Published on August 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe2
Tophatter: Reclaimed Craft Supply Resource
When you’re shopping for craft supplies, one of the easiest ways to keep it eco-friendly is to buy used rather than new. When you pick up second-hand supplies, you’re doing environmental double duty: keeping those materials out of the landfill and avoiding the impacts that come with creating new tools and supplies. Hurrah!
Scouring thrift stores, estate sales, and yard sales is great for finding all kinds of reclaimed supplies from vintage buttons and beads to tools like sewing machines. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to find the time to head out yardsaling or dig through the thrift store. One resource for finding gently used craft supplies is on auction sites, like Tophatter.
Tophatter is a new auction site, and they’re a great place to find second hand supplies for your craft projects without the legwork you’d do at a thrift store. I did a little fantasy supply shopping this week and found some really cool supplies on there. You can see photos of these auctions at the top of this post:
- A lot of vintage buttons from Cayce.
- Pages from an illustrated French dictionary from Meredith.
- Vintage seed bags from Two Gals and a Toyota.
Tips for Searching Tophatter for Reclaimed Craft Supplies
The main page for Tophatter doesn’t list the auction categories. To find craft supplies, click on the Auctions button at the top and choose “Catalogs” from the drop-down.
Once you’re in the Catalogs, there are two sections you’ll want to check out: Supplies and Craft Supplies. I’m not sure what distinguishes these, but there are great reclaimed craft supplies in both of those Catalogs.
It’s a little bit tricky to tell what’s new and what’s used on Tophatter, since like on any auction site it’s up to the individuals to give you that information. If you’re not sure, a good way to check is to email the user offering up supplies to find out. You can also look for telling words like “vintage” and “destash” to tip you off.
The kind folks at Tophatter are also offering a $5 credit to Crafting a Green World readers! Just use this special Tophatter link to get your credit.
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