I have this wonderful tendency to pick up hobbies that are not quite mainstream here in Germany. I used to play football, I’m still into archery … I guess I can blame my one year stay in the US for those interests.
Figures that scrapbooking would be something to pique my interest. What I didn’t realize is that getting supplies for this hobby is next to impossible here. Well, not quite. But I learned that the hard way.
I’m an avid online shopper, but when I start with something completely new like scrapbooking, I like to go to a shop and take all those materials into my hands — to feel the differences in papers, so compare different inks and glitters, to see which scissors fit my hands best.
As it turns out, while everyday items like scissors, cut knives, or standard papers are carried by almost every store, there’s nothing when it comes to brands like Ranger, Elizabeth Craft, Sizzix … you know, the usual suspects.
I went to all the crafting shops in downtown Stuttgart (took me about 3 hours to go through them with a fine toothed comb) and in the end I was frustrated beyond belief. They carry nothing. Nada. Nitschewjo. In addition, I was asked to leave all of the sudden in one store. I thought there must a fire or a robbery — no. Turns out it was 7pm and the store was closing. When are people supposed to shop after work?
Which meant I was back to my search for German or at least European online stores. Having watched only English videos to help me get started, I didn’t even know how those tools and supplies where called in German.
Eventually, with lots of googling and going through the Amazon marketplace, I found some that would satisfy my needs (unfortunately, not one of them is close by). These are the ones I have ordered from so far and liked the experience.
Sandra’s Bastelladen had the best deal on the Sizzix BigShot starter kit and they have a wide selection of dies.
Maria’s Felicity has wonderful Martha Stewart punches and throws in a little extra as a thank you every time you shop.
Stempelfee was quick to answer my email (within one hour) but I haven’t gotten the notification for shipment yet (two days after ordering). Update Seems the reason for that was my request to hold my order for as long as was needed to make sure for it to arrive after the weekend because I was away. So, YAY for them to read through my request and making sure I was there to receive the package. Great!
Stempelmeer was incredibly pleasant and helpful via phone when I couldn’t find something on their site. They sent my huge order really quick and even threw in something extra without charging me after I had forgotten to include it in my order. Really sweet!
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