Sunday, 30 November 2008

The Crafters' Way 76- Save on Craft

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Save on Craft

You’ve finally decided that you want to have a go at craft or maybe you want to try a new craft activity. You’ve made a list of the necessary supplies then hit the shops. If a quick tally of the cost has left you gasping here are some tips that can save you money.

1. Take a class. This is a great way to try a new craft without having to outlay a lot of money on equipment. You get to try the craft to see if it’s really your cup of tea before spending big bucks on all the speciality tools. Shop around to find affordable classes.

2. You’ve found a craft that you love and want to pursue it further. Before spending money on tools check out your husband’s tool kit. You will be amazed at what you can use. If you still need to buy then check out the hardware store first. As a general rule the tools are more durable and often MUCH cheaper.

3. Visit the Library. I have regularly reviewed Craft Books that are available from Pathways Library. Books can be expensive especially if you only do one or two projects. If you need to buy a book make sure that it teaches Techniques rather than just How To Projects. Libraries also have recent craft magazines to borrow.

4. Join a Guild or Craft Group. Not only will you be inspired by likeminded artists but there are opportunities to save money. Some Guilds and Groups have yearly membership. By choosing carefully which group to join you will recoup this cost quickly. Most Guilds/Groups have libraries and lessons. They often purchase in bulk and pass on the savings to their membership. The savings can be significant.

5. Talk to people. Let family and friends know what you are doing and what you use. It’s amazing how much ‘free stuff’ will appear at your doorstep. Once you have a stash the next trick is to ‘manage’ it. There is nothing more frustrating than buying something that you later find you already had.

6. Find activities that use your scraps. No matter how frugal we crafters are there are always offcuts. Experiment or trade them with somebody who can use them.

Check out our new PANDORA’S BOX at Trishalan Designs, Old Petrie Town. Dayboro Rd. Petrie.It’s full of bargain bits and pieces for all types of crafts.


Aldo said...

Of course…. I too used to get my required tools through Ace Hardware, it's worthy to shop there.

Mattie said...

Great tips. Love the Pandora's Box idea