While big box stores are often the first place people go when they need to purchase art project supplies, we suggest shopping locally instead. According to Forbes, putting your money into the local economy benefits your surroundings. Small businesses improve the economy by employing people in the neighborhood and also tend to support local charities and social programs. If you are interested in shopping local, we suggest checking out these Denver small businesses next time you need arts and crafts supplies!
Reynold’s – Looking for supplies for sculpting, casting, molding or modeling? This local gem has everything you could need for your next school project or cosplay costume. They have an impressive showroom that showcases the many projects their supplies can be used for.
Meininger – Located on Broadway, this fine arts store has been around since the late 1800’s. They started as a book binding and art supply store for traveling artists who came to Colorado to paint the wild west. Today, they have both an online and brick and mortar store, so if you are out of state, you can still support this small business!
Fancy Tiger – This craft supply store on Broadway sells mostly sewing and knitting supplies and patterns, but also offers other amenities as well, including sewing machine repair services, classes and workshops. You can also rent their machines and tools! In addition, the store is currently donating part of their proceeds from pattern sales to a local charity.
Guiry’s – From paint brushes, to canvases, and paints galore, this family run chain of paint stores is a fan favorite. Their stores can be found across Colorado as well as online. They specialize in art and home improvement supplies.
Recreative Denver – If you are looking to donate art supplies or buy repurposed supplies, stop by this store located in the Santa Fe Art District. They have everything from frames, to fabric, paint and specialty items. They also offer memberships where you can use their tools and workshop. If you are interested in learning more about other sustainable practices, check out Sustainable Practices to Adopt for Your Next Art Project.
The Craft Box Thrift Store – This artsy thrift store located in Wheatridge resells donated craft and art supplies at marked down prices. They also donate part of their proceeds to one of many local charities. Visit the store to see what treasures you can find! They specialize in quilting, needlework, card making and scrapbooking supplies.
Next time you are in need of supplies, check out these great local businesses. If you have any last minute supply needs, check out the campus store, Spectrum, or The Mine, our on campus student supply bank. We are always looking for new local businesses to support, so if we missed any, let us know on the student app!
This blog post is not sponsored by any of the above businesses.