Over the last several years there's been very little in the way of crafting supplies that I've actually purchased from a big box craft store. Although they hold a small thrill of new items and always smell of cinnamon brooms, I've been using a different resource instead. Craigslist. Oh, the things you will find, in bulk, secondhand and usually without any wear and tear.
The cool thing about Craigslist is that there are only a few types of people that list things on Craigslist. You're either purging your house and you just want things out, you're trying to help out others who might need a few small supplies, or you're trying to make a little money back on a hobby that went south.
Because those three styles of people exist, it makes picking up craft supplies on Craigslist quite easy. You'll come across women with 40lbs of batting squirreled away in their garage whose husbands said it had to go, or you'll find teachers who know that even the smallest amount of supplies can mean something to someone, or you'll have the person who really thought they wanted to learn how to needle felt, spent a few hundred bucks on things and would like to make a little back on their failed endeavor.
In the past we've purchased the above mentioned 40lbs of batting, candle making supplies, screen printing supplies, a kiln... all sorts of things! It's a rarely looked-at section of the site as most people are more focused on furniture pieces and home goods, so it's the perfect place to treasure hunt for your next project!
What supplies have you found from Craigslist? Let us know in the comments below!