Local hotspots for the crafty type

Let’s face it, the economy isn’t great and that makes for tough times. The latest reports on the local news show job cuts every day. As we go into the holiday season and I keep thinking about how we need to support our local stores, save money and hopefully stimulate our economy here in the St. Louis area.

I’m heavily involved in the crafting world. I love altering projects for the home, making jewelry, scrapbooking, and creating my own gifts. As a crafter, it’s easy to just run up to the big box store and get what you need with that week’s coupon. But, I really try to resist that urge and go, instead, to the local business owner in town who’s just trying to stay afloat and yet provide a unique service at the same time.

This year, my goal is to hand-make all my gifts for the holidays, but I have to get my supplies somewhere. As I drove all over town to my favorite spots it made me realize I had to share some of those spots with you in hopes that you might get out and make some gifts, or consider gift certificates to these stores for your favorite crafter. 

For jewelry making, I really enjoy two specific stores: Lady Bug Beads in Maplewood and Schaefers on Gravois. When visiting Lady Bug Beads, you can be guaranteed a friendly greeting by a sweet dog named Molly. She just wants a little scratch on the head while you take your basket around and search out some of the most beautiful findings to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. The staff is so friendly and you can even sign up for classes. Consider purchasing a class for someone in your life this holiday season.

Schaefers is another family-owned hobby store with anything from beading and jewelry making, to paper and wood crafts, to art supplies and something for the fellas in your life: trains, planes and automobiles. Radio-controlled and stocked to the brim with fun stuff.

If you’re a die-hard paper crafter and altered arts fan, you must make a visit to For Keeps Sake Scrapbook store on Lemay Ferry. The owners are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and they have a wide variety of products and tools to complete your projects that you won’t find at the big box stores. Again, classes are held here so if you’re not sure what to get someone, consider a gift certificate that they can use towards a class.

Also, the 2nd Annual Scrap St. Louis event is in April with special guest, St. Louis’ own, Mary Engelbreit. Why not buy a spot for that favorite paper crafter this year?

Rock Paper Scissors, another paper crafting and altered art store, is located in St. Charles. They carry beautiful papers you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, they host classes on how to make your own polymer clay beads, book binding, collage and jewelry design. 

And, finally, if you really want to support local artists this holiday season, consider purchasing homemade from us! Many of us sell our crafty designs at ETSY and Artfire, and I invite you to visit www.stlhandmade.com today to watch for new artists featured every Friday as well as links to their stores.

I encourage all of you this holiday season to shop locally and seek out the inner crafter in you.  By supporting local artists and crafty businesses, we’re together supporting St. Louis!

 Written by: Holly McCaig

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4 Responses to “Local hotspots for the crafty type”

  1. Schaefers is fabulous! Those ladies are extremely helpful, even when you are completely clueless about what you need!

    Don’t forget Knitorious for the yarn-lovers. They have classes for the clueless (ahem, me!) and give you a 360 degree yarn tour of the place.

  2. Good call! I don’t really knit, so was totally unaware. Will have to take a class now! HA HA. I hope more people chime in with places!

  3. There is also Knitty Couture on Delmar across from the Pageant.

  4. Red Lead is ‘da bomb! It has funky art/paper crafting supplies and cool classes.

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