I only recommend products I use, and that also extends to stores too.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned a new (to me) store for vinyl supplies for the Scan and Cut. It was recommended to me by Wendy from My Abundant Life, and I had to wait to visit the store.
Well folks I am in love!
Happy Crafts in Pakenham, Victoria is now one of my happy places.
One of my biggest complaints/gripes/problems with the Scan and Cut was the cost of the vinyl, both permanent and HTV, available.
Spotlight is very expensive, even on sale, and that was limiting my use of the machine. And you all know I don't like having something sitting idle - that's wasted money and storage real estate.
So I had a look at the Happy Crafts website. Oh boy! What a treasure trove of crafting supplies. And the prices - I actually kept checking them because I was sure I had them wrong. No, they are well within this Cheapskate crafter's budget.
So I placed an online order, just a little one.
It arrived in just a few days, and it was beautifully packaged. The vinyl pieces I ordered were wrapped in tissue to protect them during shipping, everything was laid out neatly and packaged so it wouldn't shift around. The whole parcel arrived in perfect condition.
I was impressed!
So Hannah and I jumped in the car and went to do some in-person shopping. Now you have to understand that from home to Packenham is quite a journey - about 42 kilometres one way, so an 84 kilometre round trip. If there's no traffic it takes about 30 minutes, in traffic it can take up to 45 minutes. Ho hum - I wanted this trip to be worthwhile.
First, it is so very easy to find. Coming from Melbourne, take the Koo Wee Rup Rd exit off the freeway, turn left and then at the next roundabout turn right. Take a right turn at the second street along, then left at the end and Happy Crafts is just a couple of factories down on the left. There is onsite parking, as well as street parking.
Go through the door and you are in a vinyl crafter's wonderland. There are colours on display for HTV (heat transfer vinyl), removable and permanent vinyl - so many colours in gloss, matte, metallics, shimmer and glitter - even fluro! It is a feast for the eyes.
Happy Craft stocks the full range of Oracal vinyl (my absolute favourite to use) - something you don't get at the big craft stores. I saw colours I didn’t know existed, including two I couldn't resist that are limited editions (French Rose, and South Sea Turquoise - so, so pretty).
As soon as you walk through the door one of the very friendly (and extremely knowledgeable) staff will ask if you need help, or, if they are busy, they will politely excuse themselves to the customer they are serving to let you know they'll be available soon. So nice, you feel welcome and special.
Along with the various vinyl products, there are acrylic and wooden blanks, sashes, apron blanks and neoprene products. Oh the joy to find neoprene stubby holders, juice box holders and ice block holders in so many gorgeous colours, and at such a great price. I couldn't resist and we did buy some, and you'll see them in our store.
They also stock Cricut accessories. I did talk to the lovely owner about the Brother Scan and Cut, and I'll be watching their website for some news on that front, hopefully soon.
This is a family run business, and you can tell that their customers are very important to them.
All in all, this is a 10/10 shop. Prices, range, service are all exactly what this Cheapskate shopper and crafter wants.
Mobile: 0422 578 858 (best way to contact us for urgent enquiries)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (usually replies within 24hours)
Showroom is located at 49b Peet Street Pakenham Victoria 3810
Showroom Walk-in Hours
Mon 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Wed- Fri 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm
Click & Collect Hours
Mon 9:30pm - 4:30pm
Wed- Fri 9:30pm - 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm
If you love your Brother Scan and Cut, and use lots of vinyl, I can highly recommend checking with Happy Craft, the prices, range and service are exceptional.