Michael's is an arts and craft store located throughout the United States. There are other stores for crafters, but in my opinion they simply do not compare to Michael's. Let me tell you why it's the crafter's dream store.
Michael's has been around for quite some time. It was founded in 1973 to fill a niche of crafting stores. It started out as a small business, but it has grown to be a major retailer. The stores are usually located in suburban areas. In recent years, the company has become more of a retail chain.
The founder's name was Michael J. Dupey. He was born in New York City, and moved to Texas when he was young. He was a salesman at a local department store, and he started his own business. He opened a store in Irving, Texas, in 1973. He was a successful salesman, and he was able to expand his business. He also became interested in the Bible.
Michael's has grown in to a huge retailer. It has more than 20,000 stores in the United States and Canada. Currently, it has one of the largest inventories in the world with more than one million items. The founder is one of the most successful business men.
Michael's carries everything from floral arrangements to indoor crafting sets for kids. I guarantee that you will find something new and exciting to do with your kids.
I find the best inventory is stocked early in the morning. More items are in the store by noon. After noon, people have purchased their items and are ready to go. You need to remember to take your time shopping. You will find a lot of items in a short time.
The layout of the stores can vary a bit from store to store. I like to start with the most popular items first, then move to the less popular items. Don't worry about it. I will get you in the right direction.
Expect your shopping trip to take about an hour.
I am a big fan of the store. I love the atmosphere and the staff is friendly. I recommend this store to anyone that has children.
I have been shopping here for years. I always come back.
Prices are comparable to other crafting stores. Most items cost between $15 and $20. If you need expensive items, you will have to look for other places.
Here are some example prices I found during a recent trip:
How do the prices compare to other crafting stores? They are very competitive. I have found that the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the items. It would be a great place to get a new sewing machine for about $100.
You can save a lot of money by using coupons at Michael's. The best place to find these coupons are in their weekly circulars.
Buy one get one free offers are great for a few reasons. First, you can get a coupon for a large purchase, like a new Cricut machine. Second, the coupon can be reused. I've used one coupon to get a $20 gift card. The coupon can be used on the same item twice, and then I can buy another item for the same price. Third, the coupon is good for one year.
I recommend searching online to see if coupons are available in your area. You can also call Michael's and ask for a coupon. When you call, they will give you an automated message if they are not available.
Remember, it never hurts to ask. If you don't get a response, don't worry. Just keep in mind that Michael's is a large store and they have a lot of customers.
There are a few things that I do not buy in the physical stores. Normally, these items include clothes and large items that are too expensive to ship. For example, a new sewing machine is quite large. Another benefit of physical store purchases is the fact that you can easily return the item. In addition, you can get a refund for the item if it is damaged or defective.
The last benefit of physical store purchases is the convenience. You can buy a lot of items in a short time. If you have a large family, it is very easy for you to buy all the items you need. With online orders, you may have to wait a day or two for the shipping. It's nice to be able to continue a project by getting the items on the same day.
I admit that I do use Amazon at times, but Michael's really is my preference. How do I know if I want to buy an item at a physical store?
It is important to know what items you want to buy. You can use the online shopping cart to figure out what you want. You can also use the store locator to find the store closest to you. If you are a first time customer, you can also check out a store's website or call the store to see if they have a “buy-it-now” option.
There are over 1,000 Michael's stores in the United States and Canada. Most states have a store. You can find the closest location to you on their store locator.
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that most people have a store within 30 minutes of them. I had a Michael's in my neighborhood for a few years, and it was a great place to shop. It was convenient to my house, and I could get a lot of what I needed without having to drive to the store. I also liked that the store was open 24 hours. I would often stop in to get a quick gift card before going to work.
I am also glad that the stores always have large parking lots. This way it is not difficult to find a parking space. I've never had to turn around and go home due to too little parking.
Surprisingly, I don't think they have any stores in Puerto Rico. I say this because I could not find one when I was on vacation recently.
Michael's has some competition in the crafting store sector. Although I've tried alternatives, I still prefer Michael's. I love the quality of the products, the quality of the service, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend Michael's Crafts for all of your craft needs.
I have been making crafts for over 20 years. I have been at Michael's Crafts for over 10 years. I have been a customer for many years and I have never been disappointed. Even though I like Michael's the best, you should make up your own mind. Here are the other stores to check out:
Hobby Lobby is a good company, and carries inventory that is similar to Michael's. Hobby Lobby says that they are not a “religious” company. They are a small business who believes that we have a right to be treated fairly and that we should not be forced to provide services that are against our religious beliefs.
Prices and selection are comparable to Michael's, but I don't have a Hobby Lobby store near me. Check the store locator for your area.
Joann is comparable to Michael's, but I find the stores to be a little smaller. I actually have a Joann store down the street from me. Here is their store locator.
It's really smart to start watching circulars around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Often times the store will have great deals for these holidays.And if you're not a fan of the circulars, you can always go to the store and buy a few items in bulk and save some money.
After the holidays you can also find a lot of clearance items. I got wrapping paper the day after Christmas for 70% off. I wonder where all the unsold Christmas stuff goes. Hopefully they don't throw it in the trash!
The best deal I have ever seen was a $10 granite slab. I polished the rock and molded it into my kitchen counter.
Most stores have the same set of hours. The best source to know your store's hours are to call the store. Call only the store you are going to.
Another way to find your store's hours is to look at the store's website. The store's website will list the hours for the store. However, if you are going to a store that is closed on a weekend or holiday, you will have to call the store directly to find out the hours.
Not all stores are open after 8pm. This is inconvenient for customers who want to get home after a long day. I know that I have been late to work a few times and have had to leave my car in the parking lot.