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Shopping for clothes usually ends with an empty bank account. There are a few causes for this, but the primary reason is the prices of specialty clothing stores that are often found in malls and outlets. Since these stores are not selling clothes as much as they used to as a result of the economy, they have had to increase their prices to make up for the absence of business. In order to expand the closet and not demolish the wallet contents, there are a few buying methods that will help.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

The simplest way to get clothes is to forget the high priced stores altogether. Other large chain retailers have an advantage over these stores sometimes, given that they sell more than just clothing, and are not as dependent on the prices of their clothes. The best part is these stores carry brands which can be found in other stores, and sell them for much less. Sometimes they have the same stuff, but if they do not, most of them carry brands that produce clothing in very similar styles to what the competition has. During the last couple years there has been a big swing in design for different brands, and the less expensive ones will usually offer designs and style a lot better than the premium versions.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


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Watching the paper or TV for sales is useful to get everything for even less expensive, since these stores get customers with these sales. In order to take advantage of off times, holidays are a time when the best sales appear. In order to get the very best savings in most stores, the end of summer and immediately after Christmas offer the best savings. The stores will try to reduce everything during these times to make way for the following season's assortment of clothing. During these two times it can be important to check out specialty stores as well, since they are in the same predicament and need to liquidate everything.

Creating clothes is another great way to recreate a clothing collection. As a way to build the skill, buying fabric by the yard is affordable and allows for trial and error. There are numerous possibilities when creating clothing, such as using quilting fabric to make something warm, or airy fabrics for the summer. Even though the first creations will be experiments to learn, there is information on the net and in libraries to help get started and grow skills.

Ordering can provide awesome savings on clothing. It is essential to either know a person's size in a brand, or check out a store that sells the same brand to make sure the right size is ordered. Often, a simple return can destroy a good deal because of delivery costs. Buying used clothes on eBay is good too, and new clothing can also be purchased for cheaper prices there.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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