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Title: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: BelleBeryl on November 26, 2016 11:32:02 AM
I started with stamps some 8 years ago and collected a nice stash. I see one I like recently but had been on a low-buy/no-buy for some time. Not sure to buy or not.I have been days thinking this over. Am I overthinking it... :-\


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: Onyxnox on November 28, 2016 08:13:08 AM
Do you mean postage stamps or do you mean make an impression/image stamps - like for paper crafting?


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: BelleBeryl on November 29, 2016 09:00:49 AM
I mean clear stamps and rubber stamps both for cardmaking.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: Onyxnox on November 30, 2016 02:27:39 AM
Ahhhh - maybe you should move this to paper crafting also?

I also have a rule for shopping - if you see it and love it, but are not sure about getting it, wait.  If you are still thinking about it 3 days later and wanting it, then go get it.  Usually, I forget about something - therefore I did not want it that much or need it that much to begin with.  But if I am still thinking about it - then I can go back and get it - and it gives me three days to research to see if there is a better price, or if I can get a coupon for it, etc.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: BelleBeryl on December 02, 2016 03:59:26 AM
Oh my... I think more like 3 months before getting something and by then it usually sold out. I will follow the 3 days maybe up to 1 week from now on. Not sure how to move thread to the Papercrafts section. And I did finally order the clear stamp it is somewhere in US post on its way to EU.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: Onyxnox on December 02, 2016 07:53:13 AM
Oh dear - shipping is definitely a consideration.  Yes - think too long on something and it could not longer be available.  On Pinterest, I keep a list of things I want and then if my usual retailers have a sale, or I see a coupon code, then I will review my list to see if I really want it still.  That's another option - rather than pay full price, see if you can get it on discount later on - and gamble if it is still available or not.  Sometimes I find that if I wait for a sale, when I take another look, I may not love it so much and not bother getting it in the end.

There were no retailers/stockists in the UK that had what you wanted?  I have to admit that there are several UK magazines that I look and I am absolutely lustful of some of the goodies advertised by Euro makers/UK stockists, that I have not found in North America.

If you look on the very bottom of the page, above the quick reply screen (if you have it), there should be another blue bar which has a "Jump to" option to go to another board.  There are two tabs on the left top edge of it, one should say "move topic", the other says "link to calendar".  If you click the "move topic" tab, you can move the topic you started.

Or just start a new discussion in the paper craft board :)


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: BelleBeryl on December 02, 2016 03:16:16 PM
My favorite crafts supplies online shop in UK  TheGlitterPot seems to have closed shop. EU is not so big on hobbies as is the US. I did buy twice from a german shop www.creativ-discount.de they have also art supllies and items for mixed media. I got into art journaling last year. I also buy at www.artifolk.co.uk but that is mostly art supplies. For magazines www.moremags.com is nice their bookazines are also a good buy.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: Onyxnox on December 03, 2016 04:39:21 AM
I am sorry to hear that - I hate it when local supply stores close up or move.  Why don't you post in the Paper Crafts board and the City Guides board for your area to see if there are other UK/Euro crafters who can help with supplier suggestions?  

One American company I have been ordering a lot from the past few years is Simon Says Stamp.  (https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/) They have a wonderfully huge selection of goods.  Also they have a set shipping fee to Canada, and do ship internationally, and huge selection.  Often, they have coupon codes or specials, and at least every month there is a 10% coupon code for the entire purchase in the Tim Holtz tag of the month pos (http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2016-december/)t - and that often applies to items already marked down.  They usually have competitive pricing, in USD.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: CeceK on December 14, 2016 04:01:07 PM
My favorite crafts supplies online shop in UK  TheGlitterPot seems to have closed shop. EU is not so big on hobbies as is the US. I did buy twice from a german shop www.creativ-discount.de they have also art supllies and items for mixed media. I got into art journaling last year. I also buy at www.artifolk.co.uk but that is mostly art supplies. For magazines www.moremags.com is nice their bookazines are also a good buy.

Hey, I live in Europe and also know the struggle of finding a US-like craft shop, lol. If you are in the UK, the Craft Barn and Craftie-Charlie are good. (Though, Craftie-Charlie is a little over-priced, in my opinion). The Craft Barn sometimes takes a few extra days to process and ship my order, but they always come through in the end. Just a heads up.

If you use eBay, Bic Warehouse ships from the US and has good selection/prices. They always close up around Christmas time though, but they will be back mid-January.

I also have a few I like in Germany. Let me know if you are interested in hearing those too. :)

...can you tell I have a crafting addiction? lol.


Title: Re: Anyone else on a low-buy/no-buy for stamps?
Post by: excelsior on December 29, 2016 05:44:01 PM
If there are other rubber stampers in your area, maybe you can have a social and swap stamps. You can categorize your stamps into different value categories and trade "equally valued" stamps. And then get crafty together with your new stamps. This way you can get rid of stamps you don't like anymore or haven't found a use for, and someone else can love it. Or, maybe do a temporary swap--borrowing stamps from each other for a couple months.