Secondhand Pagan, Redux

Yard Sale Northern California May 2005. This i...
Yard Sale Northern California May 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaking of things from ages ago…

About a year ago I wrote about being a Secondhand Pagan, finding altar pieces and other materials at thrift stores and yard sales. Over the some I wrote occasionally about yard sale finds and honoring the ancestors at estate sales, but as the yard sale season waned I’ve let the subject drop but some conversations I’ve had offline made me want to revive the subject.

I’m thinking about doing a series of posts about being a secondhand pagan, about the sorts of things you can find at thrift stores and the like. I’m very fortunate in this area, as I live in a city with no lack of thrift stores, estate sales, and secondhand shops. I think with enough patience, though, a lot of it is do-able anywhere you have access to a decent thrift store.

My goal is to work my way through the standard neopagan altar, one piece at a time, with pictures and suggestions for different ways you can source each one secondhand. I’ve collected a lot of pictures at this point, so it’s time to see if I can tie everything together.

0 thoughts on “Secondhand Pagan, Redux

  1. I often feel an internal “tug” at certain garage sales, or house-teardowns. I need to take something away, and I think it is an “honoring” thing. I don’t limit my takeaways to the altar, I have salvaged brick paths and little yard shrines, too.

    1. That’s a good point. I’m often inclined to bring home other things too; I’m a particular sucker for things like hand-embroidery that I can tell the owner must have put a lot of energy into.

      1. Oh yes, things like that are difficult to pass up. I have a beautiful crocheted collar….very ornate, I still plan to find a way to make a garment deserving of the time spent on it. The man who sold it to me told me how many weeks his mother spent on it; it begged the question of why he would give it up.

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