Drat. I posted last night and it didn’t come through. Good thing I saved it!
1. What do you like most about your favorite craft store?
I only really go to one small-but-packed jewelry supply store in Toronto, but I love it very much. They carry an enormous selection of beads, findings, jump rings, and semiprecious stones. And Delica beads from Japan, yay!
2. What do you dislike most about your favorite craft store?
I wish they had more fine jewelry supplies like silver wire, and a better selection of clasps.
3. What would you like to see it carry?
The abovementioned clasps and it would be great if they’d start selling chainmail supplies, too, but that’s just a dream. They won’t.
4. Anything else you’d like to see change?
The store is very small and crowded. I wish they’d relocate to a larger store in the same area- they could carry a larger selection.
5. What do you dislike most about about your least favorite craft store?
Practically everything. I really like specialty stores.
6. Male or female? (I was going to say “sex”, but I know what would happen then!)
7. Do you do one or two crafts, or lots of different things?
I do sewing and costume design, applique and needle-and-thread beadwork (daisy chain, brick stitch etc.), chainmail, eyepin jewelry (beads on wire), and spinning. I don’t think i’d want a store that covered all of those. It’s too confusing.
6. Any other comments?
I get my things at very different stores, and I’m fortunate to have a large number of specialty stores in my city- off the top of my head there’re ribbon and trim stores, bead stores, and fabric stores all in the same area. Most of them are great. I really do prefer stores that focus on a small part of the craft spectrum (leatherworking, soapmaking, plastic-net-providing, whatever) and offer high-quality things.
However, I do recognize that that requires a largish market, and that diversifying is more economically feasible.