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Today will be my post to fulfill the promise of cute skull items. After this, however, I will be taking a brief vacation from real posts. I’ll still be updating, but just random pics… possibly even from my own Picasa collection! You won’t know what to expect, so keep checking back. I’m going to use the extra time to plan for better blog posts, read, catch up on real life, maybe look for jobs. I don’t know. What is it that real people do? Actually, I’ll be reading Facebook and posting to Twitter. Anyway, on to the post:

To detract from what was probably an eerie sight to some, I’ll remind people that I don’t have any real animal bones. While I would like them, my collection consists of plastic items bought or gifted. One great story comes from several years ago. During a “girls night” my two friends (K. & K.) and I found a skull at CVS that was malformed to look ~scary~. We named it Nigel and had the idea to take pictures of him all over our campus. We then sent the photos to a mutual friend pretending to be a stalker. The effect was not what we had hoped for, but the process was fun.

You could wait for Halloween to roll around and buy your expensive decor at those “Spirit” stores or crafting places or perhaps plunk down a chunk of change at my dear Martha Stewart’s Grandin Road. But why wait? I, personally, am constantly in the market to beef up my collection. Most mainstream stores will surprise you with skull icon socks (I just got a pair at A.C. Moore of all places) and stores geared towards the “younger” crowd, such as Claire’s, tends to have a goth section to cater to everyone’s tastes. (Let’s face it, though, they’re just posers. Amiright?)

For a starting point you can check the blog Skulls and Bacon. It updates only periodically, but it has a hefty backlog and includes delicious delicious bacon paraphernalia. Two of my favorite things! Plus they have a themed T-Shirt:

In the realm of direct online shopping I have found several options (sans *hisss* Hot Topic). Mom recently sent me the adorable link Plasticland which has “New Victorian” goods. I’m assuming that’s ad-speak for “Steampunk”, but their products are geared towards the everyman – they have a happy, cheery feel and the “Victorian” style is borderline cartoony. I still like it. Their “bone collection” has several items I wouldn’t mind having, such as this:

(They also have several keys & owl products. I really want half of their store.)

I located an Ebay seller with a store called Skull Treasure which specializes in… eh, you know. They are currently working on the supplies right now, per the site, check back in April! I also check Etsy here & there and find wonderful & sometimes bizarrely horrible skull/bone items. There’s a store that is specifically called Skull N Bones Clothing, but it doesn’t have a lot of Skulls N Bones in the clothing section. It’s got a lot of sexy clothes for the womens. There are accessories that have skulls and I wouldn’t mind this wallet:
I am not impressed with this store and it seems a tad overpriced. It has a supply of “Rockabilly & Swing Dresses”, however. Check it out if you need those. And… yeah. Here’s that Hot Topic link: summer skull dresses for all!

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Now With REAL Skull Action!

I’m continuing with Collector’s Week (see previous two posts). I have a penchant for macabre subjects and would possibly have made a decent CSI. When I was young I found a small animal skull in the woods we lived nearby. My mother allowed me to keep it, though my father was a little disturbed by my interest. I never found anything in addition to it, but I would have definitely started a collection. Years later I’m now a person who doesn’t go outside much and I don’t have the gold to buy the bones online so I do the next best thing and collect fakes and pirate flags and skeletal designs. Dad still thinks it’s weird.

Another quick story: Last weekend I visited my mother. We went to a craft store. As we were checking out our large and lovely clerk started talking to us about the things we were making with the odd bits and pieces we had bought. Rather, Mom had to justify the soldering iron and heavy wire as Steampunk items. The girl brightened up and said, “It’s okay, I collect bones!” We chatted on about how she was obtaining them. I noted I was familiar with “The Bone Room”, but she was lucky enough to know people who actually looked for them for her when they were out in natural settings.

Say you are in the market for a skull or a femur or a badger penile bone. Where would you go? Sure there are “science websites” that sell rocket kits as well as expensive replica stuff. But what about the real things? As mentioned before, there is The Bone Room. It’s main specialty, as the name indicates, is bones, but it also does fossils, nature-based jewelry, and, eh, “unique gifts”. Forewarning: I can’t post human skulls. This is not because I don’t want to, but because there’s such a shortage that if I post a picture it is likely to be gone within a few weeks or less (despite the high demand prices). Check their Tibetan Carved Skulls for their current stock – seriously cool! Here’s some other stuff they sell:

On the left are “mink baculum earrings” – yes, earrings made from mink penile bones. On the right is a badger skull.

Next up is Skulls Unlimited International. I had actually found this site first when searching many years ago. This one has more potential for a bone collector as they have a wider variety in regards to taxonomy (including several species of fish) and a lot more groupings of items for educational value. However, these tend to be museum replica items as SUI is geared more towards teaching/museums than the creepy loners trying to find that one scapula to complete their collection. Again, there are some real skulls that I can’t link to because they will be gone gone gone soon! But check out their Smilodon replicas and horse skulls:

Also, a present consideration for my upcoming birthday: the “skull carrying case” (it upsets me that this is a limited item).

If you don’t have the cash or like doing the fancy footwork, remember that there may be dead bodies floating around your own back yard! Searching for tips & tricks was hard, but Google Books helped me out and here is an excerpt from Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Subsist in the Wilderness. (It’s about a chapter of her book so I’m just linking it instead of quoting.)

If this is far too real for you, don’t worry: I’ll cover the cutesy & cheery side of your skull needs tomorrow.

Owls on Bottles!

Did Grandma have some old glass baubles or bottles that you thought were ornate, but useless? They could be pretty valuable. Check them. Check them now. I’m here to help you on your road to compulsive hoarding.

Apparently I’m doing a week of collections (what with yesterday’s super-ring post). I was looking for more owl/bottle combinations as I’m a collector of both. Of course there are several types of wines with lovely owl icons (which I hope to try someday, but most of them I have to special order). Then I found the Owl Drug bottles. Owl Drug is still around in Texas and you can find more modern bottles, collectible through their site. Yet, there are older ones out. Beautiful ones.

(Via this article about collecting poison bottles.)

(This one is being sold for $175 on Antique Bottle Trader.)

Since these come from a drug store, a lot of them are commonly found on “Poison Bottle” sites. I have a new goal in life for my bottle hobby. If I ever acquire the funds to purchase these you will see items like this in my house:

(All of these found on Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine.)

This page has more pics of the Owl bottles, but the images were huge: Mysteries of the Universe – The Owl Drug Company Bottles.

This is all JUNK!

New hobby: collecting used/defunct electronics. Items obtained so far: Zip drive, Sony Walkman, Calculator circa 70’s, and this:


(Via this site I did not buy it from as I found it for $4 at a second hand store.)

I just need to find film for this awesome piece of awesomeness. Now, I know what you’re saying, “But Beth, we thought there was medication for people with this kind of disorder.” That may be true, however, I am determined to see this through to the end, especially since I have a bit of a photography fetish hobby.

It costs $80-$120 at retail value for one 10-shot ye olde set. Suck! On e-bay, though, I may be able to get a classic film piece for $15-$30. Still a bit pricey, especially for something not guaranteed to work. I *did* find a website called The Impossible Project that has newly created film for these old cameras (for anyone who is in need). My main problem is that they haven’t created any colored film for my 600 yet, it’s just the PX Silver available, which means it will only come out B/W or Sepia. Which isn’t terrible, but it means everything will come out looking like my mom’s Christmas photos. I’ll be expecting the spectre of my grandpa smoking a cigar to waft through.

And no, I don’t know what I’ll be doing with the rest of the collection. I might take the zip drive apart since it doesn’t appear to be worth anything. The Walkman has crap on the back, but if batteries are put in it may still be in working condition. People want some retro crap? Or post/send links with craft ideas. I am super bored.

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