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Question of the Week: 44 - 6/4/2001

Do You Spend Money with Pagan Merchants?

With the rise in commercial ventures in the Pagan community we just had to ask. IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS, what pagan merchants did you give your hard earned cash to? Was there anything that you needed? Are you all set? What did you buy? What are you planning on purchasing from Pagan Merchants? Do you buy your books from Amazon or from a Pagan shop? So many questions but the bottom line is ... IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS was there anything that is sold by the Pagan community that you are interested it?

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I Spend Rather A Lot Of Money At Our 2 Local "metaphysical... Jun 5th. at 9:24:41 pm EDT

Lynne-Renee (rural St. Louis area, Missouri US) Age: 29 - Email

I spend rather a lot of money at our 2 local "metaphysical" stores. I live approx. 60 miles from them. I know I spend a lot due to a deal one has where every $250 you spend (no time limit), you get a $20 gift certificate. Not everything goes toward that-just books and "useful" things-not a cutesy plaque (although they have that too). Let's say I've used a few gift cert.'s over the past couple of years.

The reason for this is that I made a conscious effort to purchase from them rather than other places. I kept reading the message over and over again in SAGE WOMAN. Well, gals and guys, it finally sank in. I make my own candles and soaps...for "special" things. I *always* save candle bits for this purpose. Let's say I do buy a candle cuz it's oh-so-divinely scented, I'll definitely use the leftovers in a divinity candle.

I sort of walk the line between doing it for myself and helping support other Pagans. It just doesn't feel right to spend the money at a major store when they'll charge me the same or $1 less.

Uh- Oh Here We Go Again :) As A Pagan Artist, And Yes... Jun 5th. at 9:04:20 pm EDT

Deagan (Jacksonville, Florida US) Age: 21 - Email

Uh- Oh here we go again :)
As a pagan artist, and yes i am an actual artist with a degree, i have to admit that the regular gamut of pagan material is rather shoddy. And in response, i have to say "you get what you pay for" I don't often purchase from pagan retailers except for simple supplies, Herbss, charcoals, etc. instead i often prefer to make my own things instead. though this isn't an option for most, i'd be willing to part with my hard earned cash oh so eagerly if only the quality and taste of the availabe products would go up. "witchy" and "goth" statuary and tapestries, along with chalices with skulls are all so juvenile and even of such poor workmanship that i can't fathom purchasing them, supporting fellow pagans or not, retailers who supply such material aren't really doing us a favor as a community., now im not saying that we ought to make nice tools and pagann merchandise only accesisable to wealthy, but why not work with existing contractors and srtists to really create something worth buying? I had my medallion of my patron dieties cast by an actual jewlwer for a reasonable and quite cheap fee, the workmanship is excellent and surpasses anything to be found in local and online retailers. My final answer, when we have more to buy i'll have more to spend, in the meantime...back to chipping marble, Herne doesn't sculpt himself you know...

In The Past Six Months? Only Once... From Whispered Prayers In The... Jun 5th. at 3:01:25 pm EDT

Flame (Jackson, Tennessee US) Age: 29 - Email

In the past six months? only once... From Whispered Prayers in the auction... got a great deal on a pound of sage and spearmint! I've noticed, after talking to other people and seeing some of the responses here, a lot of us are thrifty witches. There are not any metaphysical shops in this area. I'd love to support pagan merchants more ( I spent some time in Denver CO and loved the shopping!), but I usually know what I want and I want it now... not 6-8 weeks later.
I tend to buy most of my books from second hand stores online and offline... again.. a thrifty witch I am.
I do have plans to shop more at Whispered Prayers.. I'm lucky enough to have two drivers in the company I manage for who go to CA twice a week and don't mind going down to the store to pick up a few things I'd like... turns out they're pagan and never knew it!

In The Past 6 Months I've Bought Candles From An Online Pagan... Jun 5th. at 11:23:00 am EDT

Hearthstone (Calumet, Michigan US) Age: 39

In the past 6 months I've bought candles from an online Pagan shop. That's it. One reason is that we have no Pagan shops in my area (we did have a very Pagan-friendly new-age store that was wonderful and I shopped there often, but they closed a couple of years ago). The other is that, well, I've already *got* most of the Pagan stuff I need! I don't buy many supplies and tend to stock up on those few that I use (like unscented votives--incredibly hard to find!--and those lovely little 4" spell candles). Since I don't use oils, incense, or anything scented if I can avoid it there just isn't much that the average Pagan store carries that I need.

As for books, our local B. Dalton has quite a nice Pagan section due to the number of Pagans who work there. I occasionally buy something there (will probably go pick up a copy of "Christians and Pagans" soon, in fact) but rarely, since most of their selection is either beginner-level and/or Llewellyn, and I have enough of those two categories of book already. And since I'm currently more interested in history and mythology, subjects not carried by most Pagan stores in any case, I don't anticipate buying many books from Pagan merchants either.

Now, if I do need something and an online Pagan store carries it, yes, I would happily deal with that Pagan store--but if a local non-Pagan store carries it as well, I will go with the local merchant because I feel it's important to support small businesses in my area when possible. So in order of preference--local Pagan store (which we do not have), local non-Pagan store, non-local Pagan store. But my answer to your bottom line of "was there anything that is sold by the Pagan community that you are interested in" my answer is "not much."

I Am A Pagan Merchant/musician, And I Try Whenever The Choice... Jun 5th. at 8:47:50 am EDT

Wendy S. (Rahway, New Jersey US) Age: 43 - Email

I am a Pagan merchant/musician, and I try whenever the choice is there, to purchase from other Pagans. I stock up on consumable ritual materials (herbs, charcoal, etc.) either from pagan stores or from the vendors at festivals. I save my money for festival purchases on larger, permanent, high-ticket handmade articles (like drums). I also create things myself for myself and to sell to others. Barter is also big at festivals, and that method of exchange is often very satisfying.

I shop a lot online, and when my band needed T-shirts, we chose a pagan vendor 5 states away, and was very pleased with the personal service and the quality of the work.

I make every effort to support musicians, artists and artisans in the community so that they can continue to create wonderful items of beauty for us all. I encourage you all to do the same. It's extremely difficult to do artisitc creative work "in the margins" after you have put in a 40 hour week as a corporate slave. I would like to believe that the community can support our gifted artists, and allow them the freedom to create.

Hi. I Live In Western Massachuessettts.....and I Just Had To Post... Jun 5th. at 7:12:01 am EDT

Rob Velasquez (chicopee, Massachusetts US) Age: 21 - Email

hi. I live in western massachuessettts.....and I just had to post my bit. Considering where I do live its hard to find paganmerchants resonably nearby to meso ive found my self shopping everywhere..... Barnes and Noble for any books I might be wanting, a little book store in NorthHampton for my jewlery (Ive found a beautiful little pendant of the Great Mother there) and a place down the street from that one for my incense and herbs. Anything store for herbs (don't ahve ability to grow own garden), dancgin bear inmall for oter incses and just whereeve I am lucky enough to find what im lookin for. I would prfer to have a pagan store nearby since that made things much easier wen I lived in southern california....but this right now has made me somewhat more resouceful. Lol.

A Bought A Shirt From, And I'm Assuming That They Are... Jun 4th. at 11:05:42 pm EDT

Manda (memphis, Tennessee US) Age: 20 - Email

A bought a shirt from, and I'm assuming that they are Pagan only because I linked to them from Hmm.. I bought some jewelry at a gem and mineral show in Memphis from some decidedly "witchy" feeling folks, but didn't ask because that admission in a crowded room in the bible belt could cause all sorts of trouble for the vendors.

Other than that I haven't bought much of anything from anyone, Pagan or otherwise. *sigh*

I Buy Some Stuff From "pagan" And Metaphysical Shoppes. Smudges, Crystals, Some... Jun 4th. at 8:23:38 pm EDT

Calliope (Oakville, Ontario CA) Age: 21 - Email

I buy some stuff from "pagan" and metaphysical shoppes. Smudges, crystals, some candles. I don't go there specifically to buy "witch stuff", such as altar tools. All my altar tools are things I've happened upon. To list:

Athame: found at a flea market
Cauldron: yard sale 2 summers ago
Salt Bowl: flea market last year (the one i used before was inherited from my mother)
Water Bowl: former salt bowl, was an antique silver planter
Wand: i made it
Goddess and God Candle holders: Silver Dollar
Goddess and God Candles: Ancient Earth (pagan shoppe)
Altar Tile: a flat rock which i painted a pentacle on
Chalice: Value Village
Bell: The Salvation Army
Libation Dish: hand made clay dish from the IODE Opportunity Shop
Cords: Michael's Crafts
Books: wherever I find them cheap--bookstores, pagan stores, second hand stores
Book of Shadows: Sketchbook from College Bookstore
Grimoire: Scrapbook from College Bookstore

Well, you get the picture! I'm always looking for magickal items, and often buy candles, crystals and incense. Mostly, I utilize the dollar store (can't beat 6 candles for $1).

As a Pagan Crafter, I have tried to sell my wares (wands, invocation rings, etc.), and I have found other Pagans as cheap as I am. They are not willing to pay for the time and effort put into the work, and always try to barter the price down.

There *are* some things I have bought: a pentacle necklace, smudges, crystals. Other than that, I don't believe I have bought anything but books.

In The Past 6 Months? I'd Have To Say That No, I... Jun 4th. at 3:17:15 pm EDT

Comfort (Reva, Virginia US) Age: 33 - Email

In the past 6 months? I'd have to say that no, I did not purchase anything from pagan merchants, unless you consider Pyramid Collection a pagan merchant. Why? Well, mainly because I live in a rural area and merchants, let alone pagan ones, are few and far between in general. I don't buy athames, crystals, etc. I have a friend who makes most of my candles and I buy books and tarot decks from Why? Because Amazon has it all bookwise & if I was a tarot deck, and the "Chalice & the Blade", and the latest Anne Perry mystery, and Tex-Mex cookbook and a collection of Dilbert cartoons, it all goes on one order. I've also been burned to the tune of $200 from a so-called pagan online merchant (couple years ago) and now only use online stores after hearing many good recommendations from folks I trust. I have purchased from online pagan stores and had no problems. I just haven't done it in the last 6 months.

My Husband Wants To Quarantine My Check Card! I Like To Visit... Jun 4th. at 1:58:41 pm EDT

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney (Friendswood/Houston, Texas US) Age: 44 - Email

My husband wants to quarantine my check card!

I like to visit the Pagan stores here in Houston. I do it about once a month, come in, talk to the owner, look at the goodies (drool on the cases) and then I try to always pick up something I can use or give. I really try hard not to leave without something. Why? Because I LIKE supporting them and my community.

When I travel, I do the same thing: if there's a store and I know about it and if I have time, I'm there.

I am currently serving as Representative for CMA and interface with the community is one of my jobs. But honestly, I would do this even if I didn't have a job to do: shopping is so much fun and the merchants always have cool stuff.

I have not ordered from a Pagan shop online yet, I really don't online shop. I like having the item in my hands, feeling the vibrations. I only shop online in an emergency when there's no other choice.

What I would wish for is more merchants with "other stuff". I would LOVE to order from a pagan clothing merchant with more "goddess-sized" stuff (cotton sun dresses, please!!!) and pagan kids stuff (we need more kid-oriented things, from books to toys and games to clothing with "that look").

But I love shopping the Pagan community, whether at festivals or in the towns.

Blessed be:

I Used To Spend Huge Chunks Of Paychecks At A Metaphysical Store... Jun 4th. at 11:00:21 am EDT

Adaryn (San Giovanni del Tempio, Italy) Age: 23 - Email

I used to spend huge chunks of paychecks at a metaphysical store in my hometown. But the merchandice was not the only reason I went. Phyllis, the owner, and her daughter created a magnificant little haven. The lighting was perfect, the music was uplifting, and the atmosphere was enchanting. I could walk into the store and instantly be at peace. Not to mention the wonderful people who frequented. I gladly spent my money, not just for the candles, tapestrys and jewlery, but for the ambiance. Since moving here, there are no Pagan merchants nearby. I have been known to buy gifts from online merchants, but money is tight. Most of my tools are handmade, altar tiles, wands, etc. My herbs are courtasy of McCormick's. It's more fun and readily available.

Cudos For What "tarotstar" Wrote (1st Post): As A Witch, I Usually... Jun 4th. at 10:06:42 am EDT

John (New Naumkeag) Age: 34 - Email

Cudos for what "Tarotstar" wrote (1st post): as a Witch, I usually get or make the physical tools I might need for crafting magic from Nature. (But when I can't, I try to buy what I need from a true "witch-shop" instead of a mainstream store, to support the community and for better quality things!)

As for what I *do* buy from pagan merchants...

The ONE type of place that CONSISTENTLY gets my business is the pagan coffeeshop or pagan tavern, *BUT ONLY* if it allows smoking. If I can get a decent cup of joe *and* smoke a cigarette *and* "talk shop" and not have to be worried about the various fascists (health fascists or some of the less open-minded members of a certain religion) berating me, *that* place has my business. (If I can light up my pipe and write in my journal, too, or if I can have a shot of tequilla and listen to a good band, too, well goooollllly, I'm in heaven!) Pagan or pagan-friendly coffeeshops and taverns are few and far between, but when I find one I rejoice ... and I put down my money.

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