How to Shop Smart for Craft Supplies
A popular question that I receive is how and where to buy the best craft supplies for a reasonable price. We all want to get the most out of our money to keep our cost down and our profits high. Knowing the tricks of the trade is crucial. Most of us do not have an unlimited budget so it is important to spend wisely. Here are some tips for you to shop like a pro.
There may be something that you want to purchase that either never goes on sale. Stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels always have a coupon for a non-sale item. You can go on-line and print the coupon or save it to your smart phone. A little trick that I use is my family. Even though they cringe at the idea of going craft shopping with me, I take them anyway. I have each one download the coupon to their phone and when there are multiple non-sale items I need, they each take the item and use the coupon to purchase. Never pay full price for any item.
- Make friends with the employees.
This may sound like a strange tip, but believe me it works. Here is where you can find out when certain items will be on sale. Sometimes, they will even let you use a coupon twice. Get to know the manager. Many times you can ask to order an item in bulk. Talk to the manager and ask for a discount when ordering in bulk. The worst thing he/she will say is no. If you find an item but there is only a few on the shelf, ask if there is more stock in the back. Many times, they haven’t had to time to restock.
- Visit their websites weekly.
These stores always have their weekly sales on-line. Find out what items are on sale that week.
- Walk through the entire store before filling your cart.
One of the things that I always do is make a trip around the store first. This allows me to make a mental note of where items are located and what is on sale. I hate when stores do a reorganization and change the locations. Another good reason to know the employees.
- Shop at the end of the seasons
Massive discounts occur at the end of each season. This is a great way to save money. Think ahead of what you need for later. Being friends with the staff is a great way to get “insider” knowledge of when items will be drastically reduced.
There are numerous discount retailers on-line. This is an awesome way to find unique items and save a ton of money.
- Ask fellow crafters
Fellow crafters are a great source for learning what on-line supply stores are the best to shop from. If you are not a member of craft groups on Facebook, get on board. These groups are there to help other crafters with idea and suggestions of where to buy the best supplies for less. There are even some members that have their own craft supply businesses and sell at wholesale prices. You will also find many destash groups on Facebook. Destash groups are where members post their supplies that they no longer need for below cost.
- Wreath Tips, Tricks, Finds and Friends
- Wreath Crafters – Help and Ideas
- Wreath and Craft Supply Destash
- Whimsical Wreaths and Supplies
- Lynn Keys Designs and Supplies
- Dream, Design, Connect
* requires a business license
- Craft Outlet
- BB Crafts
- Creative Gift Packaging
- Factory Direct Craft
- The Wreath Shop
- Sims Pottery*
- Joann Fabrics
- Hobby Lobby
- Dollar Tree
- Create for Less
- Ohio Wholesale*
- General Wholesale*
- Craig Bachman
- RAZ Imports*
- Reliant Ribbon*
- Burton and Burton*
As stated previously, many wholesalers require a business license before you can purchase from their site. Do some research on what type of license is required in your state, county or city. Remember that if you do have or get a business license, you will be required to file quarterly taxes.
I hope that this has been beneficial for you. If there is one thing on this list that is the most important I would say it is never buy anything that is not on sale. Use a coupon or wait until it is on sale. It is hard to wait I know, but saving money and higher profit is worth it.
Now go and be crafty, crafty, crafty.