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  • Where do you get your crafty bits and bobs from?

    Afternoon everyone,

    I just wondered where someone of you got your crafty bits and jobs from, I'm currently buying all mine from Hobbycraft and Papermill and I want to try and cust this coat down and also cut the amount of shops I busy things from! I'm looking for a
    wholesaler I can go to or a supplier I can order online from? I'm bases in Essex but don't mind travelling a little way! Any suggestions??

    Nikki
    Nikita-Maries Hand-Made Cards and Stationery

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...48997155136152

    http://nikita-marie-crafts.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Not sure around where you are for wholesalers etc. I buy my materials from many places - ebay, online shops, poundland, wilkinsons, craft shops etc but not hobbycraft - they're probably the most expensive place you gan buy from! But you're paying for the fact that it's a one stop shop.
    Elin
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    • #3
      Wow, so many places to buy from, depends what your craft is, put in a search online something like craft supplies +UK and watch the enormous number of choices come up. Some I've bought from are Manchester MInerals, for stones, some beads and wire, quite reasonable, Fred Aldous, really old company been going for years and years, not sure how prices compare. The George Weill group are quite good the group bought up several smaller sites and now you can buy accross several sites with one asket, really useful. An unusual source is a college in middlesex, now if I could only remember their name! It's a series of letters one of which is M! I buy from Cookson Gold and take part in their forums. Beadsdirect, e-beads, palmer metals, Kernowcraft, mostly jewellery that one and getting a bit expensive, and so on and so on. There are loads of people out there selling material for just one craft, and big companies selling for alll of them. Just remember to be sure who you're buying from check that security certificate and make sure there's a physical address on the site somewhere, also check they have a proper privacy policy and all that sort of thing before giving any details. Hope that helps and hasn't confused you completely. One other thing to check is that you aren't going to be paying huge postage costs as that can blot out any savings against the high street
      http://www.facebook.com/Vintage.Beadery
      http://twitter.com/Vintagebeader
      http://www.vintagebeadery.co.uk
      http://www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.co.uk/supplier_1212-products.htm

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      • #4
        I buy my crafts from Ebay, most of the time you can get them much cheaper on there than anywhere else.
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        • #5
          Have you tried Natty Netty? Excellent service and a section dedicated to wedding embellishments - good prices too!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nikki2010 View Post
            Afternoon everyone,

            I just wondered where someone of you got your crafty bits and jobs from, I'm currently buying all mine from Hobbycraft and Papermill and I want to try and cust this coat down and also cut the amount of shops I busy things from! I'm looking for a
            wholesaler I can go to or a supplier I can order online from? I'm bases in Essex but don't mind travelling a little way! Any suggestions??

            Hi Nicki...can you be more specific about the types of things you are looking for? Papermill is pretty competetive for card and Hibbycraft is possibly one of the most expensive for anything...ebay is a bit hit and miss if you need soemthing regualr and reliable unless of course you strike up a relationship with an ebay supplier

            Nikki




            Hi Nicki...

            Papermill is pretty competetive for card and Hobbycraft is possibly one of the most expensive for just about everything...and although you can pick up the odd bargain on ebay it can be a bit hit & miss, especially if you need a regular and reliable supplier...

            I am in central London and there are no suppliers around locally so I shop online...but its hard to recommend somewhere without knowing what it is you're looking for?

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            • #7
              Hello

              Thank for your responses, I make cards and stationery so needs supplies such as toppers, die cuts, embellishments,card, envelopes etc...So would love to know of any recommended suppliers

              Thanks
              Nikki
              Nikita-Maries Hand-Made Cards and Stationery

              http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...48997155136152

              http://nikita-marie-crafts.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                I've been buying my envelopes from http://www.jowcards.co.uk/ but it's worth looking on ebay as you can get some good deals there. There are plenty of competitive envelope suppliers on the web but watch out for expensive delivery charges. Fine if you're ordering thousands of envelopes, not so good if you just want a hundred.

                Handyhippo http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/s264-1-c...-supplies.html is one of my favourite online supplies shop too.

                I'm fortunate in that I have a craft shop (scrapbooking and cards) just 5 minutes walk from my home and they sell paper (patterned, textured, pearlescent, scrapbook etc.) by the sheet so I don't have to buy a whole pack etc.

                For my pop-up cards I buy most of my card from WH Smith as I've found it folds without cracking and it prints well.

                I like Hobbycraft but it's far more expensive than the other shops so I'll only buy from there if it suits me.
                Carol
                Pop Up Zoo Greetings cards - Raising money for Sands in memory of my precious son Ben Folksy Shop, Facebook Page, You Tube
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                • #9
                  Of course you could save heaps of money by making your own toppers & embellies but if you need /prefer to buy them in there are hundreds of webstores out there...much will depend on the style you wnat and your budget. Mad about cards sell a wide range of embellies and have a bargain section, general supplies, wedding supplies and do bulk orders. They recently lowered their minimum order but the postage costs are not the cheapest around if your order falls under the free delivery level...but they are reliable.

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                  • #10
                    I get mine from ebay, i had some marvellous bargins from there even an embossing machine for £5 (a bargain), wilkinsons, pound shop, Home bargains have lots of great cheap offers at times. craft shows.
                    JAN

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                    • #11
                      Ebay mostly and online stores. I went to Hobbycraft last week and i have to say i wont be going back in a hurry, the prices were rather expensive!!!
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                      • #12
                        It depends on what craft you do. I get some of my things from Thailand as I know that what I am buying is helping the local community there and it is something that is very different from other people.
                        I think if you want to be original, you have to shop around and people will pay for that special thing that is not the same as any other person.

                        http://eiledon.co.uk
                        http://eiledon.co.uk

                        http://eiledonworkingfromhome.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          QVC is good esp on craft days but Ebay is ok too, just be carefull on some things. Also every now and again pound shop has some really nice toppers in, hope this helps if i think of anywhere else will let you know x

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                          • #14
                            I buy from loads of places, Ebay, Poundland, Tesco's, but i've now started to do my own toppers, i find pencil drawings on Google or free printable sites and colour them in myself with Pro Markers, which i've just ordered another 3 sets off Ebay... shh don't tell hubby!!
                            Mandy x

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mandy66 View Post
                              I buy from loads of places, Ebay, Poundland, Tesco's, but i've now started to do my own toppers, i find pencil drawings on Google or free printable sites and colour them in myself with Pro Markers, which i've just ordered another 3 sets off Ebay... shh don't tell hubby!!

                              That sounds like a great ida...what do you search for on google? Do you print them on to card and then colour them?

                              Nikki
                              Nikita-Maries Hand-Made Cards and Stationery

                              http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...48997155136152

                              http://nikita-marie-crafts.blogspot.com/

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