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Good Places for Witchy Things Locally

I’m not one to endeavor into online or long distance shopping. To aid those who don’t want to go too out of their way for their craft, here’s a list of places on the top of my head that can be reached in most local areas!

First- Michaels/ACMOORE/Craft Stores

Many witches may recommend craft stores, but believe me, they are NOT lying when they say they’re useful! I went to a local Michaels and was STUNNED to see that they had beautiful, ready-to-wear, polished crystals that were $4.99- not to mention they were all 50% off! They were even labeled, so I could know what crystals I bought. On top of that, they had raw crystal/geode fragments scattered around the store for various prices.

Also, most craft stores carry a multitude of storage objects used by witches. Jars, vials, containers, small storage cases- I see most of these things regularly! Craft stores are your best bet, though, as they carry tons of knick-knacks for many purposes.

Second- Grocery Stores/Markets

A lot of witchcraft that I’ve seen involves herbs, spices, and even food. Since you can obtain coupons with such ease, these markets can really be a great place to obtain small things needed to help with your craft! (I will admit, though, most coupons are for common foods and not spices/herbs. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places, who knows.)

Third- Target/Walmart/Tesco/etc.

These shops carry everything and anything, it seems. Storage containers, home decor, foods/spices, you name it. You also never seem to be exceptionally far from one. These places may also have regular sales. It’s easy to keep an eye out on what’s there so you can get more materials!

Fourth- Hole-In-The-Wall Shops

There are some little hole-in-the-wall shops that really seem to carry the most beautiful things. In fact, a local shop I know has an incredible amount of gems/crystals/incenses/oils for wonderful prices. You never know what you’ll find in little places like that.

Fifth- Home Decor Shops

I don’t know what about a good ol’ geode that makes a home look more comforting, but apparently, it’s enough that every home decor shop I can think of carries them. Sometimes, they also carry crystals (this is rare for me to see, though). They also have small storage units for good prices, and it’s not hard to find a good coupon online. But if you’re in need of a good geode, trust me- home decor shops will have them.

Lastly- Resale Shops/Thrift Shops

Resale shops, like Good Will, have so many strange and useful things. They’re all for SUCH CHEAP PRICES! I got a perfect crystal storage unit for perhaps no more than $3- three shelves, perfect condition. Perhaps never even used more than once, if at all. They also have home items, books, and little things like that. These shops are a DREAM for a budget witch.

Now, these are all from personal experience. There are likely tons of amazing places I can’t think of that have things that are useful to you. Always keep an eye out, and you’ll find what works! Happy witching, my lovelies!

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plaguey  asked:

Hello! Im going to be in an artist alley for the first time and I've been doing a lot of research. One of the questions I have which I can't seem to find an answer to is how do artists store their prints? Both at home and during the convention to keep them safe?

How exciting! Good luck with your first artist alley!

There’s a whole world of information out there on storing art prints that Google can reveal to you! (Example) That said, a lot of it is targeted for high end art prints. For artist alleys and conventions, your needs are likely more utilitarian, though the same basic ideas apply.

Essentially, you want something that will help keep the prints flat and protect them from exposure (dirt/dust/water/weather elements) and contact with other surfaces/objects that could deform, dent or damage them. Ideally this form of storage is portable and relatively easy to pack - most people don’t transfer their prints from one storage container to another between home and event, it just gets too cumbersome. You also ideally want some way of organizing the prints so that you can find the right one quickly when you’re selling.

The following are a few systems we’ve used and/or seen; you can find pretty much all supplies at your local office supplies shop, dollarstore or art store.

  • Sheet protectors in a binder. Works well for letter-size prints. Another handy thing is that by putting them into individual sheet protectors they’re basically already in packaging that will protect the print from contact with other things! Slip your business card into the back and you’ll have a binder of ready-to-sell prints. (Example) Some people also use the sheet protectors+binder setup for displaying individual sample prints, a bit like a catalog.
  • Expandable/accordion folder. They come in a variety of sizes, and work well for smaller things (e.g., postcard or photo prints, bookmarks, laminated keychains). (Example)
  • Envelopes. Clear poly envelopes are quite popular, available in a number of different sizes (including ones that can accommodate larger prints), and you can separate different prints with a paper/tab insert. (Example)
  • In a box. Appropriate sizes may be provided by the printer if you have a large enough order, and may accommodate some larger sizes (e.g., 11 x 17). Depending on the material of the box, some may be more or less sturdy. Also, this works better if you have more rigid prints (i.e., on thicker cover/card stock).
  • Portfolio. Similar to the sheet protectors in a binder idea, but art portfolios will allow you to accommodate more sizes, and can also be used for display. They’re more expensive than most of the other solutions. (Example)

Depending on your print sizes and also how many you have, some may be more or less appropriate.

At home, depending on your space they could go into a closet, on a shelf or under a bed until you need to drag them out for your next convention.

If anyone has other suggestions, experiences or thoughts, please do share!