to it all night long and it will always laugh at your jokes. You’ll never have to be alone again. Ever.
Time-out chairs are all the rage on Pinterest. Moms decorate them to look cute and put silly sayings on them. This time-out chair was taken to a whole new level. Having prosthetic limbs as chair legs is meant to make sure the child never wants to sit in that chair again out of fear.
Being naked is lots of fun. Think of skinny dipping, streaking, and… flossing? Ok, maybe flossing naked if you have just gotten out of the shower, as long as we are talking about teeth right? And you might as well let everyone know you like doing your daily routine naked via a coozie message.
Have a bunch of pine cones in your yard that you don’t feel like cleaning up? This person has a clever solution to that problem — put out an ad for free pine cones. They aren’t even in a pile or box, you just have to pick them up. I wonder how many people actually came by.
Scat in the Hat
Have to give props to whoever made this piece, because it is a clever play on words. But why would you picture the Cat in the Hat as a giant poop? Were they not thinking clearly when they made this painting? It ended up in a thrift store, so hopefully it wasn’t a gift for someone.
1978 Salad Dressing
Ever wonder what salad dressing from 1978 tastes like? Well, there is actually some out there being sold at a garage sale. Is it still edible? Maybe, if you’re daring enough. It does have preservatives in it, so it just depends how long those preservatives worked. The “best by” date is only a guideline anyway.
Maybe the elf is carving the doll out of wood or maybe he’s holding her hostage, who’s to say? Who would set this elf on their shelf during Christmas? Maybe if you were combining Christmas and Halloween. It could be pretty frugal if you could use it as décor for both holidays.
This weird garage sale piece actually has a name: “Oh So Funky!” Because everyone needs a taxidermy squirrel butt to display in their home. Very classy. At least they have “conversational piece” displayed because what else would it be? But the price, $69? That’s a bit ridiculous for a squirrel butt. IMHO.
Oh, my, god. What is this supposed to be? Is it just a monster? A creature of the night? Why on earth would you display this in your home? This would not be a conversation piece. If it was in a house, it would be a warning sign to run the other way.
So this person found a rocker launcher for sale at Goodwill. I didn’t even know they accepted this kind of stuff. But then again, who has a rocket launcher just laying around their house and thinks “Ah, I’ll just donate this to charity.”
When you think air freshener, what comes to your mind? Clean linen, pine scented, grandma’s head? What does that even smell like? Who at the air freshener creation lab thought “Hey, let’s make grandma’s head into an air freshener. That will surely sell like hotcakes, and never end up in a thrift store.”
Gutting a Deer
When you and your friends want to commemorate your latest deer kill, just head down to the local thrift store and find a painting. This is probably one of the most inaccurate deer gutting painting I have ever seen. But then again, how many paintings like this are there?
Ever wish you had the cremated remains of a stranger? No, me either. But apparently some people think it’s a good idea to donate their loved one’s ashes to charity. Or perhaps the deceased wanted to be passed around from thrift store to thrift store. It might be like shopping in the afterlife!
Cats for Sale
If these are only the figurines they don’t want anymore, I wonder how many more are in their house. Have you ever loved cats so much that you needed to collect all kinds of figurines of them in the same color? This person may need to rethink their hobby.
December 7th is a day that will live in infamy for being the date of Skot’s first puke. Is Skot supposed to be spelled that way or was it supposed to be spelled like Scott, written below it? Hopefully this was not the sign they put up at their wedding.
Of all the Halloween costume possibilities, have you ever thought of a pregnant Tinker Bell? That is actually pretty clever, but there is probably a reason it ended up in the thrift store. It doesn’t make sense. Tink was just not that kind of pixie.
Maybe Spaz was a fish or maybe a dog. Either way, Spaz’s ashes ended up in a thrift store. How could these people donate a poor animal’s ashes? A better option would have been to spread them around an open field where Spaz could run wild and free in the afterlife.