Cheap Art Supplies In Portland

I’ve been collecting odds and ends of debris throughout the year to use for art projects that I’m just now starting on. I have no qualms about dumpster-diving or picking “free” stuff up off the sidewalk if it looks like something I can use. I’ve got a room full of things I know I will be able to use, including the plastic Christmas wreath with super tacky sparkly gold fruit and horns that I found in the bushes at the old Wild Oats on Division.

I have discovered the Portland Habitat ReStore over on SE Water Avenue in the building that used to house Norwestern Brewery. They have a constantly changing inventory of paint, nails, stain, tiles, cement, lighting and anything else you can think of. The gallons of paint are only $5.00, and cans of spraypaint are $.50. I really like the ReBuilding Center but ReStore’s pricing is cheaper, and they carry more art supply type things. Plus part of their proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity so that’s kind of cool even if I’m not neccesarily dropping a bucketload of cash.

Besides SCRAP (School and Community Reuse Action Project) are there other good places in town to find cheap materials and supplies for sculpting and painting? I absolutely hate paying through the nose at Art Media, and the people at Columbia Art & Drafting Supply have been kind of jerks when I’ve been there in the past. If I’m going to dump a good chunk of change on an airbrush I want to be able to look at the selection and don’t need some sulky counter person sighing because I don’t want to buy the most expensive one that they insist is the best. My friend G did suprise me with the one I wanted for Christmas. He was there at the counter with me trying to keep his mouth shut while emo-girl sulked and showed us the airbrushes.

I know Portland is a big crafters town so if any of you have some good leads point me in the right direction. The ReStore is at 66 SE Morrison St. and Water Ave and is open from 9:00 – 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday. SCRAP is located at 3910A N. Williams and are open from 11:00am – 6:00pm Wednesday through Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday. Both stores are a lot of fun to go dig through and ReStore is pretty flexible with their pricing.

6 Comments so far

  1. Amelia (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 10:20 am

    The Church of Craft and The 100th Monkey Studio will be hosting a Craft Supply Swap on Sunday, October 7th, 12-4 pm.

  2. Kai (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 12:57 pm


    Could you tell me where they’re holding the sale? Also your website is great, I wish I’d known about it earlier. I’m always looking for cheap or inexpensive things to do around town. You’re one of my favorites now.

  3. Betsy (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    I’d also suggest City Liquidators, on SE 3rd. You never know what you might find there…

  4. Amelia (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    I believe the craft swap will be at The 100th Monkey Studio, although I don’t see it on their calendar.

    I’ll keep you posted as I find out more!

  5. Kai (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    Thanks, it sounds like fun and I’ve been needing an excuse to check out 100th Monkey Studio.

  6. Amelia (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Thanks to you too, Kai. I had never heard of Portland Habitat ReStore before. Now I must check it out! :)

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