Sunday, January 31, 2010

What would you do for a deal

So we Supply-a-Holics are not just hoarders of the stuff we create with. We also can't pass up a deal. So share with us your story of the most "unethical" or creative method of getting a deal.

I'll go first...

I have 2 sons, ages 3 and 4. When I was starting out my Etsy shop I was fairly broke so I needed to get any and all supplies the cheapest I could. So I would go to a certain retailer that offered 40% off coupons every week. I would print out a bunch and me and the boys would go shopping. I would be able to get 3 items at 40% off each day I went. Of course I would buy more than 3 items if I needed stuff in the same dye lot. ;)

One day I went to a different retailer and was told my children could not be used to get me additional discounts. A week later I was told by the cashier that they were threatened with termination if they were allowing children to check out items, that the coupons were "one per household". HMMM... if they were one "per household" why does the coupon say one "per customer".

Maybe it's borderline "unethical" to use your children to get added discounts, but I say when you're broke you have to do what you have to do. :)

So what lengths have you gone to to get that deal?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

469.00 Worth of Cover Buttons on the wall....

Take one down, pass it around...

I got my order of cover buttons in...they are nearly all sent out to those who helped contribute to the buy (THANK YOU!)

And yes, I've plowed my way through quite a few of them....

Here is what 469.00 worth of cover buttons are. In case you're wondering that is 2880 buttons in sizes ranging from size 20-60.

And I mindnumbingly counted out about 800 or more (I lost track...) for my other button addicts...


If you have NO idea what cover buttons are..they go from that to:

So you see why I would be obsessed...

SAH Queen

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The First Step....

is admitting you have a problem.

Hello, my name is Amy and I am a supplyaholic. At this very moment I have some GORGEOUS fabrics in my cart at I do not NEED said fabrics. And I am doing my best to leave them there and wait and see! I already have more fabric than I can fit in an armoire plus roughly 15-20 yards coming via mail in time.....I MUST BE STOPPED!

Complicating this matter is I haven't had TIME to sew lately! Soaping has kept me a little busy since the fabulous New Orleans Saints are going to the Superbowl and I just so happen to make Saint's soaps! Then of course there are the children, housewifery duties and ridding the world of all evil...

Then there are the buttons. 469.00 worth of cover buttons. OH. MY. GOD. They are all counted and sorted and ready to be shipped to those who purchased and the rest are for me to use/sell. It was actually quite mind clearing to sit and count that many buttons! 2,4,6,8,.....Now to remember to move the money from Paypal to the bank to cover that credit card purchase for 469.00 worth of buttons!

So today, perhaps I shall get some button making done while the kid rests, perhaps I shall sew, or perhaps I shall nap myself as I am attempting to get a full time job and if I get it, will not have TIME for naps!

So confess it people...what supplies have YOU bought lately? What is on your drawing board for creating??

SupplyaHolic Queen

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Soapers, I apologize in advance...

Southern Soapers Pre Buy is up. Oh man. This is going to be hard to resist.

I love SS's soap and these prebuys are great deals!

Get yours now!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Toronto Supply-A-Holics: SUPPLY YOUR HABIT: Fabric and notions swap @ the Purple Thumb (Feb. 6)

I think I'll be staying away, but that's no reason you shouldn't go! If you do, make sure you share lots of photos of your new/old goodies!

SUPPLY YOUR HABIT: Fabric and notions swap @ the Purple Thumb (Feb. 6)

by Tasha (via Toronto Craft Alert)

Here are the details:
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 6th
Location: The Purple Thumb
1887 Queen Street East @ Woodbine
What: Fabric & Notion Swap

What’s a Fabric Swap?: Bring your fabric and sewing notions that you have been keeping for awhile and exchange them for some new fabric and notions. All items will be placed on huge tables and at exactly 3:30 you get the go through the tables and pick your favorites to take home with you. So make sure to arrive early. Refreshments will be served as well.

A few important details: Each person will pay a fee of $5.00 and the remaining fabric and notions of the night will be donated to a local charity.

Ok, what next?: You can RSVP at on the events page.

I have a few more questions!: Email us at or call us at 647-349-1009.

Melissa Hamel-Smith runs Supply-A-Holics' sister site Operation Utilize Supplies and her own personal art blog We're All A Little Mad Here.

Coupon Codes!

Got any good coupon codes for your supplies??
They have added Knitting and Crochet supplies too!
Save 15% When you spend $40.00 or more use coupon code "BOXSTF27". EXPIRES 2/5/10!

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Supplies In!

New chainmaille supplies from The Ring Lord

1. 8oz 18ga 1/4" Bright Aluminum rings
2. 750 rings 20ga 1/8" Violet Anodized Aluminum rings
3. 400 rings 18ga 1/4" Violet Anodized Aluminum rings
4. 400 rings 18ga 1/4" Red Anodized Aluminum rings
5. 750 rings 20ga 1/8" Black Anodized Aluminum rings
6. 1oz 20ga 1/8" Bright Aluminum rings
7. 2oz 18ga 3/16" Bright Aluminum rings
8. 2oz 20ga 1/8" Copper rings
9. 2oz 18ga 1/4" Copper Rings
10. Various findings and clasps
11. Anodized Aluminum Ring Sampler

So hopefully this will keep me too busy to buy anymore least for a bit!

Post your most recent purchase!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Craft it out!

Craft Forum

You really must check out this forum! It is a great place for crafters to hang out, share ideas and tips! The site is brand new and from the creators of so you know it'll be run well!!

So hop on over, register for an account and you can even have a chance to win some cash!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Fabric! No wait that's....

You know you have a problem when you look at your stash and say "When did I get that piece of fur?" and it turns out to be your cat.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Who's Your Fave Supplier?

Do you have a favorite supplier of all things handmade? We want to know! Of course if you want to keep it quiet, that's cool too, but a true supplyaholic shares their supply hoarding knowledge with others! :) So if you have a fave supplier of handmade/craft items, please let us know in the comments (if they're not already in our list on the sidebar) and we'll gladly add them.

Again, nope, we're not compensated in any way for listing these suppliers, we're just sharing resources!!


Friday, January 15, 2010

To Officially be a Supply-a-holic...

Please repeat after me.

"My name is _____. It has been ____days (months/hours/minutes) since my last craft supply purchase. I realize I buy too many supplies. I promise to try to USE some before I buy more. Unless it's a really good sale. Or a discontinued item. Or on clearance......"

Ahh to heck with it..what did you buy today?

If you need some help actually USING your supplies, please visit our good friends over at the O.U.S.--Operation Utilize Supplies. See, if you actually USE your supplies then it's an excellent excuse to BUY MORE!

Supply-a-holics has a nifty new shorter URL, just go to and you'll end up here :) (Of course you're already here, so that is kind of a moot point, but should you NEED that URL..there you go.)


Minky Cuddle Dot on Sale at of the Day

So part of being a supply-a-holic is to share deals when we get them--because we NEVER pay full price, right gang!? RIGHT?

Here you go! Minky Cuddle Dot on sale at TODAY only! Sign up for their emails and get deals of the day every day!

No, does not pay us to do this and yes you may blame any purchases on us.

~~~Update from a Fellow SupplyAHolic TiltCreations

take 20% off
any order over $100
with coupon code TWENTYOFF100
today and tomorrow only!
(1/15/10 & 1/16/10)


Thursday, January 14, 2010

You Might be a Supply-A-Holic When...

1. The staff at your local craft supply stores know your face.
2. The staff at your local craft supply stores know your name.
3. The staff at your local craft supply stores are on your Facebook, Twitter, and come over for Thanksgiving Dinner.
4. You dream about fabric, beads, soap or _____ (fill in your craft here).
5. You invest in more house insurance just to cover your supplies should an emergency occur.
6. You have or have contemplated adding a room to your house for supplies.
7. You cry out "But it's on SALE" in your sleep.
8. Those nifty reward points some suppliers provide? You're in the 6 digits.
10. You follow or are part of this blog!

What else makes YOU a supply-a-holic and what is your given addiction? Fabric, beads, yarn, soap?


Do you craft? Create handmade items? Sew? Soap? Knit? Make jewelry? If you create it with your two hands and optional machinery, then this blog is for you. Bear with us as we get started, but here you'll find fellow handmade artisans who can't stop burning up their credit cards with supply purchases, tips for where to get the best supplies, project ideas, and so on!

And of course, a safe place to show off your purchases and commiserate with other supplyaholics!