The Creepiest Mannequins Ever

Remember back when Old Navy commercials were kind of catchy?  They always had some dancing, some trendy little pop song, some lame theme going on for whatever they were selling.  If it was winter, they were playing in the snow with their Old Navy mittens and scarves, in the summer, they were wearing flip flops that they got at Old Navy for a moderate price.

I didn’t mind those commercials.  I wasn’t on the edge of my seat waiting for a new one to come around, but they weren’t horrible.

Now, however, their commercials are absolutely atrocious.  I HATE them with a passion and can’t stand it when they come on the television.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about (and if you don’t, you’re damn lucky), I’ll enlighten you.  The following is a photograph of that which is so creepy.

The Old Navy Mannequins

Don’t worry, the photograph itself can’t hurt you.  I’m not completely certain about the ones in the store, though.  I tend to avoid them.  With their happy little smiles and their inane conversations on the commercials, they’re they most shudder inducing mascots I’ve seen for anything.  There’s even a freaking DOG!  What’s with that.  He can’t wear clothes and has no business advertising a human clothing store.

And the dialogue! I can’t stand it…if these are real world problems of people who shop at old navy, then I’m going to have to stop shopping there.  And I love their tank tops so I don’t want to.

Yes, that’s right…she needs new jeans.  While they’re nice jeans, buying them is not a horrible, life changing event that would cause her grinning idiot of a plastic boyfriend to spaz out.  I could see that reaction if she’d dropped the bomb that she was going to have his grinning, idiot plastic baby, but not because she was going to buy new jeans.  I just don’t get it.  I want the days of the trendy pop songs about sweaters back.

Bizarre Little Thrift Store Finds

My friend and I recently made a day of thrift store shopping, going from one store to another and wandering around.  She had some specific things in mind that she needed for some crafts she was planning and I always check for the usual: video games, interesting books, DVD’s, etc…  However, I kept stumbling upon these bizarre little things that just cracked us up and I felt the need to share it with all of you.

First up, a couch.  This was no ordinary couch.  This was the tackiest couch I had ever seen.  It wasn’t covered in flowers like you’d find in an old woman’s apartment, covered in plastic and not able to sit on…this was quite the gem.  It was what appeared to be red velvet cushions and the base and arms were made of some kind of gold-painted metal that was crafted in a lumpy and odd looking style.  I can’t imagine it would ever be comfortable to sit on this couch and perhaps this is why it ended up lonely and sitting in a thrift store, waiting for some eccentric oddball to take it home love it.

A stunning find, all velvet and gold, a masterpiece of oddity.

Another strange thing to see at this same store  was a shelf full of sports trophies.  I get why people wouldn’t want them sitting around at home, I used to have a bunch of them from playing baseball when I was a kid.  You know, the generic ones, if your team won the tournament, everyone gets a trophy.  Every year, someone gets an MVP trophy, there’s the sportsmanship award, the best team player, the one who didn’t cry, whatever they could come up with so everyone felt special.  Eventually, you really don’t want them in the house because, at least in my case, I didn’t care really.  I kept any kind of awards that really meant something, but the rest of them, I believe, were thrown out.  It never occurred to me to donate them to a thrift store, because honestly, I would never imagine why someone else would buy someone’s trophies with their names and accomplishments all over them.  That just seems weird and oddly twisted.

A weird little collection of other peoples' accomplishments

Now we come to some artwork.  I will admit, when it comes to artwork, everyone has different tastes.  Some people like the Mona Lisa and others like Dogs Playing Poker.  Personally, I prefer Van Gogh and the occasional paint by number.  This first example I found at a local Goodwill and it actually kind of scared me.  It wasn’t frightening in a good artistic way, it was rather chilling.  There are many people out there with a fear of clowns and I know that this picture isn’t actually of a clown, but I think that it would qualify into the same category and scare those with that phobia.  There are three very creepy faces, what appears to be paint flying about in the wind and I can’t decide if the guy in the picture has an oddly squished piece of clothing on his chest of if they are actually oddly shaped breasts.  The face in the sun is really creepily sitting on the guy’s butt and every time I look at this picture, I get a squidgy feeling in my stomach…kind of like the first time you watch the movie Stephen King’s It.

One of the creepiest pictures I've ever stumbled across

The final item, my dear readers, could be considered somewhat controversial.  It’s a religious item of sorts, and there’s nothing against that at all, it’s just the weirdness of the item itself.  Black velvet overlay with coloured tinfoil underneath to show a religious message.  It’s not the message or the concept at all…the whole thing just looks so freaking tacky.  I can’t even describe how tacky this thing is, so I will just insert the picture into this post and let you judge for yourself.

A tacky, obviously hand made art piece

I just couldn’t picture this thing hanging on the wall in any house I’ve ever been in.  I don’t see how it would ever match any decor in any place I’ve ever set foot.  Also, where did they get that picture of Jesus and was it wrong to cut it out of the place it came from?

Stay tuned for other interesting finds as I simply adore thrift store shopping.  I’m eager to search out and find more oddities to share with the world.