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Etsomnia™ Volume 54: TBT!

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I like to imagine that the Brady Bunch cast must have the best TBT photos. This would fit right in. By BlueGrassVoodoo

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. the surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.)

I don’t go on Facebook as often as I used to (because I am really busy and the blog commands most of my personal internet time), but I always enjoy Thursdays on the site. In case you’re not familiar with Throwback Thursdays (TBT), it’s the day when many people post old pictures with hilarious results. And in my age bracket, the old pictures are typically from the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Therefore, I’ve decided the topic of this week’s Etsomnia is TBT, an exploration of the wacky fashion from way back when!

As usual, links to the items for sale appear below each picture. For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts. Follow me on Bloglovin!

Some of my favorite TBT photos are wedding pics, and this doozie by Weirdorama would fit the bill nicely. It's so bad, the mannequin even pulled off her right arm in embarassement

Some of my favorite TBT photos are wedding pics, and this doozie by Weirdorama would fit the bill nicely. It’s so bad, the mannequin even pulled off her right arm in embarassement

Wonderfully tragic polyester disco shirt from the seventies. I'd pay good money to see my friends in this doozie. By Antique (who must have been the first Etsy vintage seller ever to get that name)

Wonderfully tragic polyester disco shirt I would pay good money to see on my friends. (Photoshop, here I come!) By Antique, who, judging by their name, must have been the first seller ever to register with Etsy

This patchwork rooster leather jacket is so epic, you could form a minor religion around it. You know, something fancy with feathers and aliens. By Chinemachine

This patchwork rooster leather jacket is so epic, you could form a minor religion around it. You know, something fancy with silent births and aliens. By Chinemachine

If I were a weaker woman (or that size), there would be $525-shaped hole in my pocket. By Nanometer

I know tastes change, but I think you would have had to dip into the brown acid to find this attractive. By HannahBe

I know tastes change, but I think you would have had to dip into the brown acid to find this attractive. By HannahBe

As bad as that poncho is, I don't think there's any combination of illegal substances that would make this thing okay. By APetiteFlower

As bad as that poncho is, I don’t think there’s any combination of illegal substances that would make this thing okay. By APetiteFlower

I can tell just by looking at this that 1. it's been to a key party, 2. it smells like Shalimar and stale Virginia Slims, and 3. even the moths didn't want it. By DerguteHandel

I can tell just by looking at this that 1. it’s been to at least one key party, 2. it smells like Avon perfume and stale Tareytons, and 3. even the moths didn’t want it. By DerguteHandel

Back in the age of Boogie Fever, these were men's shoes. Everyone was taller back then. By Mien123

Back when people regularly came down with Boogie Fever, these were men’s shoes. (Everyone wanted to be taller back then.) By Mien123

The eighties called. Not even they want this back. By TakeTwoLA

The eighties called. They don’t actually want this back. I get that.
By TakeTwoLA

The Carol Brady look may not be for everyone, but hey, it worked for Greg! By FrocksNFrillsVintage

The Carol Brady look may not be for everyone, but hey, it worked for Greg! By FrocksNFrillsVintage

Men didn't fare any better than the women did in the sixties. By ThatWasaGoodYear

Men didn’t fare any better than the women did in the sixties. By ThatWasaGoodYear

Cant touch this? Thats okay. I didnt want to, anyway. By DetroitDolly

Cant touch this? That’s okay. I didn’t want to, anyway. By DetroitDolly

I loved my eighties peplum LBD so much, I still have it (even though it would now fit less than half of me). By Dotto

I loved my 80’s peplum LBD so much, I still have it (even though it would take two of them to go all the way around me). By Dotto

BluegrassVoodoo describes this eyesore as:

BluegrassVoodoo describes this as: “Vintage 70s Pixelated Disco Cut Out Cage Avant Garde Bellbottom Jumpsuit. Op Art Flare boho hippie Wild Maxi dress Pants Romper.” Think that covers it?
Nope. They forgot fugly.

Considering this is how men dressed in the eighties, it's a miracle that anyone conceived any children during that decade (and I managed to produce two!). By NeonStockyards

Considering this is how people dressed in the eighties, it’s a miracle that anyone conceived any children during that decade (and I managed to produce two!). By NeonStockyards

On the other hand, many, many children were produced in the sixties, in spite of the preponderance of purple suede fringe. By FrocksnFrillsVintage

On the other hand, many, many children were produced in the sixties, in spite of the preponderance of purple suede fringe. By FrocksnFrillsVintage

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

28 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ Volume 54: TBT!

  1. Donna, I always look forward to your Estomanias!!! This was hilarious! Love the tapestry coat. Not $500 love, but still. This is reminding me that I have some “stellar” vintage clothing items I need to put in my store! – Karen

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  2. I love that velvet and Chenille coat. My husband had a pair of those “basketball” shorts when we first got married. The white piping was just hanging in spots, no longer attached. Once when I was doing laundry, they just disappeared. He still thinks that I lost them on purpose… I didn’t… but I wasn’t sad.

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  3. you’d be surprised as to who would find that poncho to be okay.

    or maybe I’m just not okay… 😓

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  4. I can’t believe we really wore this ugly clothing. Thanks for reminding us.
    Shine On

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  5. I laughed SO HARD at some of these! I really need to dig up the photo of my dad in the sky blue, velvet, bellbottom pimp suit that I soooo cried over him giving to the Salvation Army (instead of to ME…in the 90s)

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  6. Oh yes there’s gonna be great fun at my family’s white elephant Christmas party this year. You have inspired me. Thank ya!

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  7. I thought my childhood fashions were hideous but at least I never wore any of these horrific items. They are quite wonderfully gruesome. So much 70s fabric was so cheap feeling too. I remember shirts that you could spit peas through. I do, however, adore that chenille coat. It’s the treasure among the trash.

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  8. Now I feel like I have to go back thru my photos for bad clothes from the 70’s and 80’s. Or, maybe not. It’s been kind of a long week.

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  9. Don! na! I had no idea what a TREAT I was in for by clicking this link, you’ve got some beautifully horrifying things on here. the clown sweater! my only hope is that I will wear that kind of thing when I am dropping off my kids at school someday.
    mother of the year, folks.

    thank you so much for putting this together, it’s PERFECT.

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  10. I don’t think that sweatshirt could even be worn with irony. Oh dear.

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