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Cheap but quality

I'm organizing my storage and started to remembering stories behind everything. From where I found that fabric and that one used to be my shirt. Those buttons are from my winter coat and these papers are from my favorite crafting store from the time, when it was sold out. I've been collecting everything crafting related over a decade. I've been preserved those in many places and forms. In beginning, couple boxes was enough. Then a cabinet. Now I have a office. I used to have a working room, that had enough room to keep everything storage and also work there. I loved that first time, I had a room to dedicated to crafting and being creative. I was able to just leave everything as they were and close the door, if I wanted my home to look clean. Like when I had guests. Now, I have less space to use and I'm modifying my walk-in closet to be my new office.

I have a lot work to be done with it, but it led me to this topic. At least in beginning, everyone needs to think how to get all, as cheap then possible. Problem is how to do it without giving up the quality! One great opportunity is when store is going to bankruptcy or have moving sale. Of course all sales are great, but in those cases discount is so much more. That always makes me to have really mixed feelings. I love to get new things, but at same time I'm sad, because great store is closing.

One of the ways, I already mentioned. Your own closets. Your clothes and everything like that. Every time when I'm throwing a way a garment, I look it the way, what I can keep from it. How I could use it in future. I always cut off buttons, ribbons, laces and tear down pearls. Sometimes I even keep the fabric, if it's specially nice or rare. If you are thinking of doing the same thing, just remember to wash them first.

I also like my town's recycling center. There is better quality things, then in many others that I've visited. There is sometimes actual crafting supplies, but if I can't find something specific, I go to there and look all clothes. I've found many expensive fabrics that way. Getting pearls that way is hard work and you'll tear you fingers while tearing the pearls, but that way those are almost free. And sorting those out is kind of therapeutic. At least for me.

Of course there is your family members and friends. Basically everyone that you know. Don't forget to ask, do they have something extra! Same way you can approach to professionals like sewers. Often they just throw away small peaces of fabric, that could be enough for you. In that case, just consider are you doing this for your own fun or for sell. It can make the difference to them.

Only limit is your imagination, while collecting your storage. Same way then with all crafting!

I have Twitter account @FromMadeByMeri if you want to get notifications that way in future.


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