Money Saving Tips on Crafts! (Originally Posted August 26, 2018)
I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.
Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.
Joanne’s fabric store
If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. As a bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin. Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard multiplied by how much of fabric there is, then you get 50% off that total. I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.
I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).
Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department. They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings. The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section. The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department. So I basically gave up. As far as other craft supplies go, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.
I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it. It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!! Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go. It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day. They have pre-cuts, yarn, rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc. Let me tell you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.
Missouri Quilt Company
I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much. Fabric.com won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might be 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to fabric.com but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard. They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good. They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.
Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too. In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more. Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.
So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another. I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money. If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.
Excerpt (October 23, 2018) Gosh, I found a lot of grammar and spelling errors, sorry about that. I love this blog post, its right up my alley. I love saving money, let me tell you a couple new sources that I came across. First, I found someone selling home decorating fabric sample books, I got about 14 for $25.00. It’s not huge pieces of fabric but I can quilt with them to get them larger or use them for small projects. I also have been really lucky to get these huge grab bags of fabric at Goodwill. I have found quilted fabric that normally costs $16.99 per yard, nice and uncut for $5.99. That and more including vintage fabrics, it was a good find. Bargain Hunter should be my middle name.