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N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 01:29 AM
With my mother tomorrow (probably.) Michaels emailed me a 40% off coupon. What should I use the coupon for?

trvvn5
05-28-2010, 06:43 AM
A lovely knitting organizer.

Or more yarn.

A tapestry needle.

Row Counters.

Stitch Markers.

Stitch holders.

A pompom maker.

some crochet hooks.

Duh, some more needles.

Some knitting magazines like, Vogue Knitting and Interweave.

And a candle making kit for when you get pissed off at your knitting and can't take it anymore.

cftwo
05-28-2010, 08:40 AM
40% off of $3 doesn't do much for me, so I try to use those coupons on something bigger - like a set of lined baskets to keep yarn in!

suzeeq
05-28-2010, 08:55 AM
Yabbut, something $1.20 off regular price is still a good thing...

kellyh57
05-28-2010, 10:34 AM
Get a JoAnn's coupon too and if you have Hobby Lobby or AC Moore local, get those too. They take competitor's coupons and you can use all of them in the same transaction. (As long as they know what they are doing. The policy is one "per type" of coupon per transaction and different stores are different types.) Have fun!

suzeeq
05-28-2010, 11:09 AM
Michaels now has Lions Amazing yarn, a self striping wool blend. You could check it out if your store carries it.

N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 11:29 AM
Get a JoAnn's coupon too and if you have Hobby Lobby or AC Moore local, get those too. They take competitor's coupons and you can use all of them in the same transaction. (As long as they know what they are doing. The policy is one "per type" of coupon per transaction and different stores are different types.) Have fun!

I'm in Canuckistan...no Hobby Lobbies et al here...not even Target. :(

At least we have Michaels...

Thanks for the suggestions, Knitting Homies. I have Addis and Options already, more needles?! lol. I have tapestry needles and a stitch counter and a winder and a buncha stuff I ordered from KP that's waiting for me in Denver.

I'm in favour of knitting storage things (will make it easier to move all my knitting stuff, I hope. And like, oh gods, more yarn.

Does the buying of yarn ever end?!?! :roflhard:

Jan in CA
05-28-2010, 11:56 AM
You probably have all the needles you need for awhile, but there are always notions to buy!

Needles sizer
Tape measure
Stitch markers
Yarn needles (tapestry needles)
Coilless safety pins
Notion container

Anything else that catches your eye... ;)

suzeeq
05-28-2010, 12:03 PM
Does the buying of yarn ever end?!?! :roflhard:

Nope. It's called SABLE - stash acquistion beyond life expectancy...

I'm there, or at least approaching it. Especially since I know I'll probably be getting more along the way.

HL doesn't exist west of the Rockies except in N Utah, there's quite a few in Colorado. AC Moore is pretty much an east coast store.

N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 12:12 PM
You probably have all the needles you need for awhile, but there are always notions to buy!

Needles sizer
Tape measure
Stitch markers
Yarn needles (tapestry needles)
Coilless safety pins
Notion container

Anything else that catches your eye... ;)

I have all of the above except coilless safety pins...what the heck are those? lol.

Jan in CA
05-28-2010, 12:23 PM
I have all of the above except coilless safety pins...what the heck are those? lol.

You can get them in the beading section. They don't have that little loop at the end that can get caught in yarn. I use them for marking a point that is on the fabric like where I started decreases or noting which side is the front which is important for some patterns. I actually use them all the time.

ETA: they look like this:
http://www.safetypins.com/coilless_pins.htm

N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 12:25 PM
Neato! Thanks.

N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 11:02 PM
So, my mother opted to work an OT shift (she gets paid time and a half or double... = craploads of $.) so I went to Miguels alone. I walked 4 km (they put Miguels in the crappiest places for car-free types like myself here.) I even got lost twice trying to find it (never been to that location before...)

Bought a buncha stuff:

Lion brand Jiffy x 3 135 yards $2.49 each(clearance)
Pattons Classic Wool x 2 (not clearance, I wish!)
Bates size 2 DPNs
Boye Crochet hook value pack
Boye yarn-on-the-go bag (2 in pkg!)

suzeeq
05-28-2010, 11:30 PM
I like Jiffy it's nice and cushy. Use size 11s with it and it knits up fine.

N0obKnitter
05-28-2010, 11:57 PM
Yeah it feels soooo soft I wanna cuddle it lolol.

Cannibalized plastic bins from my storage room, put my wool / silk / expensive yarn in the big bin. Put notions etc in the small box. My cheaper acrylic yarn are in open bamboo etc bins. :)

Crycket
05-29-2010, 09:59 AM
Last time I had their 40% off coupon I bought myself a really good pair of seamstress scissors. You know the ones that cost $40...

And the other time I got the Boye Crochet hook set.

Both times something over $20. Wouldn't do it any other way...

But here is the fun part...Michaels hands out these coupons like cookies...so they mark their prices up accordingly...

suzeeq
05-29-2010, 10:22 AM
They don't mark up their prices at all, I've heard in some stores the prices are less than in nearby Joanns which also has coupons available every week.

Crycket
05-29-2010, 11:33 AM
I don't know...I avoid going there for anything for Girl Guides, cause their prices are so much higher than anywhere else. I will go if I absolutely need to. But that is it.

That isn't to say that some things are not marked up...

suzeeq
05-29-2010, 11:42 AM
I think a lot of it depends on location. Some areas have higher rents than others and may charge just a bit more. And in Canada you have stores we don't have here so the competition is different.

lelvsdgs
05-29-2010, 12:04 PM
I find that the Michael's here is about the same price as JoAnn's. The real difference is in the selection. Michael's is far superior in selection and has much better sales. I used to use the coupons for books but they no longer allow that. I do try to use them on higher priced items too!

N0obKnitter
05-29-2010, 01:18 PM
Last time I had their 40% off coupon I bought myself a really good pair of seamstress scissors. You know the ones that cost $40...

And the other time I got the Boye Crochet hook set.

Both times something over $20. Wouldn't do it any other way...

But here is the fun part...Michaels hands out these coupons like cookies...so they mark their prices up accordingly...

Some of the same yarns that are at Zellers (a Canadian chain) are slightly more expensive than at Michaels, pretty sure...

Crycket
05-29-2010, 02:05 PM
It must be location to location then...

I don't like the selection they have either...they drastically reduced sections...and in most cases, the only sections I am going to be in...so I just don't go anymore.

We have the only Herrschners store in Canada where I am, and I get a "used to be an employee" discount there too...so I steer clear of Michaels at all costs...

N0obKnitter
05-29-2010, 03:50 PM
Wow...I find that there's almost *too much* selection at Miguels compared to Zellers (what I'm used to) I could spend hours petting yarn etc in that place. It's like a smorgasbord. lol. Plus they have sock yarn. I *nearly* got some of that, but some stuff I vow to only get at LYS (like fancy sock yarn...if I ever get around to braving knitting socks!)

The one I went to yesterday had even more knitting schwag than the one in Richmond (I think.) but my main beef/complaint is the obscure areas they put those stores out here, none is truly near skytrain/canada line/millenium line or even terrible accessible by bike (mileage isn't an issue, some highways etc are totally bike unfriendly.) I literally walked 4km to find the Michael's yesterday and woulda had a 2.5 km hike up a steep hill back if I took the way home that I came (cheated and took two very very sloooooow buses instead.)

Where I'm moving, there's a Miguels within spitting distance. And a Target. And a Hobby Lobby and...omigawd.

hookedonknitting
05-29-2010, 04:26 PM
I love that you call it Miguel's! LOL!

suzeeq
05-29-2010, 04:49 PM
You don't have to knit only socks with 'sock' yarn; you can do shawls or scarves or light weight shrugs or other stuff.

N0obKnitter
05-29-2010, 04:54 PM
You are an evil enabler, suzeeq.

kellyh57
05-30-2010, 12:10 PM
Michaels may mark up stuff more in Canada than in the US too. I know a lot of stuff has Canadian prices and American prices. You may be shopping for different things than others since you mentioned Girl Guides. I know Hobby Lobby used to be cheaper than Michaels on scrapbooking stuff, but I think they've evened out in the last few years. Who knows? Maybe it's just because I'm at Michaels all the time that I'm partial and don't pay attention to the others stores!

borealowl
05-30-2010, 05:18 PM
I have both Michael's and Joanns here where I am. Have found that Michaels prices tend to be higher than Joanns on the same yarn but they have a few brands Joanns does not. Both have coupons in the Sunday paper flyers, online, and mailing lists. that adds up to a lot of coupons, not to mention their continuous sales.
One thing I like to use the coupon for is magazines unless they are having them on sale at 10% off and you can't use it. I like some English ones around $10.