Amid the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving plans and preparations, there may be another big upcoming event on your mind: Black Friday! For many folks and families, Black Friday shopping is as much a part of their holiday traditions as the more formal holidays, and with good reason.
Thanks to incredible doorbuster deals combined with significant coupons and markdowns, there are indeed fantastic deals to be had. If you’re a crafter and do-it-yourselfer, one of your first stops on Black Friday should be your local craft store. Here are five ways to save on crafts while you get ready for the holidays (and year) ahead!
1. Craft store doorbusters
Like many stores on Black Friday, craft stores are known for their amazing doorbuster sales. Sure, their Black Friday-specific coupons and markdowns make the trek into the store anytime on the busiest day of the year worth the while, but the best deals are to be had bright and early.
The best doorbuster deal? Christmas trees. Most craft stores mark their pre-lighted and non-lighted Christmas trees (in all sizes) down to 50-60 percent off, and when combined with a total purchase coupon (which also tend to be 20-30 percent off your entire purchase in the early hours), they become incredibly affordable. If you’re looking to add faux trees to your porch display or bring a few more into your home, this is the time to buy them!
2. Holiday décor & supplies
Whether you’re just building up your holiday décor stash, want to overhaul your entire scheme, or just want to add some new items to your collection, Black Friday is a fantastic day to stock up on holiday-specific décor and notions.
From wreath forms and ribbons to florals and lights (and everything in between!), craft stores have every notion and item you need to get your home ready for the holidays marked down to as much as 70 percent off! Thanks to significant markdowns combined with generous total purchase coupons, you can get the following items at a steal:
- Holiday ribbon
- Holiday florals
- Wrapping paper
3. Crafting electronics & machines
Black Friday is the ideal day to score on popular big-ticket craft items. While coupons traditionally don’t apply, sewing machines, e-cutters, task lighting, irons, and more often have generous markdowns in the days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In addition to traditional craft stores, keep your eye on company websites, as well as the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC for incredible deals and product bundles on big-ticket items from these brands:
- Sewing machine brands such as Singer, Janome, and Brother
4. Crafty gift options
This time of year, craft stores are filled with all sorts of great gift options, especially for the young and budding artist. Art sets and craft kits are usually available for a variety of age levels at great prices. Coloring books, stickers, and small gift items are also available at discount and make for great stocking stuffers.
If you like to make your gifts, stock up on fabrics and notions during this super saver time as well. Don’t forget to also grab gift bags, wrapping paper, jars, containers, and baskets to give gifts in, as these are also usually marked down too!
- Marker sets
- Paint sets
- Art sets (pastels, chalks, paints, markers, etc.)
- Rainbow loom and bands
- Beading kits
- Coloring and sticker books
- Journals and notecards
5. Stock up on craft supplies
While Black Friday is often about scoring great gifts at the lowest prices, it’s also the ideal time to stock up on craft items and supplies you use year-round. When the markdowns combine with total purchase coupons, the savings are significant, so if you have the time to plan out what you may need in the coming months (and the savings to spend!), consider stocking up on the following:
- Craft supply storage
- Beads and beading supplies
- Kid craft supplies
- Cricut and Silhouette machines, cartridges, and accessories
- Scrapbook paper and albums
- Picture frames
- Paint supplies and canvases
- Home décor and quilting fabrics
Like with any Black Friday shopping, be sure you study the flyers, print and download coupons from Coupons.com, cross-compare store and online prices, and make a detailed list of the items you want or need to pick up. The stores will be busy, and the prices will be good, making it easy for you to derail from your list and your budget.