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Make your way to ‘Lucky Black Cat Market’

Hidden away on St. Marys Street lies a quaint little shop: Déjà Vu Esoterica. Inside this shop, there are loads of crystals and adjacent things such as jewelry, knick-knacks and tarot cards. After walking in and taking in the dark purple walls and the witchy decor, head toward the back door, where you will pass a tarot card reading room. Once you enter that door, you will find yourself in the middle of their Lucky Black Cat Market. 

During the fall and spring, Déjà Vu Esoterica hosts this market to support small businesses and bring the community together. With a variety of vendors scattered throughout the backyard, people began making their way through the yard to visit each booth and see what they had to offer. The vendors were a mix of makers, artisans and craftspeople, all displaying very creative pieces at their table.

Starting off strong at the front of the yard was Nox Lumina Candles, an eye-catching booth because of its beautifully made candles. The fair-priced candles ranged from $10 to $25, which is reasonable considering the candles are all hand-poured and 100% soy wax. Encompassing the candles were stunning vintage cups and containers, most in beautiful shades of green and gold. These pieces were all thrifted from various shops and have been repurposed for the candles.

Continuing down the yard led to Angela Michelle, a photographer who specializes in boudoirs. On her table was a book where you could fill out your name and email if you were interested in setting up a photoshoot with her at a discounted price. Next to the book were examples of her work; her work being photos so breathtaking that passersby were left speechless just by looking at them. For those not interested in photography, Michelle also had hand-painted prints for sale.

Like most markets, the Lucky Black Cat Market was not short on crystals. The most notable vendor is Extraña Jewelry. Atop an eclectic tablecloth, various metaphysical items were for sale, along with the raw form of the crystals. To fit everyone’s preferences, there were gold and silver options for the jewelry, which is not always the case. Oftentimes, crystal jewelers will focus on one metal while disregarding the other, so it was nice to see some variety from this seller. Other sold items included carefully crafted sage bundles, petrified wood bowls and decorative pins. 

Nestled in the back corner was Andrea Sepulveda, who offered hand-crafted jewelry along with the very popular permanent jewelry. Sepulveda’s booth was consistently crowded with people interested in getting permanent jewelry welded to their bodies, which is unsurprising since permanent jewelry has been gaining more attention through social media. Most, but not all, people tend to get permanent jewelry in conjunction with significant others or other loved ones, which explains why Sepulveda offered “the bestie special.” The special explained that “you and a friend get 20% off when you both get a piece of permanent jewelry with a charm.” 

These are not all the vendors stationed at Déjà Vu Esoterica, which means you need to make your way downtown to experience the Lucky Black Cat Market for yourself. Next month, on Dec. 16, will be your last chance to visit this market before it takes its seasonal break for the winter. Most, if not all, of the listed vendors will be returning to the next market, hopefully alongside some new creatives. 

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Laynie Clark, Editor-in-Chief
Laynie (she/her) is a third-year Psychology major with a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is passionate about mental health awareness and joined The Paisano in the spring of 2021 to share her passion with others. After graduation, she plans to return to school for her master’s, and just figure out the rest as it happens. When she is not swamped with school, you can always find her reading cheesy romance novels or driving around aimlessly. In addition to her love for cheesy romance novels, Laynie has a mild addiction to all things Marvel-related and has written countless reviews to prove it.

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