If you’re a 20-something college kid like me, on a budget, or simply don’t want to spend a ton of money, gathering all your tools can be hard. Sometimes it takes some imagination, and a little searching. Here’s a list of ideas on what and where to get your materials so you don’t spend a load of cash!
-you can always make your own items. I made my altar and my pentacle myself, and both were fairly easy!
-Dollar stores, thrift stores, and garage sales are your BEST FRIENDS. I have found my best items at these places.
-Amazon and Ebay: I especially like Amazon because you can get loads of books for dollars a piece.
-Catholic Shops: usually have great censers and high quality incense
-Etsy: has TONS of pagan-y things. Also, a lot of it is hand made, and very high quality. You can even buy herbs on Etsy.
If you are wondering where to get a particular tool, here are some ideas:
Altar: thrift stores have tons of side tables that can make really nice altars.
Candles: I usually find most of my candles at thrift stores and garage sales. Also, if your grocery store has a Jewish section, you can buy a box of Shabbat candles. They are small, chime sized candles and usually go for about two bucks for twelve.
Athame: This one is tough. When I was first starting, I actually used a flat stone that looked like a large arrowhead.
Wand: This is a tool that you can definitely make on your own. There are some great youtube tutorials on how to do this! If you don’t want to make your own wand, I reccomend checking out Etsy.com
Pentacle: You can either make your own (DIY post coming soon) or you can buy a plate, flip it over, and paint whatever you would like on it.
Cup, bowls, libation dish, bell, candle holder: you can find some really cool and ornate dishes, bells, and candle holders at the thrift store for pocket change!
Besom: around Yule time, a lot of grocery stores and craft stores sell Cinnamon Brooms. I bought mine at my local grocery store for three dollars. You can also make your own if you are willing to put in some work!
incense: dollar stores and hippie stores in the mall usually have decently priced incense sticks. You can also make your own!
Incense holder: any dish with salt in the bottow will do!
Altar cloth: check out the discount bins at craft stores for pieces of scrap fabric that may be big enough (after hemming) to cover your altar!
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