Junk Pile

/ November 2, 2012 2:51 pm

Boy George Mirror

Mirror mirror on the wall… what the heck were Boy George’s merchandising team thinking with this one? I haven’t been able to find any information online about this mirror, and there are no markings anywhere on it. I’m not sure where it came from (before it ended up at the Thrift Store I purchased it from for $1) and it...

/ October 26, 2012 9:18 am

Goblin Burger Sign

This is definitely one of the most conversation-evoking pieces in my collection.  From the prestigious Holiday World amusement park, comes this fine quality wooden sign.  Once used for the park’s Goblin Burgers eating establishment, this work of art now displays proudly in my private estate. While he may seem familiar, the green goblin on this sign is in no way...

/ September 28, 2012 3:28 pm

Ren & Stimpy Button Pack

Trips to those discount department stores (like Target in the U.S. or Zellers in Canada) were rather boring for us as kids, but if we were good, we would totally get a treat. Now that is some fantastic bribery. When parents needed to get their little rug rats something cheap to get them to shut up, those 3-button value packs...

/ September 21, 2012 10:15 am

Back to the Questionable Integrity Part I

Shopping for DVDs in other parts of the world is, well… different.  You’re escorted to a tiny stool and the shop owner disappears for two minutes.  When he comes back, he has a pile of movies in a bucket for you to dig through.  You sift through hundreds of plastic baggies filled with loose discs, not really impressed with anything...

/ September 14, 2012 4:35 pm

Pretty Soldier Bootleg Moon

I love flea markets, and back before I knew any better, I’d buy anything and everything I could there. In the beginning of my Sailormoon fanaticism, I was in a flea market in a small town a few hours from where I lived. I didn’t have any Sailormoon merchandise at all—this was around 1995-1996. Imagine my eyes when I saw...

/ September 7, 2012 9:31 am

The Amazing Broken DS

This was once an amazing special edition red Mario Kart DS that I bought off Craigslist.  Now, it’s the amazing dual-screen, dual-color broken DS.  Legend has it that I secretly brought a DS with me to work.  Karma would claim immediate revenge as the DS fell from my parked car on to the pavement below.  The gaming device immediately shattered...

/ August 31, 2012 9:19 am

Reasonably Sized New Kids on the Block Buttons

It was only a matter of time before my boyband obsession made it to the site. Today I present to you a small portion of my New Kids on the Block merchandise collection. The New Kids did everything big—from never-ending lines of merchandise (even marbles with their faces on them), to currently running the NKOTB Cruise—and of course: these obscenely...

/ August 17, 2012 8:30 am

Goomba Goodness from McDonald’s

In 1989, McDonald’s released a series of Happy Meal toys to promote the release of Super Mario Bros 3, because a feature-length film was just not enough advertising (see: The Wizard). There were four toys in all—Raccoon Mario, Luigi with Starman, Jumping Koopa Paratroopa, and Pop-Up Goomba. Today, we present to you: Pop-Up Goomba. This little critter still flies! Push...

/ August 10, 2012 9:28 am

E.T.: The Keychain

In 1982, Star Power (a division of Aviva Ent. Inc.) released a whole slew of E.T. merchandise. It was all licensed, but it sure didn’t look like it. One of Star Power’s many offerings was this dainty E.T. keychain, small enough to fit in any purse, wallet, or briefcase. I’ve placed it next to a key so you can get...

/ August 3, 2012 8:30 am

Sweet Secrets!

Sweet Secrets were gaudy plastic baubles that led secret lives—inside they were little tiny dolls! There were playsets as well that turned from unassuming picture frames into swimming pools, or in this case, a comb into a bed! Well, it used to be a comb that turned into a bed. Now it’s a handle that turns into a bed without...