It is no doubt that you can get about anything in this world, the only catch is to find out where it is sold.
One man is making it easier for people to gain access to a lot of weird stuff that have been preserved over time.
Called Curiosities from the 5th Corner, the shop is operated by Henry Scragg, and it sells odd items that include aborted babies, pickled body parts, human flesh and stuffed animals, and these items go anywhere between £10 and £2,650.
The body parts which include a human fetus and women’s ovaries, are kept in jars, and they are preserved in formaldehyde, a solution that preserves and fixes tissues and organs, before being transferred into an alcohol and distilled water solution.
Henry said: “Now and then I have to change the fluid or top them up and remove any bits that fall off.
“The human specimens are usually old medical specimens or tribal pieces from various cultures around the world.
“We are generally used to burial or cremation but other cultures treat remains in a different way, respecting them visually in their remains.
“I understand that some people don’t get it or think it’s disrespectful or wrong to sell remains because as a society we don’t generally know about the traditions of other cultures.
“It’s fine, it’s also easier to get angry at someone than research the information.”
Henry gave up his job as a gardener at Anglia Ruskin University five years ago to pursue his interest in ‘macabre curiosities’.
He said: He said: “When I was young I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was lost. So I spent the majority of my life trying to follow others but I was never happy and I was never myself.
“I’ve grown up to the point in life where I’m not influenced by opinion.
“People get very upset when they see the taxidermy dog skin rug. They say it’s cruel, but the way I see it is if you have had a dog that has been adored and loved its whole life then that’s quite a beautiful thing to turn it into a rug.
“People see it as sick because they are not used to it, but if it’s standard leather or anything that doesn’t have a face, people don’t connect with as much.”
The collector had started off his business by collecting strange and interesting items on eBay, fairs and car boot sales. He put up his first display at Colchester Castle in 2011.
He said: “I contacted the people there to ask if I could have a stall for bits and bobs of my general hoardings that I had and the only room they had was the jail cells, but it as perfect for my stuff.
“The beauty is everybody is drawn to something different, you couldn’t line people up and pick out the people that are interested in the macabre.
“The people that come in my shop are open minded people, they just have to be mature enough to have their own thoughts and appreciations and not be quick to judge.”
Henry’s customers range from medical professionals to ‘next door neighbours’.
He said: “A lot of people bring me things because they don’t know what to do with them or no one else will buy them.
“Some people are not happy that I make money out of it but the way I see it is, what is more ethical? Surely it would be better to provide them to people who appreciate them instead of throw them away.
“If you are interested in this kind of thing, it doesn’t mean to say there is anything wrong with you. If it wasn’t for people like me there would be no medical understanding or anything.
“My friends and family have been very supportive even though they’re not really into this kind of thing, they love the shop and help out. The shop probably wouldn’t remain open if it wasn’t for them.”