As some of you know, I recently started working part-time for a local crafts shop — not a chain like Michael’s or Joann’s, though we have multiples of both here — but an independent store. While we do not carry fabric (there is a store next door to us that does), we do have just about everything else you can imagine — and then some. On one hand, I see all the new stuff almost as soon as it comes in. The downside is that I am constantly seeing stuff I like, or that I think someone I know would like. And then there is the irony of working at a craft store and never having time for my own crafting. Here is some of what you can find at our store:
01. Art supplies: Everything from canvas and sketch pads to paints, pencils, markers, brushes and easels.
02. Origami paper (which naturally made me think of Alice)
03. Beads and jewelry fixings — two aisles worth that makes me go cross-eyed if I have to spend too much time stocking pegs there.
04. Mosaic, Candle, and soap making materials.
05. Floral supplies and ribbon.
06. Wood, balsa and Styrofoam — between Halloween and Christmas, we’ve gone through a lot of the latter.
07. YARN. We have one of the largest yarn departments locally, with patrons coming from out of town for some of the higher-quality yarns we carry. One aisle is predominantly knitting needles, as well as other “notions” such as basic needles, tape measures, thread and Velcro.
08. Doll making and diorama supplies.
09. Stamps and ink, though we do not carry as wide a selection as we used to. Most of the stamps currently stocked are seasonal.
10. Cardstock, Scrapbook and quilling materials.
11. Frames, mats, photo albums, scrapbooks and recipe boxes.
12. Puzzles and kids crafts — pretty much something for every age.
13. Adult coloring books. We have stocked these for years, but while orders used to be placed every three or four months, it is now almost weekly. Seriously, we sell out as fast as we restock.
This covers only a fraction of what we carry. Depending on what I am doing and how long my shift, I can easily log five to seven miles a day, just criss-crossing the store stocking shelves or helping customers. I've been so tired when I get home the past couple weeks that I am behind on my handmade Christmas presents, never mind the Christmas cards and reading.
YOUR TURN: Are you a crafty person? What sort of crafts do you like to do?
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