June 16, 2014 at 3:50 AM
Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky.
Nothing is too bizarre for Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios, which is set to open for business next month in Dresher Arcade off Madison Street in Lansdale.
In fact, bizarre is business—and business is booming. You could say, one person's oddities are four women's treasures.
To them, the unpleasant is beautiful, the salvaged is affordable, the macabre is money.
The ladies behind Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios are area residents Kristen McMaster, Sumerlyn Witsen, Lizzy Neuman and Aubrey Gordon.
"If you took the TV shows 'American Pickers,' 'Oddities' and 'Flea Market Flip,' and mixed them all together, that would give a perfect visual as to what Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios is all about," said co-founder McMaster. "Almost all the materials we use to create are salvaged or up-cycled. This serves two purposes: one being environmentally conscious, and two, allowing our products to be very affordable to customers."
When Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios comes to life in Lansdale, don't expect some kind of haunted house or arcane voodoo.
"We pride ourselves in being a family-friendly business, and you will never see profanity, pornography or occult imagery in our products," McMaster said.
While being merely seven months old, Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios already produces two brands, one of which is under the "Creepy Girls" name.
"We produce just about anything that is interesting and unique, such as home décor items and housewares, paintings, framed antiques, jewelry and custom gauge earrings. Additionally, some of our most popular items include artwork that incorporates taxidermy and osteology," McMaster said.
Then, there are the floral orders that keeping coming and coming. Under its NeverDead Florals brand, McMaster and her crafters create custom arrangements using color paper, burlap, vintage brooches, lace and ribbon.
Calls have been coming in for a variety of occasions, like weddings and anniversaries. Creepy Girls created the bouquet and boutonnieres for Lansdale residents Ray and Tara Liberto's outdoor Lansdale wedding on Wood Street.
A big seller lately has been framed objects one does not always see framed, such as tattoo machines, antique hospital surgical scissors, casket plaques, and Victorian mourning cards.
All of their work has a fashionable industrial-taxidermy look to it—it's Queen Victoria marries Leatherface.
"Adding embellishments to objects you would otherwise just walk past can really make for some beautiful art," McMaster said.
Reaction to Creepy Girls has been overwhelmingly positive, McMaster said.
Its creations have left lasting impressions on public and press alike: Philly.com named Creepy Girls Crafts and Curios one of the top 15 vendors at June's Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market.
"You would be surprised as to how many people enjoy the work we do, even though it does have a bit of a bizarre edge," McMaster said.
The girls of Creepy Girls are looking ahead for some new events, now that a shop has been secured in Lansdale.
For starters—Brushes & Booze nights. It's the Creepy Girls' version of the popular BYOB painting classes that have been successes in Skippack, Doylestown and other towns, like "Painting With a Twist."
"We also plan to invest in a heat press to make our own apparel, as we regularly receive requests from new and old customers for t-shirts, hoodies and other clothing items," McMaster said.
Why wait to enjoy Creepy Girls then? Their presence will be looming over the June 21 "Under the Lights" Car Show in Lansdale and East Greenville's classic car show June 28. And what's a Phoenixville BlobFest July 12 without something ooky? Creepy Girls will also be out at the Aug. 3 Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market and the Aug. 23 Reading Area Guitar Expo and Rock 'n Roll Flea Market.
"Anyone who wants to pick up some creepy gear is welcome to message us on Facebook, email us directly or visit us at one of this summer’s many shows," McMaster said.