Sunday, July 24, 2011

Supplies and Tips

So, I've had quite a few people ask me either on my blog, Etsy or Craftster as to where I buy some of my supplies. So, this is going to be all about some of my favorite products for my ami's, and some great resources on where to buy some of the supplies!

#1. Yarn.
I've had A LOT of experience with this stuff. lol. I've tried all different kinds for my ami's. After testing and playing around, my all time favorite fiber to use for my ami's is a 100% acrylic. I know a lot of people use Red Heart Super Saver for their ami's, but that's just a little too rough for my hands! Have you used it? It's really rough! So, this is my #1 all time favorite that I've found: Impeccable Loops & Threads at Michael's.

This yarn is a Michael's exclusive, but 100% worth the trip to Michael's. This is a basic worsted weight yarn, and is so soft that you could easily make an afghan out of it! I just absolutely love how it works up with ami's! So next time you're at Michael's, I would definitely recommend grabbing some of this up!

#2. Safety Eyes
Ok, this was always the trickiest for me. Have you seen how expensive those bad boys are in the stores?! The packages only have a few pairs of eyes, and they's EXPENSIVE! So, I set out to the internet looking for the best eyes. I bought some on Ebay once, but the washers were so hard to put onto the backs that I needed to use pliers! So, I found my #1 all time favorite safety eye supplier on a little website: Sunshine Discount Crafts.

Their shipping is usually a flat rate, so I like to make big orders all at once. Their safety eyes, plain black eyes, you can get in a set of 100 pieces for $3.99! And they're definitely quality, and the washers are able to be easily pushed on using just your hands and no power tools! :)
I've dealt with this website for a little over a year now. They have always been wonderful. Shipments come FAST-which is quite impressive considering I live in Montana and they're based out of Florida-and if anything has been backordered, they call me immediately and let me know. Do they have the biggest selection? No, they don't. However, if you're just looking for black eyes or cat eyes, this is a great place that you can pick them up!

#3. Boxes
This is a funny thing. When I started selling things on a regular basis, I really was looking for somewhere to get my boxes cheap, something that would be the perfect size so they're weren't too expensive to ship. When I found this website, I found like I hit the jackpot. Ever since, I love to pass the wealth along to other Etsy sellers. I've definitely told some people about this site when I knew they were paying too much by the piece at a place like Michael's for jewelry boxes. So, here it is:

This is another site where I've always had excellent service! My boxes get to me quickly and shipping is minimal. You pay by the box, and the more you buy, the cheaper they are! It's a really great site and if you're selling regularly on Etsy and need boxes, this is the site for you!!

Well, that's all I have for today. If I think of anymore I'll write them down and include another post! If anyone checks out these websites I would love to hear what you think!


Nessa the Procrastinator

Thanks for the heads up on the safety eyes and boxes! :)


i LOVE Impeccable too! who knew acrylic could be so soft?!

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