Oh, man…if you knew me in real life, you would know just how out of character this acquisition is. If it hadn’t been so serendipitous, it never would have happened.
See, I never sweep. Ever. I clean all the floors in my house with a vacuum. I pretty much only resort to a broom for the quickest of quick cleanups.
But for some crazy reason, I got it into my head last year that I wouldn’t mind having a proper “witch broom.” I think this might have something to do with how I’ve been negotiating ritual in my co-op household. My room is fairly small, and I don’t have enough floor space to actually move in a circle (my open floor space forms a pretty even U around my bed), so I usually go to our guest room to circle. Unfortunately, the guest room is usually in need of a cleaning, so I end up giving the floor a sweep. Over the course of a few circles, I discovered that I quite like the contemplative mindset that sweeping puts me in. It’s sort of become how I start my own rituals these days, so I decided I’d start looking for the right ritual tool.
Not too long after that, I came across Broomchick’s store on Etsy, and fell in love with her handmade brooms. (She makes more witchy “traditional” besoms, too…but I hate sweeping with a besom.) It’s really the carved face in some of the brooms that captured my heart–they definitely make the mundane broom something special.
Unfortunately, I never really had the requisite $64 (plus $16 in shipping): other priorities eventually claimed my monthly ‘mad money.’ Well, as the fates would have it, Broomchick lives in Eugene–my new hometown–and she recently began selling her brooms through a local store here–Down to Earth–which I occasionally frequent. Today, I broke my favorite tea mug, so I padded over to Down to Earth to get a new one. After I grabbed my mug, I browsed the store a bit, and that’s when I discovered the Broomchick Brooms. They were being sold for $50, and I happened to have a 20% off any item in the store coupon. So I got my broom for $40.