Lets Go Thrifting!!
On lazy weekend afternoons, when I have nothing on my plate, there's nothing I like to do more than go thrift store shopping. I love to find different spell components and other witchcraft treasures during these outings. Not only am I able to find inexpensive pieces, but I feel like it adds a sense of history to my practice. So here is a short list of things I am always on the lookout for when I spend the day wondering around my favorite thrift stores.
Many standard kitchen witch items sell for almost nothing in thrift stores. People often use specialty items like the mortar/pestle a few times, and then never again. I have a small collection of these because they come in so many different sizes and colors that if I find one, then it's coming home to join the others. A lot of the more traditional tools kitchen witches use in their practices slow things down and It gives them a more mindful way of crafting their spells. Other things you can look for to add to your collection are heavy wood cutting boards, old-fashioned handmade spice racks that our grandmothers had hanging in their homes, and always a ton of serving platters that make great altars.
I love finding handmade wooden boxes that have interesting carvings on top with old hinges and someone's initials underneath. Oh and even better, when it has the date it was made some place hidden within its wood grain. I use these for storage, maybe tarot cards or to hold my incense or upcoming spells I've written. However, If you are still in the broom closet these make great places to store away your witchy things and no one would be the wiser. One last thing I have found useful is to create a travel box. When I leave home and I want to bring along a few of my supplies, I just pop a few pieces into one of my boxes and I have my own travel altar.
-Only choose pieces you truly feel connected to.
-Most people like to do some sort of cleansing for the used items they have found and intend to incorporate into their practice. I always run each piece through the smoke of the incense that I burn specifically for cleansing. You can sage them, you can speak to each piece and welcome them into your home or simply leave it under the moonlight to charge.
There are so many wonderful things that you can find that I haven't mentioned partly because I could go on and on with ideas!!