Which Craft Shop Do you Choose?

When you need craft supplies, do you have one store that you prefer over another? Or do you just run to whatever store is closest? Most people probably have a preference, for a lot of different reasons.

Michael’s Crafts, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and even WalMart have good selections of items for many kinds of crafters. Each store, however, has its own benefits and downsides.

For example, Michael’s and JoAnn’s both accept competitor coupons. Not only do they accept them, but most stores will allow a customer to use multiple coupons in the same transaction! Hobby Lobby only accepts it’s own coupons, and I’ve never seen one for more than 40% off a regular priced item.

Another influencing factor is convenience and customer service. For this reason, Hobby Lobby generally falls to the bottom of my list. I can’t stand that they still key in every price, and the cashiers are expected to remember every item that is on sale that week. I’ve had to make corrections more times than I can count! The lines get long and I am always among many grumbly customers by the time I leave.

A plus for Hobby lobby, however, is their great selection of items. I can walk out of the store with cake decorating supplies, yarn, artwork, and even clothing items- I just bought my son a hat! I can lose hours in many craft stores, but Hobby Lobby certainly has a variety on their list of pros. Michael’s and JoAnn’s have stepped up their home décor offerings recently, but they still can’t hold a candle to Hobby Lobby’s selection.

Whatever store is your favorite, you can bet that you’ll find whatever you need to make your project a success. Happy crafting!

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