Do Dressed-Up Toilets Sell Houses?

by hookedonhouses on August 14, 2008

How can you not love a house where the toilets are given pretty little outfits to wear? They’re all dressed up and working hard to sell this house. No picture of the sink or top of the window or anything. Just the toilet and its coordinated outfit. Is that a TP cover on the windowsill to go with it?

This bathroom even has a satin hand towel to match the shiny pink toilet covers.

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Marie August 14, 2008 at 7:15 am

Omg. I think my retinas have burns on them! What WAS that???

maya August 14, 2008 at 7:27 am

O.M.G. those frocks are hideous. don’t care for the second bathroom at all.

but i think the exterior is fabulous!

be the change August 14, 2008 at 7:46 am

O.M.G. -I read real estate ads a lot myself and I find that 1/2 the agents have no clue what to photograph -so they photograph the furniture. It’s like they’re taking pictures for selling furniture on Craigslist! This one takes the cake though………just…..WOW

Diane August 14, 2008 at 7:49 am

Hi Julia,
Not working with me! That would be the first thing I got rid of in all three pictures.

You have me checking my toilets…I have a solid color cover that matches the rug in one bath, one naked one, and a black one with a leopard rug in the other.


janet August 14, 2008 at 7:50 am

Hey, at least the covers are down! Honestly, sometimes there are sellers who insist on pictures of what they consider “special features”. We have a seller right now who insists the reason the house is not selling is because there are no pictures of the ceiling fans in MLS. What are you going to do? Yep, put pictures of the ceiling fans in MLS to appease them, lol!


Debbie August 14, 2008 at 7:50 am

Hey Julia, while I’m not impressed, you just made my day! Too FUNNY!

Linda B August 14, 2008 at 7:54 am

Um. In a word. NO.

But some little crafty grandma was workin’ her fingers to the bone to pretty up her John’s for the photo shooT!

Jen R August 14, 2008 at 8:08 am

What?!What?!WHat?! OMG. It’s like the potty prom.I am laughing so hard I can barely type. Who does that except my Grandma from the 1970′s??? THough my fave is the fact they probaby think no one will notice the GREEN toilet against that PINK marble with all of that stuff on there. Jen R

Kathryn August 14, 2008 at 8:22 am

Oh, my, mercy. I don’t know which is worse … the homeowner with the “potty prom” (love that line, Jen R.!!), or the real estate agent who invited the wallflowers to the dance!

At least the “party dresses” can be easily removed … as opposed to all that pink marble and the ubiquitous oak wood!

Marie Louise August 14, 2008 at 8:28 am

I am an online house browser as well and I find that it’s such a shame that most real estate agents have no clue how to take a decent photo. Crazy considering that most home buyers do their preliminary shopping online these days. Not everyone can be as multi-faceted and talented as we are Julia! ;-)

Ms.Tee August 14, 2008 at 8:31 am

Oh, no!!! And who has ever seen a black commode? And the pink toilet cover – oh my.

Things that Inspire August 14, 2008 at 8:37 am

Wow – these are really bad! Whenever I see a really amatuer picture on a real estate listing, I look to see whether it is with one of those 1/2 % commission places where you are just paying for the MLS entry, and you do everything else yourself (including photos). 4 times out of 5 this is the case.

livinglocurto August 14, 2008 at 8:42 am

LOL!! Someone actually made those by hand (I’m guessing). If not, where the heck to you buy something like that? Is that a toilet paper roll cover on the window ledge in the first pic? Maybe a candle wrap? Please tell me it’s not to cover your extra roll of TP? So funny!!!


Amy August 14, 2008 at 8:43 am

Wow! That’s one of the worst- and funniest things I’ve seen in a very long time.

lucinda August 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

Where can i get those….just kidding! OMG that’s hall of fame material.

Angela August 14, 2008 at 9:24 am

Holy Cow – there are no words left to describe this….

Kathy Koops @ theCincyBlog August 14, 2008 at 9:26 am

LOL and I am an agent! Good heavens the only thing missing is the matching dog outfit.

Elizabeth August 14, 2008 at 9:45 am

Oh. My.Gosh.

The pink waffle weave one is killing me. What the heck? Can you imagine how gross and dirty those would get. Ew.

please sir August 14, 2008 at 9:46 am

Nooo!! I’ve always heard in order to sell the house everything needs to be cleaned and PUT away. So the seller could visualize their own items in the house. Plus this seems like they are covering something up – perhaps a stain or crack?

TraceyB August 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

Too funny! I’m speechless

Jan August 14, 2008 at 10:14 am

HOLY COW!!! I can’t believe this hideousness!! And Real Estate agents that take pix like this…really need a VACATION!!!…or a NEW CAREER!! (Not as a photographer, either) LOL!!!

Thinking ridiculous in Michigan,

priscilla August 14, 2008 at 10:14 am

potty prom!

Jessica August 14, 2008 at 10:44 am

Ahhhhhhh that’s scary! LOL So strange. Those modern toilets are ugly anyway.

rue August 14, 2008 at 11:16 am

Okay… I have issues with toilet seat covers anyway and this is so much worse I can’t even believe it. Do you think it’s a joke? I hope so… yikes!


Aubrey August 14, 2008 at 11:42 am

I think I’d be anxious to buy that hosue so I could go in and rip those things off and BURN them. Actually the first one was kind of cute…and I realize the second had to hide the poor color-choiced second one…can you spray paint a toilet?

Lynn August 14, 2008 at 11:43 am

No thank you. I have too many men in my home. Besides they are hideous.

Ramona Owen August 14, 2008 at 11:44 am

Oh my good golly…enough said!

Really Big Smiles ~ Ramona

JLB August 14, 2008 at 12:00 pm

OMG! These people need Jesus……decorating ,tasteful Jesus. I am rolling on the floor laughing. This whole house is a little off. Example: Why do they have a kitchen faucet in the bathroom.

Deanne August 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm

My first thought is this ‘the real estate agent must be male, who else would take pictures of toilets and think its good!’. I’ve seen listing pics of bathrooms with the toilet lid up! Again, only a male would overlook a detail like that. But back to the fancy outfits. Um, a little outdated for my taste and it would have been nice to see more of the bathroom. But that’s just me. :)

Norma August 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm

This is soo weird , I can see that maybe in the 1930s or the 1940s, but give me a break, does the realestate person really think that this is going to help sell the house, I don’t think so. We just got 3 brand new ToTo toilets and I love them, and I have nothing on them, I can still remember those knitted toilet paper covers with the doll body on top.Your right JLB why do they have a kitchen faucet in the bathroom, maybe the bathroom faucet is in the kitchen, ha ha.

abbreviated August 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

People still do that ?

Nell August 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I have never, ever seen anything like this! The frock in the second picture is clealy meant to distract you from the hideousness that is the flooring and shower surround. Oh. My.

sandra/tx August 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Someone has worked very hard to dress up those potties. LOL

Rita August 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Between laughing so hard and my dyslexia — I read Jen R’s comment as potty porn. Either way — very descriptive.

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique August 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm

~snort~ and ~double snort~ HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHA! Boy toilet seats sure do bring out the commenters!

Those are some “special” seat covers. Wayyyy to “special” for me.

Elizabeth August 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm

From the little I know about “staging” these items are distracting to buyers. If I took the time to look at the actual room, they are all clean and in decent repair. The second one even has a newer vanity and fixtures. But I’d never notice them with all the fluff!

Sue August 14, 2008 at 2:01 pm

A bit much for me, just the plain ole standbys sell themselves, as long as they are new or clean! I emailed you a few days ago, don’t know if you got it or not, but I was wondering how I go about finding out just what kind of house our old place is? I’m calling it a bungalow but sure would love to know for sure. Do you know of any links that might help? Thanks!

alison August 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

i know the minute my little girl saw that last one she’d say something like “look, a girls bathroom!”

kristiane August 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Haha! And have you seen THIS hilarious site?

Kathy :) August 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Ya think this agent may have a fetish ???

Lots of ugly in those rooms………..

Thanks for the laugh Julia :)

Kathy :)

that girl August 14, 2008 at 5:36 pm

I actually appreciate those photos because it lets me know EXACTLY what the rest of the house looks like… and I’m not going over to check it out!

Laura @ the shorehouse. August 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm

“Potty Prom.” HA!

Satin? Wet hands? Or do we not wash our hands? And are those covers washable? ‘Cause they don’t look it. And I can’t even think about that.

I think I need to go take a shower now…

Neutral Dwelling August 14, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Time for a new agent!

Bella August 14, 2008 at 7:10 pm

That is HILARIOUS! I mean really, freaking funny!!!

I wonder, too, (ALOT) what realtors are thinking with the pics they take…and 9 out of 10 times it is a MAN, when I am thinking these things…they just have no clue, even when it is their JOB to have a clue…fire him, I say, lol ;)


Bella August 14, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Oh I just read in the comments that there is a kitchen faucet in one of the bathrooms, I totally missed that..maybe they wash their hair in that sink…lol ;)

Judy August 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm

T-A-C-K-Y !!!!

JLB August 14, 2008 at 8:44 pm

So When is the potty prom. I know I have some cousins and aunts downsouth who surely have some of those TP covers with the doll bodies on top. We could have us a good ol time if we invited this house and it’s attired toilets.

Angela August 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

What to say, what to say?

I considered this comment:

Yeah, Julia, I saw this house on the first season of Pimp my Potty.

Or, this comment:

Sorry to disappoint, guys, but the listing says that the commode cozies do NOT convey.


You know Grandma needs cataract surgery when she starts using the potty frocks as placemats. C’mon, who could resist a plate of pork chops and mashed potatoes a top that first orange creation?

Julia, you rock.

Brandee August 14, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Once again, probably male. Not that I’m sexist or anything! I just think some males don’t have comment sense. For instance my thermostat…placed right in the center of the wall. I can’t place a picture there or anything. Every time I pass this undecorated wall I cringe. Anyway I’m off the subject. I couldn’t possibly imagine why you would take pictures of a decorated toilet.

Cindy ~ my romantic home August 14, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Yuck! It’s bad enough that one of the toilets is black but then to add those covers on top of it! I wonder what the potential buyers reactions are when they walk in there. I would find it hard not to laugh!

Cindy August 14, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Had to go puke for a minute there. There is actually a popular shopping magazine “sampler” that I see is still offering these in a wonderful pink ruffled version. Are there people really buying these things in 2008. OOps it’s coming up again.

courtney @ nesting instincts August 15, 2008 at 12:42 pm

this is what I call a Decorating Travesty.It gave me a good choke…I mean, laugh, though. Have a great week and I can’t wait to check in when I get back from vacation and catch up on your fabulous posts!

Melody from ~Pennies In My Pocket~ August 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

OH MY!!! The sad thing is that those little toilet cozies were NEVER in style…even back in the 50′s when they were originally purchased! lol Someone needs to call HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” or “Get it Sold”! LOL


Nikki August 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm

WOW!!! I am both shocked and appalled!!! I cant even believe someone would sell a house with those, much less let their agent use those photos!!!!! People never cease to amaze me!

Karla & Karrie August 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm

OK…….now that we have gotten up off the floor from laughing, holding our sides….ahummmm – where do you still find things like that – is there a website or something?
Actually we think that the agent has a small business – or perhaps his or her sister/aunt/mother-in-law has the business and wants to make some sales on the side….ok, ok – we’re really reaching for that, we know. Well, there’s nothing nice to say except that it was very funny….

Fifi Flowers August 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I am speechless… all I can say is OH MY!

hookedonhouses August 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Karla & Karrie–I spend way too much time MLS surfing. I have to say I love coming across things like this. It just makes my day. -Julia :-)

Linda@restyledhome August 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Bee-yoo-tee-ful!! I just wish there was carpet on the bathroom floors…!!!

Fire the realtor…quick!!

Anita August 20, 2008 at 11:26 am

They let Barbie loose in that one bathroom. I find that laughable, and I think it is hurting their listing.

Sue August 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I am one who actually feels sorry for these folks. They put love into this place and now so many people are giggling at ‘em.I know, I know, I am a sap. Do I like it? Heck no but gee. The issue here is not the bathroom frou frou but wht so many realtors (especially in THIS awful market) take such truly bad photos and post them.
I see SO many that showcase a bedspread or a painting or a chair when they should be showing off the room. Maybe I shoudl start my own business…Realty Reality Photos. Don’t show the wires behind furniture, the kids toys or the pantyhose hanging in the shower. Oh yeah, I have seen that online.

Hmm….maybe I could get that business going…*grin*

Kayjay October 28, 2008 at 8:46 am

Just remember, folks, a lot of buyers also have very bad taste so this agent may know his market. These houses and their toilets are not selling to people who spend time reading beautiful blogs like Julia’s.

KayVonne October 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I’ll just die if I begin seeing these toilet covers at upcoming craft shows. Surely not!! KV

Kirbydog November 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Wait a minute, while I…… grurgle, blekkkk…barf…good thing we are near to po-po so I can wrech in it while I look at those… covers????

Man January 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

why would you want that on a toilet?
I’m just going to get urine on it.

Mona of WsprsweetlyOfCottages February 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm

On this one I did more than write LOL..I literally laughed out loud!
But then, you know…there might be someone out there that would say…
“ cute! THAT is the house for me!!!” and ask…”will they be willing to leave that toilet seat cover?” know… :)

ida February 26, 2009 at 3:18 am

that last toliet seat cover was too much for me. i about died from laughing. thanks

molly December 14, 2009 at 1:02 am

The first 2 were baffling, the last (the pink) was HYSTERICAL!!!
I’m right in there with those rolling around the floor, tears streaming, laughing so hard my sides hurt. And all these things are made…on purpose!
Of course they’re now my favorite POOR decorating ideas shot. Thank you.

Heather Nicole February 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hysterical! I needed a good laugh today!

Chrissy April 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Laugh of the day! Your comments at the beginning got me going, then when I saw the toilets ..hehehe haw haw haw…there I go again! My mum used to crotchet those things, now she’s passed on and I have a pile of them lurking in the back of my linen cupboard. can’t throw them out, can’t use em, and who’d want to buy them?

Rach July 6, 2010 at 4:11 am

that is HIDEOUS!!!!!!

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