Username Post: Scrapbooking stores        (Topic#1568627)
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Hi all It's the beginning of a new year and one of my resolutions is to get back to scrapping. I'd appreciate any info on stores that have made it through these tough times. I live in Nashua and there are no more LSS. All I have is Michaels, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby in Manchester (though I haven't been there yet) Thanks!
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Hello! Plan to set aside a few hours to go through hobby lobby! Great store with alot of great kits and good sales. Beautiful trims too. They are closed on sunday s though. Joannes fabrics is on 28 in hooksett- they have some nice things and great deals on paper stacks. If you are ever out by the beach, there is a cute mom and pop place called wholey scrap. They have classes and crops and a great selection of single papers. Happy scrappin!


 
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There are very few scrapbook stores left in NH and MA, so you have to be willing to go on a road trip, but a couple are DEFINITELY worth the mileage.

I'll post them in my least to favorite stores.

Stamping Memories- Belmont - This store is mostly rubber stamps with some scrapbook product scattered throughout. I have seen some Little Yellow Bicycle and Making Memories here. But if you are in to stamping, a great little store located in the Belknap Mall.

Frugal Scrapper - Somersworth NH - It's okay if you are in the area, but I wouldn't drive all the way from Nashua specifically. She carries a lot of Karen Foster, We R Memory Keepers, TPS Studios, she does have tons of page kits if you are into them. Not a lot in the way of tools. Some albums.

Generations of Memories - Littleton NH - This is a very long drive up 93 but if you are going to leaf peep in the fall through the notches it is worth stopping in. It's shared half/half with a hot tub/pool store, but she does have a lot of product. She has a lot of older product so if you are looking for old Daisy D's or Making Memories chances are she will have it.

Scrappin' Soul Sisters - Concord NHCLOSING AUGUST 18, 2012 - It's an okay store, carries some new inventory, but mostly it's things that you could find at AC's, M's or HL. They do carry Basic Grey, Imaginisce, Cosmo Cricket but seldom have an entire collection. One thing that I don't like is that it is in the same building as the American Legion and when you are in the store it smells like stale smoke. It could just be me, I am overly sensitive to smells, especially cigarette smoke.

Wholly Scrap! - North Hampton NH - If you are in the area, worth a quick stop in, although I find her prices are high. She has a little bit of everything, ink, tools, Quick-Kutz dies, Little Yellow Bicycle, Basic Grey, Reminisce, Imaginisce, Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon, but again one of those stores that doesn't stock an entire collection.

Scrapbook Nook - Bellows Falls VT - If you are in the Keene area this is a must stop, it's about 20 minutes up Rte. 12. This store is also shared half/half with a pharmacy, so if you need toothpaste your in luck! LOL! It is a great store with a ton of product in stock. Tons of embellishments, ribbon, paper, stickers, and tools. Most name brands including Fancy Pants, Making Memories, October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, My Minds Eye, Crate Paper.

Absolutely Everything - Topsfield MA - This is my go to LSS even though it is an hour and 20 minute drive. Open 7 days a week, they stock everything and then some, not kidding, plan to spend at least 2 hours your first time in. TONS of stamps, inks, tools, paper, they carry all the top brands, including Websters Pages, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, Maya Road, Crate Paper, Martha Stewart Crafts, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Doodlebug, Jillibean Soup, Memory-Works, Melissa Frances, Graphic 45 and many more...I consider this store one of the top in New England.

Right at Home Scrapbooking - North Attleboro MA - This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE store in New England. It's a 2-1/2 hour drive from me so I only go a few times a year and make a day out if it..I usually hit IKEA, The Container Store and Cheesecake Factory too or if I am going to Gillette Stadium it's only about 10 minutes down the road. There is also a Super Joann's about 10-15 minutes away in Warwick RI that is fun to go in. Tons of inks, tools, paper, they carry all the top brands, including Websters Pages, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, Maya Road, Crate Paper, Martha Stewart Crafts, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Doodlebug, Jillibean Soup, Memory-Works, Melissa Frances, Graphic 45, Cosmo Cricket, Bella Blvd., Copic Markers. An AMAZING selection with complete collections and TONS of layouts to inspire you. Their classes look great but too far away for me to drive for a class. This is a MUST GO TO store! I am not kidding

They all have websites you can check out. If you can't find them through a Google Search give me a shout and I can PM you the links.

Hope this helps and Happy Scrapping!!



 
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Hi. I live in Goffstown. Polly left you a good list, however she left out Ink About It, in Westford Massachusetts. http://inkaboutitonline.com/

Absolutely Everything is my favorite. I have to drive a while to get there, but it's worth it.

Both Ink About It and Absolutely Everything have HUGE yard sales every spring/summer, and Absolutely Everything has a terrific store sale in November. They really get rid of everything at the end of every year, so they were running 70% off sales in December.

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Edited by cakhuxel on 01-13-12 03:54 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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There is also another store that I have heard about and looked at their website....it's called Paper Paper in Northampton MA. I have not been here yet as it is a 3 hour drive from me.


 
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There's also Scrapaholic in Claremont.


 
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I find Scrappin Soul Sisters in Concord, NH to be a great locally owned store. There is a broad selection of papers, stickers, embellishments and tools. A roomy crop room and affordable crop nights make this store an ideal place to meet friends and crop. The adjacent store makes finding that perfect paper to match your layout a breeze. I also joined their Q club monthly class that teaches you to assemble layouts and other projects. The owners are friendly and helpful with lots of innovative ideas to make your pages really pop. Jackie is a patient teacher who makes you feel
good even if you are a beginner! Katherine's handcrafted pins and necklaces are a big hit and her energy and sense of humor make crops entertaining. I definitely recommend you
check out Scrappin Soul Sisters but don't just stop in to shop-sign up for a crop, Q club or card club and have a
great time!


 
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Hello Paula,
I really enjoy Scrappin' Soul Sisters in Concord NH. I know someone said they carry the same as AC Moore, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby - but I disagree. I find more unique papers and stickers at Scrappin' Soul Sisters than I do at Michael's and others. The staff always helps. When I was looking for things for my trip to Greece, they offered to look into ordering some stickers for me.

The store has changed a lot in the last year. The retail space has more card making materials along with the scrapbooking it already had. Also Delightful Designs by Katherine is sharing the space and she has great things. They have also expanded some of their classes. The semi-annual yardsale they have lets you get some great deals.

I really feel like they are more than just a store. Classes, events, clubs, and the retail space. They are in the American Legion building, and I have never felt it smelled like smoke in the store. I have asthma, so I am pretty sensitive. If you have to use the restroom, yes you go closer to the source of the smoke and you might smell it down the end of the hall.

They also carry the Silhouette Cameo, which I don't see in the big stores. It is a cutting machine that I feel surpases the Cricut.

I like shopping there, and I always have so much fun. I would prefer to shop local as well. I know the big stores might have more space, but in this economy, I am trying to support the small business.

Happy Scrapping!


 
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Frugal Scrapper is not a very good shop. It's almost nothing but paper and stickers, embellishments, and very out of date. The last time I was up at the store in Bellows Vt it seemed to be failing. This weekend I was over at AC Moore for the first time since December and was really shocked at how little they have. I'm going to make a point of heading up to Scrappin' Soul Sisters next week, so I can throw all my local support their way. That's a great list you posted, I copied and and will make an effort to get to that store you love by Gillette Stadium! Thanks.
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Hi Everyone! Love to see this post There are still some of us LSS's still surviving! We have lots of people from New Hampshire, Vermont, CT, etc come visit us at Paper Paper in Northampton MA... We so appreciate the fact that for the love of scrapbooking people are willing to make the trip. We have lots of fun things going on. Cheryl Mezzetti will be teaching classes here in June and we hold 12 hour crops every month and are always a blast Sometimes it takes a little longer to get to us, but we love our customers!

www.paper-paper.net


 
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Ben Franklin's in Raymond and in Rochester carry sb stuff also.

For stamps, stamping supplies, and papers, Stamped Designs in Dover NH (website) has a good sized shop and offers mostly card making classes. She does have limited weekday hours though but is opened on Saturdays and Sundays.


 
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I agree, Frugal Scrapper is not one of my must go to's....maybe once or twice a year, matte of fact last time I was there I spent a $1.00, one dollar!! GASP! I probably won't be going back.
I prefer to shop where the selection is always updating and changing.

Wholly Scrap has moved down the road and my Mom went in and said it was much bigger and had a better selection so I will have to check it out again some time soon. I was in the old store a few months ago, and there was nothing new, the stafff said they were not ordering new product until after the move.

AC Moore in Manchester is really not even worth the drive for me anymore. It's the same old stuff, they just keep moving it around. And don't get me started on the Michaels in Manchester...I think it is the worst one in the whole state. I don't know how they keep that one open.

Curious, have you made it to Right at Home Scrapbboking yet?? I will be there for the last weekend in August at Gillette for the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw Brothers of the Sun Tour. I will be with my 2 sisters and daughter so not sure I can get there, which will be shame as it is only 10 minutes away, they aren't into scrapbooking like I am and even a hour would be torture for them and I would feel rushed. So, I will probably make another trip down in the fall before we go to our retreat in Lake Placid NY.

I agree about Scrapbook Nook in Bellows Falls VT. I was there late spring and was underwhelmed. It appeared to be the same old stuff, the prices are great, but I am done buying stuff that I probably won't use just because it is a bargain... I wonder how much longer they will last?


 
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I didn't read the whole thread so maybe someone already add this. But in New Hampshire, Scrappin' Soul Sisters in Concord has closed, and Wholly Scrap has relocated down the road, still in Hampton.


 
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I have fallen into the habit of keeping a list and doing my shopping in bulk twice a year at Absolutely Everything. It's also an hour-and-20 drive for me, but I make a day of it with my husband (it's only another 45 minutes to the RI Casino!). I visit during the big yard sale in the spring, and again the day after Thanksgiving for their other big sale. I put aside all my craft money every month and buy a lot, and then put shopping out of my mind. If I really really gotta have something, I'll go online. I realize that online store are not supporting "local" business, but they are still independent. My aggravation at AC Moore and Michael's borders on disgust and I don't even open their coupons anymore. I might visit Hobby Lobby, but I have philosophical differences with them and do try as best as possible to spend my money only on non-political stores. Absolutely Everything is a perfect store, both in product and in personal contact.


 
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I had no idea that Scrappin Soul Sisters was closing....last day of Retail Sales is August 18, 2012. I am not surprised. It's a tough economy still.

I don't feel bad about shopping online.. I support the scrapbooking hobby in many different ways. Online, LSS and box stores. Everyone needs to make a living and I try to spread my spending around. It is much more convenient for me to shop online on my schedule than to drive an hour or more, use expensive gas and usually get disappointed that the item I was hoping to be in stock is not.


 
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  • moxiegirl23 Said:
There's also Scrapaholic in Claremont.



Scrapaholic's has closed its doors. Economy and health issues stated as the reason.


 
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I'm not surprised that Scrappin Soul Sisters is closing.

Cropaholics in Wilton is nice. Owner Jenn is awesome and she's trying to grow a sustainable business with tons of new stuff there. She just had a Close to my Heart Vendor night featuring my friend and colleague Julia (who also teaches wicked awesome classes there and at Yankee Scrapper Girls events) and I'll be there on August 24 for a Creative Memories Vendor night.


 
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  • KimKV on 09-30-12 08:18 AM
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I'm so sad that we lost almost all of our stores in NH.

Hi Liz! No time no see!!! How's it going?


 
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It's been pretty busy Kim. We should get together sometime...


 
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I am thankful for this list! I live in Wilmot and just go to Concord Micheals for scrapbooking supplies (besides buying from this site) & I will be writing some of these down - I would love to give some of my business locally but it seems hard to find good selection.


 
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