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  • Has anyone been to a Hobbycraft Store?

    Hi,

    I visited my first Hobbycraft Store today in Milton Keynes.

    My first impression was WOW! I've never seen so much craft stuff under one huge roof, I almost ran around like a child in a sweet shop!

    Eventually I stumbled across the jewellery section (a tad small for my liking) and then I received another shock...

    THE PRICES ARE EXTORTIONATE!

    I couldn't believe it! £2.99 for 3 small Swarovski crystal bicones! For those that don't know I can get 25-50 for the same price!

    Just wondered if anyone had been to a Hobbycraft store for other craft supplies and what they thought of the prices/choice of products.

    Please let me know as I'm still in a state of shock from my visit today!

    Fiona
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  • #2
    i know Hobbycraft charge a fortune!!!!!!

    i used to go there when i first started making jewellery cause i didn't know any better but then i got on the web and i now avoid habbycraft at all costs.

    I can see how they make there money but there bead selection is rubbish and the quality of some of the products isn't that good.

    i now just buy from places that i find on the uk beaders site as i know they've been recomended
    www.craftedgems.co.uk

    http://www.beadartists.org/Gal1300_C..._s_Gallery.asp

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    • #3
      I think once you know better, you only go there if you're desperate. I was looking for sticky black velvet the other day and could only find it there unfortunately. It's great to have so many crafts under one roof, definitely, but if their prices were more sensible.... Anyway the location counts for a lot, the one in Preston is in a large retail area so they get busy and probably a lot of passing trade. They also hosts demonstrations every now and again, I think.
      Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

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      • #4
        I agree, there sparkly bead prices are ridiculous,Id never buy them from there.
        Also they sell sticky backed sparkly paper in packs of 3, it works out about £1 cheaper to get them in my local craft shop.
        https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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        • #5
          going to hobycraft was one of the biggest let downs in the whole of my life!! I mean it!
          I had been looking forward to going for weeks and arranged with my mum to have a day out going to the sheffield store. it was about one hours drive and coming up to christmas. I was expecting to be coming away skint, but maybe it's the Yorkshire lass in me... But I am not paying those sort of prices. I came back with a huge tank of PVA and nothing else. What a complete rip off!
          Now i wouldn't step through the doors. If people are paying the prices then they must be mad or certainly not computer literate! I now spread the word of the converted.... Don't bother with Hobbycraft it's a total rip off!!!!
          full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by beadsbydesign
            What a complete rip off!
            Now i wouldn't step through the doors. If people are paying the prices then they must be mad or certainly not computer literate! I now spread the word of the converted.... Don't bother with Hobbycraft it's a total rip off!!!!
            I was trying to be kind in my post but I guess you're telling it like it is!!!!!!!!!

            I think we've all probably felt the same way the first time, excited and impatient, then disappointed and ripped off, and I'm only talking about Hobbycraft
            Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

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            • #7
              Thank you for all your comments! I was worried that everyone would turn round and say they are great!

              I actually went to the store with my partner (who felt very out of place bless him!) While we were browsing, he turned to me and said "so, do you want to run a place like this some day?" to which I replied quite loudly "not at these bl**dy prices". Needless to say the spotty teenager stacking shelves next to me, and the other browsers, were not impressed.

              I think some people today are drawn in by the commercial side of things and probably do not realise that they can get better things, cheaper, elsewhere. Alot of people think it's the only place they can go to - which I think is rather sad. If I had a rebelious side I'd have probably stood outside the store for the rest of the day and told people that they could go elsewhere!

              I know they have their overheads, but 3 swarovski crystal beads for £2.99 - ridiculous! And what the hell can I make with 3 of them?! It wouldn't look impressive and I'd have to sell the jewellery at a price no-one would pay!!

              Well, I've got that off me chest, who can I moan about next...

              Fiona
              Avon Rep Crafter!
              Find out about my new ventures! http://www.myspace.com/hackneyhandicrafts
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              • #8
                I liked it a fewyears ago when I just liked browsing.It was the only craft shop around.
                But now Ive discovered internet sites I think its OTT.
                https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


                http://poisonedapplecraftuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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                • #9
                  I agree - it is very expensive and I try not to go there if I can help it. The one good thing that they do though is the leaflets giving ideas of different cards etc that you can make - they also do them for other crafts so if you fancy taking up something new then they offer hints and tips. Just reading this it sounds like I work for them! I did do a demonstration at the Preston one before hristmas but that is another story......
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                  • #10
                    I must admit I did end up taking loads of leaflets, I'm surprised they don't charge for them. But that was about it - my pocket wasn't deep enough for anything else (especially with all the leaflets stuffed in them!)
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                    • #11
                      Interesting thread. I have never been but just assumed because they are so big (and can buy in huge amounts) they would be reasonable.
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                      • #12
                        So did I, that's why I went - it was a BIG BIG let down.

                        If you haven't been, take my advice, don't bother!

                        Fiona
                        Avon Rep Crafter!
                        Find out about my new ventures! http://www.myspace.com/hackneyhandicrafts
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                        • #13
                          I'll tell you where else is very expensive - Oswaldtwistle Mills craft shop in Lancashire. I went today for a quick look round as I'd heard it was good and had lots of different stuff there. It does have an awful lot of stuff but the prices were ridiculous!! I'd bought some scrapbook papers from the pound shop a couple of weeks ago and they had exactly the same ones at Oswaldtwistle for £4.99
                          I might pop in for inspiration once in a while if I am passing but never to buy!
                          Lynsey
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                          • #14
                            hobbystore is a good place for us,although i am adult now,but i also have my hobbies,so i like to go to there.
                            http://www.syhandicrafts.com

                            major in producing antique wood/metal handicrafts.

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                            • #15
                              The hobbycraft store opened in Gateshead a couple of months ago, I had been to one with my Mom in Tamworth before, but you are right the prices are really high. I tend to go there to buy the odd stamp now and again if I am desperate but not much else.
                              Many people are afraid of buying from the internet so they are the people who are attracted to large stores like that, but they pay for not having the guts to try something new!
                              My local small craft shop is ok priced but they have a poor selection of stamps which is what I am usualy looking for.

                              Unfortunately crafters are seen as people with a 'little hobby' and so we will pay any prices..not so! But as long as people do pay them, the large companies will charge the prices, they are in business after all.
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