When you get a taste of all these artsy -crafty hobbies, you can’t resist yourself from buying all kinds of pretty stuff you lay your eyes on , whether online or at stores.
Since last year , when I started my craft hobbies, my stash has been growing at an alarming rate .From taking one small corner of the cupboard, it’s now occupying almost half of my 2.5m X 1m X 1m cupboard and some other places too.
In India, sometimes it gets difficult to get many craft accessories, craft paper, paper cutters, fabrics etc.
Earlier, I used to buy most of the stuff from online stores, but let’s admit it, their profit margins are quite high ( maybe due to low competition and availability issues), and we end up spending quite an amount from our bank balances.
So after spending almost 10k on craft materials online , I was in constant search of a better and cheaper store available locally, and one day in July, an FB message was my saving grace.
The message was from the owner of Nirmal Stationers, who told me about all the craft material available at his store in Old Delhi area.
After visiting the shop, I was amazed to find the huge difference in costs of craft materials compared with online stuff I bought.
Well, this amazing shop is located at Nai Sarak , in Chandni chowk area of Delhi (national capital of India).
In fact, the whole area has numerous shops dealing with paper, craft tools, quilling stuff, etc, and that too at very low costs.
Well , the costs also depends upon the quality of stuff you want, it’s obvious that Martha Stewart will cost more than Chinese stuff.But compared to online shops for the same quality & Brand you can expect to find the prices almost half.
Now coming back to Nirmal stationers, this small shop stocks unthinkable range of stuff. I wonder, is it like the tents in Harry Potter’s quidditch world cup :).
It has a complete range of crafts like decoupage, quilling , sosespo, mixed media,punchcraft, jewellery making, flower making, paper crafts, and many more types of arts which I don’t even know about, till now.
They also have lots of pattern papers, cardstock of various GSM and colors, cutting tools of various kinds, Martha Stewart punches, scoring boards, cutting mats, Charms, MDF cutouts, distress inks, stamps, twines, ribbons, tapes, washi tapes, and the list is enormous.
The owner of the shop, Mr. Kapil Tandon, is a very knowledgeable person in matters of crafts, and can give you sound tips about the cheaper alternatives to the expensive stuff, as well as creative ideas with the stuff you bought.
He keenly shows all the latest stuff arrived in the shop. So, you end up buying up more than you have gone for.
So, if you are living in Delhi or nearby areas and are a craft enthusiastic, do visit the Chawri Bazaar area in Old Delhi’s Chandni chowk for a better bargain on the craft stuff. Well, we all love to save some pennies, don’t we. 🙂