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    Craft Materials - where do you buy?

    Having finally got fed up with the crumpled paper, rusty scissors and dried out superglue in the cupboard, i've persuaded our exec to authorise a bulk spend of 150 on craft stuff for our Cubs, Beavers and future scout troop...

    Where do people buy this stuff? Our district doesnt have a consortium account, Lyreco is ridiculously expensive, and i've no experience of using Baker Ross so not sure what they're like!

    Have people used Baker Ross? Or do you have other suppliers you use for bulk stock (I don't have the time to run around lots of different shops or websites!)

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    Not my department, but we seem to use Hobbycraft recently, we have used Baker Ross too.
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    Baker Ross or wherever we see something that's good on offer.

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    Baker Ross is good and fairly cheap for standard stuff like scissors, card, glue, felts etc but does become expensive for the specialist craft kits

    ------ Update --- The Following was Added within 30 Minutes of the above ---

    I just spent a few mins adding a reasonable supple of basic craft items from Baker Ross and struggled to reach 150 before running out of basic items to order so I suggest you go for it from there

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    I usually use Hobbycraft.


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    Baker Ross- Look out for special offers.
    Also recommend Crafty Crocodiles. Some advantage over Baker Ross as you sometimes can pay per item which means less waste.

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    We use quite a few places.

    Not really my department, but I know we have used Baker Ross and YPO http://www.ypo.co.uk
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    Depends on what we want and how much.
    Most stuff brought from places like wilkinsons (glue sticks, glitter, paint, paper)
    Baker Ross is good if you wants say a big bag of bling, paper (although we buy little and often locally, find we don't waste as much), pipe cleaners, scissors.
    Don't forget storage boxes/cases helps keep items together and tidy.

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    I use crafty capers, very good service , good for bulk buys. Also use hobby craft, the range, the works and wilkinsons, all not via the internet.

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    I stumbled across this company when purchasing lots of materials for a county event, stuff arrived really quickly and was good quality.

    http://www.costcuttersuk.com/


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    We use ypo for things like scissors etx as they work out cheaper and we can walk to the depot to collect from where we live!!
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    Hello, We tend to use the scrapstore as well as various pound shops. Try http://www.scrapstoresuk.org/ or http://www.childrensscrapstore.co.uk/.

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    I tend to use stores in this order:
    Pound Land
    Asda
    Amazon
    Hobbycraft

    Most items can be picked up cheaply (in multipacks) at our local poundland but Asda sometimes has better prices on individual items. After that Amazon have some amzing offers, you just need to find the section for Schools which is where they keep the multipacks and reasonable prices, most things can be delivered free if you are willing to wait, also very handy for the more harder to find items such as rice paper! We don't have a Hobbycraft nearby so I can only get to it now and again when passing by, fantastic selection but it's usually better for us to make do with the options from Poundland as it works out much cheaper.
    We also have a Boys and a Yorkshire Trading near us which are handy for some items, more along the baking range though as stationary tends to be more expensive than the super markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    We use quite a few places.

    Not really my department, but I know we have used Baker Ross and YPO http://www.ypo.co.uk
    Unless things have changed though, I think you will find that YPO will not deal with individuals, they will only deal with businesses which Scouting can be registered as but they will then only deliver to the or another business address.

    We have used them and for large things like tables and chairs had them delivered to our HQ with someone waiting there for them. Other items have been delivered to one of 2 primary schools nearby.

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    We use the county scrapstore too. If your county has one check it out. They sell art & craft stuff at greatly reduced prices.

    http://www.grcltd.org/scrapstore/

    5 per year membership & 10 for a full shopping trolley.

    They are stocked by local business who

    - send donations of pallets of stock such as would you believe shelving! A4 / A1 card! cord!
    - donate end of lines, such as piece of carpet samples, magazine stickers, pens with smudged printing.
    - their 'rubbish', so all of those things you think 'Hmm... that vould be useful for something', so any number of tubes, folders, pots....

    I will also top up on stuff from the Range & Hobbycraft.
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