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Etsomnia™ Volume 59: Putting the Cost in Costume

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Roadkill rabbit costume. By missnessamonster

Nothing says Halloween like this roadkill rabbit costume.

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.)

‘Tis the season to be costumed! I love dressing up so much that my friends and I call Halloween (and the days leading up to it) the High Holy Days. You can imagine how seriously I take costumes, and there’s no place better than Etsy to find fabulous costume items. From makeup to period costumes to over-the-top headdresses to extra appendages to costume footwear, Etsy delivers and then some. However, this wouldn’t be Etsomnia without an exploration of the… let’s call them less fortunate costumes for sale. I should warn you that this year’s ugly offerings(*NSFW) are off the charts in the high price category. Early on, I started sorting my search results by highest price, and then I just couldn’t stop.

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!

In case you've ever wondered what $49K would buy you on Etsy, here's your answer. It's a plain black sweatshirt with safety pin

In case you’ve ever wondered what $49,000.00 would buy you on Etsy, here’s your answer. It’s a plain black sweatshirt with safety pin “wings.” I’m in the wrong business.

I don’t know why she has the Eiffel Tower on her head, but it’s all fabulous! $595.00 by DaNeeNa

Somewhere, somehow, Marie Antoinette is laughing her ass off. By AnticoAtelier

Somewhere, somehow, Marie Antoinette is laughing her ass off. $6,353.97

This hat looks like it should come with a bottle of Advil. $7,370.00 by HopscotchCouture

The hat alone looks like it should come with a neck brace and a bottle of Advil, and when you add in the price, it should also include a straight jacket. $7,370.00

I would pay any amount of money for these hydraulic boots. $367.11 by BionicConcepts

This fascinating hydraulic boot armour is worth every penny. $367.11 by BionicConcepts

I think the title says it all:

I think the title says it all: “Tree of Knowledge – crochet branching earthy Brain Blanket Headdress with 81 tails.” That’s only $44.44 per tail. What a bargain! $3,600.00

What's better than one little girl in a matching tutu and fairy wings? How about 10? This is a fantastic idea for a little kid party. They send you 10 different colors. By KadensCloset

What’s better than one little girl in a matching tutu and fairy wings? How about ten? This is a fantastic idea for a party. They send you ten sets in different colors for only $195.00! By KadensCloset

How much money do you have to have just hanging around to spend $4K on part of a costume? I ask because not only is this super high priced, it's actually a reserved listing meaning someone is presumably actually going to purchase it. By SkinzNhydez

If you’re going to spend this much, wouldn’t you at least expect to get the whole costume? This is a reserved listing (meaning someone has agreed to spend this kind of money on just the top). There really is one born every minute. $3,824.09

To quote my mother when I was in high school,

To quote my mother when I was in high school, “Are you trying to make yourself ugly?” $566.08

Don't you just hate it when fairies try too hard? By TheFaerieMarket

There’s nothing worse than a fairy who is trying too hard. $10,000.00

Profoundly weird but strangely beautiful rabbit mask that I suspect will appear in my dreams tonight (and not in a good way). $688.58 by BlackHatandDeathMask

Profoundly weird yet strangely beautiful rabbit mask that I suspect will appear in my dreams tonight (and not in a good way). $688.58 by BlackHatandDeathMask

Further proof that money is no indicator of taste. $2,800.00.

Friends don't let friends go out in public like this. Or in private, for that matter. By PeacefulFashions

Friends don’t let friends wear this in public. Or in private, for that matter. $1,750.00

On the other hand, this mirrored costume is worth $3K! By EtereShop

Considering the amount of work that must have gone into this mirrored costume, the price doesn’t seem that outrageous. Of course, between blinding pilots and stabbing anyone who gets too close, the body count will add up pretty quickly. $3,000.00 by EtereShop

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!

16 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ Volume 59: Putting the Cost in Costume

  1. That mirrored thing kinda looks like a cool statue, and the two little girls in wings and tutus is tutu adorable. Thank you, I needed this today to keep me amused as I wait for the plumber to arrive and unclog the main drain of the house. Yes, it’s a bad situation here, so thank you for the levity.

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  2. That roadkill costume showed up on my reader and all I could say was SWEET JESUS. I totally would have loved to have a fairy party as a little girl, though (hell, I’d love one now, and I’m 51!)

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  3. Ok. You got me. Love the outrageous costumes and $$$. Comments perfectioness. Couldn’t just say perfection.

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  4. How in the actual heck do these artisans come up with their pricing structure? And do people actually part with that much money online without being able to explore the item themselves in fine detail? It’s a whole lot of crazy. That said, the fairy wings and tutus strike me as great value and would definitely be good for a party for a troop of wee pixies. On the other hand, my kids are the biggest fans of my Zombie Bunny ink drawings I know for sure that at least one of them would want that bunny roadkill costume. Which is why I am not showing them it.

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  5. “There’s nothing worse than a fairy who is trying too hard.” This is probably the most insightful thing I will read today.

    What intrigues me is how thin the line is between a win and a fail sometimes. It may just come down to the size of the bows.

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  6. Hilarious commentary. And a lot of WTF from me on those prices, i am clearly under-charging my pieces!!!

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  7. I wonder what I’d find if I searched for costumes that would fit over a snowsuit – or long johns and fleece. Definitely none of these, but Marie Antoinette might be warm enough.

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