Crafty Witch: Thrifting Surprises
A recent trip to the Salvation Army and Goodwill resulted in some crafty Witch purchases. Interestingly, thrifting can be something to do when looking for a specific project or when you are just open to the possibilities of what you might find in a second hand store, where you are not always concerned about price. Random trips to the Goodwill or Salvation Army have resulted in purchases from cauldrons, chalices, altar cloths, random decorations, or even things such as yarn and candles.
Candle holders and a statue were my surprise purchases this past week, neither of which I went into the store looking for. I have one candle similar to this that my mother bought me some years ago, she paid 20.00 for it. These two candle holders, with little to no damage, cost $1.99 at the Salvation Army. Paroozing the housewares section often can result in some creative findings that are great for magical use.
Goodwill had one of my favorite purchases so far this year, a simple and gentle statue of Kwan Yin for $6.00. This statue was sitting on the shelf next to the housewares section, next to a bunch of small bunnies and birds. With no chips, breaks or discoloration, she radiated compassion right from the shelf and into my basket.
Finding random gifts for small prices while thrifting can be some of the most exciting and magical moments. It is also a way to open the self to the gifts that the universe is sending to us, reminding us of those areas of focus we need to acknowledge. As I am sure that Kwan Yin has a place in my life today, I got a distinct message that I needed to check the way I am working in the world; a message that came from a wire shelf in the back of a second hand store.
What have you found as recent thift store purchases, magical surprises for a reasonable price? I would love to hear from you!
Crystal Blanton reporting, Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area