The LYS in my town closed several years ago, before I started knitting. I've noticed that thrift stores are closing out too, maybe because people aren't donating items anymore and trying to sell them on their own? I can buy almost anything for less than I can make it. When I choose to make something it's usually not to save money.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper