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Best of Indie Spotlight: Welcome The End of the World in Style

Dec. 21, 2012
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This Friday, the poles will switch, the planets will align, Planet X will collide with the earth, a total blackout will cast us in eternal darkness or sun flares will knock out our power grid, thereby shutting down power plants and factories and disrupting Internet and cellphone service indefinitely.

Conspiracy theorists and the paranoid will tell you that any or all of the above will occur on December, the 21st, per Mayan prophecy. That ancient civilization predicted that the end of their 5,125-year calendar—which you can find below, impressed onto a serving plate—meant the end of the world.

If you’ve seen any post-apocalyptic thriller, whether it be humans against zombies in The Walking Dead or humans against humans in The Road, you know that desperate times are a-comin’, and so it’s time to get ready—in style.

Mayan Calendar – brass and abalone plate made in Mexico
By TreasuresFromTexas

The end of the Mayan calendar marks the end of the world. Get a replica, and you can begin your countdown. I couldn’t tell you how to read the thing, but I can recommend it as a serving plate for your Apocalypse party.

Mayan Shaman Priest
By gutierrezart

This one’s not for the feint of heart. The Mayans predicted the apocalypse, so, perhaps, in the face of impending doom, respecting their gods will give you an edge. This likeness of a Mayan priest is pricey but beautiful. It was hand cut from copper and steel and then welded, polished and set on a granite base.

The Scream – COPING MECHANISM Art Glass Pendant
By ArtsVandalay

A 2-sided pendant: on one side the face from “The Scream” by Edvard Munch and, on the other, the WWII-era slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On.” It’s the perfect crystallization of your apocalypse mood: terrified and resolute at once.

Zombie Rifle Axe – Standard Version – Zombie Apocalypse Weapon

By  PlanBArmory

This exists. You can’t knock the artist for lack of originality, can you? Plan B may have designed this rifle-axe with zombies in mind, but it’ll do in any post-apocalyptic scenario, after civilization crumbles and you’re left defenseless. The blade “comes sharpened,” so please be careful as you remove from the box.

Barbarian Axe
By SovereignDesign

For the budget shopper, this barbarian axe isn’t quite as cumbersome as the rifle-axe—there’s no firearm attached, and it’s lightweight. The blade also has marks that intimate a wear-and-tear effect, so anyone you encounter will know not to mess.

Traffic Sign Breastplate (Fallout, Mad Max, Post Apocalypse)
By ChainCrafts

If I haven’t made it clear already, preparing for the apocalypse means you need proper defense in place. As you fight off zombies, your fellow man or whatever else comes your way this Friday, keep yourself protected with this breastplate. It’s a vanity piece, too: its sleek shape and color do well to accentuate your musculature.

Steampunk Goggles Glasses Cyber post Apocalypse mad professor Gear wheels watch
By olnat31sun

Weld in style. As you sharpen that blade—or rifle-axe—you need to keep your eyes protected. The gorgeous copper and gold tones make for an easy transition into nightclub wear, too.

Black Knucklez Case (iPhone 4 4s)
By CazeFaze

If you’ve read or seen any post-apocalyptic thriller, you know that food is hard to come by after all hell breaks loose. Competition is fierce, and as you’re fighting over that last scrap of meat, you can go quickly from texting to landing the first punch—and a lethal one at that.

Miniature Playable Harmonica Necklace
By paperfacestudio

Desperation isn’t the same without a harmonica to play the soundtrack.

I Survived 2012 Mayan Apocalypse T-shirt

By Shirts4U

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations are in order. This “I Survived the Apocalypse” t-shirt is printed on American Apparel. And it’s cheap, too, at $15 a pop.

Are many of the items above violent? Morbid? Creepy? Sure, but no one ever said the apocalypse was all sunshine and puppies.

End of the world or not, each of these items makes for an excellent conversation piece.

Written by Mike Anderson, a freelance writer and contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.