Here is my question: I have a shop in a flea market. Many times in buying articles for my shop through thrift shops, auctions, etc., I come across used Catholic religious articles such as rosaries, medals, scapulars, small statues and the like.
I often have bought these articles if I could afford them and placed them in my shop to sell. Some of the old and used articles may have been blessed in the past but I obviously don’t know this for certain. Some of the newer things still in their packages, probably are not blessed.
One can also find religious article at online auction sites… I’ve even seen relics for sale though I have never tried to buy such things because I do believe it is wrong to buy or sell relics.
How should I consider these other old items? I am aware that the sale of these blessed religious articles could be considered simony.
If my sales are truly simony, what are my options with these used items. I thought perhaps if I sold them for a donation and then gave that donation to a church related cause, that would be appropriate. I really want to remove these articles from auctions, thrift shops, etc. and put them in the hands of people who truly want them.
I hope there will be a variety of responses to this question, because surely, I would want to do the right thing.