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Tacky Never Looked So Good

They're a little offbeat. They sell weird stuff on the Web. This is their story.

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This story appears in the December 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Steve and Sally Colby didn't invent the cheese that shares their name, but everything they sell is cheesy. As in tacky. Silly. As in the kinds of products you laugh at and wonder, "Who buys this stuff?" Quite a few people, actually-to the tune of an estimated $200,000 in 2000 sales. Steve, 50, and Sally, 46, are the sole owners and employees at the Hagerstown, Maryland-based e-store OfftheDeepEnd.Com. They sell household must-haves like flamingo lawn statues, a battery-operated fan shaped like a sumo wrestler and a skeleton toilet-brush holder.

On your web site, you have the warning, "All text and images are protected by an old gypsy curse that will cause your legs to grow together should you use such without permission." that brings me to ask: Who's the funnier of you two?

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