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« on: August 27, 2008 08:55:23 PM »

Hi everyone!

We're thinking of crossing the border into New York state for the day for some cross-border shopping!  I think we're going to be crossing into Niagara Falls, NY / Buffalo area...  I was wondering if anyone could recommend any stores to stop at while I'm in the states!  I'm primarily interested in wool and fabric, but any craft supply stores would be wonderful!

If anyone else has done this and has any tips to pass along, that would be great!  Also, if you know of any particularly good outlet stores / stores just for shopping at, all recommendations are appreciated!  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008 09:40:10 PM »

We went over last weekend and had a blast. AC Moore near the Boulevard Mall has the best clearance section. Both Joanne's and Michael's were overwhelmingly disappointing. None of the sales staff in any of the craft stores were helpful. In fact at Joanne's, they were downright rude. Not a place that I will return to because of their snarky attitude about their precious coupons.
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PS Too much of a hassle at Wal Mart and Target to even bother looking for crafts.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 09:36:10 AM »

My question is are craft supplies duty free? When  go to Buffalo, I usually go for books (duty free) and just a few hobby supplies from Niagara Hobby which i always declare but have never been nailed for. But I have never tried to take lots of fabric across the border (say $100+) and wanted to hit Joann's. Am I likely to have to pay?
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 10:24:06 AM »

My question is are craft supplies duty free? When  go to Buffalo, I usually go for books (duty free) and just a few hobby supplies from Niagara Hobby which i always declare but have never been nailed for. But I have never tried to take lots of fabric across the border (say $100+) and wanted to hit Joann's. Am I likely to have to pay?

I went down last year and bought some knitting needles and yarn at AC Moore and Canada Customs charged me. It wasn't a huge amount, less then 10% I think. Still cheaper than buying them up here. I don't think they charged me for the fabric got I Joann though. Regardless, still paid less than $60CDN on more than $500US. If you fail to declare it you you get busted, you have to pay through the nose though.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 11:07:57 AM »

If you declare and they decide its worth it to charge you, you'll pay 10%. Most times [I've found] they don't bother when you have an amount that won't make it worth it at the 10%. [If you have $100, they only get $10... often they don't find it worth it]. Sometimes you'll get someone who is either in a bad mood or thinks that it might be worth it and they'll make you pay.

If you don't declare it and they find it [pull you over and search you], they'll charge you a lot for it. I don't recommend this.

And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't throw your receipts out and say that it came with you. [This applies more for clothes, but you could try to pull it off with fabrics and such]. If they catch you, they have the ability to make up a price and charge you the duty on it. This will cause you more strife and money than its worth.


I cross twice a week for school and plus my family is down in Buffalo, so I cross often and have never run into an issue because I'm honest with them.
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008 07:00:36 PM »

Oh, I always keep my receipts and we declare everything. Usually I come back with a couple hundred dollars worth of books & DVDs and maybe $50-60 of assorted craft supplies. Only once were we not waved right through and that was because of some robotics components we bought.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008 09:09:08 PM »

i go across the border A LOT (i live 15 min from one crossing, 30 min from another, and 25 min from a third!).

i've found that if you know you EXACT amount, you seem to get pulled over less. if you say "oh, about $100" when they ask for value, they think you might be fibbing or guesstimating, so they pull you over to check. when i go through, i have my receipts in my hand and i say "104.96" or whatever, and they just wave me through.
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