Craft addictions can be expensive! We want to make everything! Cut back your costs by buying craft supplies in bulk online. Below are some tips to keep in mind to avoid first-bulk-purchase slips up and to make sure that you're really saving on your crafts instead of overspending and getting the supplies you're looking for.
Shop with projects already in mind.
When prices appear to be so low, it can be tempting to buy everything that looks appealing. Have a plan in mind when you tackle price-reduced merchandise to keep yourself from going overboard. If you are making something that has a pattern, look for materials similar to what the pattern recommends.
Read the description.
Online product images can be deceiving. Make sure to read the product descriptions carefully to make sure you are getting what you think you are. When buying yarn, check the yardage, fiber(s), weight, and any other information you can pin down to get a better idea about what you're buying. The description can also help you compare numbers with any pattern recommendations.
Know the retail prices.
Check out what stores are charging for similar products to make sure that buying in bulk makes sense. Make sure to take shipping prices into account.
Compare shipping prices.
Shop around to see what shipping prices suppliers offer. While the craft supplies may be cheap, the heaviest pricing usually shows up in the shipping costs. Try filling carts at multiple shops to compare what provider offers the best prices with shipping included.
Know your store.
Shopping online is always a challenge. If you are shopping on a new site, be sure to familiarize yourself with their policies and, if possible, look for other shopper reviews to back up your choice.
My favorite sites to buy craft supplies in bulk are Create for Less and Yarn Paradise. What are yours?