Craft outlet shopping at Kaisercraft (Australian-owned craft and scrapbooking products manufacturer & wholesaler)
I probably hoard too much of, yet always manage to find still a little more room for crafting bibs and bobs as well as books. The same day I was forced to admit that book shelves and cabinets come constructed with a weight limit was the day I was literally buried under the avalanche I perhaps deserved. To my husband’s horror I remain incorrigible and continue to endanger my life (and his) with my towering bibliography and relentless craft addiction. Yes, I’ve heard of Kindles (I have a few as a matter of fact) but for some people electronic books just don’t provide the same happiness. Anyway, books will be for another post. Today I’m excited about craft shopping!
In a sleepy city like Brisbane, it can be tougher compared to Sydney or Melbourne to find many spots for creative types to hang out at. I meant the magical, hidden nooks where the artsy get to hunt down and gather their tools and supplies. While there are places that we can hang out at to draw inspiration from in Brisvegas, there are so few places for craft and art supplies to be had.
One of the great finds I had when I first moved to Brissie must’ve been the day I stood outside the window display of the Eckersley’s art store in the city. Looking in, I spotted its astounding array of oil and acrylic paints and rolls of unprimed painting canvas. I think I broke my bank walking in that day and these days the Milton store is the one I frequent when I need any decent quality paints or any harder-to-find-art-supplies that I can’t locate in Spotlight, Lincraft or Riot—such as acrylic perspex or acetate film sheets.
Eckersley’s perfect for scouring for serious arty stuff—it’s the hangout for all art students and artists who are after the more top end, professional quality art supplies. But ah. In recent times I stumbled upon just the simple fun stuff for regular scrapbookers, paper craft lovers and general crafters—the craft discount outlets. Imagine a ‘dfo’ type outlet just for crafts; hallelujah.
Any self-respecting scrapbooker or crafter must’ve heard of Kaisercraft or used their incredibly well-made crafty things in some shape or form. Our proudly Australian-owned Kaisercraft is perhaps one of the best-known household names in the scrapbooking and crafting planet. I’m quite sure at least thirty percent of my craft stash was made by Kaisercraft.
While their more accessible store in Brisbane is located at Browns Plains, my first visit happened at country Toowoomba. I spent more time ogling at fabric and paper flower embellishments than I did at the Flower Show; the supposed reason we drove all the way there!
I last visited and shopped till I dropped at their Robina Town Centre outlet in March enroute to our Kingscliff retreat in New South Wales and I wasn’t disappointed.
The reason I’m so taken with the Kaisercraft outlets is the sheer amount of craft bargains to be had that you sometimes still see selling at full retail prices elsewhere. I think I nearly did a few near screams and was definitely tempted to do a full-on excited jig right there in the store. I found Mont Marte brand polymer clay for my handmade jewellery for about half the price I’d pay online, clear acrylic stamps going for a fraction of full retail, scrapbook paper in a mind-boggling range for fifty cents each. Fifty cents for good quality, well-designed scrapbook paper just makes me want to have a cry.
There were marked down canvases, paints, markers, art pens and brushes, other assorted art and stationery paraphernalia including colouring books, Sizzix and Fiskars dies, Kaisercraft wooden die-cut DIY woodcraft sets, wooden letters, wooden assorted shapes, chipboards, stickers,rub-ons, stamps, polymer clay, Kaisercraft colouring books, paper and 3D embellishments, patterned tape, wrapping paper and just about most things in bargain bins to rummage in with $2 and $5 price tags that just yell, ‘Buy me’. And why not, if you’re one of the crafty. For is there any occasion or day that isn’t good for dabbling in a crafty hobby or two or more?
I’ll just go ahead and give a shout out to the folks who brought us these rad Kaisercraft discount outlets, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for making it Christmas for us everyday”.
Craft outlet shopping at Kaisercraft: (Queensland Locations)
Kaisercraft Browns Plains
DC1/18 Commerce Dr, Browns Plains QLD 4118
Kaisercraft Robina Town
CRN Robina town centre & Scottdale drive
Cnr James St and Anzac Ave Shop GF013 Shopping Centre,
Clifford St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
— Kat Ngoi | outofman (@katngoi) June 7, 2016