Inexpensive craft supplies are the luxury for the planner - not the reactor. Crafting can be (is very) expensive. And I'm sure you've all dreamt of inexpensive craft supplies - the same way I and my student loans have. Anyone that has tried their hand at calligraphy, crochet, or gardening - knows it to be true. But it doesn't have to be, as long as you're...
There are such things as inexpensive craft supplies?
Crafting can be (is very) expensive. And I’m sure you’ve all dreamt of inexpensive craft supplies – the same way I and my student loans have. Anyone that has tried their hand at calligraphy, crochet, or gardening – knows it to be true. But it doesn’t have to be, as long as you’re
- Not particular on when you get which supplies, and
- Are easily excited by a bargain.
Money shouldn’t be a factor keeping you from crafting. There are so many opportunities to find second-hand and inexpensive materials if you’re willing to go on a little adventure.
Last week was 50% off day at Value Village, so I obviously set my small town alarm for early, grabbed a coffee and ventured over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite stoked about my new $3.99 high waisted Levis to dance around my studio in, but the real steal of the day was when I realized heaps of bags filled with a mixture of different coloured envelopes on the misfit mix-and-match wall (I’m sure you know the one I’m talking about).
One bag hosted an array of neutral tones – a crisp white, an off-white and a beigey/peach colour, with at least 25 of each. Another bag wrapped at least 100 lilac envelopes together. I looked around the store hoping that no one was making a run for these items and was beyond surprised by the empty aisle behind me. Did I just come across inexpensive craft supplies with no strings attached?
Was this normal? Apparently, it is! There were at least 10 more bags of assorted colours, there were protractors and pens, and yarn, and picture frames, and tracing paper, and personal stamp makers. None of which bore a price tag of $3.99 or higher. And my favourite find? My calligraphy chest for my desk which I found for $3.99 and then brought home and stained in a deep espresso colour (a tutorial on this piece will come, I promise)!
So, here’s the Rules:
Basically, you can’t count on finding your stock at a Second-Hand store. You can’t leave a client meeting and expect to find 150 envelopes of the exact shape, texture, and Pantone colour code your Bride is looking for. But – you can go occasionally and you can prepurchase items that you think will likely be in demand at some point. Why not buy a stack of Forest Green envelopes in January for $2.99 as opposed to in April for $125 plus shipping for a national Distributor? Inexpensive craft supplies are the luxury for the planner – not the reactor.
Personally, I have a goal for 2018 to not buy any clothes or accessories new. I think that everyone can and should do their part to reduce their carbon footprint, and second-hand items seems to be the best way that fits into my lifestyle. Plus, considering that I’m a University student and that my Mother raised me to love a good deal – this discovery was extremely exciting. You see, crafting has been the only area within which I have been unable to reduce my consumption. I buy way too many supplies from overpriced brick and mortar stores, and most of the time I go back to my favourite supplies anyway. So imagine how beyond excited I was when I discovered the crafting possibilities from Value Village!
So, here’s the Point:
- People buy in bulk all of the time, and a lot of the time they will have excess materials, which offers heaps of opportunity to find inexpensive craft supplies at second-hand stores!
- It’s good for the world, it’s good for your pocket, and it gives you the opportunity to practice your craft more without throwing money away
- Don’t show up expecting – but do a little happy dance when you find practice materials!
What inexpensive craft supplies have you found second-hand?
Keep making cool things,
Vic from @BonaFideCraft