Ever notice how you get all these sales invites from different places (I’m talking specifically via emal) i.e. Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, you click on the link, you start looking around, and then you sit there with this curious look on your face. And then you say to yourself ‘Really’? I am continually let down and frustrated by the (dare I say it) shady way these stores push out their marketing. I mean Geeez – when I have a sale in my store, it’s an honest to goodness sale. No gimmicks, no beating around the bush, no ‘bait and switch’, no BULLSHIT. It’s straight forward and you know exactly what you’re getting for whatever discount off.
I’ll start off this ‘in-my-head’ post by saying, I am NOT knocking these companies. Please don’t misunderstand. All three of the above mentioned stores have been my local ‘go-to’ for years for anything from fabric, to notions, to yarn, to just about anything craft related. And, once in a while they have just the thing I need 🙂
I’m speaking in particular about these sales they advertise for ‘40% OFF Any Regular Priced Item’. Or some outlandish percentage off if you spend a hundred bucks. Ok. Great. But when you go to the site (especially if you’re an online junky like me) and you look around for some of the stuff you are really looking for, the stuff that you need to make the product that you sell for instance – well, they got NUTHIN. And even if you decide to break down and actually get in your motorized chariot and drive to the store, it’s basically the same deal.
Correct me if I’m wrong, or if I’m not ‘seeing something’ here. It’s just that I’ve been kinda frustrated time and time again. I think “Oh boy – a great sale at Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby, or Michaels – only when I get there, they have next to nothing that I am interested in. And I’m talking about the basics: fabric, thread, hardware, the stuff of which most of my products are made of.
Yes, I know. This is all relative. Relative to what you happen to be looking for. But for cryin’ out loud people – what gives?
Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to shop for my supplies at places like eBay and Etsy. I have found the most reasonably priced fabric, thread, buckles, all kinds of leather goods and tools on these sites. Some of my favorites are (by shop name):
- leatherrush for straps, buckles and the like
- trimmingshoplondon; got a great grommet and eyelet setting tool an dies for installing my snaps, grommets, and cap rivets from these guys across the pond – yeah shipping takes a few days longer, but to me it’s worth it and the quality is wonderful. The cost of the item plus shipping charges seem to be less than what shops in the US charge.
- smartpartscraft; for charms
- la-chakra; this is my all time fav on eBay for fabric, and their customer service is phenomenal
- zipit; the most fabulous zippers, colors, and styles in the Universe
- stecksstore and LionLatch, TreeChild1; really great selection of hardware and the quality and customer service are fantastic
- Circa15FabricStudio, AACottonCreations, BellaFabrics, PkFabulousFabric (so many more); for reasonably priced fabric in several different yardages
And oh – if you’re looking for garment labels that you can customize very reasonably priced, check out Tagtopia. It’s where I’ve been getting all of my labels for a couple of years now.
These are just a few of my favorites. I’ve purchased many other craft and business related items from a whole slew of sellers on both eBay and Etsy.
I have no affiliation with any of these sellers. My modus operandi here, is simply to let you know that there are so many awesome people and businesses out there where you can get exactly what you need for the best prices and quality.
There’s got to be someone else out there who feels along similar lines as I do about this subject. I can’t believe for a minute that I’m the only one.
Let me know in the comment section below what you think, your personal experiences, and if you have any suggestions or alternative opinions, let ‘er rip!
Thanks for stopping by,