Welcome back to the virtual garage sales of horrors, where the items are ridiculously overpriced but the nightmares are free!

As I said in the last edition, there are a lot of classic stories that start as a re-selling of something. An object that passes hands from one sorry soul to the next, the new victim unwitting of the danger they’ve just accepted with a few quick bucks. Don’t buy dolls from creepy dudes off the street. Buy them instead through your local re-sale app!

There’s a plethora of killer kitsch, abnormal antiques, and just plain weird shit that people are positive that you’ll want haunting up your place. Whether it’s odd, old, gross, or weird, here’s six horrific things that could be in my house right now if I gave up the cash:

6) Vintage Christmas Santa ::heart-eyes emoji:: – Price: $30

It’s Christmas in…well, August now. There’s a few issues I have with this one that I’ll get into in a hot second. First, let’s gaze into this “vintage” monstrosity. 

Okay, first let’s talk about the obvious…red. ALL red. Not his nose “like a cherry”, the whole amorphous T-1000 gel of a Santa is red, apart from his white trimmings and beard, and black boots. As we begin to take it all in, we realize the awkwardly shoved trophy glued into his hands and finally notice that our eyeless Santa is a literal trophy. 

A trophy for “World’s Greatest Baby Boy”…

And no one could be prouder of this baby boy than Santa, clearly.

A wrong jolly old elf

Apart from that, you’re to hang this on the tree with that meat hanger of a hook up top that will probably not cause any kind of tetanus strain from the 1950’s. 

For $30, you can celebrate any baby boy in your life, as long as he’s the World’s Greatest…

How much I’d actually want it: 1/5

How obliging my glorious spouse would be to have this in our home: 4/5 (it only comes one time of year – zing!)

5) Kurdt …? $27

I believe that this one is a puzzle or is cursed, so let’s be cautious not say its name three times.

No one understands its mystery

So, not even the person selling it has any advice or description to encapsulate Kurdt. Is it a dog with a halo? A werewolf with an unfinished sombrero? Perhaps an undecipherable code from the Vatican or extraterrestrials (just kidding, they play for the same team).

Whatever it is, it’s a conversation starter for the low price of $27! Maybe you and your guests can finally unravel the mystery and put the sweet spirit of Kurdt back to rest–

Oh God, it’s been activated!!!

4) Clown Tape Holder $5

Picture this: you love clowns. You cannot and will not get enough of them. You would marry every embodiment of a clown if it were feasible, legal, and fiscally responsible. You want them everywhere in your life and then one fateful day you spot this happy little chap.

His sly gaze unnerves me…

Look at him playfully kicking up his feet like a lazy teenager, smiling away the hours. Delightful fool! 

But...sigh…you already have so many. How could you justify bringing one more happy, horrific joyful painted face into your world? If only it served another purpose!!!

But what’s this???!

Yes! You can pull tape from his threadbare, gaping anal cavity! What a delight!

Someone had you in mind when specifically hand-crafting this clown tape dispenser. Now you can pull out sticky strips of off-brand tape from his behind to your heart’s content while staring, lovingly, into his cold, dead eyes.

A happy ending for all, indeed.

How much I’d actually want it: 1/5 (f*** clowns, man)

How obliging my glorious spouse would be to have this in our home: 4/5 (small and practical)

3) Jesus Porcelain Doll for Repair. Inspirational Collectable – Price: $60

Sure, you may have a vintage inspirational creepy portrait of Christ, but what if you need a little extra push for that holier-than-thou war you’ve got with Helen from across the street? You know, Helen, with her antique claw-foot Bathtub Madonna. Yes, you need an inspirationally creepy edge, too, and this is just the ticket. 

Jesus wept.

The description post also rings inspirational and not at all like something found written in a serial killer’s notebook,

“Let the little children come Titus Tomesco mohair. Broken shoulder plate back portion. Otherwise good clean condition. Non smoking, pet free home. 15” from head  to kneeling position, 19” overall. Comes dressed in shroud, garment, robe.”

But, sadly, His beat poetry never did elicit snapping.

There’s only one picture to encompass all of his Pantene Pro-V tresses and…off-putting ceramic beard, so there’s not much to work with. We do not get to see his “shroud, garment, robe”, nor his kneeling position. And for a broken Jesus doll that’s worth $60, I want to at least see the whole kit and caboodle. 

How much I’d actually want it: 2/5 (I’m good)

How obliging my glorious spouse would be to have this in our home: 1/5 (doesn’t like hairy dudes, sorry)

2) Heather Doll – Price $50

“Clowns and dolls”, as grandpappy used to say before jamming more slugs into his double-barreled shotgun, “that’s what will destroy us if we don’t watch out.”

So, this doozy of a doll is guaranteed safe, though. Just look at her:

Take it all in

As the description says, “A fine porcelain doll sculpted by Jake Grobben. Box is a bit tattered, but doll has never been taken out.”

It shows.

Yes, folks, you can sleep easy knowing this Squawky Tina has been locked into the box for maximum security. No demon-dolling around at night for her! 

A fine, protective mesh encompasses her head to eradicate any eye beams or net any fangs. Her hands have been bound tightly at her sides under thick pads of gauze. Her neck is encapsulated and weighted to the box, but her eyes still spark defiance and a little head-tilt that edges a dangerous dare to let her out…

Like cardboard can really stop her

She even comes with official papers, letting you know how many people have succumbed to her porcelain clutches. Heck, she even arrives with a flower to place on your grave. Forward-thinking!

How much I’d actually want it: 3/5 (I’m up for a challenge)

How obliging my glorious spouse would be to have this in our home: 2/5 (“You’d take it out of the box, right?”)

1) Authentic Mexican Masks – Prices Vary

HO.

LY.

SHEEEEEEET.

I’ve hit the mother-lode. Sweet baby Huitzilopochtli, LOOK AT THOSE!!!

I mean…

Do I even need to say anything? The ad lists that there are over 50 masks in varying prices, and are “like new” from Mexico. Barely any blood from the last victims on them at all! 

How much I’d actually want it: 5/5 (did you look at the pictures???)

How obliging my glorious spouse would be to have this in our home: 4/5 (“I’m not driving there and they’re weird, but you can put up whatever you want in your study.”)

So…guess who drove an hour one way to get a mask? 

Pfft, not me……….

I drove it to get two masks!

Brannyk’s last known whereabouts
Brannyk’s DNA found in interior, but still remains missing.

That’s right. Something in the Virtual Garage Sale of Horrors caught my eye and I gave up my human money for their beautiful charm. Are they haunted by Mexican ghosts? Only time will tell…

Let’s go home, my friends. Let’s go home.

About the Author

When not howling Tina Turner classics with Glorious Spouse under the hazy Detroit moon, J.M. Brannyk (a.k.a. Boxhuman) reviews mostly supernatural and slasher films from the 70's-90's and is HauntedMTL's dubious Voice of Reason. Aside from writing on HauntedMTL, Brannyk dips into the podcasts, runs the show on 'The Combobox', and is composer to some of HauntedMTL's podcast themes. They've also have contributed to other websites such as Gayly Dreadful's Pride 2020 and Nightmarish Conjurings.

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