[For those who are searching for unique horror items, one can’t beat Etsy.com. Each Tuesday, Gravedigger’s Local 16 aims to highlight one seller. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your sanctorum or get a gift for that special something in your life, Etsy.com is your place for spooky econo.]
Freak Bang of Sparkling Candy Bag
Monster Hair Clip
Family. It’s a strange word that has taken on a greater meaning than the kin you share a bloodline with. The Leathbridge family included the Anglo-Saxon clan members but a great deal of the indigenous people who assisted Cole Leathbridge’s first outpost party were soon adopted under his family’s powerful shadow once the trading took off. When a lot of rowdy traders got out of hand and left a poor native boy scarred and limping, Leathbridge proved that family is a bond of blood, even if that blood is that shed by an avenging hand.
Family has a strange power in this town. Milo and Eva have settled, finding their own places after a short stint of living with their sister, the fortune teller, Madam Lady Ulster.
“Her real name is Nora,” Eva once said, snidely, to Hector one day after a particularly vocal fight between the two Ulster sisters. Even though they can go at it like feral demon cats, you can still see the two younger siblings visit their eldest sister at least twice, every week. Family is a strange connection.
How you find your family is up to you. You could be adopted. You could discover them as your next door neighbors. You could be more connected with coworkers than cousins. It’s all up to who holds that power over you, who you let have that connection to you.
It’s with this in mind that we feature this week’s Tuesday uEtsy. Freak Bang is the designer of the Sparkling Bag Candy collective whose art coincides best with our spooky feel here at Gravedigger’s Local 16. The whole Sparkling Bag Candy collective is a collection of artists united under a particular aesthetic.
Taken from their bio, you’ll find that “…[Sparkling Bag Candy’s] jewelry and purses… reflect[s] a zany desire for whimsical geekery and often outrageous debauchery…Sparkling Bag Candy is an Etsy Collective of 6 uber fun, up and coming designers who keep their thinking caps on while keeping a hyper focused eye on the pulse of Tokyo and Japanese based fashionistas and how its sweet spirited fun relates to reviving and celebrating the jewelry and accessory choices worldwide.”
That’s something we can get behind.
Warlock Claw Necklace
This piece is creepy as hell and twice as cool. It takes a certain type of person to pull off a Warlock Claw Necklace these days. If you haunt the turnstyles of those “alternative” franchise stores at your local mall but found the selection lacking, maybe you’re ready for something of this magnitude.
Be careful, though. Something tells us that claw might not hold much good fortune if you mistreat it. If you keep it hidden in a second-hand jewelry box or hanging idly on a crooked nail in your bedroom wall, you might see that it’s not where you left it. It’ll be on your desk and when you go to put it back, it’s gone. It’s now on your neck. It’s telling you things. You’re somewhat smarter, stronger now. You feel afraid but also happy. THIS NECKLACE – IT WILL KILL YOU IF YOU MISTREAT IT is what we’re trying to say.
Electric Guitar Necklace Zombie Rocker Skull Skeleton
Do you know why rock and the dead have been so closely tied together? You should look that up.
Seriously, if you don’t have the ambition of the Sparkling Bag Candy/Whammo Glamo collective, you’re missing something in your life. They’re managing a business in this crazy economy and making it flourish as more and more peple come out of the woodwork to celebrate their quirky, zany freak sides. The designers at SBG/WG – they have guts. Skeletons don’t have guts. You do, though.
After you go and get a library card (if you don’t already have one, you should) you will KNOW you have the guts to research while wearing this electric guitar skeleton necklace as a totem, inspiring you to expand your life this year before you’re struck down by the evil that comes with rock and roll. Our recommendation? Try ‘Spider’s Kiss’ by Harlan Ellison. It’s a good start.
Fire Clown Necklace
Yes, everyone hates clowns. Can we get over it now? Good. We’re over the hate. Clowns, they’re creepy but c’mon. That’s part of the fun. Clowns will always be a source of fear and hated, but that’s to our benefit. Pennywise, Killjoy, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Sweet-Tooth – all are icons in horror. Even Cap’n Spaulding, if not just for the fact that it’s Sid Haig. Perhaps you’re a clown fanatic. Perhaps you went as Pogo the Clown for Halloween, just to mess with your parent’s heads (and alert the authorities?) Maybe you have a tattoo of Bozo on your chest or your favorite flavor is cotton candy. Or, perhaps, and this is a long shot, you just like setting things on fire? Then this is for you.
Skeleton Coffin Earrings
There will come a time in your life where there will be a situation that calls for Skeleton Coffin Earrings. It’s going to be a strange occurrence and you’re not going to really remember any of it once it’s over. Colors will look different and food will taste stronger, more intense, than you ever remembered it being.
For better or for worse, you better be prepared. When the situation happens – AND IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN – you’re going to be thankful that you have these. Without them, you might make it through the whole ordeal but you’ll lose a lot of what you could have saved IF you only had these earrings. Trust us on this one.
Horror Mystery Gift Box Grab Bag
No, you can’t purchase the Lady Gaga look-alike (don’t we wish we could?) No, while the comely lass with the attractive ass entices you to look, you can’t touch. You CAN, however, purchase a this Gift Box Grab Bag. For twenty-five dollars, you get multiples pieces shipped to you. What will they be? Does it matter? You’ve seen the high quality that we’ve showcased on this Spotlight. A single piece alone is worth twenty five dollars and you’re getting more than two! How economically wonderful IS THAT?
And you have a great surprie. You won’t know until you open up the expertly packaged present that arrives at your doorstep. A perfect gift, of both economic and fashion interests. And you haven’t received anything in the mail until you get a package from SPG, who roll out the red carpet with each order. Half the fun is in the packaging and those wild minds at Sparkling Bag Candy, those Whammo Glammo shazammos are on to it. They’re not just cutting edge, they’re sharp than sharp can be!
You can find Freak Bang and all the designers (Star Tulle, Berkshire Forest, Mr. Roboto’s Beads, and Flair Weather) all at Sparkling Bag Candy on Etsy, at whamo-glamodotcom.blogspot.com, at www.sparklingbagcandy.tumblr.com, on Facebook (Here) and Twitter (@freakbangdotcom).
Get spooky, get sparkling. And once you’re done, get back here next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.