A Wiccan Grove

December 18, 2008

Wicca/Pagan Practices on a Budget by LadyDragon

As we were preparing the information for this site, it occurred to me
that not everyone, myself included, has a great deal of extra cash
lying around to supply themselves with all the wonderful “goodies”
and tools associated with our chosen paths. To that end I decided to
give some practical advice and information on how to get your
supplies, needs or wants without going into debt on the way Surprised)

1) Your Home

Before you buy anything, look around your own home. There are
treasures galore there if you look. What about that odd goblet you
keep hanging on to but just aren’t certain why? Maybe you were saving
it for a chalice on your altar/workspace. Candleholders can be any
number of different things, an odd piece of driftwood or stone with
natural holes in it, small dishes or glasses (they should be heat
resistant though).

2) Thrift Stores

Thrift stores and secondhand shops are wondrous places. Go in with an
open mind and a vivid imagination and all manner of things appear as
tools. You want an athame but just can’t afford that really cool one
you saw? Well look around, letter openers make a nice substitute
until a later date. Herb knife? I bet you can find a good temporary,
if not permanent one, in a thrift shop also. And there are any number
of dishes that can be found for use on your altar/workspace for salt,
incense, water, etc.

3) Hock Shops

This is where you might be able to find the, usually, higher ticket
items, such as gold and silver and even platinum sometimes. Don’t be
afraid to haggle either. Most hock shops expect it. On a side note,
things from a hock shop can sometimes have “bad or sorrowful vibes”
attached to them. My advice, handle the object you desire, “feel” it
and if you don’t feel like you can cleanse away any unwanted vibes
from it, pass.

4) Rock Shops (Lapidary Supply)

Yippeeee! Gemstones at decent prices! This is THE ultimate if you
want a lot of stones and metals to work with. Here you can find them
in their natural states, unfinished, and in all kinds of shapes and
sizes. You can usually also get cut stones, agate and geode slices,
and the findings and tools to mount them if you so desire. Some rock
shops also carry some mounted stones for reasonable prices. I can
spend hours at our local shop Smile.

5) Flea Markets and Yard Sales

Always great places to look for items at, usually, rock bottom
prices. Again, don’t be afraid to haggle.

6) Craft Stores

For me, this is another great place to find items that I can put
together myself. To me, that is the very best. Then a part of you has
gone into the item you desire and it is more in tune with your needs.
For example: I wanted a specific type of Altar Tile. I couldn’t find
what I wanted anywhere. I went to the local craft shop, bought a
blank tile, paint specifically for ceramics and glass, and made
exactly what I wanted. It took all of about an hour once I had it at
home and the cost was around $5. Of course, I didn’t use all the
paint so I can use it for other things I may want decorated as time
goes on.

7) Hardware Stores and Lumber Yards

Go to these places for the woods you want for building boxes, shelves
to hold your items and doweling to make burins, pen handles for
calligraphy nibs and even wands. (You can get doweling at craft
stores but it usually costs a lot more and they don’t carry a variety
of wood types) Or if you want a copper wand, you can get the tubing,
cut to any length you want, at the hardware store in the plumbing
section.

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