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« Topic Start: August 09, 2007, 10:33:25 am »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops? Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck. I did find one shop in our local antique shopping district but itís a bit hit or miss with them. How did you find the shop that you go to? It seems that most have a place they like to go for these things. Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*
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« Reply #1: August 09, 2007, 10:41:09 am »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops? Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck. I did find one shop in our local antique shopping district but itís a bit hit or miss with them. How did you find the shop that you go to? It seems that most have a place they like to go for these things. Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*

did you try witchvox?  http://witchvox.com/  they have listings of local shops, groups, etc. 
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« Reply #2: August 09, 2007, 12:43:48 pm »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops? Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck. I did find one shop in our local antique shopping district but itís a bit hit or miss with them. How did you find the shop that you go to? It seems that most have a place they like to go for these things. Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*

Other then doing an internet search..

What about a local Craft store? My local store carries Insense, of course it's the fruits and flower scents but Vanilla or Lavander or Sandlewood  helps
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« Reply #3: August 09, 2007, 01:30:39 pm »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops? Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck. I did find one shop in our local antique shopping district but itís a bit hit or miss with them. How did you find the shop that you go to? It seems that most have a place they like to go for these things. Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*

As someone has already mentioned, Witchvox has a section (go to the main site, select your state - or nearby states, for that matter) from the drop down box at the top left column, and then on the state page, look for Stores (it's down near the bottom.)

Not everything is listed there, and stuff sometimes goes out of business or moves, so it's worth calling before you make a special trip somewhere.

Two of my local shops (both of which I like a lot) also do mail order business (Magus Books, http://magusbooks.com and Eye of Horus, http://eyeofhorus.biz ). Magus has the wider incense selection. There are also tons of incense makers who sell directly: Devonshire Incense does really lovely stuff, and the makers are Pagan, and excellent at what they do. http://www.incense.net/ (Their website is still lacking a lot of detail, and images and such, but you can likely email and get info.)

If you have a local Renaissance Festival with a reasonable number of vendors, there are often excellent incense makers there: I really prefer this option, and then I just order more from them when I need more by mail. (but I've gotten to sniff stuff and ask questions, and all that.)
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« Reply #4: August 09, 2007, 08:29:08 pm »

Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck.

I found my local shop on WitchVox, but as an alternative maybe look for a world market in your area, the one near me has lots of interesting items.
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« Reply #5: August 09, 2007, 08:35:15 pm »


You can always do a google/yahoo/whathaveyou search.  Type in "occult shops in (insert area you live)"  or "metaphysical shops (insert area)" or "new age shops (insert area)".  Sometimes, there is even sites dedicated to shops in your state/city.  Also, like what was said, witchvox is good.  BUt, be sure to call them, because they often shut down and not tell WV.
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« Reply #6: August 26, 2007, 04:04:30 pm »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops? Iíve tried looking for a suitable place to find incenses and other supplies that are of a fitting quality for Craft use but am not having much luck. I did find one shop in our local antique shopping district but itís a bit hit or miss with them. How did you find the shop that you go to? It seems that most have a place they like to go for these things. Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*

Did you find some Local ones???
 any of them worth it??
Just curious if you were able to find them
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« Reply #7: August 26, 2007, 06:21:56 pm »

I donít suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops?

There is this website I found a week ago: http://www.monamagick.com/links_world.html

It lists local shops according to state/province and the like. Its actually really helpful.

Although I do wish where I live had more. Lips sealed
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« Reply #8: October 02, 2007, 04:05:50 pm »

Or even a website would be nice. I could use the suggestions. Thanks*
http://themagickalcat.com/ and http://www.azuregreen.com/ are two good ones.
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« Reply #9: November 13, 2007, 08:24:20 pm »

I don’t suppose any of you know a listing or how to search for local Pagan themed shops?

Write up a list of things you need. I have no idea what you really need, but let's use this list as an example:

incense
stones
candles
herbs
wand

incense:
home and decorating stores
alternative grocery markets
And... my local Target even has incense.
Or call up a local church and ask where they get theirs. www.CatholicHeavenAngelsWonderlandNiceSmells.com can have its uses.

stones:
Learn how to identify them as well as which stones are naturally found in your area. Go seek!
Many home shops sell stones for decorative purposes to put in bowls and such.
A small shop at a nature preserve/park may sell various stones.

candles:
*cough* So maybe I don't need to give tips on this.

herbs:
As unexciting as this is, try the local supermarket.
Or grow your own. I imagine the herbs would be more energetically attuned to you, and you to them, after caring for them in this way.

wand:
Go find a stick on the ground, or else appreciatively remove one from a tree. Strip the bark, clean it up, and then cover it in - darn, don't remember what it's called - but a quick Google search can help you find wand-making tips.

etc.

Every single item you could possibly need can be procured with a bit of creativity. Shops where it's all in one place are great, but not necessary.
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« Reply #10: November 13, 2007, 08:28:22 pm »

did you try witchvox?  http://witchvox.com/  they have listings of local shops, groups, etc. 
That's what I did, too, but they're really over-priced. Is that a trend among pagan-y stores?
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« Reply #11: November 13, 2007, 08:37:01 pm »

That's what I did, too, but they're really over-priced. Is that a trend among pagan-y stores?

To butcher a joke - why sell something as 'pagan' for a dollar when you can sell it as 'new age' for ten?

More seriously, in my limited experience, yeah, over pricing CAN be a problem. That's why I badly miss the mail order people I used to get all my 'less readily available out in the boondocks where I lived' stuff from. Being in a city now, a lot of things are available from less pagan-y places with a little lateral thinking, but there was still something nice about sending off a nice juicy order for trinkets and paraphanalia from somewhere I knew was reliable and had good stuff.
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« Reply #12: November 13, 2007, 09:19:08 pm »

That's what I did, too, but they're really over-priced. Is that a trend among pagan-y stores?

Depends heavily on the stores - but really, any small independent business storefront is likely to have higher costs (and therefore higher prices) than either huge businesess (which reduce costs in a number of ways) or mailorder places (which can use fewer staff, cheaper space, etc.)

Like with a lot of other things, it's often worth paying for the quality. Or for keeping a local independent business that contributes back to the community going. (Both the two I mentioned earlier regularly host classes, discussions, and other community things, some of them free or very low cost, in their meeting spaces. This is an overall good thing, so when I can, I buy from them.)

That said, in both cases, the prices are not what you find at a place able to heavy discounts - but books are retail price, incense is not cheap, but reasonably priced for quality and burn time, etc.
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« Reply #13: November 13, 2007, 09:22:55 pm »

Depends heavily on the stores - but really, any small independent business storefront is likely to have higher costs (and therefore higher prices) than either huge businesess (which reduce costs in a number of ways) or mailorder places (which can use fewer staff, cheaper space, etc.)

Like with a lot of other things, it's often worth paying for the quality. Or for keeping a local independent business that contributes back to the community going. (Both the two I mentioned earlier regularly host classes, discussions, and other community things, some of them free or very low cost, in their meeting spaces. This is an overall good thing, so when I can, I buy from them.)

That said, in both cases, the prices are not what you find at a place able to heavy discounts - but books are retail price, incense is not cheap, but reasonably priced for quality and burn time, etc.

Quality, yeah, but ten dollars for a quill pen still seems a bit steep.

correction: GOOD incense is not cheap. i found that out the hard way. the cheap stuff i have just smokes.

Walmart spoils me, I suppose. Smiley
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« Reply #14: November 14, 2007, 11:32:40 am »

Quality, yeah, but ten dollars for a quill pen still seems a bit steep.

correction: GOOD incense is not cheap. i found that out the hard way. the cheap stuff i have just smokes.

Walmart spoils me, I suppose. Smiley

I actually ended up finding about 3 stores around my area that turned out to be worth the semi-long drive to reach them. Enchanted Valley, Mystic Valley, and Pathways all host events and all have about the same prices. It just depends on what I want from what creator that determines where I go. They all get stuff from separate sources. Iím actually taking classes at Pathways for about $15-$20 per a class. Then there is the 3 or 4 different meetings going on monthly around the area that are free held in homes and bookstores. Iím very pleased with what is available to me.
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