I wanted to split this post into two sections so that I don’t overwhelm you with too much reading. Here’s the rest of my top secret places for getting great deals on craft items:
Craigslist. I frequently look online for my local Craiglist near my home and search for ‘crafts’ or ‘scrapbook’ or whatever it is I’m looking for. I’ve gotten some very good deals off of Craigslist, especially craft furniture and shelves.
Dollar Tree. I have found some great deals on craft and organizational items at Dollar Tree. In fact, most of my craft room is organized with Dollar Tree fabric bins and plastic organizers. I LOVE Dollar Tree during back-to-school time. They have tons of plastic bins, boxes, and drawers. They recently began carrying washi tape, sold as paper tape, and some glitter paper that cuts beautifully on die cut machines. I joke that my craft room was sponsored by Dollar Tree, but it really is true.
Ebay. The key to getting a good deal on eBay is knowing what an item is worth and setting your limit and not surpassing your limit on auctions. Better yet, if you can get an extraordinary deal on a buy-it-now item, go for it.
However, buyer beware! There is nothing worse than getting into a bidding frenzy and end up spending way more than you should have because you got excited. I’ve found a way to stop this from happening is to bid the maximum I’d pay on the very first bid. It typically doesn’t go for that price, but that’s my limit and I stick to it. Period. If the auction gets crazy and goes over what I want to pay for it, I let it go and begin my search for another.
I bought a Crop In Style P3 paper tower on eBay, which is something I wanted for years but was discontinued and no longer for sale. I found it on Ebay, and got a great deal. It’s a wonderful tool for scrapbookers who craft away from home.
I do want to warn you: Once you start hitting bargain spots for craft items, it can get addicting. You see something that is a great deal and you snatch it up and run to the register, take it home, get giddy about it, and it sits. And it sits. And it sits. Because you really were never going to use it or you have no idea what you’d use it for, or that cool Facebook group you’re a member of is telling you to go get one, that you can’t live without it. Then you got it home and you have no idea what you’re going to do with it. Don’t do that. Write down what you need, what you want, and how much you are willing to pay for something. Stick to your list and stick to your budget.
Remember, it’s only a good deal if you’re going to use it.
Now get out there and find some great deals and come back and comment on what you found!