Sunday, September 2, 2007

Wholesale Scrapbooking Supplies

I went to Michael's today. Although I stayed within my spending limit, it wasn't easy. A few years ago I signed up with Creative Memories because I wanted to purchase their items at a discount to do some scrapbooking. Two years later the supplies were untouched and my ever-growing stack of pictures was still growing. I was working full-time so I figured I wouldn't have time to do any kind of scrapbooking for a while. I sold the 500 kit on ebay for like 300 bucks or so.

Now, I'm looking for wholesale suppliers. If I can get my supplies in bulk from a wholesaler, I'm doing it. I contacted a local Creative Memories consultant and she told me even after signing up with them my discount would be a mere 30% off retail. I would also have to purchase at least $500 in retail every three months. That comes out to $350 my cost which is approximately $120 per month or thereabouts.

I'm going to a crop in a couple weeks to see what all this will be like. I'm taking my daughter with me. She's excited, I'm apprehensive about signing up as I'm thinking I might be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Granted, Creative Memories has good quality products but I want to explore all my options before I take the leap should I decide to do that.

So, for the next two weeks, I'm doing my research. I'm determined to find a better deal, if it's out there. I'm not so sure where to look. If any of you can point me in the right direction, I would certainly appreciate it.


Chic Girl said...

Good luck with that! I have piles of pics and have spent tons of money with Creative Memories. Never been to a crop. Never have time. I'm happy when I get the photos pasted in the books!

N Dyess said...

Crops can be really neat. Check and see if you have an Archivers store in your area. They have neat crop nights. Also, we have a scapbook clearance store near us. See if you have one of those. The stuff in there is 50% - 70% off. It is less expensive than Creative Memories. Also you might want to check Ebay. Have fun cutting up!