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Monday, August 05, 2013

Art Supplies from an Unlikely Store

'Waiting to Sail Away'             6x6            pastel       ©Karen Margulis
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I love a good bargain. And I love a treasure hunt. That is why one of my favorite things to do besides painting is browsing thrift stores. I often find treasures that I can use for art. I have even found some great official art supplies.  But now I have added a new store for art stuff. Dollar Stores! And I'll add Big Lots to this category.  Look at all the great stuff I found this weekend at - of all places- a Big Lots store!

A bounty of supplies for under $20

 I wasn't really looking for studio supplies when I ran into Big Lots. I just like browsing the aisles. It is very therapeutic to look for bargains. I usually manage to find something that I didn't know I needed. But yesterday I struck gold a Big Lots. I got some storage baskets for a dollar and some nice red vinyl table cloths for $3. I like to use these to cover my studio tables. I also got a great wood nailbrush for $1....a must for a pastellist!  I also got a bag of foam brushes that we will use in class this week....all for $2. I got a few other things that I will blog about this week.

So the next time you are out running errands keep an eye out for items you can use for your art or your studio. And don't overlook the Dollar stores for studio treasures!  What unlikely stores do you find art and studio stuff? Comment and let us all in on your secret!

Want to see some of the other thrift and dollar store treasures? You might be interested in the following posts:
http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2012/04/where-to-get-great-stuff-for-your.html
http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/thrift-store-studio-finda-50-cent.html
http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2012/07/painting-on-budgetanother-thrift-store.html
http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-build-your-art-library.html

2 comments:

Jo P. said...

I love the Dollar Tree. Great place for baskets and containers for "stuff." I am turning my living room and dining room into a studio. I have found several pieces at thrift stores and garage sales. Got three pieces that are on wheels that can be moved around. Two have slide out shelves that will hold pallets. Have quite a bit of work to do to compleat the project but it will be great when done.

pattisjarrett said...

I love the scrapbook/paper/office supply aisles at Big Lots. Do you have Ollies where you are? That's another good place for great prices.