With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to share something a little different about myself and my love of crystals. They’re kind of spooky and mysterious. While they can have spiritual and healing connections for some, gems and minerals can be energizing and uplifiting things to surround yourself with or just simply collect. They’re not only pretty to look at, but they bring the feeling of something greater into the home. Kind of like how plants bring life into a space, most crystals are naturally occurring and it’s kind of fun to wonder how long ago they were formed.
I personally don’t have a huge spiritual connection to crystals, they just bring a smile to my face and I love styling them with other decor pieces like candles, flowers, and books. Finding crystals can be tough, so here are some of my favorite places to shop for them. Plus, they make unique gifts if you’d like to get head start on holiday shopping.
While they can be hard to find in-store, HomeGoods will usually have a few bookend-style crystals for around $20 or less. You can find the largest and heaviest crystals for the price here, by far. The selection can sometimes be hit or miss, but I have collected pink, purple, and blue pieces here that look great around my apartment. Just be careful to select one that isn’t already damaged by a prior customer!
The Great Crystal Fair (San Francisco)
The vast majority of my crystal collection comes from this event at Fort Mason which comes about twice per year. You can find not only the best selection but the best prices at events like these. Like flea markets, I recommend staying close to the end to get the best deal and ability to negotiate with the sellers. If you’re looking for some of the larger decor crystals, this is the event for you. If you’re more into fossils, arrowheads, and petrified wood, they have that too. This is my favorite place to buy crystals and if you’re looking to find some amazing options, I encourage you to find a traveling event like this in your area. There’s an annual crystal fair in Tuscon that is definitely on my travel bucket list!
Scarlet Sage Herb Co. (San Francisco)
Located in the Mission, this funky apothecary shop offers not only some neat crystals, but also a ton of holistic health and well being products. Think herbs, essential oils, bath products, pendulums, books, and more. Last time I was there, they were even doing live tarot card readings. While they don’t have the largest crystals or selection, I think if you’re looking for a few small pieces to start your collection this may be the shop for you.
Spellbound Sky (Los Angeles)
This is a crystal wonderland and place with seriously good vibes. Spellbound Sky has not only incredible customer service but a huge colorful selection fit for both the crystal expert and newbie. The shop is organized sort of by color and healing properties, but also by loose crystals and jewelry. The staff at this shop are amazing and can definitely point you in the direction of what you’re looking for. But if something calls to you, that’s of course OK too! If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, I hear their guided meditation classes are terrific.
I don’t have a specific seller to recommend, but Etsy is a treasure trove of crystals. By far, Etsy has the widest variety of stones and price points out there, so it’s a perfect starting place. Because crystals are one-of-a-kind, if you see something you like you may want to purchase it before someone else does.
While I’ve never shopped LL&L before, I do watch Marissa Lace on YouTube and I think her new crystal shop is a smart move for her. She offers a curated selection of crystals as well as one-on-one consulting and coaching sessions. If crystals are tough to find in your area, you should definitely give her online shop a browse through.
While I can’t speak for all antique stores, I know many will carry crystals and gems. Antiques Then & Now is one of my favorites, located in San Carlos, where they have a ton of gemstones to choose from. Buying antique crystals that were originally owned by someone else adds a richness to the story of where the pieces in your collection came from.
What’s your favorite type of crystal? I’m an amethyst, rose quartz, celestine, and titanium quartz kind of girl. Basically anything pastel colored or iridescent grabs my attention, every time. Let me know your favorites in a comment below.
Stay tuned for my holiday gift guides and sale recommendations on the blog in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading!