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Two of the most beautiful words we always long to hear at Aldetha are: museum specimen. Nothing beats an antique jar or cabinet filled with curiosities to brighten our day. There is no antique store we won't go into. There is no flea market we'll pass by without stopping to look. There is no museum we won't go into. The more haunted looking the house, the better the estate sale we always say! There is no cemetery we won't sit in, digging with a spoon and filling up our Freezer-Lock Easy-Grip Zip-loc bags.

***TO THOSE WHO HAVE ISSUE WITH OUR CEMETERY DIRT HOBBY:
First, cemeteries and death are an INDUSTRY. I hope you are aware of that. As long as a cemetery is wringing more money out of a grieving family, they're happy.

Every time I go to collect a few spoonfuls of dirt in an out of the way area I leave…

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  • Born on July 18
  • Joined June 20, 2007

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antiques, the Victorian era, museum specimens, dentistry, medical antiques, taxidermy, jars, natural history, curiosities, oddities

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Souvenirs for the Victorian Traveler

About

Two of the most beautiful words we always long to hear at Aldetha are: museum specimen. Nothing beats an antique jar or cabinet filled with curiosities to brighten our day. There is no antique store we won't go into. There is no flea market we'll pass by without stopping to look. There is no museum we won't go into. The more haunted looking the house, the better the estate sale we always say! There is no cemetery we won't sit in, digging with a spoon and filling up our Freezer-Lock Easy-Grip Zip-loc bags.

***TO THOSE WHO HAVE ISSUE WITH OUR CEMETERY DIRT HOBBY:
First, cemeteries and death are an INDUSTRY. I hope you are aware of that. As long as a cemetery is wringing more money out of a grieving family, they're happy.

Every time I go to collect a few spoonfuls of dirt in an out of the way area I leave flowers on graves. I have the utmost respect for cemeteries and the great feelings of loss that exist in them.

I don't make much money on any of my cemetery dirt listings. After buying the vintage jars, spending hours designing the labels, packaging, Etsy fees, PayPal fees, and shipping I come out with very little in profit. I don't sell this dirt because I'm trying to be ghoulish or disrespectful (or insanely wealthy). I do it because it has been a hobby of mine for years and thought I would share it as a lot of people don't have access to their favorite places.

I have never, even as a full-on teenage goth queen, ever EVER disrespected, stolen, upset, or marred anything in a cemetery. I have NEVER disrupted headstones, burial area's, or the like. I pay my respects to the dead every time I enter a cemetery and I will continue too. I personally don't believe where your body lies is the end of you. It can be a solemn place but I don't believe there is anything "there". It's just a body, devoid of the soul. That is my belief and that is why taking spoonfuls of dirt from cemeteries or graves is not an issue to me. IT'S JUST DIRT. I view death, mortality, and burial like the Victorians. It is a celebration of someone's life and it is inevitably going to happen to all of us. The person I loved is GONE but their body remains. The Victorians designed cemeteries to be park-like and beautiful. They walked in them, lunched in them, played in them, laughed in them. They celebrated the lives of the dead around them by enjoying their life to the fullest as it would end someday too.

The modern day death industry has stripped death of any meaning except for that of fear by forcing us to view it as unspeakable and horrible so they can wring more money out of us by charging extra for steel lined coffins, "safer", less moist soil to be buried in so it takes "longer" for a body to decompose, as if it mattered, and ridiculous exorbitant charges for things like simple graveside services (which should be free) and limo's.

For those of you who don't agree with my hobby and find it an issue I urge you just to not visit my shop. I myself belong to a volunteer organization that goes in and raises money and cleans up neglected, overgrown, and forgotten cemeteries. I hope you can find something to do in your free time besides worry about me and my hobby which basically comes down to a few spoonfuls of dirt I take from the EARTH, which if you forgot, belongs to all of us.
Thanks,
Aldetha

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