Tips for Saving Money on Art Supplies

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Do you enjoy art as a hobby and enjoy making paintings and sculptures as an outlet for relaxation and creativity? Perhaps you are pursuing art in a professional capacity as a student and working on your next masterpiece? In any case, you will need supplies; plenty of art supplies which can be rather costly. Fortunately, there are ways to save on cost but only if you know where to look.

In this post, we go over some tips on how one can save a significant amount of money on their art materials. After all, more supplies mean more opportunities for people to practice and take their artistic skills to the next level.

Buying art materials in bulk

If you go through many art materials over the course of a month, then bulk buying is always a good option worth considering. Like most businesses, art supply stores are often willing to provide discounts to customers that buy things in bulk.  

Even if you do not buy many art supplies yourself, you can still avail bulk discounts by organising a group-buy with friends and work colleagues. Many art students go on this route and can be a great way to score some awesome discounts.

Closing down sales

Another good option to find some reasonable prices on stretched canvas for artworks and other materials is to be on the lookout for stores that are closing down shop and liquidating their inventory. You might find some heavily discounted items that generally cost twice or thrice as much so don’t overlook these stores and see what you can find.

Buying from stores online

Perhaps the best option for art students looking to save money is to buy art supplies online. Businesses that sell art supplies over the Internet can often afford to sell their goods at much lower prices than retail stores due to fewer overhead costs. For one thing, they do not have to pay for utilities and human resources to keep an actual store going. As a result, many online businesses are often happy to pass on these perks to customers in the form of discounts.

Another factor that can affect the decision of online stores to sell their goods at low prices is the highly competitive nature of the e-commerce industry. You will find many online stores selling similar products all vying for attention and sales on the Internet. These businesses can use any advantage they can get over competitors one of which is to attract more buyers with great discounts that you would be hard-pressed to find in actual stores.

Holiday sales

Last but not least on the list of things that you can do to save money on art materials is to time your purchase during the holidays. Watch out for sales on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales when you are most likely to score huge discounts from stores.

So there you have it — a few things that you can do to save some cash on art materials. For many struggling art students and enthusiasts, it is essential to make the most of what you got, and being able to save every bit of money helps.