Do you like to get a bargain, or perhaps you do not have a specialist craft shop near you, just the normal High Street shops. Well, look a little harder and you may be surprised.
This is a shop that has a large turnover of stock, some things are here today and gone tomorrow, but here are a few things I have found:
Clip frames, for glass painting; sticky foam; envelopes; gel pens; and not forgetting all those plastic storage boxes to put your things in.
WILKINSONS (similar to Poundland):
Holographic card; gold and silver card; raffia; silk flowers; craft paints; envelopes and also more of those plastic storage boxes to put your things in.
THE WORKS (bookshop):
Pipe cleaners (chenille sticks); Little pegs; paints and inks; gel pens; pom poms; confetti; envelopes; photo albums (to show off your prize cards); and of course craft books.
Not necessarily a bargain (but never knowingly undersold!) but you can buy a variety of fabrics and trimmings, and they will normally sell as little as 10cms, and don't forget to check out the furnishing fabrics and trimmings.
Pritt sticks, look out for the time when they have a free little one with it; also envelopes - sometimes they have lovely cream tissue lined ones.
Glasses and other glassware for glass painting; beads and other jewellery (break into bits); wool; unwanted craft kits; all sorts!!
I have found that Staples appear to be cheaper than Office World, they sell packs of card; glue; pens; envelopes.
CAKE DECORATING SHOP:
You may have one near you, mine sells things that are suitable for cards, such as horseshoes; football boots; they also stock a variety of ribbons; and if you are into modelling clay they stock modelling tools.
EARLY LEARNING CENTRE:
Edged scissors; craft packs.
A STATIONERY SHOP:
Don't forget that you may just have a stationery shop which could sell all sorts of items such as: card; envelopes; tissue paper; confetti.
Buttons; trimmings; glue; card blanks; cross stitch.
Often a haberdashery stall, tool stall, wrapping paper from the cards stall.
I hope that this has whet your appetite, if you can think of some other places post it on the forum and I shall add them to this list.