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Thread: Frugal or Extravagant?

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    Frugal or Extravagant?

    There are some things I'm willing to spend the money to have the 'best' that I know about -

    Gingher scissors, for example.

    There are some things that I'm more interested in getting 'adequate' for less money -

    Those rotary cutter blades from ?? for $1.98 for two. (Got some a while ago - but don't remember name now)

    How about you?

    ETA: But it seems like something newer and better is always becoming available. WAAAAAH!
    Last edited by bearisgray; 07-29-2012 at 05:52 AM.

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    Harbor Freight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Harbor Freight?
    Yes - the only thing I was able to come up with was Northern Hydraulics.

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    i am frugal. i like cheap but good stuff. if that makes sents( spelling).

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    i do not have a harbor freight near by. i do not have a fabric shop either. only walmart. i do not have a long arm to do quilting of my quilts. we have nothing in this area. wish i knew how to advertize that we need these things hear.

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    There are certain fabric designers that I can say when I see their fabric .. I never look at the price on the bolt, as I just have to have it. Peggy Toole has some of the most irresistable fabrics I have ever seen.
    As for tools and supplies...
    1. spray basting ... having used some off brands that either left me cleaning my needle ever 2 minutes, or didn't adhere, or smelled bad..
    2. Invisable thread .. just not worth the frusration to go "off brand".
    3. Specialty presser feet... I stick with the manufactures .
    And yes .. I am a scissor snob!

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    I like what WORKS, but I think often the name brand version is just a little better. For me, rotary blades is one of the things I'm very picky about! I tried Harbor Freight blades and they were no good for me. I use Olfa and love them; Amazon sells 5 packs of the 45mm blades for around $15-16. But I did try the other blades and would try others because you just never know until you try something yourself.

    Rulers are something I am not brand-picky about. If I see something useful and sturdy I'm likely to buy it - I probably have at least one ruler from every manufacturer by now! I love rulers...

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    I've spent way more than what Ginghers cost for scissors. In my scissor collection Ginghers are actually midrange in price. I pay for Gingher rotary blades. I get them when Jo-Ann's has them half price.

    I would say I shop smart. There's no point in just buying the cheapest thing there is when you can have the best there is for the same price or a little more if you're willing to buy things on sale. I have bought LQS fabric for $1 to $3 a yard. Almost every LQS I've been in has a sale rack.

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    I am of the school that you try different things and yes sometimes those choices are driven by budget. If I buy something and it turns out not to as I expected or just didn't work, then I won't buy it again. There have been a few times that I opted for the cheaper item(s) and wound up spending more $ trying to be cheap than if I would have if I had bought the tried and true more pricier item. I decided a long time ago that there are certain items that I buy, not just for sewing, that I will not compromise on. I refuse to purchase any ranch dressing other than Hidden Valley because I know the store brands have never lived up to the taste of it! If I don't like it, I'm not going to use it and then no matter how much less it cost, it is still going to go to waste.
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    Since I've started reading the posts on this board, I've learned about many products that I didn't even know existed.

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    I'm frugal, but i will spend a bit more to qet a good tool, Gingher scissors for example. things that tend to be disposable like blades i will look for bargains.

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    hmmm... I bought Kai scissors and love them. They were recommended by a former Gingher user. How do you know that another brand is not just as good if you don't try it?

    I bought a bunch of HF blades, and so far haven't found a bad one. I know that others have had problems with them, but I was lucky.

    I always comparison shop, using the internet. I do pay more for a better product, but like to feel that I'm still getting the best buy. I think the key is that I'm almost always willing to wait until what I want is on sale.

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    There are very few things that I buy for full price. Maybe a piece of fabric that I am desperate for to finish a quilt, but then I buy the smallest piece I get get away with. Almost all my supplies come from Hancocks, Hobby Lobby, occasionally JoAnn's and Staples. They all have good sales and coupons for those non sale days.

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    I always consider the value for the money and use over price. My time and frustration level is factored into the value part. I've never been cheap even when money was tight because buying value saves money. The five pack of name brand blades on sale is a good value. I know they are good and will do the job I want them to do. I just bought a pair of Gingher 8" dressmaker knife edge scissors for $15.54. and free shipping at Amazon. My quilt secret pal Christmas limit is $20. This is a great value buy for me because no stress when it's time to decide what to do about the Christmas gift.
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    I don't consider buying quality products to be extravagant. I bought a 45 mm rotary cutter (Olfa) in 1994. Still using it. The cheapo rotary cutter that I was given as a door prize broke in 2 years (and it was only used at Quilter's Night Out!). On the other hand, some of you go through a LOT of blades, so it makes sense that you might make do with adequate. Pay attention though on how often you change blades vs. the brand name.

    I go round and round with my Mom on this stuff, but the fact is, if I can't get good quality, I don't buy it at all. Saves me money to buy other nonsense (like my fairly new Itouch that is sucking up all my quilting time).

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    Makes more sense to spend X one time than 1/4X six times!

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    There are better quality brand of scissors then Gingher, such as Dovo for one. Gingher is fine for what I need them to do but Heritage spring scissors are the only ones I'll use to snip a rag quilt even if Gingher is cheaper to buy.
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    I'm probably both. My pinking shears are Gingher. My (multiple) sewing shears are Fiskars. My rotary blades seem to last a good, long time; I buy Olfa. I check the sales bins, first . . . then buy whatever other fabric I want. I buy fabric from wherever, if it's nice fabric. I don't believe in wasting money, regardless of the item. I don't believe in buying things, "for bragging rights."

    That said, I do believe in paying more, in order to not have to replace an item, a few years down the road. My cordless drill has (so far) outlasted two of DH's drills. I allow him to use mine, as well. DH - "If mine breaks, I'll get a new one. I can buy three, for the price of yours." Me - "When you're on your fourth drill, we'll still be using my first one." Needless to say, I also take much better care, of mine!
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    My DH always say's you get what you pay for. I will buy cheap if it is something good that is on sale, or cheaper fabric if I love it. But my tools are top brand tools because I have had bad luck with the cheaper ones. If I am going to pay high prices for fabric I want to cut it with good sharp tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Since I've started reading the posts on this board, I've learned about many products that I didn't even know existed.
    ...........and I can't get my hands on!!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrr!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCatOwned View Post
    I don't consider buying quality products to be extravagant. I bought a 45 mm rotary cutter (Olfa) in 1994. Still using it. The cheapo rotary cutter that I was given as a door prize broke in 2 years (and it was only used at Quilter's Night Out!). On the other hand, some of you go through a LOT of blades, so it makes sense that you might make do with adequate. Pay attention though on how often you change blades vs. the brand name.

    I go round and round with my Mom on this stuff, but the fact is, if I can't get good quality, I don't buy it at all. Saves me money to buy other nonsense (like my fairly new Itouch that is sucking up all my quilting time).
    LOVE this reply....it is the truth...why spend money on a lesser quality TOOL when the tools are make the craft? That would be like a home builder using a staple gun, duct tape, and elmers glue to build a house...TOOLS need to be the best;..and to me things like Gingher's are an heirloom item to be handed down...I just hope my boys like my collection..hehehhe

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    I give Gingher scissors as wedding gifts. The bride my look at it strange but when she needs scissors for any job and they perform great time after time she'll realize what a great gift it really was. I use Ginger scissors as household scissors and my sewing scissors are left alone. I've never paid more the $20 for Gingher scissors since internet shopping!
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    I am frugal to the max when it comes to fabric. This does not mean walmart or double knits but does mean garage sales, estate sales, guild sales, and auctions. I also let my friends know to pass me the fabric and scraps they don't want rather than tossing them. I have even gone thru the trash at retreats to collect great fabric and selvages that were thrown out.

    We are lucky here to have a large city with a lot of quilters who all love fabric. About four times a year or so, there is a fabulous sale of some kind that results in lots of interesting fabric. Since i am not all about matching fabrics and like to try mixing up and scrap quilts, this is great.

    Right now I am waiting on a phone call from a gal that had a garage sale in the spring and called me to tell me she was having another. The great part is that she is a fabric representative for two companies and handles four states. She gets all kinds of fabric in precuts, packages of fat quarters, yardage, etc. and cannot use it all. She remembered me and wanted me to know. Hey, high end fabric at $3 per yard beats any shop around (except the wholesalers) and she has current stock. I got 60+ bright coordinated fat quarters for $36.

    I told her about our charity quilt making for a residential children's home and she is going to give me her excess boy fabric for these quilts. She is great.

    Someone here sent me a big box of scraps of kid prints for the cost of postage and I got enough for 3 or 4 (maybe more) twin sized quilts of wonderful colorful fabric once I cut it up.

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    I always buy the best of everything. I tried Walmart fabric, but ended up giving it to a second hand store because it felt so stiff and horrible. I don't buy anything at all from Walmart. Nothing for the household. I buy from LQS for my sewing and good online stores also. I tried Harbor Frieght blades and they skipped something fierce, so I learned my lesson there. I'm not a snob at all. I just don't want to waste my money on crappy stuff when I can pay a little more and get really nice quality things that will last. Also, the fabric from Walmart...I would have been embarrassed to make a quilt out of that and give it to someone. My Walmart sells the worst fabric. I know there are other Walmart's that sell better fabric, so don't think I'm bashing all Walmarts, just mine.
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    Frugality rules, so long as I don't sacrifice quality ... the quality I need vs. overbuying a higher end quality, that is perhaps beyond my forseeable needs.

    Top of the line purchases are important to me, only if they offer what I need, and there is not an alternate suitable choice.

    Buying the "best" of something doesn't necessarily give me a better end product or end use, than a lesser brand name. And yes, sometimes buying "the name" is important as it is truly The Best! I try to balance how important is the best, vs. what is good enough.

    I guess you can call me a blend of ... "Buyer Beware" and "Shop Wisely"!!
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