- Location: multiple locations
- Website: pearlpaint.com
When I was in art school (what feels like a million years ago), Pearl Art & Craft Supply was everyone's favorite store. They have almost every kind of acrylic or oil paint you would want, rolls of canvas and stacks of stretchers, and entire aisles devoted to markers, pens, and papers. Years later, I still use it as a resource for DIY and framing supplies.
Pearl has locations in a number of cities, including New York, LA, and
Chicago. They market themselves as "the world's largest discount art supplier," and they sell products online as well as in stores.
Their website isn't great. It feels cluttered, disorganized, and confusing, and much of their inventory (including frames) isn't online. If you live near one of their stores, we recommend visiting in person. The staff is usually very knowledgeable and helpful. We can easily waste an hour inside, and we're always tempted to buy tools and supplies we don't necessarily need.
They also have a small selection of office furniture, artists' stools, drafting tables, and lighting. If you're setting up a workspace, it's a good place to shop for cool-looking organizational and office furniture for less than you'd pay at a furniture store.
Photos: Kevin Y, Pearl Art