View Full Version : Hobbycraft, your opinion

14-07-2008, 01:34 PM
Hi everybody,

My birthday being tomorrow and with this new bead addiction, I have asked the few people that would normally get me a prezzie, to just give me the cash so I can go and spend it on beads. My idea being that later on I will make myself something that will be specifically from each person that has agreed to do this.
Anyway, I have a local shop which is the only place I have used except ebay and was wondering if Hobbycraft is any good on beads. I have looked on their website and you can't see anything specific, and the few things that they advertise seem to be jewellery kits, which I definitely don't want.
Anybody ever got their beads and findings from there? Thinking about it I don't think I have ever seen Hobbycraft on this forum (not implying I have read every single post, though).
Anyway, is it worth me taking a longer drive or should I just stick to my local bead shop (I am not unhappy about them at all, so that is not my reason behind all this).
Thanks in advance,

Happy beading

14-07-2008, 01:40 PM
I've never been to Hobbycraft and have never had the need to go there. I have a local craft shop but tbh, their beads are just not up to scratch and it's very overpriced.

I buy absolutely everything I need online and so far it's not been an issue. I have a long list of sites in my favourites folder and I've put together a spreadsheet with things I use regularly, where I get it from and how much it costs. I did that after spending hours and hours online doing price comparisons. Now I just look at the list and know where to get what from.

Wish I had my own bead shop...

14-07-2008, 01:40 PM
I love going to Hobbycraft to pick up on beads and bits and though they have loads of plastic beads there are usually some good finds. However I find I get roped into a new craft every time I go in there as I do like to have a nose in their bargain/reduced tubs!!

14-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Hobbycraft is def over priced and the selection of beads is not great. The selection of wires and findings is more extensive but again more pricey than my local bead shop. I personally would stick to your local place. Having said that, its always nice to have a wander round hobbycraft - like the post above says, you are bound to come out with something you were not planning on buying and wanting to take up yet another craft!!

14-07-2008, 03:37 PM
Hobbycraft is ok, but probably overpriced. They sell a selection of beadsunlimited beads (www.beadsunlimited.co.uk) in the Glasgow Hobbycraft, but it's not a huge selection.

They have a good selection of Gutterman beads, I like thier bugles, and they sometimes do offers, like buy two get one free.

I shop for most things on the internet and I have published my all time list of favourite shops on a previous thread (no shameless promotion from me this time!)

i would recommend it, the sites I use have reasonable postage and you usually get your goodies within a few days.

14-07-2008, 04:43 PM
Thanks for that advice, everybody.
Pebbles, I have to definitely go hunting for your thread. I would not dare ask anybody for their lists of providers which they have spent hours to make but if you are already sharing, i do definitely want to have a look.
Do you know whereabouts your thread was, actually is it a thread or an answer to a thread?
Thanks once again,

14-07-2008, 08:16 PM
Hello Kalinda, we share the same birthday! :)

I personally would stick to your local bead shop if you are happy with them. The selection at hobbycraft is not always the best, and can be overpriced. Somone posted a link to beads unlimited, if you go on their website most of the beads and findings are half the price that hobbycraft charge.
However like a couple of others say its always good to have a wander through, and pick up little extra crafty bits.

14-07-2008, 11:10 PM
I have bought a few beads and findings from hobbycraft in the past but i agree witht he general opinion - they are over priced and their range is not particularly good.

i would surf the net a bit if you are looking for more variety than your local bead shop can offer. Beads direct, just beads and jilly beads are amongst my favorites for variety and regular new stock also resonable prices and speedy service.

Happy shopping and Happy birthday


crafty sara
14-07-2008, 11:32 PM

Im not a fan of Hobby Craft if im honest - I find it over priced but each to their own :mf:

Sara x

LC's Beads
15-07-2008, 07:33 AM
We have a branch of The Range next to our Hobbycraft. The Range is much better priced. I would however still rather go to my local bead shop.

Laura Lou
15-07-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm not a fan of Hobbycraft although it was the shop that first got me interested in arts and crafts so I have to give them some credit!
I got my first set of supplies from there but since then I've used the internet (mainly eBay) instead. Hobbycraft's products are ridiculously overpriced in comparison.

15-07-2008, 04:01 PM
Yup, overpriced! And not such a great range either.
But sometimes they do have the thing you need in a hurry - for example when I needed glazier's points (and didn't even know what they were called), they were the only place I could find that had them.

Range is good, though, if you have one... but markets, local shops, cheapshops and EBay are my chosen places!

04-08-2008, 08:28 PM
I have been to hobbycraft a few times as it is not that far for me to go, they are a hobby supermarket with supermarket ideas. they stock fast moving run of the mill items for a quick turnover. For my jewellery items I usually buy online at spellbound beads.


04-08-2008, 08:42 PM
Happy Birthday for tomorrow!!! :nopity:(He's playing the Birthday tune, in case you were wondering!!).

I do like HobbyCraft for wondering around in and they generally have a large selection of stuff - but it is SOOOOOO expensive!!! A packet selection of plastic beads there is about 7, would be about 4/5 punds on internet or my Mum bought me the exact same in America for 3!

Good for the stuff you forgot to get online and need urgently or just for a wander - my other half refuses to come in there with me now becuase I take too long!

05-08-2008, 10:32 AM
I think hobbycraft like to cover as many crafts as possible so it ends up being like going to tescos, lots of items of 3 or 4 brands and then no extra choice. I always get my quilling supplies from someone I know in the quilling guild, and only pop to hobbycraft when I'm either looking for somewhere to browse on my lunch break, or desperate for something now. I don't have a great choice of craft shops in Coventry... they keep closing down. Pre-hobbycraft I remember there used to be 2 or 3 in the city centre.

05-08-2008, 01:28 PM
Hi Kalinda,

I too have just started beading and I am hopelessly addicted to buying beads!!!

I went to Hobbycraft at the weekend. I had never been before and thought i'd check them out. Their bead selection wasn't great... hugely overpriced. I did buy a few bits and pieces but i wouldn't pay the extra petrol costs to go there specially. The staff were not very knowledgeable either... i asked them if they stocked any wire jigs for making wire jewellery and they had never heard of one. I would stick with your local shop (they can advise you properly) and ebay for bargains!

two hoots
07-08-2008, 10:20 AM
Use your money to buy books from hobbycraft, the one I use at Bridgemere has a pretty good book and magazine section, i wouldn't buy supplies unless they are on offer.

07-08-2008, 04:39 PM
We usually go to the one in Preston, so OH looks at the models and the model railway stuff, I browse the books and beads, usuallyt good when I have run out of wire, they generally have in what I need. Don't tend to get the seedbeads there, as elsewhere I generally get more beadies for my money.

Oh and after half an hour of browsing there, it's a quick visit to W H Smiths and then into Pizzahut :mf:

Raffles Bizarre
07-08-2008, 04:52 PM
I personally really dislike hobbycraft. I never find anything too unique that I can't find elsewhere, and it's very overpriced. Saying that, if you've never been there it's always worth a try. They do have an aweful lot of stuff, and may have exactly what your looking for..worth a try to make up your own mind :)
Good luck!!

09-08-2008, 08:02 AM
18 months ago I didn't really know hobbycraft exsisted lol but since starting to make cards I'm in there all the time as I work in there lol !!
sometimes they are quite expensive but there are always bargains to be had when they have offers on its well worth a look plus the fact that I get discount
to be honest I'm still learning about crafts so dont' always have the answers when customers ask me questions but theres always someone in our store that does and I make sure I listed to all the answers and look things up on the internet so I can be as helpful as possible

For Sale
09-08-2008, 11:08 AM
Hi kalinda

I went to hobby craft once, and never went back the amount i spent for what i wanted was crazy.
If you have any indoor markets it may be worth looking in them, we had one were i live for the past 25 years they have had a jewelry craft store. Sadly closed down this year, i think the internet sells may have something to do with it along with hiked pitch fees.

I would goggle

beads and your area and see what comes up you may find a local ebayer willing to do a good deal on a collection basis. Buy a small amount first to check quality and go from there.:)

09-08-2008, 02:37 PM
I think Hobbycraft is a bit on the expensive side. I try to avoid going there unless I need something quickly or in small amounts.

Plus a lot of what they stock there comes from the internet sites I shop directly from anyway.

09-08-2008, 04:38 PM
There is a large branch of Hobbycraft at the Glasgow Fort shopping centre.....went there once and thought that they had a much better selection of beads and findings than I would have expected - but they were far too expensive.

10-08-2008, 09:33 AM
I used to trawl around Hobbycraft for bits & pieces (before I became a bead seller obviously ;)) and always got distracted by everything else and would end up with a new craft to try !!