One of my favorite things to do when I visit the Phoenix area is to shop at all of those crafty supply stores I used to frequent when I lived there. One of those places - SAS Fabrics - really is a crafter's paradise. I started shopping there many years ago when SAS sold fabrics and trims by the pound. Over the years, they have changed their pricing on fabrics based on yardage, but in any case, you can still get some great deals shopping there. SAS used to sell a variety of buttons that you could sort through for 10 cents (then 25 cents) per Dixie Cup; unfortunately, they don't offer this any longer. The good news is they have great prices on fabric trims, beads, ribbon, lace and all sorts of goodies. They sell thread for 15-25 cents per spool, and lace for as low as 10 cents per yard. If you cut the lace yourself, you get a free yard for every 4 yards purchased!
Since I am an avid jewelry maker that likes to add bling to my creations, I have been purchasing rhinestone crystal chain by the roll. SAS recently started carrying rhinestone chain in many colors, including the very-hard-to-find chain with the rose-gold finish. They charge between $6.99-$8.99 per yard for the chain, but given the fact that the some of the variations are difficult to find, this is a steal of a deal. Needless to say, I stocked up on all sorts of rhinestone chain while I was there (among other things). ;)
|Rhinestone chain for sale by the yard.|
|Rhinestone chain in many variations - even rose-gold!|
If you are in the area and want to visit SAS, be prepared to stay awhile. You have to dig a bit - especially where the fabric is concerned - but it is well worth the time and the savings are phenomenal when compared to regular craft stores. Also, SAS now takes plastic. (They used just accept cash and checks) and they have established a website and Facebook fan page.
|Tons of fabric for sale!|
|Flowers, ribbons and trims!|
|Lace for sale by the yard!|
SAS Fabrics - 9840 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, telephone 602-943-7777