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Unexpected Places to Find Craft Supplies

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Posted on April 13, 2021 by Kate Wilson

Craft stores are one of my favorite places to shop. Full of inspiration and color, craft stores are a place I could easily spend a few hours in. But if you need craft supplies and there isn’t a craft store nearby, where should you look? Here are a few suggestions of unexpected places you can find craft supplies.

Dollar Tree

When you think of Dollar Tree, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the memory of going to the toy aisle and being allowed to pick out a treat when I was younger or picking out a dollar box of candy as a special reward. Dollar Tree carries a wide variety of items, and you might be surprised what you find. While it’s always been easy to find basic arts and craft supplies for children at a Dollar Tree, they’ve recently stepped up their game and expanded their selection of craft supplies with their own brand, Crafter’s Square. On my most recent trip to Dollar Tree, I found some new items I hadn’t seen before, like tool organizers for paintbrushes, double sided adhesive tape, and even knitting needles. Other items that I’ve seen before have included miniature canvases, acrylic paint, glitter, and floral supplies. There are also some great finds in other sections of the store, like glass beer steins and ceramic coffee mugs in the housewares department. The glasses are perfect to use with etching cream, and you can apply permanent or heat transfer vinyl to the ceramic coffee mugs for a cute and quick gift.

Men in a home improvement store.

Hardware & Home Improvement Stores

Hardware and home improvement stores are more than just power tools and lumber. While they may not have traditional craft supplies in abundance, there are a lot of alternatives that you can find. If you’re looking for a stain for a wood project, or a wooden plaque to make into a sign, check your local hardware store. You can also find wood burning tools, stencils, and modeling clay at home improvement stores. Some home improvement stores carry a larger number of craft supplies on their website, so if you don’t mind waiting for shipping, check them out. Home improvement stores are also a great place to find craft storage in the form of plastic totes, rolling carts and pegboard & pegboard accessories. Pegboard is one of my favorite ways to store my craft supplies; I have two large wall panels of pegboard in my craft room for organizing floral supplies, Christmas ornaments and scrapbook supplies. I also use storage totes from the home improvement store to sort my yarn by weight and color, and to keep finished projects in.


Thrift stores

You’d be surprised what you can find at a thrift store. I know it seems like thrift stores are filled with furniture, clothes and old books, but if you look hard enough, you can find some gems. Check in the housewares sections for glassware for a glass etching project. If you’re a quilter, make sure to check the blanket section – I’ve spotted yards of fabric on hangers before. If you’re lucky, you might find some older craft kits that have been donated. I’ve even seen a Cricut Explore at a thrift store before! You never know what you’ll find until you look.  Thrift stores typically receive donations every day, so make sure to check back often. Most thrift stores have different sections of the store on sale throughout the week, so check with a sales associate for the scoop on sales, and when the best time to shop is. Thrift stores survive on donations, so please consider donating your gently used items you no long want to your local thrift store.


Items spread out for a yard sale.

Yard sales

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s yard sale season! Yard sales are one of the best places to unexpectedly find craft supplies or furniture to repurpose. Often, most people just want the items out of their house (and some money in their pocket), and you can find some great deals. Don’t be afraid to haggle on prices when you’re at a yard sale and be willing to compromise on prices if it’s something you really want. You never know what you’ll find at a yard sale, so make sure to go early in the morning when it starts so you can find the best items. If there’s something you like, but you’re not sure if you want to pay full price, come back later in the day. If it’s still there, you may be able to get a better price. Some craft supplies I’ve found at yard sales in the past have been brand new skeins of yarn, a rotating acrylic paint organizer, and craft kits. There are also some great items you can repurpose into your own creations, like using chipped dishes as mosaic tiles and refinishing old, beat-up furniture pieces. If you’re interested in antiques, yard sales are a great place to find them, as well.


Facebook Marketplace

When you think of social media, do you think of crafts? I do! I belong to several crafting groups on Facebook, and I’ve found them – and Facebook Marketplace – to be a great source for craft supplies. Think of Facebook Marketplace as the classified ads of social media – fellow Facebook users list items for sale, and you can contact them to arrange a meet-up or to arrange shipping (Please be careful when meeting someone you don’t know, and always meet in a public, brightly lit area. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!). Recently, I’ve seen several Facebook Marketplace listings for ribbon, yarn, embroidery supplies and scrapbook paper. Sometimes you can find bulk lots of craft supplies; one time I found a whole tote of brand name, new skeins of yarn for $5! Make sure to check back frequently for new listings, and always browse all the categories in case of mislabeled items.

What is the most unexpected place you’ve found craft supplies? Do you have a favorite craft supplies shopping trick you’d like to share in the comments below?

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