The Art of Darkness

Fivehands Curiosity Shoppe

July 24th, 2012 by Cobwebs

HumidorHey look! It’s another place to spend entirely too much money! I need to stop finding these.

Fivehands Curiosity Shoppe specializes in “strange medical devices, Victorian oddities, macabre and dark antique items, scarce erotica, bones, cemetery, occult and more. Strong focus on a dark design element is key.” If Morticia Addams decided to open an antique store, it’d probably look a lot like this.

They don’t appear to have a brick-and-mortar location, so sales are handled through their Etsy shop. Some of their pieces like this Victorian humidor are (for obvious reasons) fairly spendy, but they have other items like this vintage cast-iron candle holder that are wonderfully appealing and shouldn’t blow your budget.

In addition to the shop they’ve also got a Tumblr site, blog, and Facebook page where they discuss some of their acquisitions in more detail. There’s also a main .com site which is rather sparse, although it does include a small gallery of interesting items (I particularly lust after the Victorian dissection kit).

If you’re looking to build a collection of unusual vintage items, this is a great place to browse.

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3 Responses

  1. Sally Says:

    reminds me (and mentions) the tv show Oddities, which is a reality show on the Science channel http://science.discovery.com/tv/oddities/
    which is quirky and weird and has some odd customers.. they sold the singer Voltaire a slice of brain specimen with tumors, to match one of his (kid’s) songs. :) It’s like goth Pawn Stars. Best one was where the taxidermy guy tries to pick up this chick who made an articulated chicken, or at least I remember it as a chicken, I could be wrong.

  2. pensive Says:

    dammit.

  3. christopher Says:

    Hello and thank you for writing this. The store location opens up this spring across from the Corwin witch house in Salem, MA.Please visit our Facebook page and give us a like and spread the word to friends. My fiancee and I actual do guest appearances on the show oddities here and there.Mike Zohn is a good friend of ours. The main site is undergoing a total custom re design and we have great items coming.Many items are not on Etsy as they censor me heavily. I hate that.well thanks again and please stop by the Facebook page for details and updates.
    Facebook.com/five hands curiosity shoppe.

    Kindly,

    Christopher

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