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November 8th, 2010

Glitter @ 08:23 pm

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

Hi all and welcome to my blog.

My mother recently took a trip to Salem, Mass. and she bought me a present while she was there. It's a necklace with what looks like a glass container of copper colored glitter surrounded by a pewter fairy whose facial features are basically non-existent--either because her head is tilted to the side or because this thing is just extraordinarily poorly made. I'm leaning towards the latter, personally.

What's interesting about it is not the fact that I feel the quality is lacking or that it's a fairy or that it's a bottle filled with glitter. What's interesting to me is the packaging. I'm going to reproduce every word here and show you what I mean.

Magical Fairy Essence

supernatural and occult abilities

Sprinkle fairy essence around you, close your eyes and welcome your fairy into your heart. Enjoy the wonder your fairy brings. Just remember, if you stay too long, yo may be lost forever in that magical place of wonder. Do you believe?

By copper cauldron, by burning fire to MAGIC do I aspire

Enchanting, magical creatures known as fairies, are as diverse as grains of sand. Most people believe fairies to be small glowing creatures with wings. However, fairies are truly magical beings able to assume human form, or even become invisible. Fairies can also grant wishes.

copyright 2007 Wild Rose, Middlebury, CT o6762

As I said, this bottle is clearly filled with glitter. So, either fairies are magical creatures that exude glitter or some corporate types stuck a bunch of glitter into a bottle. I don't think you're wondering which one I believe.

Who is this for? Who is this product for? If I really believed in fairies, I'd think I'd find this sort of crass capitalism a bit off-putting. Does anyone buying this necklace think that the bottle isn't filled with glitter? Does anyone who buys this actually sprinkle the glitter around and ask a fairy to come into their hearts?

I don't get it. I wouldn't be questioning all this if it weren't for the packaging. I could accept a necklace with glitter in it that has a fairy pasted on it--it looks pretty (or, at least it would if the fairy didn't look like an amorphous blob of pewter)--but this mystical, magical stuff, I don't understand it.

It's glitter. It's glitter that you can buy for a few dollars a bag. It's glitter that elementary students use too much of to decorate their art projects. It's not "essence", fairy, magical or otherwise. I'm also fairly certain that glitter does not bestow abilities of either the supernatural or occult sort.

But then, I recall a past trip to Salem I made. I bought a necklace which had the body of some very large (but, I thought, very colorful) beetle encased in plastic. The saleslady told me about it's protective powers and whatnot, but that's not the part that applies to the current topic. The part that does apply is the part where she put my purchase into a paper bag and threw in a handful of glitter while muttering something about magic under her breath.

Perhaps there are some people who believe in the magical properties of glitter. Either that or the saleslady was playing a part--people come to Salem for the magic, right? They're all witches there, right?

I don't mean to come down on wiccans. Far be it for me to say that there's no magic or that people can't do spells or talk to the dead or whatever. However, I think I can feel fairly confident in saying that glitter has no powers. It's glitter. It's glitter on a 5th grader's picture and it's glitter that you can buy at the store. It's not magical. It's not mystical. It's not even rare or precious or valuable: it's glitter.

Do the people who package this stuff believe in this schlock? Their website doesn't sell glitter but candles and oils. Which is weird. They don't sell these necklaces online? Why not? I'd e-mail them but I don't want to end up on some kind of mailing list. I couldn't even go to all the pages of the website before firefox got nervous about untrustworthy websites.

Anyway, to make a long story short, mom bought me a necklace with glitter in it with a fairy (?) on it. It's always nice to have some new swag. ;)

Quote of the Entry:
"Every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." ~Peter Pan
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