15 comments for “7 Things you Should NEVER Buy at a Craft Store

  1. Mamie
    January 16, 2013 at

    Hello! I am very excited to hear that you were able to purchase multi-purpose foam pads at a fraction of the cost (compared to craft stores) at Home Depot! However, I have had trouble locating any foam pads at Home Depot or even Lowe’s… Do you have any other information about the foam pads that you could provide me to help me find them? Maybe the name brand? Or an item number? I’ll even take a UPC code! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the info and any additional info you may have! Take care!

  2. Priscilla
    January 23, 2013 at

    Smart ideas! I do love the American Heritage spray paint at Hobby Lobby and can get it cheaper elswhere. However the last cans I bought that were not from HL sprayed out dry and sandy, so check the dates! I lucked out several years ago and bought a whole huge box of 4″ foam from a going out of business sale at the local Joanns. 4 4″ sheets in the box for $12. Still can’t believe I lucked out on that one and know that it will never happen again!

  3. Wendy
    January 23, 2013 at

    I too found foam to be absurd in price both at the fabric and craft stores. I went to Walmart and Kmart and bought mattress memory foam bed liner and folded till it was the right size. Got it for $10 and used for an outdoor cushion I made for someone. Thanks for the link and info.

  4. January 24, 2013 at

    Excellent advice!

  5. Mel
    January 26, 2013 at

    Thank you for this. We’re going to build a window seat in the near future, and I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to make a cushion for it without spending more on that than the lumber.

  6. kellie
    February 1, 2013 at

    I do buy frames at Michael’s but only from the “as is” section. I have picked up several – one gigantic larger than a poster size – for $8. Sometimes they even goon sale. I even got a 5 pack of shadow boxes for $4. Personally I never minded a few nicks.

    • Admin
      February 3, 2013 at

      Great idea! I have never been to Michael’s “as-is” section, I will have to try it out. I don’t mind a ding here or there either. Thanks for your comment!

  7. susie
    February 3, 2013 at

    I needed to replace the foam in my fainting sofa cushion- I bought 4 $4 pillows at Target and carefully stuffed them in the cover so the puffy middles were lined up and the tapered edges were overlapping. They’ve been great! Never shifted at all. And this sofa gets daily use!!! If you need foam, go to Joanne’s with a 50% off coupon!! I never head to Michael’s or Joanne’s without a coupon!!

  8. Connie
    April 16, 2013 at

    I’d like to add to your list of three. Always check hardware stores for tools you are tempted to buy at a craft store. They will have a more masculine look to them, ie, red handles instead of pink, but who cares if they’re up to half the cost, and sometimes, better quality.

    • Melanie
      April 24, 2013 at

      Great idea, Connie. And you are right! Chances are, if they sell it at a home improvement store, it is going to be less expensive than a craft store.

  9. Lori Green
    June 3, 2013 at

    I agree with the everything except I get really good prices at Hobby Lobby (if you have one). They have a daily 40% off coupon on one item. So I go everyday ๐Ÿ™‚ I pay around 2.00 for spray paint. Sometimes they have 50% sales on it too. Those days you can buy as much as you want. I stock up. I paint everything I can get my hands on. I don’t think I own a picture frame that is it’s original color.

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