On the 2021 spring equinox, my husband and I were standing in line (six feet apart from everyone) in the Long Beach Sun. We were behind two friends with very distinct laughs, across the street from a university’s florist department, and next to an ice cream seller in a tux ringing a bell. Eventually, we got into the Long Beach Antique Market.
This market had around 500 sellers of thrift items and antiques. With $200 in $20s, I was specifically looking for altar and witchcraft items. And I was not let down. I got everything from dried plants to altar decor to animal bones.
Many people ask me about witchcraft on a budget. If you’re reading this, then you probably know how expensive some magic tools and metaphysical shops are. But everyone can practice magic with little to no money. To prove it, I’ve made a list of witchcraft and Pagan supplies that you can buy at thrift shops, antique stores, and flea markets.
These items are divided into four categories: spell ingredients, witchcraft tools, altar items, and storage. You’ll find some crossover; for instance, the vials that I mention in Storage are also decorating my altar. At the end, I’ll show you how much you can decorate an altar with thrifted supplies.
These are items that you can potentially use in spells.
These include divination tools, books, and other items that you might use for spells, but not in them.
Whether you are religious or not, you can put some of these items on your altar.
These include jars, shelves, and other materials to store your magic supplies when not using them.
Building Altars with Thrifted Items
When I got back from the Long Beach Antique Market, I challenged myself to decorate my altars using mainly thrifted supplies. It was easier than I expected; at least 70% of each altar was bought secondhand.
If this looks like a lot of supplies, remember that I’ve been practicing for over ten years. I’ve visited a lot of antique stores and gathered supplies over time. Not all of these were from the Antique Market.
I have three altars, all on my dresser. I will name all of the items on each that were thrifted.
Altar #1: Wiccan Altar
Thrifted items: the Goddess statue, teapot, both pink bowls, amethyst grapes, opal apple, books, white vase, dried eucalyptus, air plant and its holder.
Altar #2: Death Witchcraft Altar
Thrifted items: coyote skull, glass vial (holding cemetery water), perfume bottle (holding spirit oil), pink container (holding graveyard dirt), black offering bowl.
Altar #3: Hades Altar
Thrifted Items: mythology book, glass jar with bone, black frame, coyote skull, green glass bottles, dried plants, amber medicine bottle.
Did I Miss Anything?
Do you go thrift shopping for magic supplies? What have you bought? Did I miss any items? Let me know in the comments below!
3/28/2021 12:35:25 pm
I love thrifting! I write a wish list of what I want before I leave the house and it usually shows up 🙏🖤
3/29/2021 05:35:20 pm
Thanks Jane! Happy to find a fellow thrifter! Making a wish list is smart--especially because it helps you stick to a budget! Maybe I should try that.
3/29/2021 05:48:44 am
Good morning, I am very intrigued on the items u have found thrifting. Im a momma on a budget also. They don't have many thrift stores in my area unfortunately. But I absolutely love all the items u have collected and hope someday my altar will look as beautiful as urs. Thank u for the info which is absolutely wonderful info for new witches just starting their paths. I look forward to seeing more of ur posts. Blessed Be
3/29/2021 05:36:19 pm
Hi Harmony! Thank you so much! If you don't have many thrift stores, you can always look up flea markets or antique fairs in your area. Some garage sales might have some items, too. Blessed be!
5/13/2021 12:56:59 pm
My sister has been thinking about getting the right supplies in order to be better when practicing witchcraft because she would like to be safer. She would really like to get some help from a professional in order to get the right supplies, and have fewer problems. It was interesting to learn about how she should have a black mirror, utensils, devotional jewelry, vintage necklaces, pipes, pot, and pans that can't be stained.
8/17/2021 03:54:24 pm
Hi Adam! Thanks for the comment!
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