Showing posts with label store. Show all posts
Showing posts with label store. 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!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Crafter's Paradise - SAS Fabrics Store

I realize it has been 3 months (!!!) since my last post.  I honestly had not planned to stay away that long, but - as usual - life got in the way.  In the last 3 months, I have spent time visiting my old stomping grounds (the Phoenix area); I lost my poor dog that I have had for many years due to complications from cancer; my father had a couple of strokes for which he was hospitalized; I've had tons of homework for school and lots of jewelry orders.  It's been crazy, but I am still kicking and living life to the fullest!  I have lots of catching up to do here, so let's get started!

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!

Beads!

Appliques!

Lace for sale by the yard!

More lace!

SAS Fabrics

SAS Fabrics

 SAS Fabrics - 9840 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, telephone 602-943-7777





Thursday, May 2, 2013

Naples - St. Gennaro Festival, San Gregorio Armano and Shopping Galore


When we were in Rome, we heard that we should be very careful when visiting Naples (the next stop on our destination) because it had a reputation for being dangerous.  We were even told we probably wouldn't like it there.  In actuality, Naples ended up being one of our favorite stops on the trip.

We stayed at a hotel called Hotel Maison Degas in the historic district of Naples.  First, the location is ideal as you are walking distance from many of the sites and shopping areas there.  Second, the owners of the hotel - Francesco and Emmaneula - are absolutely wonderful.  They were very friendly and accommodating to us during our stay.  We felt as though we were visiting with friends when we stayed at their establishment.  I highly recommend them if you ever visit Naples.  You will not be disappointed.

The view of the piazza from our hotel room - Hotel Maison Degas.


Naples has some wonderful shopping.  There are lots of little winding streets filled with shops and vendors; more than you can possibly visit in a short stay.  There are also several street vendors selling their wares.  You can bargain with the vendors and walk away with some great deals. 

Anthony and Brianna checking out produce in Naples.

A butcher shop in Naples.  Yum!




One of my favorite places to shop in Naples is on San Gregorio Armeno.  There are hundreds of shops on this little street.  This neighborhood is known for their nativity sets (known as "presepe" in Italian.)  There are many variations of handmade presepes here, in many different sizes.  This is also a good location to find handmade Italian souvenirs. For doll makers, there is a shop that sells various clay and ceramic body parts if you want to make your own creations. During my visit to this area, I watched a shop owner meticulously paint nativity figures.  I also found some gorgeous mini Virgin Mary statues which I purchased and will eventually use in 3-D jewelry creations. 

The shops on San Gregorio Armeno are packed to the gills with goodies for purchase.


Hand painting nativity sets - one by one.
Doll making parts are available by the thousands.


One of the biggest celebrations in Naples occurs on San Gennaro's feast day.  San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples.  Most of the shops and businesses are closed that day; most of the city participates in the all-day celebration.  Thousands of people crowd into the Duomo Naples Cathedral to watch for the liquefaction of the saint's blood - a tradition which dates back to the 1300's.  From there, the crowds filter into the church to view the vial of blood and light candles while praying for the saint's intercession.  I was thrilled to be able to participate in this celebration.  It was quite beautiful and awe-inspiring to see so many people come together in peace and reverence.

The faithful line up to see San Gennaro's relic.

A side view in the Duomo of San Gennaro.

The faithful light candles asking for the saint's intercession.


Naples is known for it's delicious food and handmade, brick oven baked pizza.  I have to tell you - we ate pizza many times during our stay here.  It was fantastic.  Of course, it didn't hurt that a pizza establishment was located right across the street from our hotel. :)  In addition, there is some wonderful street food that is too good to pass up.  We had some tasty potato croquettes and arancini (fried rice and meat balls) made by Pizzeria Giuliano.  They were out of this world!  Last, but certainly not least, we also indulged in some handmade pastries that you really can find only in Italy.

Handmade brick-oven baked pizza!

Delicious pastries.


In my opinion - Naples is a "must see" kind of place.  I look forward to visiting again in the (hopefully) near future.  Next - a final highlight of the last stops on our trip and then back to the arts and crafts where this blog is concerned. :)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trip to Chicago - Grandmother's Garden Quilt and Imported Food Galore!

Last week, I was in Chicago helping my family care for my uncle who had surgery. Along with other family members, I stayed long hours at the hospital. True to form, I can never just sit still and relax. I always have to be doing something. I decided to spend my time working on a Grandmother's garden quilt I had started many years ago. This little quilt is made from dime-sized hexagons. Because it is so small, it is easy to transport, so I usually work on this project when I travel. Here are some pictures of my little quilt-in-progress:

Since I only work on this quilt when I travel, I may end up making it into a little wall hanging instead of a full sized quilt so I can complete it in my lifetime. Only time will tell...

On another note, I was born in Chicago and I lived there until I was eight years old.  Because I still have family there, I like to visit there every now and then.  One of my favorite things about Chicago (besides my family, of course) is the vast assortment of ethnic food available to consumers.  You name it - they've got it - regardless of the culture.

One of my favorite places to shop at is the Eurofresh Market in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago.  This store absolutely fascinates me because it literally carries food and ingredients from all over the world.  I can easily find things there that used to be prepared by my beloved Polish-German grandmother when I was a child.  These things always evoke great memories of my childhood.  Needless to say, I couldn't resist taking pictures while in the store.  Here are some pretty cool finds at the market:

Packages of sauerkraut imported from Poland. Who would have thought there were so many varieties?

Matzo ball soup mix made by Lipton.  Who knew???

Seasoning mixes from Poland for every kind of dish imaginable.

A full aisle dedicated to olive oil from Italy and all sorts of vinegars known to man. Amazing!

And let's not forget the magazine section so you can keep up on all of the latest news and gossip.

I ended up buying way too much store while visiting Eurofresh, but hey, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, right?  Here's just a sampling of what I purchased:

Chocolate from Poland.


Coffee from Germany.

Seasoning mixes from Pakistan to make chicken curry and from Poland to make stuffed peppers and cabbage.  (My mouth is watering just thinking about it...)

Mustard from Poland to go with all of the deli meat I purchased.

Vanilla sauce mix, vanilla sugar, vanilla and almond extracts from Europe just in time for my holiday baking.  Can you tell I LOVE vanilla?

Thanks for letting me share my adventures with you.  Be sure to check back regularly. I have some awesome handmade Christmas projects and tutorials I will be sharing here over the next month. :)

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