Teardrop Memories

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"Did you ever hear the expression "basket case? asked Greg C. of Teardrop Memories, a dealer in antique funeral, mortuary and death related collectibles.
"This is where it comes from"
He pointed to a wicker coffin sitting on his dining room floor.
He said it had been used by the United States Army during the Spanish-American War.

"Something like this would end up as a coffee table for an avant-garde type of guy" He said.

Often he picks up macabre mementos from funeral homes that have gone out of business.
He also scours flea markets and antique shops and searches online for Victorian autopsy, Undertaker and graveyard photographs, embalmers books, death masks and funeral lamps.

He sells his finds – like a wooden neck cradle that was probably used as a headrest during embalming and for coffins in the 1930’s or 1940’s – on his site TearDropMemories . Com

G.C., who used to manage a pet store and also has a passion for antique bird cages, said he was not driven by gallows humor.
He stumbled into the market when he found a picture of a group of folks doing a funeral for a pet sold right away.
He also sells yellowing Love letters, old diaries and scrapbooks through the site MaidensMemoirs . Com and the bird cages at the site NorthForkPets . Com

G.C., who started collecting Byzantine coins as a child, now looks for loved one’s hair spun or braided into a vanity set or watch fob.
As a history buff, he researches each death collectible.

"A life lost need not be lost to history" he said.

Tear Drop Memories offers fine Post Mortem photography, rare funeral collectibles and interesting cemetery art, vintage Halloween and death related books.
Please visit our other two TIAS web shops ; North Fork Pets And Antiques, a great shop for antique Victorian bird cages and vintage Dog, animal collectibles and Maidens Memoirs, the place for old Love letters, Victorian scrap Books, vintage diaries and circus freak photos.
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New York Times Sunday March 5 2006 Tear Drop Memories Interview

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