Whether you’re shopping for seasonal and holiday crafting materials or just loading up on general supplies, you can keep your crafting cupboard full to bursting using eBay’s Buy It Now option.
Unlike an auction listing, a listing that offers Buy It Now means no waiting to see if you’ve put in the winning bid. Just add the item to your cart and continue shopping or check out. And, even better, many Buy It Now listings also offer free shipping.
So Many Crafts, So Little Time
Although the selection changes by the minute, you’ll be hard pressed not to find what you’re looking for.
Traditional crafting categories include Fabric & Sewing, Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts, Yarn & Needlecraft and Jewelry Making.
In each of these, you’ll find very deep selections:
• Fabric by the yard and by the bolt, threads, buttons, ribbons and other embellishments
• Candlewick and specialty papers
• Yarns in natural and synthetic fibers
• Beads (natural stone, glass and manmade materials)
Offered in quantities from just a few to thousands, you’ll have your choice of smalls to make crafting projects unique while keeping them ultra affordable.
For artists who need more pigments, eBay and Buy It Now offer a better selection than nearly any warehouse from major brands like Liquitex, Golden and Utrecht; both in sets and single tubes, whether you’re looking for oils, acrylics or tempera paint.
In addition, you’ll find very gesso, affordable palette paper and brush sets starting at about $1.50.
Whether you need markers, glitter pens, spray mount or matte board, somebody on eBay sells it.
Raw Materials & General Supplies
Crafting calls for raw materials, too, whether it’s burlap, macramé cord, crochet thread, silk flowers, or old plates to be cannibalized, eBay and Buy It Now bring world crafts and materials to you.
Every time you work up an order, include staples like glue sticks, construction paper, crepe paper and tissue paper.
True, they’re probably available to you locally, but you’re ordering anyway. Make stocking up even easier on you.
Buy It Now & International Sellers
One reason that crafters should flock to eBay is that they can buy direct from international sellers. Direct pricing and usually free shipping means you get the same tools and goods you find in retail stores in the USA without the brand names stamped on them.
As a result, you can often buy an entire set of 14 crochet hooks for less than the cost of one hook from a big name-brand line. The same is true of knitting needles, tatting shuttles, needle threaders, tailors shears and stitch markers.
Cutting out the middle man saves you big money, especially if you need small quantities, and it’s possible to stock an entire craft project for under $20 total, including the glue to hold it together. Buy It Now makes ebay shopping just as easy as shopping at brick-and-mortar stores.
Plan Ahead for Seasonal Projects
One drawback of buying from international sellers is lead time. Especially when you’re working on deadline, you have to allow for overseas shipping. Check projected delivery dates in each listing.
For example, shipping from China can take as long as four weeks and as little as ten days depending on which major holiday is in the offing.
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