View Full Version : Supplier of choice?

07-23-2002, 12:42 PM
*looks at title* This sounds like a drug thread.. @_@ But it's not! Really!

I'm curious as to where everyone else buys their cosplaying supplies.. like fabric, accessories, and what have you. Back where I used to live there were only a smattering of small fabric and sewing stores (Creativity, a Michaels, WalMart.. hmm.. that's about it, really), but now that I've moved to a semi-suburban area *woo!* there's a lot more to choose from! I generally poke around the thrift shops (which we have a few of), and we have a big JoAnn Fabrics, A.C. Moore, Michaels, and something else by the mall I forget the name of.. *sweatdrop*... :thumbsup:

So yeah! Where have you guys found the best prices and selection? (Online shopping works too!)

07-23-2002, 01:36 PM
Joanns & Wal-mart. I go cheap or don't go at all.

07-23-2002, 03:57 PM
I haven't actually bought anything form them but a hancocks just moved in near me. Joanns is always good. walmart have the less "sopisticated things". lol. go magicmold!

07-23-2002, 04:21 PM
Hancocks, Joann Fabric, and Michaels usually. Walmart if they have something I need, but usually they dont. I also frequented Auto Zone this year for bondo and bondo-related accessories to make my sword.

Oh, and DIY or Lowe's are great places to get stuff for accessories also.

07-23-2002, 06:47 PM
Joann's fabric used to be where I got most of my stuff... but since I've moved, there aren't any of those in convinent locations for me. On the other hand... I can now get to Fabric Depot, which is this huge giant fabric store. I took my non-sewing lil brother there and even he was amazed.
I have lots of other little places I could choose from too... apparently Portland, OR has more fabric stores than most US cities... ^____^

07-23-2002, 09:50 PM
Joanns, Wal-mart, this little fabric outlet i have nearby called Dolfin (i think they spell it with an f),
and Meyers Costume shop does great wig orders and makeup. Sometimes a trip to Goodwill is in order.
Michaels and AC More for the more art type stuff.
wow i'm kinda lucky to have this stuff around. ^^; lol

07-23-2002, 09:56 PM
Yeah, back home there was really nothing unless you wanted to drive for half an hour.. @_@ Sigh.

I'm partial to Jo Anns myself. :D We have something here called a Jo Anns Etc. (I'm not sure what the difference is?), but their fabric selection puts everything else to shame. *_* *swoon*

07-23-2002, 10:01 PM
Maybe it's different than other places, but JoAnn's is incredibly expensive out here. So I get harder to find notions there, but I try to buy as much fabric as possible from Wal-Mart, Hancocks, and the $2 Fabric Store (not everything's $2 though ;_; ). Patterns also usually come from Wal-Mart and Hancocks -- I'll take a $1.50 pattern any day over $6-8! I visit Party City sometimes for gloves, makeup, and some other costumey trinkets (although I'll never buy another of their wigs >.<).

Neon Genocide
07-24-2002, 09:37 AM
Jo Anns & Sears, I can find about anything I need between both these places.

07-24-2002, 09:57 AM
Joann's mostly, a little walmart here and there, and for crafty stuff AC Moore. There's also a wondeful wig shop here in the town next to mine that the owner is so nice to me. I've had good luck with wig shops.

07-24-2002, 11:28 AM
Whenever I'm in Colorado, I shop at Denver Fabrics. Unfortunately it's a regional thing, but if you find yourself skiing this winter, it's well worth checking out. Their main stores have just about everything you could want, from broadcloths and stretch poplins to brocade and Chinese silks. There's also a huge selection of notions (including a wall of nothing but buttons :) )

The "annex" next door sells remnants and overstocks, including a lot of one or two-yard cuts with latex. Then, my personal favorite, the bins that sell fabric for $1 a pound. It's good and bad, though, because I have a tendency to grab something and say "It's only a dollar, I'll use it eventually!~" which can add up quick. ^_^

In Texas, I frequent Joann's and Hancock, and Wal-Mart has produced some surprisingly nice finds. I usually only look for specialty fabrics online, so I shop at Spandex House (http://www.spandexhouse.com) and other places specializing in unusual fabrics.

Miaka No Baka
07-24-2002, 11:55 AM
The difference between Joann's and Joann's ETC is the store size and that Joann's ETC carrys more craft supplies than your average Joanns <- used to work for one

I go to Joann's, Walmart, this place called $2 fabric store but aparently the name $2 fabric has nothign to do with their pricing... it's always more than $2 a yard for fabric there >_> and there's a place here called freedom fabrics which has a lot of quilting stuff i think... oh and beverly's i go there on occasion mostly for craft supplies for costume accessories rarely for fabric as sometimes it's pricy...

Miaka no Baka

07-24-2002, 12:09 PM
I haven't started looking yet, but I'm guessing walmart. the nearest joann's is a half an hour drive for my house. but I'll probably look for accessories at the salvation armies and thrift stores in my area. =D

07-26-2002, 03:37 PM
I live in San Francisco and am lucky enough to be surrounded by all sorts of fabric and craft stores.

For exotic, weird or very luxurious fabrics, there's Britex ( http://www.britexfabrics.com/ ). They are quite expensive, but they have 2 wall-to-wall shelves' worth of remnant fabrics that are sort of reasonable. Their notions department is also huge and varied.

For cheaper fabrics, there's a local chain of shops called Discount Fabrics. From my experience, the one located in Haight Ashbury tends to have the most varied selection of fun stuff like furs, PVC and latex-coated fabrics, and pleather.

For beads, buttons, and other jewelry-making material, General Bead ( http://www.genbead.com/ ) is excellent.

As an aside, putting yourself on the mailing list of JoAnne fabrics is the best way to save $$ if you buy from them a lot, since they send you coupons and sales alerts.

07-26-2002, 10:13 PM
He he. Like most everyone else, I am a Joann's person. I have three of them within a hour of me (the one that's the farthest away just HAS to be the best one too), so it's the easiest place to go. Otherwise, if I feel like driving and getting really lost because I can never get there without getting lost, I go to Hancocks.

07-30-2002, 05:14 AM
In my area, there's a fabric warehouse where they sell fabric pretty cheap - I bought bridal satin at $2.99 a yard. And a lot of times, you can buy fabric by the pound or piece - they're just stuffed in huge boxes. You can also buy stuff like beads and buttons for like, a dollar a cup, and they just have TONS of JUNK to go through, and it's pretty cool. My mom and I get all our stuff there - we found the material for both my junior and senior proms (senior prom dress was actually made out of a tablecloth o.o;;.. but it only cost about $30!), found Rinoa's ribbed sweater like material, pleather at $7.99/yard for Squall...

Stuff harder to find, like the macrome rings for Honey I bought at Craftmart and Wal-Mart. I also go to JoAnn's and Hancock's for patterns and some equipment, but not much else.

Also go to Saver's and thrift stores for pieces I don't have to sew...

That's pretty much it. I don't have much costuming experience, so I haven't had to drift too far away. :P

07-30-2002, 04:31 PM
i get my fabric at Jo Anns, Hancocks, Berverly's Craft and wall-mart. Mostly Hancocks becuase we got a huge one here. Then i buy my wigs at this mall, i forgot the name of the store tho ^_^;

07-30-2002, 05:34 PM
I usually hit up Hancock, Joann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and local fabric warehouses. ^_^ We have many local wig shops around town and I can usually find what I need without much trouble. Online shops include:


Thrift stores have great selections of scrap fabric and patterns if you are willing to take a gamble.

08-01-2002, 04:37 PM
Wal-mart, Goodwill, downtown thrift stores, and occassionally Carolina Foam and Fabric, which is super-cheap *_*

08-09-2002, 11:57 PM
Joanns is good ESPECIALLY when they have their 99 cent pattern sale! Otherwise I don't buy patterns at all. Wal mart is great for cheap fabric when you don't care about texture and just want color or whatever. I go to Fabricland in Canada for really out-there fabrics, and hancock for more fancy fabrics. Joanns was nice when I had my employee discount ::sigh::

08-10-2002, 12:00 AM
Yeah. Joanns is the closest for me. I think...
For fabrics, yeah, Joanns.
There's also other stuff I can get at A.C. Moore's (a crafts store), and if my Aunt is working at the time, I can get a discount ^_^;

08-12-2002, 01:48 PM
I tend to go pretty high-end. For my Nuriko costume, I decided that no imperial courtesan would be caught dead in anything less than 100% silk. So, should you wish to follow my debt-laden example, I highly recommend Thai Silks in California (thaisilks.com). Their prices are good and they'll gladly send you samples of everything they've got, from brocades to velvets to chiffons. For hard-to-find notions like corsetry supplies, I like Farthingales in Toronto (farthingales.on.ca). They sell buckles, underwires, collar studs, boning, garter bits, you name it. When I'm less worried about fiber content, I also use our local Jo-Ann's. In addition to fabric, they sell tons of useful notions, and our local one sells silk flowers (and cake decorating supplies) as well.

08-12-2002, 04:59 PM
All hail Joanns!

The big chain stores are great, as everyone's said. The kitchenware department of Target is especially useful for finding odd-shaped pieces for props or armor. I like checking out thrift stores too. Around Halloween lots of little temporary stores pop up by me. I go in with a list of wigs and accessories for the year.

Hope that helps ^_~

08-29-2002, 10:24 AM
here in the MD area Joann's or Hancocks is usualy where we get our stuff from. There's a G-Street fabrics about 20 mins from here, but we only go there if we are DESPERATE for a specific fabric, because G Street is EXPENSIVE. But they have alot of nice stuff. Home Depot is good for your paint supplies and any hardware you may need. Pearl Art supplies (also about 20 mins away) has everything under the sun

08-29-2002, 11:17 AM
Thrift stores, thrift stores and more thrift stores.

Sometime k-mart too.

And of coures payless for shoes.

Cheap is the way to go.

Hikaru Tsuki
08-29-2002, 11:23 AM
Fabricland, Wal-Mart and Fanny's Fabric. Wal-Mart is good for crafty stuff, but the fabric prices are usually ridiculously high. Meanwhile, Fabricland has awesome deals and bargains. As for Fanny's Fabric, they have more of a selection, but the prices aren't always favorable. If I need a craft item I can't get from Wal-Mart, Lewis Crafts is also awesome. ^_^

As for wigs, a local mall has a store called Bugs and Butterflies that has TONS of wigs. They're priced from $40-$80, but the quality is AMAZING! Awesome wigs, awesome service there too.

If needed, I do go to thrift stores, but not very often.

08-29-2002, 11:30 AM
I always shop Jo-Anns or Michaels unless I'm looking for something they absolutely don't carry. I like to support local business :) It also doesn't hurt that I used to be a manager at a Jo-Anns so a lot of people know me there and keep me informed on in-store events :D