Aug 24, 2014

Which is Better Joann or Michael's?

Many crafters shop at both Joann and Michael's Crafts Stores. What is the different between the two stores, and how are the stores the same?  It is important for us crafters to know this information so we can save time and money while shopping for supplies.

Joann and Michael's are the same in that both stores carry crafting items like rubber stamps and scrapbook paper.  In addition, both stores also sell yarn and painting supplies.   When it comes to operating practices, both stores are open seven days a week with regular business hours.  I would also like to mention that prices seem to be similar between Joann and Michael's.  Save money by shopping only during sales, and this holds true no matter what craft store you choose.

Now that we know the similarities of the two establishments, let's examine the differences.   First, Joann is the place to go for fabric and sewing needs. In my area, about 50% of the store is devoted to fabric and other sewing supplies.  At Joann's, we can find patterns, sewing machines, and dress forms.  In addition, we can buy other sewing notions like interfacing, tape measures, elastic, needles, and velcro.

Michael's sells mostly the arts and crafts supplies.  In fact, that store is stocked with these items.  It is very easy to overspend at Michael's, and the shopping experience there is quite overwhelming.  I have even lost track of time while shopping there.  The Michael's store in my area also provides custom framing services and craft classes for the public.

So Which is better Joann or Micheal's?   Well, both stores are great.  Just remember Joann sells more fabric and sewing supplies while Michael's sells more arts and crafts supplies.

Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and Ben Franklin are also good craft stores.   I do not have a Hobby Lobby in my area, but I have purchased rubber stamps online from this company.


The New Politics said...

I have also found that local craft store chains are great! In Sacramento County, California, I found a local store called Beverly's. I signed up for their newsletter and got 40% off coupons every month! :) I am not sure what Chico or Butte County, California, have to offer.

Rushd Lady said...

I signed up for Joanns snail mail flyer for the coupons and I shared those with friends when I wasn't able to make use of them. It's nice that Michaels will take Joann's flyer coupons too, but they also have a customer discount card. You have to ask for a sign-up form for both of those. Occasionally Michaels also snail mails a coupon out or has one in the newspaper. And I get great deals in the clearance aisle at all the stores. However, Joanns have certain stipulations on their coupons -- you have to read the fine print.