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When you’re a witch on a budget, you’re always on the lookout for new ways to make your dollar stretch. Witch tools can be expensive when you buy from pagan stores online or new age stores on the streets. The good news is that you don’t need to get the sterling silver athame with rubies set into it to have a great ritual tool on your altar.
I go to the thrift store for so many of my ritual tools. I’ve found Himalayan salt candle holders, mason jars in all sizes, and even small totem animals carved from real stone like quartz at various thrift stores. You can find your witch tools there, too!
You might think that the tools you find at new age stores that cost more money would be better suited for witchcraft, but that’s not the case at all. Second hand tools can be powerful and beautiful tools that bring personality into your witchcraft.
We also have to consider that witches should be good stewards of the Earth, and that includes reusing old things instead of always buying new. You have a responsibility to stop further pollution that producing new tools creates.
Here are some ideas of what you can find in thrift stores for your witchcraft.
Bowls For Spells And Offerings
Thrift stores often have a wealth of bowls and plates that can be used in spells and on altars. Wooden bowls are great for holding salt, ceramic bowls can hold herbal offerings. Even beautiful and delicate teacups can be used as offering bowls.
Bells For Sound Clearing
I’m in the market for a bell, still! It can be hard to find one that still has the clapper inside, but the bells at thrift stores are often antiques with beautiful designs. I’ve even found some genuine silver bells. Too bad they didn’t have the clappers!
Mirrors For Scrying
Mirrors have a hard time surviving the journey to the thrift store shelves, but sometimes you can find gorgeous antique hand mirrors that will be perfect for scrying or beauty spells. Don’t overlook the larger ones, either! Some of them are truly gorgeous.
Thrifted mirrors are the objects most likely to carry energy from past owners with them, so these items are on the must cleanse ASAP list. Cleanse mirrors in multiple ways. I like to cleanse them under flowing water and them leave them outside in sun and moonlight for a few weeks before using them.
Cups For Offerings
You will be shocked by how many truly beautiful wine cups and chalices you can find at thrift stores. These are great for altar offerings!
Thrift stores have a wealth of scarves and clothes in different fabrics. I have some in blue gauzy fabrics, some in thicker red fabrics, and everything in between. Make sure you launder these in hot water before using, though. You never know what nasties might be on the fabric you bring home from the thrift store.
From tall candelabras to small shot glasses, you will come away from almost any thrift store with a handful of candle holders. I like to look for candle holders that aren’t just standard glass, which is why I love the Himalayan salt candle holders I found.
Art For Altars
The art at thrift stores can be hit or miss, but I can usually find some beautiful classical paintings in some gorgeous frames ready to be hanged on my walls. I like to look for art that represents the seasons.
Of course, we witches need our mason jars. Be careful you’re not overpaying for them, though. Unfortunately some thrift stores are marking jars up because they know they’re popular! I like to look for non-standard sizes, like smaller baby food jar sizes.
Mortar & Pestles
If you deal with herbs at all, you need a good mortar and pestle. I found a gorgeous set at my favorite thrift store for less than 2 dollars and it has lasted me for more than 10 years of heavy use.
Don’t Forget To Cleanse Thrifted Objects Of Residual Energy!
There are a few different ways an item can be cleansed before being used in your rituals. Here are some options:
- Wash the items under flowing water. A sink works fine, but you could also take it to a river or stream.
- Cover the item in salt. Don’t do this with metal objects unless you know they can tolerate salt.
- Use incense or smoke to cleanse them.
- Place the item outside. You can leave them in a safe space to be cleansed by sun and moon.