Map of DC and Baltimore from prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope
I'm moving! I'm off to Washington, DC at the end of the summer to go to graduate school (for a master's degree in international education, not crafting, in case you were wondering). While I can't wait for a new city and new adventures, I have a few natural hesitations. Namely, I'm worried about the fact that I'm completely and utterly spoiled rotten by New York's garment district, and all the wonderful suppliers that fill it. Beads! Leather! Fabric! Trim! It's all here.
While the larger, big-box craft stores are aplenty in the areas around Washington, I plan on living within the district proper. I also retired my dear car when I moved to New York, so am dependent on public transportation. I've spent many hours now nervously searching Yelp for fabric and craft stores within DC, but it's beginning to look like pickings are slim. What's a crafty girl to do? (TIMI's moving with me, of course!) I've developed the following options for supplying my DIY-addiction:
1. Stockpile for the craftocalypse (Kidding about the doomsday part, serious about the stockpiling)
2. Learn how to drive my boyfriend's stick-shift to the suburbs or join Zipcar
3. E-COMMERCE. While it's probably more financially savvy to only buy what you want/need for a project at hand, there's nothing like going to a store and letting materials do the talking to you. Unfortunately, that's challenging when shopping for materials online. How do you know that the shades will match? That the wire will fit the bead hole? Maybe it would be better to let someone else do the choosing for you. I'm flirting with the idea of fun craft subscription services like Whimseybox and For The Makers and a daily deals site for craft supplies, The Plaid Barn. In the case of For The Makers, I'm not too keen on the idea of them choosing the DIY tutorial and giving only a few supplies for those projects.
So tell me: what suggestions do you have? Favorite online supply retailers? Any of you live in DC, know of hidden gems, or have a favorite Michael's or Hobby Lobby? I now realize my time in New York is precious (this time around, at least), so I'm excited to explore more crafty stores this summer, like CJS Sales (a vintage warehouse!) and Tinsel Trading Company (Martha's "favorite store in all of the world"). I'm toying with doing posts about my visits to these places. Thoughts?