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Plastic Canvas Crafts Supplies…How to Get the Best Prices

Posted on: November 14, 2009

  How to Get the Best Prices on Your Plastic Canvas Crafts Supplies

3 Saving money on your plastic canvas crafts supplies is not all that hard to do.  You just have to plan ahead a bit, and know in advance what kind of supplies you’re going to need for your upcoming plastic canvas projects, or at least know what kinds of supplies you normally work with. 

Let’s say for example your next project is going to be a plastic canvas set that matches the décor in the below photo. The set will include a tissue box cover, a vase, a set of coffee table coasters and matching coaster holder, and photo frame to hang on the wall.

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 Here’s what to do:

First, make a list of all of the supplies you’re going to need.  For example, you know you’re going to need about five different colors of yarn, and you’ll need at least 9 sheets of 7-count plastic canvas to complete the project. 

Great…now that you’ve got your list of supplies made, spend some time on the internet searching through your favorite online sources for the specific plastic canvas supplies you’ll be needing, and compare prices.  My three favorite online sources for yarn, canvas, and other crucial supplies are eBay (www.ebay.com), Michaels (www.Michaels.com) and Annie’s Attic www.anniesattic.com.

[Special hint:  You can’t order directly from Michaels online, like you can through eBay or other online sources.  You have to go to a physical store to make your purchase.  But if you google the search term “Michaels crafts” you’ll see in the google links listing that Michaels has a special link to their “Weekly Ad.”  Clicking this link takes you to a page where you can type in your zip code and find the nearest Michaels to your location.  Once you type in your zip code, you’ll get a listing of Michael’s stores near you.  Just select the nearest one, and the weekly specials for that particular store will come up onscreen, and you can look for special bargains in a wide variety of crafts, including plastic canvas.  That way you’ll know if it’s worth your time and gas money to make a trip to your local Michaels when you need supplies. It’s almost always worth a trip to Michaels when they’re having a good sale!]

What I do is go check each of my favorite online sources to see if the specific supplies I need are available through them.  Then I check each one for price.  Annie’s Attic might have a better price on the yarn I want.  While Michaels might have a better price on the accessories and embellishments.  And an eBay seller might have a better price on the 7-count plastic canvas sheets I need.  I then jot the prices down, being sure to include any postage costs for those online sellers such as eBay that allow you to order by mail.  And I bookmark those pages so I can easily find them again. 

Then, on my next trip to my local Wal-Mart Supercenter, I take my list of supplies and prices and go straight to the crafts department, comparing the online store prices with the Wal-Mart prices.  If Wal-Mart has significantly better prices on some or all of the items, then I’ll buy from there.  If not, I go home and order from the best-priced online sources. Or if my heart is set on certain supplies and they’re not available locally at Wal-Mart or through eBay vendors or other online sources, I make it a point to wait until my husband and I have a reason to visit the next city over where the big Michaels store is located, and I pick the needed supplies up there. 

 Big Savings

By shopping around like this, I consistently save 15% to 20% over what I’d normally spend on plastic canvas crafts supplies.  Of course, I combine my trips to the local Wal-Mart Supercenter with my regular weekly grocery shopping trips, so that I’m not blowing a lot of money on gas driving back and forth to Wal-Mart.  And for the same reason, I combine my trip to the Michaels store in the next city over with an already-planned visit to that area. 

And to save even more money, I’m frequently on the lookout for yarn, canvas, cute embellishments and other crafts supplies at yard sales, garage sales, local flea markets and swap meets, where you can often pick up supplies for pennies on the dollar.

Of course, when I order from online sources, I’m very careful to watch their shipping prices.  A lot of online sellers give great prices on the supplies you need, but then gouge you on shipping charges.  This is especially true with some eBay vendors.  So be very careful to watch those shipping charges.  A great deal on yarn or canvas or accessories and embellishments might not turn out to be such a great deal once you factor in the shipping charges the vendors are asking for. 

Also, sometimes it’s difficult to find the items I want online.  For example, sometimes plastic canvas supplies that I know for a fact Michaels generally carries in their physical stores may not even be listed online. And sometimes no eBay seller is carrying the items I need, either.  And our local Wal-Mart Supercenter may not have them.  So I’ll phone our closest Michaels store and simply ask if they have the items I’m looking for in stock, and at what price.

So what do you do if the needed items simply aren’t available anywhere?  That’s when you’ve got to get creative and change your plans.  Through your online and offline shopping research, you know which needed items are available and which aren’t.  So you know what kind of substitutions you’re going to have to make.  Maybe you’ll need to use a different set of embellishments than you had planned.  Or you may have to use different colors or types of yarn.  Or maybe even a different count canvas size.  It’s all about being able to work with what’s available, at the best price, right?

 Affordable

The bottom line is this:  You can take a lot of the financial sting out of your addiction to plastic canvas if you simply plan out your upcoming projects, and do a little bit of shopping around looking for the best deals on the supplies you’ll need.  Fortunately, online shopping makes it a lot easier than it was in the past to compare prices and make good, solid economic choices so your passion for plastic canvas crafting doesn’t become an financial burden.

And don’t forget:  When you’re ready to start learning how to turn your passion for plastic canvas into profits, make sure you get a copy of my upcoming new 350-page book, Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets.  It will teach you how to make money doing things such as designing your own original plastic canvas patterns and selling them on e-Bay, or perhaps even selling them to some of the major plastic canvas crafts publishers.  Sign up to be notified when it’s ready, and download your 5 FREE plastic canvas patterns at www.AddictedToPlasticCanvas.com

Helpful Links:

Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets

Kathy’s Photo Bucket

Kathy’s Facebook

Kathy’s Flickr

Kathy’s Etsy Store

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