Recently on the FaveCrafts.com Fan Page on Facebook, a fan left a post saying that craft supplies were getting so high she was having a difficult time being able to purchase and enjoy the crafts she loved. During the FaveCrafts Radio show a few weeks ago, I threw this question out to the show’s audience and guests, including Mark Montano, a featured craft designer on FaveCrafts.com. Let’s see what we came up with!
Mark Montano said that he too has a tight budget and makes that budget stretch by shopping at dollar stores. You can pick up all kinds of craft supplies and home decor items that just need your imagination and talent to become something fabulous. Check out some of Mark’s great projects on FaveCrafts.com.
The audience members had lots of ideas too! Many mentioned they shop at thrift stores, flea markets, swaps, and garage sales picking up craft supplies for pennies. You can find everything from yarns to paints to even tools like scissors and knitting needles. One chatter said that community centers are a great place to go as many have craft programs where supplies are given plus instruction at very low fees. Everyone agreed that you need to shop sales and stock up on items when they are on sale.
One of my favorite ways to save some bucks is to gather all the supplies I know I’m not going to use and ask my friends to do the same. We have a Saturday morning swapping party where we trade what we aren’t using for supplies we can use. Also, I love to rubberstamp, but stamps can get expensive so my stamping friends and I have a loaner policy. I have tons of sea and ocean, my friend Nancee has words for every celebration, and Lori has flowers and bugs. We just loan out our stamps for a few weeks to each other and save money by not buying stamps we might only use once or twice.