If you don’t need entire yards of fabric for a project and just need small pieces, check out clothing store clearance racks for clothes that you can cut up and fabric you can repurpose for much cheaper than the fabric store.
Similarly, hit up your local thrift stores for unfashionable clothes that can be cut up and remade into new craft projects. And don’t forget to check out the home decor section for outdated items that can be spruced up with a bit of paint.
Many fast fashion clothing stores will have a clearance rack of jewelry, often marked down to only a dollar per item. This is a great place to find items you can disassemble for the beads and jewelry findings to make your own jewelry projects.
Take a trip to a hardware store to find interesting findings and other household supplies that you can repurpose for your DIY projects. And don’t forget to grab a few free paint chips while you’re there!
Sign up for the loyalty program at every craft store you go to for exclusive coupons and discounts. If you don’t want the emails clogging up your inbox, set them to go to a separate folder or make a new email address that you only check when you need to go shopping for supplies.
If you have a college with an art program nearby, keep an eye on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace at the end of every semester. Students from out of town may be looking to get rid of extra supplies for cheap, and you can snatch them up.