Cash Converters is the sort of place that makes you feel like sneezing even before you step in. The second hand consignment shop is like a pawn shop without the bling. People sell their old mobile phones, electrical appliances, musical instruments and some of their deepest, darkest secrets, items they wouldn’t even want to admit they owned.
Here are some bizarre finds that prove that one man’s trash isn’t always another man’s treasure.
Scary feng shui fish – $18.80
This feng shui item with its blazing red eyes and questionable lips will immediately help your fortunes take a turn for the worst.
Scales of justice – $169
Unless you’re selling gold bars for a living, the only other use you might have for this set of scales would be to reenact Judgement Day in the comfort of your living room and fulfil your fantasies of playing God.
Garfield snowglobe – $12.90
This mysterious snowglobe which appears to have been created by the owner himself contains two unhappy looking Garfield dolls and a few paper stars of the primary school variety. We’re not sure why you might want to pay $12.90 for someone else’s amateur art project, but anything is possible.
Baby moon walk – $5.90
This device that purports to enable your child to do the moonwalk will turn your offspring into a live puppet rather Michael Jackson.
Fibre optic LED flowers – $22
Whoever made this garish vase of fibre optic LED flowers should congratulate himself for creating something that is neither useful nor attractive. Definitely not the sort of bouquet you want to present to a date on Valentines’ Day.
Echoboys CD – $2
Now you get to own the first and last album of Singapore’s first English language boyband and also, thankfully, its last.
1 metre tall Santa Claus – $129
Not quite life-size but not quite small enough to stuff into a cupboard and forget about, this 1 metre tall Santa Claus is more creepy mini me than Christmas cheer.
Laughing Buddha statue – $12.80
If you’re the sort of person who can’t resist rubbing a laughing Buddha’s belly when you see one, you might want to buy your own, although we can’t guarantee the maroon varnish will stay on after repeated rubbing.
Pharoah bust – $69
If the interior décor of your home resembles that of an Egyptian pyramid, this Pharoah bust would fit right in. Otherwise, it’s great for a “The Mummy” themed party or Egyptian National Day celebration.
Gangsta bracelet – $28.80
If you would like to emulate 50 Cent or similar rappers, this gangsta bracelet is just for you. Dollar sign necklace sold separately.
Kid-size soccer star outfits – $14.90
If you’re the sort of person who routinely goes on MC because you were up late watching soccer the night before, you definitely want one of these kid-size soccer star outfits no matter what your own size.
Foot spa and massager – $9.90
We’re not sure you want to go putting any parts of your anatomy in this rather filthy looking contraption that purports to be a foot spa and massager.
Chinese deity statue – $128
Whether you actually want to worship this Chinese deity statue or are simply a collector of kitsch items, there’s nothing quite like being welcomed home by this brightly coloured being.
Have you ever bought anything at Cash Converters? Tell us about it in the comments!