Some stores fill us with delight from the moment we walk in. Maybe you love hardware stores, or office supply stores, or bookstores. If your drug of choice involves arts and crafts, get ready to go whole hog.
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Whether you're a fan of its online presence or you plan trips to a physical location, Michael's is any maker's funhouse. Need Mason jars? Have a dozen. Want to learn to crochet? There are whole aisles of yarn and hooks. Looking for low-cost picture frames? Michael's has you covered.
Even the most adamant shopper may not know about the Bulk Buys section, though — and it's high time you did. It's not immediately apparent on the Michael's website, but you can click through at the menu on the top of the page. Every department is represented here, from bridal and party supplies to storage and home décor. The savings are significant, and they don't depend on coupons or sales.
The Bulk Buys section may be particularly welcome to anyone who's made their crafting habit into a side hustle. That said, it's perfectly okay to stock up if you have no intention of selling your work. Molly Conway, writing for Man Repeller, recently made the case for letting your hobbies stay hobbies.
"[E]very time we feel beholden to capitalize on the rare places where our skills and our joy intersect, we underline the idea that financial gain is the ultimate pursuit," she writes. "That's not to say there isn't joy to be found in turning something you love into your life's work — it's just to say that it's okay to love a hobby the same way you'd love a pet; for its ability to enrich your life without any expectation that it will help you pay the rent."