If you’re like me, as much as you’d like to, you don’t have an unlimited budget for your crafting supplies. I’ve been looking for bargain prices on quality craft items for years. I spent a lot of time learning where to find things, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. I hope you can avoid my mistakes and get some great deals.
Here are a few of my top secret craft supply bargain locations:
Facebook. Your local neighborhood Facebook ‘buy and sell’ page. People jump into crafting (especially scrapbooking) and buy tons of stuff. It sits for months, unused, until they sell it for pennies on the dollar. I’ve gotten some amazing deals off of Facebook including this a few weeks ago:
Tuesday Morning. A lot of people don’t know what Tuesday Morning sells. They sell just about everything, but they have a great selection of scrapbook, stamping, embossing, paint, and craft supplies including storage and organizational items. Right now, crafters are flocking to TM to clean up on $.99 embossing folders and $1.00 washi tape. I love their Bazzill scrapbook paper, which I can typically find for $3.99 for 25 sheets. That comes out to $.16 a sheet. You can’t beat that deal!
Good Will. Good Will is a bit of a hit-or-miss type store but when you find something, oh wow, have you found a great deal! You can go in one day and find a plethora of scrapbook items or craft items or even stamps. You return a week later, and there is nothing. However, on those visits where I find no craft items, I take time to look through their kitchenware section. Drawer organizers work great for crafting, as do shower organizers. Hang a shower organizer from your door, and you’ve got a shelf system. Closet organizers are great for embellishment storage, and wine racks are great for rolled vinyl storage. Fill a spice rack with washi tape and you’ve got a great organizer! The picture below is a Spice Stack I found at Good Will for $1.99, originally sold for $20 to organize and hold spices. It works fantastic for washi tape.
Garage Sales and Estate Sales. Look at your local online garage sale ad website, and search for scrapbook supplies, crafts, stamps, etc. You’d be surprised what you find. People getting out of crafting all together are where you’ll get incredible deals. Get to the garage sale when they open. The early bird gets the stickers!
Read my next post for part 2 of “A buyer’s guide for getting great deals on crafting supplies”.