eBay – The 10 weirdest and creepiest things for sale in Edinburgh on eBay
Ever since it was founded in 1995, eBay has been the go-to site to pick up anything you can think of second hand.
Originally called AuctionWeb, it was one of the first online auction sites and quickly cornered the market on – well, everything.
One of the first items sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83, to someone who described themselves as “a collector of broken laser pointers”.
There really is something out there for everyone, even if that something is a broken laser pointer.
And when you’re living in a city where the macabre offerings include strip clubs named after body snatchers and an underground tourist attraction that boasts a shrine to a prepubescent poltergeist, it stands to reason that a few of our local eBay listings edge a little on the nightmarish side.
But if you’re brave – or are on the look out for a unique object to display in your home – these might be for you…
A lovely doll (that is probably haunted)
In this doll’s defence, the listing doesn’t say that it’s haunted, but you’ll forgive us if we don’t want to take our chances. Just look at the eyes – those are the eyes of a spirit that’s out for vengeance. The body is falling apart quite badly and the listing says it’s “in need of some special care”. Like an exorcism, perhaps.
The listing says ‘hanging for bathroom’, but we think this saltwater monstrosity would look good in any room of your home. The listing continues: “It’s amazing a real puffa fish [sic] (obviously not a living pufferfish) bought in Greece and has been hanging in my bathroom. Quite a talking point. It is quite ugly but quite fascinating at the same time. Very unusual and in perfect condition and needs a new bathroom to hang in as we have changed our décor. OR COULD BE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES?”
The capital letters come straight from the advert but to be fair, it could be. Like educating someone not to buy a stuffed Eldritch horror on holiday and then bring it home and display it to unsuspecting strangers.
Handmade doll on tricycle
The listing says it was made by hand, but not why. Why was this terrifying, marble-headed man who looks like one of the Wheelers in Return to Oz ever created? Whatever purpose was behind it, it can’t have been good. It will set you back £25 – and possibly your soul.
WW1 swagger stick
A swagger stick is a short stick covered in leather, carried by members of the British Army – in this case, the 9th Royal Scots (Highland Battalion). Useful for historical re-enactment or defending yourself against any of the above items should they come to life.
A Victorian dentist’s chair
Have you ever been at the dentist and thought ‘this chair is so comfortable, I wish I could just buy it and keep it in my home and sit in it every day’? Or maybe you’re a serial killer whose lair is still missing that ‘wow’ factor. If so, this chair is for you! Manufactured by the Ritter Dental Company in New York, it has somehow found its way to Dalkeith where it awaits its next vict.. Err, ‘owner’.
We don’t know whose X-Ray – or whose colon – this is, other than it dates back at 1930s France. We can, however, guarantee that none of your friends will have anything like it on their gallery walls.
Vintage teeth moulds
Don’t have enough room for that dentist’s chair but still want to show off your love of odontophilia? Why not display these used teeth moulds and ensure that no one ever comes back to your house ever again? You could even try them on and see if they fit, but we don’t recommend it.
The snack of choice for discerning astronauts, these come straight from NASA although they’re probably past their use-by-date. Still, with Covid and Brexit combining for a perfect storm of a supply chain crisis, you may soon be glad of whatever fruit you can get your hands on.
WW2 workout guide
Forget yoga, running – even your Pelaton bike. If you really want to get fit, why not buy this World War Two exercise guide? It offers a schedule for cross country running, boxing lessons and even self-defence.
Whether you’ve been dumped, had an argument with a friend or even just had someone cut in line at Tesco, this could be the solution. The spell includes a handmade candle, a Fintech Zoom crystal, a feather and a set of instructions. But you might want to be careful – according to the Wiccan religion, any spell you cast comes back to you threefold.
eBay - The 10 weirdest and creepiest things for sale in Edinburgh on eBay
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