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How do you save money on buying material for crafts?

Help me please.
Sarah

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By Marla (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Sarah,

I buy discounted materials from walmart for my crafts. If the craft I'm making is something I plan to sell, then I note in the product's description that the styles may vary depending on availability.

Marla
http://www.forgetmenotaromas.com

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Sarah,
I went to a sewing class and was told to start a "resource center". It is great! Anytime I go to a flea market or yard sale, I look for things to add. I mark the boxes and can pull out lace, material, rubber stamps and just about anything I need. I found it all at bargain prices and everything is at hand when I need it!

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By Marn (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Go to your local decorator fabric store and ask for out of date fabric samples and scrapes. They will probably give them to you free or at a very small price.

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I did this a few months ago and walked out with two large garbage bags full of fabric absolutely free!! Good Luck

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By syd (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Let people know that you are a crafty person.

Yard sales are a great source for craft materials ... cheap.

If you do crafts for a charity or nursing home, when you let people know, they will funnel materials to you for free.

Been there done that!

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March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Buy old clothes at garage sales, and go to thrift shops, and get things at a low cost, such as dresses, and use the material from things like that.

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March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Check with your local Freecycle chapter to see if anyone has any fabric that they don't need anymore and just want to give away.

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By starchild (Guest Post)
March 10, 20050 found this helpful

HI I am incredibly cheap when it comes to crafting!!! I recycle alot(quilts and crafts from gently worn clothing).

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I find alot of my fabric at Wal-Mart, In the $1.00/yard or $2.00/yard. (I wont pay more than that). Jo-Ann fabrics sometimes has deals in their bargain area in the back.

You should also browse for fabric on auction sites....and remember always add the shipping price before you divide the cost per yard!!!(Of course you are saving fuel not driving into town)

And my favorite....ReStore. Look for a recycling store in your area where you can find all kinds of craft supplies at really reasonable prices. The ReStore in my area, they have large bins filled with Yardage and large scraps. They charge by the pound. Great Value.

Yard sales are great too!! I found 10 yards of 4 different (high quality) fabrics for $2.00!!! I love yard sales!!!

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

I like to work with copper wire and I get it free from construction dumpsters...Contractors pay by the pound to have them dumpted. I always ask and then look for all the plastic coated wire used in wiring the houses. Even telephone wire and computer wires have copper centers.

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They vary in size. When home I strip off 1 inch of the plastic coating so I can see the size of the wire but leave the rest on so it won't tarnish. The dumptsters are also a good source of plywood, moulding, floor tiles (even broken ones are good for some craft projects).
Have fun crafting,
Stanlie

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By candice (Guest Post)
March 12, 20050 found this helpful

I go to yardsales and estate sales. i look for material that is interesting,pops and is very pretty.
Most of the time i pay only 1.00 to 1.50 for my material

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By Squirrel (Guest Post)
May 19, 20060 found this helpful

Check with local second-hand stores, they always get clothes that are stained, torn, or too out of date to sell. The ones in my area give them to me instead of the dumpster. Even stained items make good rag rugs.

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By Evelyn (Guest Post)
September 19, 20060 found this helpful

I go to GOODWILL every Sunday here,(50% off for Seniors day). Look for large sized garments ,household items. Sheets tablecloths, ect , in print and colors I like.

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Cut them apart at home an start making what ever it is I need . Especially baby Quilts. We just welcomed our 7th, 8th, and 9th GREAT GRAND BABIES!

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