MSE Blog Discussion: Grab bundles of craft supplies from £1 via scrap stores

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Grab bundles of craft supplies from £1 via scrap stores

From tinsel to textiles, buttons to bubble wrap, scrap stores let you grab dirt-cheap craft materials that might otherwise have been sent to landfill. We're keen to hear from anyone who's used them. What have you picked up? How much was it? What did you use it for?

Huge thanks for your help!
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    MarconMarcon Forumite
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    edited 4 December 2022 at 12:57AM
    I've been to the Watford Scrapstore first when it was in Watford, then in Northwood Hills, and now (haven't yet visited) back in Watford. Website:

    I went with a friend who runs a Rainbows and a Brownie group in the area. Joining fee for her group was £10 admin + 'group' fee of £35 for the year, which covered as many visits as you wish/anything you chose to take away.

    Stock varied quite a lot, but was invariably more than worth the visit. Lots of fabric, paper/card, packing materials such as polystyrene peanuts and bubble wrap, wool, ribbon, sequin waste and the like. Without a doubt you need to be disciplined about what you take, rather than going for a 'grab it all' approach.
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
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    I’ve used the one near me so many times both for personal projects and for supplies for WI meetings. This long rag bunting used scraps of fabric from my sewing offcuts, some fabrics from the scrap store and a 12m long length of ribbon I picked up from there too. 

    Chipping away at the craft stash one item at a time 
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    Why did I even look.....

    Guess whos going to coerce the husband or sister into a trip to Cardiff now just to mooch about........

    Looks worthwhile though and the added bonus that you not only can find some good items and materials for crafting but you can save things from landfills too seems like an added bonus .
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