(Includes pictures, examples from my own collection, and suggestions further on)
As long as you clean, cleanse and consecrate/charge secondhand items they can become an integral part of your Practice. Aside from giving an item a second chance, buying pre-loved items can help you live more in line with eco-friendly values because they’re not made of new materials. However, always check to see if an item feels right for you, and if it doesn’t then leave it – sometimes the residual energies are really not what you want to be bringing into your sacred space.
Another thing to consider in terms of the energy of previous owners is this: some items have been loved and cherished for many years, and are looking for a new home because the owner has passed away or they no longer fit into someone’s lifestyle. In this case the items can actually have a positive energy imbued in them, and that love can shine through the item. Other times objects can be impulse buys, unwanted gifts, or from a clearance sale. In these cases they’re often brand new and unused, or barely used, and don’t really have much energetic debris to clear. Mostly it’s just the ‘sticky fingers’ of the people who’ve handled them that need to be cleansed.
So what counts as secondhand? Anything that has had a previous owner, or a life where it was used for something else before. You can find these things at: charity shops, garage sales, car boot sales, tabletop sales, secondhand shops, junk yards, online auction sites, local ads, newspaper ads, auctions, freebies on the side of the road, friends’ and relatives’ houses, etc. They can also include things that are passed on, inherited, repurposed and upcycled.
I have been using secondhand items in my own Practice for years, and have found they’ve really enhanced it for me. Mostly I love finding items that are different from what’s widely available. There are some things I’ve repurposed, and others I’ve even given as gifts to my Deities. In fact I love finding pre-loved Pagan/Spiritual items so much I ended up with too many, and that’s how my ‘rehoming service’ (AKA my Etsy shop) was born!
I thought I’d give a few examples of how pre-loved items have benefited my Practice, and maybe it will provide some inspiration for how you can incorporate them too.