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I'm looking for inexpensive art supplies: ie paints that
wash away very easily, an easel, etc. Ideas? The web
site lists an easel in hearthsong in Berkeley, but it
seems to be gone. I'd prefer to shop locally than a
web site, because shipping on an easel won't be cheap.
I found a table-top easel at Toy-Go-Round on Solano for $30 (the
stand-up easels are $80), and that is a reasonable price compared to
other places (like Crate and Barrel) that I looked. Toy Go Round said
they were almost out of easels a week ago though, so you might want to
call first to make sure they still have some. Good luck. LUISA
We got a good standing easel, plus rolls of newsprint at
Ikea. You can also get sets of paints, brushes, and paint cups fairly cheap at Costco.
I know that you mentioned that you would prefer a local store for art supplies, but I
just heard about a catalog/website that is wonderful. It is called: Discount School
Supply. The website is: discountschoolsupply.com
They have lots of nontoxic paints as well as toys and furniture.
Best of Luck,
Regarding looking for an easel, Ikea has a great one for
$24.99. One side is chalkboard, the other side is whiteboard,
with a roll of tear off paper that fits over the whiteboard
side. It has a tray for art supplies and is fairly sturdy.
I also saw a great looking one (similar to the Ikea easel
described) at Costco-Richmond for $29.99. It came with
the first roll of tear off paper included. There are a
ton of Crayola products-packages at Costco for between
$10 and $20...a lifetime supply of crayons and markers.
I am not sure if IKEA qualifies as shopping locally, as you
prefer, but it is a good place to shop for a basic easel and
washable paints. If I recall correctly, IKEA sells a wood easel/
chalkboard combo for about $30. They sell inexpensive rolls
of paper, paints and chalk.
Incidently IKEA is also a great place to shop for children's
kitchen ware: tiny plates, cups, kettles, brooms, etc.
The Art Store on 6th and University has a nice easel for
about $35.00. It has a chalk board on the reverse side.
I went to Amsterdam Art after they told me over the
phone that they had children's easels, but when I got
there they didn't. They sent me down the street to their
discount store saying that they had them there. When I
got there the employees there insisted that the main
store had them, so I went back to the main store. In
the end they didn't have them AT ALL, nor did they carry
children's easels! On my way home I spied The Art Shop
on the way to the freeway and got it there.
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