5 Top Scrapbooking, Card Making Shops

Did you ever see the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic?  Put me in a scrapbooking store and my mind set and way of thinking QUICKLY turns into …  “The store always smells good, and the store can awaken a lust for things you didn’t even know you needed, and when your fingers grasp those shiny new bags (brads or PAPER!!!) …. ahh!”

Ok I am being TOTALLY dramatic here, and really just kidding, but that line is absolutely my favorite mantra from movie.  Anyway, I love shopping, even when it is just looking around, I certainly have no budget to buy everything out there that I see…however, I am very patient and work my angles to get good deals on things and keep my eyes open on what is going on price wise in the crafting world.  You truly should never have to pay the full sticker price on anything when you shop smart! :)

Let’s talk about my favorite places to swoop in and get some great deals and steals! :)

  1. AC Moore – Let me tell you about this favorite place of mine.  Now I realize AC Moore is a east coast kinda store and may or may not be in your area, so I am sorry for that (you can still check out some stuff online)…but I adore my local AC Moore, my local one happens to be about 20 minutes away, but it is right next to a Target and Starbucks, so talk about a fun girls day out! (Of course this is MY idea of a fun girls day out – Car Drive with some GREAT Music that I can sing along to, Starbucks Latte and then….PAPER!  Cricut Cartridges! Aisle’s of STICKERS and Embelishments!!!  AHHH!!!)  Now the BEST part of AC Moore is their weekly specials and weekly coupons.  More often then not, they have 50% off any one item (this has exclusions and limitations, and Cricut Cartridges happen to be one of them… bummer I know…but then let’s move onto…)
  2. Custom Crops – They have always had awesome prices on Cricut Cartridges if you find that there is one you need and you can’t wait for a sale or making a last minute bid on ebay, Custom Crops is your way to go.  :)  They also give you so many great tips and their Design Team is amazing (and I am not just saying that because I am on their Design Team! oh and PS – I am not just telling you about them because I am on their Design Team either, I really like shopping here! Ebay – If you are up for the hunt, ebay is a great place to get Cricut Cartridges.  You have to be careful which buyers you choose.  You want to make sure that you are buying a brand new Cricut Cartridge that has never been opened or linked to a Gypsy.  Also check they seller’s feedback before bidding, and if you are unsure of something, ask the seller.  I also recommended placing in your maximum amount you are willing to pay for that cartridge (I never do more than $25 – 28.00 esp if there is shipping being charged) and then let it be.  Don’t get yourself addicted into “winning that cartridge”!  It can be dangerous – I know someone who got so sucked into outbidding someone else they ended up paying $30.00 more than if they would have just gone over to AC Moore and paid full price!  So be careful!
  3. Times To Remember – A wonderful store that is about one hour from my house that I just LOVE to go to. It’s located in a Outlet Shopping center right between Coach and Starbucks!  ;) ;)  I am a girl who loves to be in a store. I do a lot more shopping and feel like at times, I get better deals in store than online, but of course that all depends and that is all about knowing your prices.  :)  I just love the size and selection of this store and they also have a online website that you can check out.
  4. New Clear Dollar Stamps – I simply adore their stamp sets, they have very reasonable prices and they have wonderfully beautiful scripture stamp sets as well…I also noticed they have decent prices on Copic Markers…they are not something I have invested in yet, I’m thinking about it someday, but there is a place to look into them if you are interested in them yourself.  :)  I have to lump this into the number 4 shop Sweet N’ Sassy amazing stamps that I just find adorable, and again with the Scripture stamps that I love.  :)
  5. Hallmark Scrapbook – I love checking out their store – some great prices and sales from time to time as well :)  Fun stuff!

Anyway, there are millions more stores available, I have also heard really great things about buying from TwoPeasInABucket and Scrapbook.com I have never purchased from either, but I hear great things and I have scanned through a few times :)

Anyway, I hope that helps you if you are looking for something particular :)  I really love shopping, not necessarily buying, but shopping is such a relaxing thing for me, especially when I am out just looking for new ideas.  I like coming up with my own do it yourselves instead of buying everything that is available  – try to find ways to get the same effects without buying something new.  Although I do always love trying something new ;)

Have FUN! :)

Comments

  1. TR says:

    Always interested in checking out new sites!
    Thanks for the links.

  2. Kim says:

    I have never seen Clear Dollar Stamp website before. Off to check them out…Thanks!

  3. LORRAINEB says:

    I’m very fortunate (or not!) because within a 10 minute drive from my house I have a Michaels, AC Moore, and a Joann’s. There are coupons in our newspaper every Sunday and I just can’t pass up a good coupon! For those of you who don’t have a Joann’s near your home, Joann’s.Com always has great sales and coupons right on their website. They also ship fast. Have fun!

  4. LORRAINEB says:

    If you go to Joann’s website you will see there’s free shipping on any order, no minimum. It expires Tues 12/14 at noon EST. For the site, just Google Joann’s Crafts and the site will come up.

  5. Barbara says:

    Wow, LorraineB, thanks for the tip! I’m on my way -oops. too late!

  6. Cindy M says:

    Thanks for the sites Megan!! I have a Hobby Lobby that is about 20miles away and that’s all thats around me, so I do alot of my buying online, mostly at Custom Crops, but love to look at new sites. Thanks!!

  7. Janine says:

    Two Peas and Scrapbook.com are great! I’ve ordered from both of them. One of my most favorite stores in town is called Archivers but their prices are outrageous (on most items). I’ve only ever had one coupon from them for 3.00 off any purchase of 15.00 (or higher). I could buy just about everything in that store but can’t afford to.

  8. KimJ says:

    ROFL! I just love your description of the scent of the store etc…I know exactly how you feel! I could walk into ACMoore blindfolded and know I was there because of the scent. the first thing that hits are the scented candles. I always equate that with happy memories (of shopping of course)! TFS!

  9. Sharon Harrison says:

    I live in a small town that doesn’t have any major stores of any value. The price I pay for living in the mountains. I do all my shopping online so the information is great. Thanks so much.

  10. Thanks for the links! When we lived in Tiffin, OH , we had a LSS called Scrap Happy that I absolutely loved!! Now, we live in Texas and are near Archiver’s, Joann’s, Michaels and Hobby Lobby!! Love it!!

  11. Anniebee says:

    I have a Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann and Michael’s all within 10 minutes of my house. Fave online shops are Custom Crops, Scrapbook Pal, JuJuBee’s, Hallmark and Ebay.

  12. teri says:

    I wish we Canadians had the variety of stores that are in the US.

  13. Chris says:

    Hey Megan…Another great site to shop for Cricut products at a reasonable price is Oh My Crafts. I have bought several things from them and have always been pleased, both with price and quality…But then again, anything Cricut is top quality…Just thought I’d share!

  14. Stacey M says:

    Thanks for the list of good places to shop. I was at a rubber stamp show recently and I bought a couple of stamps from Sweet n’ Sassy. I fogot to check out their website and your list reminded me of their name. Awesome stamps that can be used different ways. :)

  15. Patricia says:

    Have you tried Scrapbuck.com – free shipping on orders of $25.00 or more (who can stop at 25.00) and they ship really really fast! I love them.

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