Today I am focusing on LOCAL BRICKS AND MORTAR SHOPS.*
The internet is great and I use it on a regular basis for a lot of the supplies that I buy but sometimes you just can’t beat an actual bricks and mortar shop where you can spend endless time wandering up and down the aisles in search of and finding INSPIRATION.
*(All these locations are based in Ireland but some have online or international affiliations too)
Here are my top 7 favourite places to source craft supplies.
1. WELL RED
Dublin Road, Naas Map Location
This little gem of a shop has been around since I was a kid, run by the same husband and wife team, and sometimes their son, if it’s a particularly good day for playing golf! At first glance everything it all seems a bit ‘unsorted’ but therein lies its charm. And all you need to do is ask and they know where everything is and more. As you rummage your way through all manner of treasures you’ll understand why I love it.
Great for: Birthday Party Favours, good value gifts for children, general art supplies, random finds.
2. EVANS EDUCATIONAL
Unit 8, Northern Cross Business Park, N Rd, Finglas, Co. Dublin Map Location
I buy a lot of my bulk purchase craft supplies here. For example paper, glue etc. Although I have noticed they are now veering more towards educational tools for schools ( a lot of teachers would buy from here) you can check out their website before you make the trip there to see what they have.
Great for: Bulk purchases, educational tools, craft equipment (pots, brushes, hole punches etc)
3. CORK ART SUPLIES
26-28 Princes Street, Cork Map Location
Although technically I use them online they are an Irish company with an actual bricks and mortar shop so I am including them on my list. A fantastic resource for a wide variety of arts and craft supplies. They stock all the main brands of artists supplies like daler rowney and also have supplies for model making, scrapbooking and etching to name but a few. A top class resource and I have always found them to be reliable and quick to deliver.
Great for: artists supplies, an awkward to find craft supply that you can’t find anywhere else. Bulk purchases
4 & 5 FOR CARD MAKING
I am putting two shops in one here as they are both good for card making and depending on your location will both probably have what you need.
4. GET CREATIVE
Unit D3, M4 Business Park, Celbridge, Co. Kildare Map Location
5. CRAFTY ANGELS
Whitewater Shopping Centre, Cutlery Road, Newbridge Map Location
Most people will know about Tiger. But I remember when they came to Ireland at first, they had one shop in Dun Laoighire Shopping Centre in Dublin and it was my little secret! But now the secret’s well and truly out. Local to me there is a shop in Newbridge and Maynooth. When I am trying to describe what they sell to people I always say it is the best of IKEA and MUJI combined. Not only will you get craft supplies there but also household items, food and super presents for children.
Great for: Everything you never knew you needed. Beautiful items at a reasonable price. Something unusual
7. AIMEE ROSE
Citywest Shopping Centre, Dublin Map Location
The best shop I have found in my area (Leinster area) for wool supplies. And the staff are absolutely lovely too. They have a fantastic range from high quality yarns to synthetic yarns great for children learning to knit. I buy my wool here when I am doing wool projects in classes or for parties.
Great for: Wool
There you have it. I hope this is of some help to people . Feel free to share.
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