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1  CANADA / Ontario / Toronto: Thrift and craft stores on: August 25, 2003 06:39:13 PM
A great place to start your shopping is the
Spadina/Dundas area and then work your way to Queen West/Spadina

Kensington Market is just off of that and it has some great second hand thrift stores. Courage My Love was a favorite of mine when I used to live in Toronto. They used to sell scraps of leather and suede for a few bucks, great for small crafts or making leather thimbles
http://www.toronto-underground.com/index.html?/neighbourhoods/kensington.html

Spadina/Dundas is Chinatown
You can hop in and out of stores to find great little trinkets, exotic teas and other little finds. It spans blocks and blocks of little shops and a couple of malls. Second largest in North America.
A shop just on the corner of Nassau and Spadina I think called Y & K trading has a mish mash of stuff and some cool sheets of asian inspired paper (2x3 ft) for just $3

Head down Queen West for some really great fabric stores (it is the fashion district so be prepared to spend hours going into 20+ fabric stores.)
There are some really great thrift stores on Queen and some great independant stores that sell handmade clothing and acessories such as Preloved and Peach Berserk
http://www.toronto-http://www.toronto-underground.com/index.html?/neighbourhoods/queen_west.html

Along the way you will hit Arton Beads on Queen Street just before Augusta Ave. They are not open on Sundays so make sure you go on any other day. They have the best prices I've ever seen and whenever I'm in town I only go there....

A few blocks away is a cute ribbon store called Mokuba. They sell all kinds of ribbon, like silk and organza it can be a bit pricey but definately worth dropping by.

The Japanese Paper Place is further up Queen (West) you can either walk up or take the streetcar but if you have time there are also some great little shops and antique stores along the way.
They sell all kinds of Japanese paper, origami and crafts.
I absolutely love this store! They have a sister store in Montreal but it doesn't compare to the main location in Toronto. They sell online but if you get an opportunity to see in person, go and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/hours_and_contact_info.htm#contact_info

Goodwill is located in various parts of the city. One of the main drop off centers also carries furniture and is 2 levels. They are located at Jarvis/Adelaide

Value Village is also located around the city for second hand finds
Here are the locations
http://www.villagedesvaleurs.com/whoweare/canada/toronto.php









2  CANADA / Quebec / Montreal: thrift and craft stores on: August 25, 2003 06:07:56 PM
Village des Valeurs (aka Value Village)
It's a thrift shop selling second hand goods. There is one near Pie IX if you plan on going to the botanical garden you can make a trip there.
2033 Pie IX
Montreal, PQ H1V 9Z7
TEL (514) 528-8604

Here are other locations
http://www.villagedesvaleurs.com/whoweare/canada/pq.php

L'Oiseau Bleu is my favorite craft store, they have so much stuff in one store. It's amazing...
Soap & candle making supplies, rubber stamping, origami paper, beading, rug hooking, basket weaving, baking supplies. I can spend hours there, and the prices are reasonable. Also near Pie IX

How to get there:
http://www.loiseaubleu.com/rejoindre.htm

the same bus (it goes along Pie IX) that takes you to L'oiseau bleu passes by village des valeurs, it is a few stops before it.

Omer de Serres is another favorite of mine, they are a franchise art store but they too sell crafting supplies.
They have quite a few locations around the city. I go to the one near St.Catherine/St.Denis (eastern Montreal)
http://www.omerdeserres.com/engl/about/contact.asp

If you have time you should go to Au Papier Japonais
It is my favorite paper place. They sell all kinds of Japanese paper, origami paper and crafts. It's a little place just off of St.Laurent (past Mount Royal on Fairmount.
I can spend hours there and $$$, they have a great range of papers and prices.
They have an online store but it's sooooo much nicer seeing it in person.
http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/hours_and_contact_info.htm#contact_info

Dont' forget the Dollarama's!!!!!!!!!!!!
They are all over the city and a great place to find stuff. I get a lot of my craft supplies there such as glue sticks, marbles to make magnets, storage containers, candles etc....
Just a few locations
On St.Laurent just below Duluth
St.Catherine just below President Kennedy. (Downtown Montreal near all the major shopping Malls (Eaton Centre and the Bay)

Shopping on St.Denis between Sherbrooke and Mount Royal is a great place to find a few fabric stores and other second hand stores. St.Laurent is the the next street over which is also worth a look at.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Lee Valley Tools on: August 14, 2003 07:41:54 PM
Great site for Canadians and cheap for Americans.

I bought some veneer business cards, i love them for making tags or cards. 50 for only $2.95 CAD

Traditional Paste Glue (great for your dried/pressed flower crafts)made out of potato-starch and it smells like almonds!
and a whole wack of rare earth magnets.


http://www.leevalley.com/home/main.asp?SID=&ccurrency=1
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Impress Rubber Stamps on: August 27, 2003 06:38:19 PM
http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/products/products.html

They have the cutest craft supplies such as all sorts of shaped eyelets, vellum envelopes, tins, ribbons, vellum tags etc.... very inexpensive....
i wish i lived in seattle
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / How to Silk screen on: August 27, 2003 06:59:19 PM
http://www.reuels.com/reuels/page512.html

Really great step by step instructions and pictures.
Very thorough....
At the bottom of the page they also include a troubleshooting section
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencilling - how to and free patterns on: August 27, 2003 07:11:39 PM

http://painting.about.com/library/blpaint/blfreestencils.htm
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath Soaks, lip balm & M&P soap recipes on: August 27, 2003 07:44:28 PM
bath soak recipes
http://www.cabbey.com/Crafts/bath.htm

http://www.make-stuff.com/formulas/index.html

Soap Making Methods & Recipes
http://www.teachsoap.com/soapmakingmethods.html

has stuff on cold process & melt and pour. has a section on how to sell your soaps, how to package it and where to sell. and recipes for lip balms, soaps for adults and kids.  a really great site....


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