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Showing posts with label Arkansas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arkansas. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cool Find - Discounted Name Brand Mixed Media Craft Supplies Warehouse

One picture of the main part of the shop.

Whenever I stumble upon a cool find, I like to share the information with my friends in blog land. Well, this is one of those times.

One day last week, I stumbled upon a neat little find not too far from where I live in Springdale, Arkansas.  Two large signs near the street advertised a "craft supplies warehouse sale" in the adjacent set of warehouse buildings.  From the signs and the building itself - both are pretty nondescript - you wouldn't think there was anything special about what is inside...but looks can be so deceiving.

Simple street signs give the most basic information.

This is the nondescript entrance to the shop.

Once I got to the door (which was locked), I had to call a telephone number listed on the door for one of the employees to let me in.  To make a long story short, the warehouse employees work in the back, and when customers arrive, they unlock the door to allow them into the shop and adjoining warehouse.  (One of the employees informed me that they don't have enough regular foot traffic in the shop to warrant an employee being there at all times; that is why visitors have to call to be let in by a warehouse employee.)

Once I was inside, I was thrilled to find that this location manufactures name brand mixed-media and scrap-booking products for: 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels and the Canvas Corporation.  In addition, they carry many more product lines including, but not limited to: Maya Road, Tim Holtz products (including alcohol inks), Zutter binding products and more.  Best of all - everything in the air-conditioned shop is 25% off at all times.  In the warehouse immediately adjoining the main store, there is an additional shopping area where all products are deeply discounted at a minimum of 75% off of the retail price.  In the warehouse, there is no air-conditioning or heating and you may have to dig to find some awesome things, but it is well worth it.

Here are some images from inside of the main shop:

Christmas products

Halloween products

Miscellaneous tags

Scrapbook paper and matching accessories

Fabric and paper combinations

Fabric paper and combinations (Christmas themed)

Maya Road embellishments

More Maya Road embellishments

Scrapbook paper and colored sprays/mists

A view of the back of the shop.

Burlap sheets by the basketful
Tattered Angels 4 pack of shimmer mists at 50% off
As I mentioned above, the warehouse carries many items, too, at deep discounts of at least 75% off.  Here are some photos of the goodies that can be found there:

All items in the warehouse are 75% off.
Tattered Angels paints are 3 for $1.00.

Purse book set discounted to $2.99

Canvas bags and embellishments galore can be had here.

Paper and eyelets

Zutter Bind-It-All - only 75 cents! (I bought it!) :)

Emboss paper punches - a steal at 3 for $2.50!

Aisles of goodies for sale in the warehouse.

Tags, mica pieces and other embellishments.
This is just a sampling of what can be had at this awesome shop.  In case you want to visit, the address is: 2300 S. Old Missouri Road, Springdale, AR 72764.  The shop hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   They take cash and credit/debit cards.   If you go, happy shopping!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring 2015 Craft Show

Every Spring, there are a myriad of craft fairs taking place in Northwest Arkansas, where I live.  One of the festivals I enjoy attending each year takes place at the Springdale Convention Center (sponsored by the Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals).  This show always has something new, in addition to some of the same old favorites shared by vendors from the past.  This year was no exception.  I was able to pick up several little gift items for birthdays, Mother's Day and the like.

Here are some of my favorites from this year's show:

Vagabond Vintage sells all sorts of retro goodies and an assortment of treasures like spoon and fork jewelry (which I can't get enough of) and boho-style clothing that awaits the shopper in an old silver traveler trailer from the 50's.  Of course, I had to buy some of the silverware jewelry, which came with an added bonus - for every $20 purchased, the buyer received free silverware jewelry of their choice.  Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.

Silverware earrings

Freebies with purchase = LOVE

Clothing and accessories for sale.

My daughter and girlfriend checking out the booth.

There was another booth that was also selling silverware jewelry.  I thought this necklace made of spoon handles was especially cute:

Silverware jewelry

Yummy smelling handmade soaps were quite a deal at $1.00 each.  I picked up several for little gifts:

Handmade soaps
This nifty repurposed faucet makes a cool little soap dish:

Crocheted vests, scarves and bo-ho clothing were all the rage at the show this year.  (Not handmade, though, unfortunately.)   I love them!  (Although, I have to be honest - the mark-up on these is considerably high.  I purchased a dozen or so scarves in Rome a couple of years ago from a street vendor and purchased them for two Euros each.  Granted, they weren't made in Rome, but boy, they were cute!)

This particular vendor is at the show every year and she always has the cutest Victorian-themed designs for sale.  She is one of my favorites.  I always stop by her booth.

Another shop which I find to be pretty awesome is the one which takes ordinary household items like teapots and spice tins and makes them into lights.  Love this!

Teapot lights

Spice tin lights

Spice tin lights

These layered religious bracelets also caught my eye:

And so did this hat which I was REALLY tempted to buy for someone special I know (he knows who he is):

As always, craft festival season is a favorite of mine.  I don't miss going to them unless I absolutely have to.

Monday, November 15, 2010

NW Arkansas Fall Craft Fairs - Shop 'Till You Drop!

The second weekend in October, Northwest Arkansas bustles with thousands of visitors from all over the United States and this year was no exception.  The reason, you ask?  It's craft fair weekend...and not just any craft fair, but a myriad of fairs all over this side of the state.   It all started in 1954, when the ever-popular War Eagle Fair held it's first show.  Since that time, there's been an increase in the number of shows, fairs and festivals which feature something for everyone.  News sources say these festivals draw in hundreds of thousands of visitors each fall; last month, visitors topped over 600,000.  That's a pretty substantial number when you consider the fact that my little town of Springdale has a population of just over 66,000 people and our neighboring Fayetteville has a reported population of 73,000. 

As always, I love to put on my comfortable walking shoes and visit the shows.  I never have the time to visit all of shows in any given weekend, but I do have my favorites that enjoy visiting each year.  One of my favorites is a smaller show which is held at the Jones Center.   I always find unique handmade items at reasonable prices there, and although it's busy, it's never jam-packed full of people, making it easier to browse the displays.  

One of my favorite vendors there is Prim by Design.  This vendor never fails to disappoint.  They sell all sorts of homemade potpourri, scented wax dipped dough ornies and all the fixins'.  I love to buy a little bit of everything from them, mix it all together and display it in an old muffin tin during the holidays.  The "snowmen and bells" wax dipped salt dough sells out quickly every year and is one of my favorites.   They also sell handmade prim dolls, hand-painted candles, and the like.

Claudia Steele was a new vendor to the Jones Center this year and her table was absolutely hopping with customers.  Her clever jewelry creations featured quilled paper designs coated with a lightweight, non-yellowing shellac.  I couldn't resist purchasing several of her necklaces and earrings for gifts.   These are absolutely perfect for friends and coworkers from the office.  (OK, I admit it, I did buy a butterfly necklace and earring set for myself, too.  ;)  )  Claudia doesn't have a website yet, but is working on putting one together.

Mary Ellen Watson is another talented vendor that caught my eye this year.  She paints gorgeous Russian Orthodox/Byzantine style icons with traditional egg tempera.  She offered numerous original paintings, prints, postcards and greeting cards at the fair this year.  I ended up purchasing several greeting cards featuring her work.  Mary Ellen can be contacted at iconsmew@gmail.com for custom orders; she is also available for speaking engagements.

Another favorite craft fair I enjoy visiting is the one held at the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center.  This fair is huge and is contained within 2 large buildings.  It is always packed and people are shoulder-to-shoulder, but there are some great finds here.    Being a cradle-Catholic girl who loves lots of bling, I absolutely couldn't resist perusing PJ's Boutique.  PJ's carries lots of rhinestone-covered and bejeweled crucifix (and other shaped) jewelry pieces, handbags and clothing.  OK, none of what they carry is handmade, but it's a fun place to shop if you are looking for something a little different.  PJ's Boutique is a part of the Feathered Nest Market on Facebook.

Pleasant Memories is another vendor I absolutely had to check out while there.  They featured tons of beads, dichroic glass pendants, charms and other items for the jewelry artist at very reasonable prices.  One very large table featured long strands of pearls, cloisonne beads in every possible shape, stone crucifix and peace sign beads and much, much more for as low as $2.00 a strand.  As much as I tried to resist the temptation, I did purchase several strands of beads to use in my jewelry creations.

If you ever want to plan a trip to the Ozarks and you enjoy craft fairs, you definitely want to come to Northwest Arkansas in the fall.  Bring lots of money and comfortable shoes with you.  Trust me, you will need both. :)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ice Storm Causes Destruction in My Town

On Monday night, my little town of Springdale, Arkansas was hit with a devastating ice storm. We knew the storm was coming but we had no idea of the damage we would experience from this. Tuesday morning, 1/2" to 2" of ice had accumulated on the roads, sidewalks and trees. Schools and businesses were closed because it was too dangerous to try to drive. My daughter, Brianna and I were inside our home listening to the trees make popping noises as the branches collapsed under the weight of the ice. We are photograph nuts and we've never seen anything like this, so we snapped pictures like crazy outside. Little did we know that many of our pictures would be the last of our home with it's big beautiful ornamental pear trees in the front yard. As we snapped pictures, we watched our huges trees buckle under the ice. One of the trees split in half; part of it landed on my car; the other part of it landed on my son's car. My entire neighborhood experienced damage like we have never seen before and it literally looks like a bomb went off in my neighborhood. My entire town and the surrounding areas lost electricity on Tuesday. It is now Saturday, and I anxiously wait for my power to be restored. Word has it that 95% of my town will have power restored by midnight tonight (Saturday). Our Governor, Mike Beebe, has declared our town a Federal Disaster area. I understand that there will be funding available for clean up and repairs but that's really all I know at this time.

In any case, I am thankful for the use of my town's library computer today. I am a big news junkie and I literally feel like I have been cut off from the world for the past 5 days. Between that and the cabin fever, this has been a frustrating experience. Thankfully, my family and friends are all alright. We are also fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where people still help one another. We don't have to worry about looting or anything like that. Neighbors I have never met before came over and sawed tree branches in my yard, helping to remove them from the vehicles and the street. In times like this, it is comforting to know that people are willing to help one another when times get tough.

Once I am able to access my computer from home, I'll be posting pictures from the storm on Facebook and Flickr. Please stay tuned.....

Friday, August 8, 2008

Tontitown Grape Festival

Tontitown, Arkansas is just a stone's throw away from where I live in Northwest Arkansas. Every year, they hold a Grape Festival which features craft vendors, amusement rides, carnival-style food, used book sale, grape flavored ice cream, homemade spaghetti dinners (made from scratch--no boxed spaghetti, here), grape stomping and live entertainment. Catholic Mass is also held for those who wish to attend. This year, the 110th annual celebration was no different.


Beginning in 1895, Italian settlers established a colony in Tontitown. They established farms, their first general store and a post office. They successfully grew strawberries, apples and grapes. In 1900, the men of the town worked together to build a church. Each August, the settlers would celebrate their harvest with a Mass of
Thanksgiving in the little church. They'd sing and dance, and the women served the tastiest meals that their provisions would allow. These little celebrations continued to blossom and every August, without fail, the Grape Festival is held on the grounds of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. With something for everyone, this celebration is one that the locals look forward to attending year after year.

Homemade Spaghetti Dinner:

My husband and I attended last night's celebration. We started the night off with the delicious homemade spaghetti dinner. Women work for weeks before the celebration making the pasta from scratch and hanging it on racks to dry. Their efforts are very much enjoyed by the locals, and we were no different. Fresh pasta has a taste all it's own. Our dinner came with homemade fried chicken, tossed salad, rolls, butter and a beverage. It was absolutely delicious. Thank goodness I wore my shorts with the stretchy waistband!

Oh, and did I mention? Packages of the dried spaghetti were also for sale for those who wanted to make it at home. I picked up a couple of pounds so my entire family can enjoy it for a yummy dinner to come.

Used Book Sale:

While my husband set up our chairs outside the entertainment stage, I checked out the used book sale. The sale boasts all kinds of books, music (in the form of LP's, CD's) and even some puzzles and games. The items cost anywhere from 25 cents to 50 cents so you can stock up on all sorts of goodies and not break the bank. I walked out with 2 bags of books and LP's. Now, in all honesty, the LP's really aren't anything I would listen to, but the kitschy album artwork was just screaming at me. In the near future, I am going to transform them into something cool, like tote bags or clocks.

Live Entertainment:

The live entertainment for the night was provided by a local band, Whit Landers and the Hillbilly Connection, and country music singer Bryan White. The stage consists of a large trailer from the back of a semi truck. There's nothing quite like listening to live music under the stars in such a homey atmosphere. The first time I saw Bryan White in concert was in 1998 in Arizona, when he toured with LeAnn Rimes. The one thing that struck me both times - then and now - is that Bryan really is a nice guy. He's very down-to-earth and just one of the boys.

After the show ended, Bryan chatted with fans, posed for pictures and signed autographs. I took the opportunity of slipping him my business card and he promised he would check out my original jewelry designs. I would love the opportunity of making him and/or his wife some personalized jewelry with their little boys images on it. Now, I don't know if I will actually be hearing from Bryan or his wife, but if you don't ask, it's a definite "no", right?

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