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Frugal Craft Shopping
My mom has always told me when I would go shopping with her; I
could smell a clearance rack a mile away… I’ve always been a
thrill to find something in the clearance section marked way down.
It’s amazing the things you can do when you look at them in a
For instance, an empty coffee can be turned into a luminary. Or an
old jelly jar can be a candle container! Who would have thought!
I have a few frugal crafty shopping tips!
1. Make a crafter’s ‘to do” list.
2. Try and organize your crafts according to what season/occasion
you’re working on close by. That way you don’t have to keep
running back and forth.
3. Because crafters tend to buy ahead of time…plan ahead. Think of
your next project, or occasion’s.
4. When shopping at craft stores, discount stores etc… go straight
to the clearance section first, then look at the sale items. But
you have to be careful (and I quote my husband) “Don’t buy
something just because it’s on sale”. You can wind up spending a
lot of money on stuff you may never use.
5. The internet is a great source for crafting materials too.
There are tons and tons of fantastic ideas, free projects, free
6. Some stores throw perfectly good stuff away in the garbage
receptacles in the parking lot. For example;damaged items, out of
season, out dated displays. But be sure to go into the store and
ask the store manager first, some cities or towns may call it
stealing without permission.
7. Rummage stores like Salvation Army have also a great craft
8. Don’t throw away that old flannel shirt, you can always use
that fabric and buttons too.
9. If you work, check out some of the stuff that is thrown a way.
I worked at one place where they were thowing away heavy binders
because they were cleaning house.
10. And, oh my goodness, Garage sales!! You can find tons of
stuff. My Mom always has a bag if stuff for me from her weekly