So a lady is coming to my house on Friday to buy a lot of my wicca collection. I have tons of herbs and incense that I haven't used. I also have over 50 books that I plan to sell on ebay. I feel happy but at the same time I am sad. I know that I have grown as a person and am now putting away childish things. It was still hard for me to do though.
Have any of you sold all your items when you left paganism or did you keep some of them? Also what advice do you have on how to get the best prices for occult items you sell. I'm hoping to sell all 50 books in one huge auction on ebay that way I can get rid of it all at once.
I thought about selling all my books (which were legion) but after a few experiences with people getting all excited and then flaking out on me, I just donated the whole lot to a charity bookstore. The Wiccans can get their books cheap, money goes to charity, and I don't have to deal with the whole issue.
Most pagans are cheap as f@#$ so you will not get a good price for your books. And I just read some of the other answers here and see that others had the same experiences. LOL!! I have to say that finding this bunch has helped me keep my sanity and stop beating myself up about making the ridiculous decision to get as involved with Wicca as I did. You guys are awesome.
I gave the tools that were too bulky to throw away (athame, cauldrons, chalices--yes, I had more than one) to my HPS. She will probably give them to the students she is training in her year-and-a-day classes. They couldn't exacly be thrown in my complex's trash dumpster (especially the athame!), so _somebody_ had to get them. But I did throw away my books and I burned my personal book of shadows.
I'm only in the fourth day or so of breaking away so this is still kind of a shock to me. It's hard to leave this path that once gave me so much joy--although, to be honest, the novelty had worn off and I was getting a tad bored with it all. Still, I had good times with great friends and it's hard to leave them.
I gave away all my pagan stuff to my pagan friends. I still have my herbs though. I like to make teas out of them.
50 books! Wow--have fun selling them all. You could sell them individually for a decent price on ebay and get more money that way.
I wouldn't even know who to sell my stuff to. I still have most of my crystals, a wand, a few books, ... all the small stuff. I like the incense that I still have because of the smell, and I am keeping my pentacle necklace. I have no intense hard feelings towards these things. Most of them are not useful to me anymore but somehow they have some value to me... I will keep the rests of my collection, maybe one day I am going to show my child these things > of course for educational purpose, not to teach it witchcraft!
The non-magical stuff about herbs is still useful, and I still make myself teas when I am sick because they do help! Therefore I am keeping the books about herbs in use.
You know, I feel the same way. I have all my herbs, incense, and candles--I still like to make teas and burn all the other stuff for relaxation purposes (it's really nice) but I just don't have that emotional need for them, you know? I did sell my books at Half Price books, though. And I gave some away to my pagan friends.
I had one friend look at me and was like, "What happened to your faith?" It was actually kind of funny. I told her I was atheist/pantheist (not much difference between the two). She accepted this. Lol.