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Best NYC Craft Stores for DIYers

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published July 6th 2011
Many people enjoy making their own crafts, either for their personal enjoyment or to sell as the different street fairs, farmers markets, and other public venues in New York City. For these people, finding a good crafts store that sells do-it-yourself materials is important. Thankfully, there are several in New York City.

Michael's Arts and Crafts, 808 Columbus Avenue

This is a "chain" store, but it's definitely one of the most popular ones. The store carries a wide variety of crafts materials, so you should have no trouble finding just what you need for your particular crafting hobby. The prices are reasonable, which is good, but you also want good quality in your crafting materials. You can get both at Michael's.

Pearl Paint, 308 Canal Street

This is the place to go if you are a painter, sculptor, or otherwise dabble in the "arts" portion of "arts and crafts". You can find painting supplies, including framing and matting material, that will let you indulge in your preferred category (watercolors, sketching, oil painting, or whatever) as well as sculpting supplies. This company has "brick and mortar" locations as well as an online store. If you're shopping online, though, be aware that many of the deals and supplies will not be available in the physical location, so keep this in mind.

Little Shop of Crafts, 431 East 73rd Street; 711 Amsterdam Avenue

No matter where you live in New York City, you're not far from one of the Little Shop of Crafts locations. Here you can find materials for ceramics, mosaics, pottery, and woodworking crafts as well as art materials. You can also take art classes at these locations. Do-it-yourselfers who are into ceramics, pottery making, and woodworking will want to visit the Little Shop of Crafts store that is closest to them. They're open seven days a week, so it's very convenient to do so.

Lee's Art Shop, 220 West 57th Street

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this store bills itself as "The Department Store for the Artist". The wide aisles and varied selection of arts and crafts supplies for scrapbooking, painting, photography, and just about any other craft you can think of will make you think you're in a department store. Lee's Art Shop also specializes in kids crafts, so if you're trying to get your children interested in working with their hands, this is a good place to take them. They can choose an easy craft to start with, so they won't get discouraged.
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Why? Because New York loves to DIY
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on what you're buying
So glad to see Little Shop of Crafts on the list!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 7th of July @ 06:34 pm
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