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Really tacky shit?

galenbladegalenblade Registered User regular
edited February 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
OK. So here's the thing. I have a job putting together events and contests for groups. Teambuilding events for coworkers, I've done stuff for bachelor parties, and I have a sweet sixteen coming up.

Now usually when I do these events, I offer little prizes for winning teams. But I usually try to make them obnoxiously tacky, and possibly even slightly embarrassing. For example, I've given out the follwing things:
  • A garden gnome spraypainted gold
  • A statue of a troll picking his nose
  • A scale alcohol barrel made of bronze with a smiling face on it
  • A piggy bank covered nose to tail with bright pink glitter
  • A porcelain arm
  • A coconut carved to look like two monkeys smoking a bong

I've usually found these things through yard sales, junk stores, or whatnot. Problem is that they can get expensive, and that I can't reliably find interesting stuff. So I wanted to ask if anyone knows of any good resources online that sell stuff like this. I do have a regular supplier of gnomes (don't ask), but anything weird and offbeat would be useful.

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  • Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You don't happen to live in the Upper Midwest do you? Cause man this is the perfect job for Ax-Man Surplus. Just piles and piles of weird crap in that place. Too bad they don't do online sales.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem I've got waffles and I've got beerRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Try Archie McPhee. They ship, they have stuff in the sub-$5 range, and it's all guaranteed to be tacky shit.

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  • mullymully Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You should consider trying to find a fake-jewel encrusted sweatshirt - possibly the tackiest thing I can think of. I'm sure there are tons on eBay. If not there, walmart, and I can't see it being more than 10 bucks. Thing is, that can also be useful since it seems to be popular these days to have a "tacky sweater" party.

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Wolf shirts.

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  • Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I spent some time looking into this. The the shocking thing that I learned is that the really tacky things seem to be way too expensive to be prizes.

    The really bad things from Bradford Exchange or franklin mint actually cost real money, but some of the items are grade A tacky.

    It doesn't get much tackier than this

    You may be able to comb through those sites and find some reasonably priced items.

    This is pretty bad and only $20
    This too, for $20 it's hilariously bad.
    Here's another

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  • ChanusChanus capreseRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    www.thinkgeek.com has a lot of kitchy and off-beat stuff

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    give out a mounted singing Bass.

    Billy Bass I think they may be called.

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  • KochikensKochikens Lovely-Cuddle-Blanket-Stephen-Fry-Awesomer Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You need to invest in a bedazzler.

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  • galenbladegalenblade Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Not bad ideas. I'm not neccesarily looking for something flashy-tacky, though that faerie dragon is probably going to be a purchase. Something more embarrassing to have around.

    And the bedazzler idea is actually genius.

    I do live in Brooklyn, so the Ax-Man Surplus place, while pretty much precisely what I need, is a bit too far. And I can't make a trip to Walmart, since the nearest one's in Jersey.

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  • Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I have returned to share with you guys what is quite possibly one of the most hilarious things I've seen.

    Angel Dog Tree Ornament


    I can think of no finer reward for a job well done.

    Edit: This is pretty bad too. Here you go

    Honestly, I've had a blast just thumbing through the awful catalog of the franklin mint and the bradford exchange at work.

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  • CrowlestonCrowleston Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    http://www.regretsy.com/ Should be helpful.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    I have returned to share with you guys what is quite possibly one of the most hilarious things I've seen.

    Angel Dog Tree Ornament


    I can think of no finer reward for a job well done.

    Edit: This is pretty bad too. Here you go

    Honestly, I've had a blast just thumbing through the awful catalog of the franklin mint and the bradford exchange at work.

    yeah but the idea is cheap kitsch
    would be pretty stupid to pay $15 for that

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  • The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    You must find a way to work this in.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    Archie McPhee's has some good, kitschy stuff but tends to be overpriced

    I mean, come on $100?

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  • RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Howling Wolf Shirt or Howling Sarah Palin shirt

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    for $20? fuck that noise

    get some PARTY RATS instead!

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    for $20? fuck that noise

    get some PARTY RATS instead!

    Haha, nice.

    Or Bacon flavored lip balm

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  • AiouaAioua Ora Occidens Ora OptimaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    Archie McPhee's has some good, kitschy stuff but tends to be overpriced

    I mean, come on $100?

    It's hilariously awful, but it is an original, framed, oil painting. $100 is pretty reasonable.
    Shit, I've actaully seen a lot worse than that for more money at some local coffee shops.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    but that doesn't mean anyone's buying that terrible, overpriced art at the coffee shop

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  • ceresceres I'm just your problem Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2010
    I submit for your approval: Handerpants!

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  • RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
  • galenbladegalenblade Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I'm learning about many new and disturbing products today.

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  • AiouaAioua Ora Occidens Ora OptimaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    but that doesn't mean anyone's buying that terrible, overpriced art at the coffee shop

    True, I'm just saying I don't think $100 is a crazy price to ask. Like... if I had $100 to blow on art, I'd seriously consider it. :mrgreen:

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    fuck up once and you break your thumb / if you're happy at all then you're god damn dumb
    that's right we're on a fucked up cruise / God is dead but at least we have booze
    bad things happen, no one knows why / the sun burns out and everyone dies
  • Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    I have returned to share with you guys what is quite possibly one of the most hilarious things I've seen.

    Angel Dog Tree Ornament


    I can think of no finer reward for a job well done.

    Edit: This is pretty bad too. Here you go

    Honestly, I've had a blast just thumbing through the awful catalog of the franklin mint and the bradford exchange at work.

    yeah but the idea is cheap kitsch
    would be pretty stupid to pay $15 for that

    You see, the thing is anyone can make something that's cheap and bad and poorly made. The true greatness of bad things is when someone spends a lot of time and effort and love to make something truly ugly.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    that's fine in theory, until you're paying $20+ for something that's still crap

    kitschy crap can be fun, but paying lots of money for it is missing the fucking point

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  • th3thirdmanth3thirdman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I have to say that a trip to your local china town should be something you do monthly. I once got this little yellow duck mug there thats says "QQ Mug" on it and that was a buck I have seen singing dildos clock work walking poop and a screaming santa that sounds like a homeless person.

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  • th3thirdmanth3thirdman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    What does that novelty anal gaper do? Shoot beer? Is it a...bong?

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    pencil sharpener

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  • th3thirdmanth3thirdman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    ya its a pencil sharpener that one is not mine but I have one. mine is female and was like 3bucks

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  • ScalfinScalfin __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2010
    Robman wrote: »
    Howling Wolf Shirt or Howling Sarah Palin shirt

    I was able to find this on sale.

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  • dlinfinitidlinfiniti Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Maybe it's just in my town, but BY THEE GODS does Ross have the fugliest shoes alive. Colors that should never run together. Patterns that should never cross those kind of lines. Gaaaah go now there's probably a new shipment full.

    Also SKYMALL though that'd be your 'well I'm looking for expensive but useless' option.

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  • Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Yeah, if you are worried about the cost angle, then your local Goodwill or Salvation army will usually have piles and piles of hideous wall-hangings for like a buck each.

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  • RentRent I'm always right Fuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Wolf shirts.

    YES

    Get three wolf moon shirts, and then of course three keyboard cat moon shirts

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  • Synthetic OrangeSynthetic Orange Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
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