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Etsomnia™ 113: Haunted* House

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Somebody pass me the bug spray.

Somebody pass me the bug spray.

*Haunted by bad taste, primarily

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.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

This week, I took a look at Halloween decorations on Etsy. I don’t decorate for Halloween, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. There’s plenty of tasteful fare, mixed in with some adorable kid-friendly items, some really ingenious pieces, a few things I would call gorgeous, and an unfortunate amount of junk that’s positively inexcusable.  (Sorry.) I really suffered for this one, but I was also largely pleasantly surprised.

For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts

Although I've never seen a ghost, I've definitely gotten a sense of the previous occupant. Maybe I'm clairvoyant!

While I’m not clairvoyant, I’ve occasionally walked into a bathroom and gotten a strong sense of the previous occupant.

I have to say this is the first time I've ever wanted a taxidermied bat in a shadowbox! By Horribell

I have to say this is the first time I’ve ever wanted a taxidermied bat in a shadowbox! By Horribell

Uncool, Etsy. Uncool.

Uncool, Etsy. Uncool.

Ugly sweaters, not just for Christmas anymore!

Ugly sweaters, not just for Christmas anymore!

Purple? Check! Glittery? Check! Skulls? Check! Love it so much! By DyJoDesigns

Purple? Check! Glittery? Check! Skulls? Check! Love it so much! By DyJoDesigns

"Intestinal door wreath." I have no words.

And on the other end of the wreath spectrum is this “intestinal door wreath.” I have no words.

Here's a tip. If you see this in someone's house, RUN!

Here’s a tip. If you see this in someone’s house, RUN!

The heck with Halloween. I want this thing out all year! By 3Ddreaming

The heck with Halloween. I want this thing out all year! By 3Ddreaming

This is listed as "outsider art." Maybe if they mean outside in the dumpster . . .

This is listed as “outsider art.” Outside in the dumpster, perhaps. (Beloved said, “Is that Howard Stern?”)

Nightlight/instant bed-wetter kit.

Nightlight/instant bed-wetter kit.

A tasteful Halloween-themed toilet seat? Only on Etsy. By CultureCommodes

A tasteful Halloween-themed toilet seat? Only on Etsy. By CultureCommodes

"Adorable" cupcake decoration. I know that one's turning up in my dreams tonight.

I love babies, but I couldn’t eat a whole one!

This soap is the reason I always have antibacterial handwash in my bag.

This soap is the reason I always have antibacterial handwash in my bag. It’s also likely the root of my trust issues.

Absolutely gorgeous! By Phoebecapelle (who just might need her own post)

Absolutely gorgeous! By Phoebecapelle (who just might need her own post).

Although I can appreciate the artistry, I also cannot get far enough away. By OldRaven

Although I can appreciate the artistry, this is ALL THE NOPE. By OldRaven

Parenthood: you're definitely getting it right!

Kids, stop whining, or the TEDDY BEAR GETS IT!

"Make milkshakes," they said. "Boys will come to your yard," they said.

“Make milkshakes,” they said. “Boys will come to your yard,” they said.

When I sent you to the store for ladyfingers, this is not what I meant. By TheAwesomeSweetTable

When I sent you to the store for ladyfingers, this is not what I meant. By TheAwesomeSweetTable

 Reader caption time! 

Reader caption time! 

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!

29 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 113: Haunted* House

  1. Beloved probably got that Howard Stern vibe because of the orange pussy in the (political?) outsider art. The pairing is perfect.

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  2. Sid from next door to Andy, Buzz and Woody has an Etsy shop?

    That glittery skull wreath rocks.

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  3. Love the light switch!!! – Karen

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  4. “We need to talk about Kevin.”
    The light switch!

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  5. In other news, Mattel’s new Barbedy Doll has surprised the company with it’s lackluster sales.

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  6. Direct line to Elvis I see.

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  7. I love horror movies and gore (so long as it doesn’t involve eyeballs) but what in the bloody hell would someone be thinking if they lobbed an intestine wreath on their door or a mutilated face in a frame? That’s certainly taking Halloween too far I think. I love the purpose sparkly skull wreath though and also that mad science lab switch. Those are both great fun.

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  8. Halloween is the holiday I dread, not being a fan of things scary. But, in other news, have you seen that there’s now glitter paint? You could do a whole room . . . or at least a wall!

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  9. Nailed it!

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  10. Perhaps not up to the standards? of the All Hallows Eve paraphernalia of Etsy, my own little haunted house makes me happy and the only real monster is the smell of 20 indoor cats during a rain storm….that and the fact there is a lot of mold in a house so old. ~~dru~~ Step into my parlor…….. https://saywhatumean2say.com/2016/10/29/come-into-my-parlor/

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