Not much has changed in the 26 years since Necromance opened its doors on Melrose. Its jars of preserved bats and jewelry made from human bone are still the shop's best-selling items. Necromance is one of the only stores in L.A. that sells taxidermy — numerous deer and moose heads stare blankly out from the shop's turquoise walls — and it's impressively affordable. The heads go for between $300 and $500. A stuffed cheetah sitting in the front window sells for $2,800. “We try to keep our prices low,” says owner Nancy Smith. “Maybe that's why we're still in business.” Among other curiosities, the store sells preserved butterflies, jackrabbit skulls, fox tails, badger claws, deer legs, turtle shells, vintage poison jars, miniature shrunken heads and human teeth. Or, for something a bit less macabre, you can pick up a gorgeous natural history print — as old as 1817 — for around $30.
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