Friday, August 1, 2014

Thrifty Finds!

I'm an avid thrift store shopper.  I often visit one to two thrift stores a week.  I use thrift stores to walk around after a big meal, or keep me occupied while I sip on coffee.  I'll even use them as a social outting.  One might even say I have an addition - a thriftaholic?  I'm coining that term.

Hello, my name is Marietta and I'm a thriftaholic.

Like most 20-somethings, I graduated college during the recession.  I got away without any student loans by busting my rear for scholarships, but my husband wasn't so lucky. Thus, we also have a sizable loan for his tuition.  My husband went through lay offs - twice.  I went through a lack of clients as a caricaturist and barely kept my small business afloat.  And, while we're more stable now than we've likely ever been, nothing helps that stability like finding ways to save a little money.

Shopaholic I may seem, but shopaholic I'm not.  While I pick around local thrift stores often, I usually only walk out with something once or twice a month.  Every time I do, it's almost always under $10 unless I'm making a huge purchase.  I can't begin to tell you just how many things I've found at thrift stores over the years, including...

All of my teapots aside from the large clear glass Primula teapot...

And a lot of the clothes you've seen me wear in posts.


Over the years, I've also ran into a lot, and I do mean a lot, of my witchy supplies as well.  In fact, nearly all of the items in my spiritual room were found in thrift stores or at garage sales.

All of my altars were thrift store or garage sale finds.

Many of my candles were bought at thrift stores.
I only purchase candles that haven't been burned yet.

All of my wall shelves were from thrift stores.

I've even purchased all of my book second hand via online sellers.

When it comes to designing my altars, I've also stuck to garage sales and thrift stores.  You'd be so surprised just what you might run across on a standard visit!

Cork bottles are super cheap and common at thrift stores and garage sales.

All of my ancestor altar frames were purchased at thrift stores.

This straw Kitchen Witch doll from my kitchen altar?  Thrift store.

How about this whole Ostara centerpiece?  Various items found at various thrift stores over time.
Even the stone eggs on either side were thrift store finds.

Yet another thrifty find is this corn doll from my August Eve altar.

I've even managed to find tools of the craft at thrift stores.

Mini-besom?  Thrift store.
(Also, Midsummer sun tea light holder?  Thrift store.)

Mortar and pestle?  Thrift store.

These stones, the container and the Crystal Power Handbook?  This was taken the moment of discovery.  That floor is the thrift store's floor!

And these stones?  NOT a thrift store!  Gotchya!
These were found at a garage sale!

If you're not convinced to start shopping thrifty for all of your pagan needs, or even all of your needs in general, I'd be surprised.  It's simply crazy just how much luck I've had.  And the discovery is always the biggest part of the fun.  I've been so incredibly excited with each of the items above that I've typically posted a picture to Facebook before or directly after the purchase is made.  I just can't wait to share my find!

So, with that incredibly long introduction, I'd like to share with you some of my thrift store finds for today!

This gorgeous tea cup was made right in my home state, Missouri, in Van Buren according to the tag on the saucer.  Everything about this tea cup screamed me.  It has all three of my favorite colors, elegant near-paisley swirls and maple leaf decorations.  And I just love the heightened stand.  This teacup is going to see a lot of use in the near future and was stacked with my other teacup finds over the past few months:

Finally, I of course have my mini-besom, purchased at a thrift store....

And my full besom purchased from a specialized shop seen in the background here:

But today I found a medium-sized decorative besom perfect for the upcoming holidays!

I mean, look at the detailing in this!

Even one of my familiars, Zeus, approves!

Today's total for a gorgeous locally made teacup, a medium-sized seasonal besom and a Bath and Body Works White Barn Candle Company large jar candle (not pictured) valued alone at $20?
Just $8.06 after tax.

As you can see, so many of your craft's tools, altar decorations and more can be found for just a few bucks!  Sometimes, I've even found things left in apartments, rental houses, or on the curb simply waiting to be taken for free.  If you keep your eyes peeled and your mind open, you'll never know what you'll find!

I'll leave you today with some adorable pictures of my familiars.  Enjoy!


  1. marietta, I just wanted to say I truly love your blog. It has brought me such joy! I have searched for years for good blogs on pagan/wiccan/witchy themes, They are hard to find. And the visual nature is just so different and really appealing. I just felt like I needed to let you know How very much I appreciate your work on this blog.
    Thanks again

    1. Thank you so much, L! I really appreciate your kind comments. They remind me that I'm on the right path. Thank you again!

  2. Hi, I was wondering what if anything do you do to your items when you bring them home especially used books do you worry about any energy attached. I always shy away from used furniture as I am scared they may be haunted ha, ha!
    Thanks for your advice,

    1. I buy tons of used items, just like Marietta. I find you can tell immediately if something is right for you or not, and if there is anything bad associated with it. If you see something and say "I need it" its most likely the item telling you to take it home. I clean all the items when I buy them, which usually washes away any negativity as well. I've never spiritually cleansed anything, but I've also never bought something that I got a bad feeling about. I find trusting my gut works best. Use your best judgement. If you feel it needs a spiritual cleansing, cleanse it, otherwise let it bring its own aura into your home. You would be amazed at how much good it can bring you. I have an antique couch that has totally changed my reading space. My cats love it so much, more than I can even explain. I did nothing but vaccum it and place it in the room where I wanted it. Who ever owned it before, must have had animals too because the couch loves the cats just as much as they love it.

    2. Thank you for your comment, George! I absolutely agree with Lesley. For the better part, I don't think I've ever bought something that wasn't a good fit or has some sort of negative energy attached to it. If something has a negative history, it likely won't call to you. I've definitely picked up things I thought I wanted only to put it back down very quickly.

      If you feel you need to cleanse it, there are so many ways to go about that! Everything from purified water to salt to sage to the full moon and more. If I ever felt that concerned about an object, cleansing it would be the first thing I'd do. That being said, I usually enjoy the little energy signatures that each thrifty find has brought into my home!

  3. You and I could be best friends. Almost all of the items in our house are from thirft stores, garage sales, and craigs list. Used items have so much more character and meaning, especially when you make them over as your own. I love everything I have brought into our home.

    1. I totally agree with you! Not only do second hand items tend to tell the story of their previous life, but there's just something so special about making that perfect discovery! The fact that the item is likely cheaper than its in-store counterpart (if it's even sold in any store to begin with) is just a bonus!

  4. I just want to say (I know you probably get a lot of these comments) but I really love your blog; the themes and images are beautiful; your altars are beautiful and your life is beautiful. I especially like your thrifty nature in posts like this one. bless!

    1. Thank you so very, very much! I really appreciate every single comment given. It tells me that I'm doing the right thing with my religion and my blog - that I'm on the right path. And that's absolutely everything to me. So thank you again!