Anyone who’s ever had a lot of craft hobbies is likely aware of just how expensive those hobbies can be. People who like to sew have to contend with the prices of fabric, sewing machines, and sewing machine repairs. If you’re a knitter and you won’t good quality yarn, you need to be willing to spend quite a bit. Scrapbooking is a hobby that can really add up as well, considering how many different types of supplies you’re going to need. If you love your hobby but hate how big of a dent it’s putting in your bank account, it’s time to start shopping around at other places to make sure you can get the supplies you need for far less than what you’d usually pay.
If you’re tired of paying more than you should have to for your craft supplies at craft stores, a great alternative is to check out farmer’s markets. Prices here are usually far cheaper than they are in stores and as a bonus these supplies are usually homemade and therefore very high quality. You may be able to find a lot more variety at a farmer’s market, too. For example, a local farmer may raise and shear his own sheep and then use that wool to make yarn. If you’re used to using synthetic yarn, you’ll know how amazing actual wool yarn can be and you’ll also know how expensive it is to buy in stores. The farmer at the market, however, will likely sell it for less than you’d expected, which means you’re getting great supplies without having to empty your wallet.
If you’re not averse to having to pick through things until you can find the items you want, you might want to check out thrift stores. You can usually find a ton of craft supplies here with the only catch being that a lot of them are dated. If that’s not an issue, you should be able to supplement your supplies with quite a few things. The best part is that they won’t cost you much at all.
In the past few years, it’s become more and more common for people to hop online to shop for the craft supplies that they need. Etsy is one of the best places you can go online to find supplies for cheap. Pretty much everything you’ll find on Etsy will be handcrafted, which means it’ll be high quality. On top of that, supplies will also tend to be priced much lower than what you’d find in stores. This is particularly true when it comes to supplies that are being shipped over from sellers in China—the prices will be dirt cheap. The only downside to buying from sellers overseas is that you’ll have to wait weeks for the item to arrive, but if that’s not an issue then you’ll be a happy shopper. The other great thing about Etsy is that you can buy in bulk for a reasonable price, so if you need things like beads, clasps, or hooks, this is the place to buy them.
e-Bay is much like Etsy when it comes to buying craft supplies. The only difference is that some items will be sold in auction format, whereas others will have a “buy now” option. Buying in bulk is even more common on e-Bay than it is on Etsy, which makes it a great place to check out if you need certain supplies in large numbers.