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Username Post: Hobby Lobby Manchester NH!!        (Topic#1560277)
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Just saw a commercial for Hobby Lobby. They just opened a store in Manchester NH across from the Mall of NH!! Woo-hoo! I have been wanting to go to one for years and now one has opened up here!
Can't Wait to go!


 
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Let us New Englanders know what you think! I've never been to an HL or an Archiver's... yet!


 
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Enjoy and take a purse full of $$$. Sign up onlin for their weekly ads so you can get the % off coupons and know exactly what is on sale each week. My esp (ha ha) sees you coming out with many bags!


 
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They have some really great papers and other items in their store brand (the packages of assorted ribbon are very good). It's also the only place I've seen the 1000-packs of the 3L adhesive squares, which are normally $6 but often on sale (or use a coupon) to get a ton of them very cheaply. Your store is new so it probably won't have a clearance section yet, but I've found some neat stuff back there.

They also have some neat furniture, and I've found a couple of great home decor pieces there too (though I waited till they were on clearance).


 
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May i live vicariously by you. I'm in MA and praying that a store that just emptied gets any kind of craft store.

yes, please let us know how things are there.


 
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Just printed 40% off coupons....think I am going to take a run over.


 
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Have fun! It's dangerous to the wallet in that place. I'm just waiting on them to get the new spellbinders.

One of the managers told me that they are opening stores all over the country within the next few years.


 
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When I lived in TX I loved HL! Now that I'm back in CT, we don't have one. I hope this means that more will be coming to New England!


 
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I went on Tuesday and was totally unimpressed. Because of the huge amount of home decor items, it reminded me more of a Home Goods store than a crafting store. I found the scrapbook section to be smaller than I expected, though I was surprised and pleased to see a few items that Joanns, Michaels and AC Moore do not carry.

After hearing everyone from other parts of the country RAVE about how awesome HL is, I was incredibly disappointed. I would much rather go across the street to the AC Moore in the mall (and I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the mall).


 
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Polly.... most everything in the store is 50% off at the moment, so don't waste too much ink printing coupons.


 
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it's open now?! woohooooo I sense a roadtrip with my local girls!!


 
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  • GMFTS on 06-24-11 07:30 AM
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oh cool... when we go to CK next year I can go.



 
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Our HL is awesome. Keep in mind that you can find scrapbooking supplies all throughout the store not just the scarpbooking section. Copics are back by art markers in our store. cool ribbons and buttons can be found in sewing....just saying, look all over those new stores!!!


 
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  • moxiegirl23 Said:
I went on Tuesday and was totally unimpressed. Because of the huge amount of home decor items, it reminded me more of a Home Goods store than a crafting store. I found the scrapbook section to be smaller than I expected, though I was surprised and pleased to see a few items that Joanns, Michaels and AC Moore do not carry.

After hearing everyone from other parts of the country RAVE about how awesome HL is, I was incredibly disappointed. I would much rather go across the street to the AC Moore in the mall (and I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the mall).



Liz,

ME TOO! I just got back and was like ehh! I could take it or leave it. I was expecting the scrapbook section to be way more than it was from all the raving I have heard about HL from other posts. The Concord Michaels has more product than they did. It did feel like a home goods minus the kitchen section.

I am going to hold out hope that they will build on the Scrapbook section in the future.

In my opinion, they had a little of this and a little of that, but not a lot of any one line/manufacturer. I guess I am a picky scrapper, but I like bigger lines that have a lot to choose from like October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny, American Crafts, etc.... So I will stick to my (not so local) LSS (which is Absolutely Everything in Topsfield and Right at Home in N. Attleboro MA) and make a few trips a year and do most of my shopping online.....

So, my opinion.....
on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 5.


 
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Polly, have you tried Wholly Scrap on the seacoast?? They used to be pretty good - I haven't been in years. There are a couple of others in that area that one of my girlfriends (she used to own a scrapbook store) and I are going to check out later this summer.


 
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  • pieces of me Said:
  • moxiegirl23 Said:
I went on Tuesday and was totally unimpressed. Because of the huge amount of home decor items, it reminded me more of a Home Goods store than a crafting store. I found the scrapbook section to be smaller than I expected, though I was surprised and pleased to see a few items that Joanns, Michaels and AC Moore do not carry.

After hearing everyone from other parts of the country RAVE about how awesome HL is, I was incredibly disappointed. I would much rather go across the street to the AC Moore in the mall (and I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the mall).



Liz,

ME TOO! I just got back and was like ehh! I could take it or leave it. I was expecting the scrapbook section to be way more than it was from all the raving I have heard about HL from other posts. The Concord Michaels has more product than they did. It did feel like a home goods minus the kitchen section.

I am going to hold out hope that they will build on the Scrapbook section in the future.

In my opinion, they had a little of this and a little of that, but not a lot of any one line/manufacturer. I guess I am a picky scrapper, but I like bigger lines that have a lot to choose from like October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny, American Crafts, etc.... So I will stick to my (not so local) LSS (which is Absolutely Everything in Topsfield and Right at Home in N. Attleboro MA) and make a few trips a year and do most of my shopping online.....

So, my opinion.....
on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 5.



I LOVE Absolutely Everything! and Right at Home is pretty cool too, only been there once.


 
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  • moxiegirl23 Said:
Polly, have you tried Wholly Scrap on the seacoast?? They used to be pretty good - I haven't been in years. There are a couple of others in that area that one of my girlfriends (she used to own a scrapbook store) and I are going to check out later this summer.



Liz,

I've been to them all!!

In my opinion, Wholly Scrap has gone way down hill since they sold it. Prices are way higher and they rarely get new product.

Frugal Scrapper is okay, but they don't carry a lot of the manufacturers that I like.

Generations of Memories-Littleton: Last 2 times I have been there I said I wouldn't go back because it was all the same stuff and I went a good year apart.

Scrappin' Soul Sisters in Concord doesn't seem to be gettig anything new either. Seems like the same old paper lines every time.

Scrapbook Nook in Bellows Falls VT was one of my favorites too when we used to go to Cranberry Farm Inn for Scrapbook Retreats. I haven't been in over a year. So I can't say what they have for inventory lately....hmm...may have to take a ride up....LOL!

But, I Love Love Love Absolutely Everything and Right @ Home Scrapbooking. They are always so worth the drive. I get to AE a lot more than RAH. I usually go to AE about once a month and RAH about 3 times a year....RAH is a 2 1/2 hour drive so...that one has to be planned!!


Edited by pieces of me on 06-24-11 02:47 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • Tina scraps Said:
  • pieces of me Said:
  • moxiegirl23 Said:
I went on Tuesday and was totally unimpressed. Because of the huge amount of home decor items, it reminded me more of a Home Goods store than a crafting store. I found the scrapbook section to be smaller than I expected, though I was surprised and pleased to see a few items that Joanns, Michaels and AC Moore do not carry.

After hearing everyone from other parts of the country RAVE about how awesome HL is, I was incredibly disappointed. I would much rather go across the street to the AC Moore in the mall (and I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the mall).



Liz,

ME TOO! I just got back and was like ehh! I could take it or leave it. I was expecting the scrapbook section to be way more than it was from all the raving I have heard about HL from other posts. The Concord Michaels has more product than they did. It did feel like a home goods minus the kitchen section.

I am going to hold out hope that they will build on the Scrapbook section in the future.

In my opinion, they had a little of this and a little of that, but not a lot of any one line/manufacturer. I guess I am a picky scrapper, but I like bigger lines that have a lot to choose from like October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny, American Crafts, etc.... So I will stick to my (not so local) LSS (which is Absolutely Everything in Topsfield and Right at Home in N. Attleboro MA) and make a few trips a year and do most of my shopping online.....

So, my opinion.....
on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 5.



I LOVE Absolutely Everything! and Right at Home is pretty cool too, only been there once.



I think my favorite is Right at Home...I can get lost in there for hours and spend several hundred dollars....much to my husbands dismay! of course I don't tell him when I go....what he doesn't know can't hurt him!


 
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I'll let you know if/when HL improves. I didn't realize that WS was sold. Bummer.


 
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Yes, WS was sold about a two years ago. The original owners, Lorrie and Michelle, were great and I looked forward to going in. There was always something new instock and they had a great selection. Seems like it's been a lot of the same stuff for the last year. Like I said, I am a picky scrapbooker and I am always on the hunt for new product....

I know that most likely it is because of the economy. I get it. But, IMO, you can't expect customers to keep returning if you don't rotate product and get new items.

BTW, do you know what became of Michelle (The Paper Tree) is she still around? She had mentioned a condo in FLA? I miss going in and chatting with her...


 
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