When I'm out thrifting and hitting estate sales - I definitely have a list of items and styles that I'm looking for. I tend to buy things I love, thinking that if I love it, the chances are someone else will too. This doesn't always work out for me, but following my gut has worked out pretty well so far. The usual suspects are vintage kitchen items, tote bags, owls, Pyrex, dishes, etc. Once in a while, however, I'll venture into the realms of weird, quirky, unique and odd.
For some reason, there are a lot of clown collectors in Arizona - I see so many clown figurines at estate sales. Like a lot of others, I have creepy clown syndrome - Poltergeist scarred me as a child too. I pass up all clowns I see, usually quickly averting my eyes as I do. Then I'll run across an item that violates my clown code of ethics and buy it.
This 1950s TV Tray might be one of the creepiest things I've ever purchased at a thrift shop. I couldn't help myself. It's creepy but in a way that crosses a line into amazingly interesting. I couldn't stop staring at it.
Questions kept running through my head like... why is only the monkey watching tv? Why are these guys watching a clown? Is that bear happy to see me? Or does he just want to eat me? Why is the rabbit the creepiest thing about this whole picture?! Who waters that plant? (My guess is the fox). I was absolutely intrigued, so I bought it and listed it and it sold very quickly.
So the lesson learned is if you're going to go for something weird - making it amazingly weird! Have you purchased anything weird? Did you end up keeping it or selling it? Or just being afraid of it and re-donating it to a thrift shop?