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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 10-19-2013 02:16 AM 1507 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kind of long intro here, let me lay the background, set the setting, paint the picture and so on. Or if you’re impatient you can skip on down to the questions – they’re in the last paragraph. A Hobby Lobby just opened in a city near me. They went in to the space Walmart was at before Walmart moved and super-sized. So now Hobby Lobby is there, in this semi-hidden space well off the road, sharing this giant strip-mall with a bunch of empty store spaces and what I think is the clothing store’s equivalency of Family Dollar. One of the deals we made with the devil (Walmart) when they super-sized was that they’d pay for redoing the intersection there. Of course it worked in their favor – they gamed it so that there is no left turn into the Hobby Lobby parking lot, you have to drive past and make a left at another big intersection and then go down and cut through someone else’s parking lot. Yep, all roads lead to Walamart. If you’re coming from the south it’s OK, but then you’re stuck trying to get out because there is no left-turn out of the parking lot, and a right-turn puts you on the bypass and headed out towards my place and the middle of nowhere. And to add insult to injury, the city recently decided that red-light cameras would be a great source of income so they have plastered every intersection in that area with cameras to catch anyone trying to press their luck on a yellow light.

So, it’s not surprising that
1 – not a lot of people are going to the Hobby Lobby. I’ve driven by a few times now on the way to the supermarket, and I’ve never seen more than 5-6 cars in a walmart-sized parking lot. I don’t know how many of those 5 cars are at Hobby Lobby, and how many are clothes shopping.

2 – I’ve never been in the store.

They did start to advertise in the local paper, but I can’t figure out what they are selling. Are they like a Michaels craft store – just a bunch of ribbons, wreaths, scrapbooking and rubber-stamping stuff? Or are they a hobby-store with hobbies like trains and slot-cars and remote-control stuff? Do they have anything woodworking related?
The weekly ads are rather vague “10% off all paper products this week only” but seem to always include a coupon for a big percentage off one item (like Harbor Freight’s 20% off coupon.) I probably won’t waste a gallon of gas making a trip just to see what they have, and their location means I’d have to stop on the way back from the supermarket instead of on the way – and I’m certainly not going to go sight-seeing while my cold-food thaws and then cooks in the Arizona sun. But if you tell me you’ve been and they have this magical aisle with carving tools, or exotic wood, or leatherworking tools or ??? I might try and find a way to run the Walmart-Camera gauntlet to check it out.

So if you’ve been, please fill me in.
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#1 posted 10-19-2013 02:20 AM

Like a Michaels.

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 02:26 AM

Or are they a hobby-store with hobbies like trains and slot-cars and remote-control stuff.

Ours is like ^, with rockets, RC cars, remote control airplanes. Kits that you can build your own. Balsa wood for box derby cars. They also sell small dowels and squares of wood that can be for woodwork, also brass square stock and tubes that can be incorporated in woodwork at some point.
I’ve never seen the magical aisle though.

EDIT: Oops, Take it all back, I’m thinking of Hobbytown USA

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 02:34 AM

There is one in town, like you I have never been.

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 02:36 AM

As aaawoodguy said, like a Michaels only a llittle lower scale. More crafty and less decorator oriented. Kind of the Walmart of craft stores.

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 02:41 AM

Hobby Lobby in my community is a lot better than our Micheal’s. I have found a number of items for small project that I have never seen in Micheal’s.
A much greater selection, too!

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 02:53 AM

rustfever – That explains it better than the way I did. To add on that, Michaels has a smaller selection, but what they do are more upscale. Hobby lobby has a much larger selection, but lower prices.

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 03:56 AM

It’s nothing special worth stopping for

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 04:10 AM

I have purchased clock mechanisms there: good selection, good prices, and the clocks I made are still keeping time accurately.

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 11:32 PM

We have one here and I went in to check it out many years ago….back then they were big on models and related things. There was more but I was just there for something specific. Again that was many years ago and the demographic may have changed. Oddly enough it to is located in a strip mall with a Wal Mart nearby.

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 02:08 AM

Before our wedding my wife kept buying wedding prep supplies and whatnot at hobby lobby. eventually I bought a doll house kit there as a sort of different type of project to do for awhile. After the wedding, harbor freight opened up next door, which would have been a much better wandering around time killing option.

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#12 posted 11-04-2013 10:50 PM

Nothing at all wrong with Hobby Lobby. Been there a few times, but NOT for woodworking supplies.

Michaels is a different kind of store and their Prices are NUTS!

What does Wal Mart have to do with Hobby lobby seeing as how its mentioned numerous times above???

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#13 posted 11-04-2013 11:06 PM

We are about to get one in the bay area. My wife loves the place as she used to go to the one in Des Moines Iowa. I believe they are a lot like Michael’s!

I go to Michael’s once in a great while as they have thin aircraft plywood that I use for some projects. They also used to carry the non glare Plexiglas but stopped when Tap Plastics opened.

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#14 posted 11-04-2013 11:18 PM

The one I shop at is larger then Michael’s, For the type of woodworking I do it’s an asset, I just got through today buying some 1/4” pegs Necklace hangers for a box I am building, they also carry peel & stick felt great for jewelry boxes, I’ve replaced flocking with this.

Jo-Ann’s fabric also carries the peel & stick felt, their selection of colors is better.

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