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14 Strange Etsy Shops You Won't Believe Exist

Etsy is a great place to sell vintage and handmade items, and many collectors and creatives have found a way to make a living selling their wares on the site. However, users have the freedom to sell almost anything – and it can get weird. Here are 14 strange Etsy shops you likely didn't know existed.

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This shop gives off an Annabelle-from- "The Conjuring'” vibe – and for good reason: Apparently, Wisnequre06 is run by a medium. You may wonder who would willingly purchase a haunted porcelain doll from someone who can connect to dead people, but the site has several satisfied customers. The shop also offers psychic readings, of which a few reviewers claimed to be accurate. The dolls range from $39 to $147, and readings from $4 to $10.

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If you're smitten with kittens, you might be intrigued by this shop. PrittenPaws sells accessories that'll make you feel like a feline, from fuzzy ears to collars and leashes. The concept is strange, but the shop has five stars and a decent number of sales. Prices range from $12 to $77.

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This London-based Etsy shop run by Kristy Fate isn't strange so much as it is quirky. Thanks to Luna on the Moon, you can replace your boring handbags and take your style up a few (weird) notches. With glitter handbags in various shapes, from flying pigs to fried eggs, there's something unique for everyone. Fate makes each product by hand, and the bags start at around $100. There are other accessories — like brooches, hair clips and keychains — available as well.

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Are you obsessed with all things creepy and crawly? Those with a passion for spiders, snakes, bugs and bones will love Wild Things, Inc., an Etsy shop that specializes in exotic animal parts and art. Whether you're looking for holiday ornaments filled with snake skin or you want to make your own creations using things like tarantula and cockroach molts, turtle shells, and found animal bones, this shop has everything you could ever dream of — even if those of you with arachnophobia would consider it a nightmare. Items range from around $3 to $15.

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If you've ever wanted to decorate with (or even wear) broken doll parts, this is the Etsy shop for you. Ramshackle Rascals sells handmade art and decor pieces using "old, forgotten dolls," according to its Etsy page. The shop sells planters made out of doll heads, brooches featuring Barbie doll faces, a series of art pieces called "Pickled People in a Jar" — sculptures made from dolls and wax pickles inside mason jars, each featuring a short poem in the item description — and more. Shop prices range from around $15 to $75.

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On the surface, this Etsy shop seems like a perfectly normal business idea. People use toothpicks all the time, so why not give them a little flavor? While it's true that cinnamon, grape, wintergreen and even bacon toothpicks are intriguing, this shop offers some strange flavors. Under Flavored Toothpicks' "Weird & Unique Flavors" tab, you'll find toothpicks that taste like fireworks, baby formula and more. Overall, there are more than 70 different toothpick flavors to choose from. They go for $5.95 and come in a small, sliding metal tin. [Looking to expand your sales beyond Etsy? Check out these alternative marketplace sites.]

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From faux-zombie parts to strange stuffed animals, Anna's Uncanny Creatures has it all. The shop, which has been open since 2011, features eerie-looking, yet somehow endearing, teddy bears and stuffed animals with piercing acrylic eyes, faux fur and oddly human like mouths, complete with teeth, all handmade to order. Anna's Uncanny Creatures also offers a custom message-in-a-bottle letter service and sells zombie finger keychains and bookmarks along with "bodily candles," incredibly realistic vegan wax candles shaped like parts of human heads and faces. The teddy bears sell for around $55 each, while other prices vary.

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You know the old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure?" Cappy Sue Creations is a unique Etsy shop that takes that mantra to a whole new level. Along with random paintings, jewelry and art pieces that range from strange and unusual to traditional and beautiful, Cappy Sue Creations will also take your random, unwanted junk, turn it into something new and more interesting, and send it back to you for a fee — now you know what to do with all those white elephant gifts! And in addition to these custom projects, you can also find some not-so-safe-for-work items in the form of pendants, ornaments and more. Prices vary by item.

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Leaves of 3 turns nature into jewelry, with things like moss, butterflies, flowers, seashells and four-leaf clovers preserved in clear resin and turned into pendants, earrings, rings and more. But what makes Leaves of 3 even more unique is the fact that the shop offers an entire selection of jewelry made with real poison ivy — yes, the plant that's best-known for giving people painful rashes. But don't worry, these pieces are beautiful and definitely won't make you itch. Prices vary, but most items range from $20 to $50.

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According to its Etsy page, aKNITomy is an "icky and cuddly world of knitted anatomy." The shop sells framed, knit versions of human anatomy and dissected creatures (like frogs, rats, bats and aliens) that are both strange, and oddly, kind of cute. There's even a dissected Easter bunny full of colorful grass and knit dyed eggs. And if you're interested in knitting your own science projects, aKNITomy also sells patterns and DIY kits for a small fee, too. Finished projects sell for anywhere from $75 to close to $200.

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If you've always been fascinated by death, you'll love this Etsy shop. Funereal Ephemerea is a shop that specializes in "vintage cemetery, funeral and postmortem photography" according to its Etsy page. There, you can find old photographs, some haunting, some beautiful, of everything from flower-covered cemeteries and bodies in coffins to religious and medical paraphernalia and even taxidermy. Prices vary, but most of the photographs fall between $10 and $40.

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What if you could wear a bat's skull around your neck or wear a spider like a ring? The Curiositeer makes it possible, with jewelry and other items made with materials like human teeth, insects, animal skeletons and more. Items like frog hearts, scorpions and bird skulls are preserved in resin and mounted to pendants or rings. And for the faint of heart, there's also a selection of jewelry made with flowers and rocks. Items vary in price, but most of the jewelry falls between $20 and $50.

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What do you do when you can't put down your video games long enough to take a shower? You take them with you … at least, in the form of soap, thanks to this Etsy shop. DigitalSoaps makes handcrafted soaps in the form of gaming accessories, like Nintendo game cartridges and PlayStation and Xbox controllers. The shop also sells shampoos and body washes in soda bottles (popular brands like Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew) and soap inspired by cartoons and anime.

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According to its Etsy page, this shop "puts the OMG in origami." Some people are talented at origami, the art of paper folding, but others, not so much. The sellers behind Terrible Origami are of the latter category — instead of making beautiful, intricate swans, this shop sells what looks more like crumpled paper. These terrible origami items are listed for outrageous prices, many of which are over $100, and it's clear that the shop is more of a joke than anything. However, the shop also sells Terrible Origami-branded T-shirts for fans to purchase, and has even somehow sold a few origami pieces as well. 

Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan.

Sammi Caramela

Sammi Caramela is a recent graduate of Rowan University, where she majored in writing arts and minored in journalism. She currently works as a Purch B2B staff writer while working on her first novel in her free time. Reach her by email, or check out her blog at sammisays.org.