In my travels I like to look up stationary, craft, and gift shops. One thing I’ve always meant to do is document/share here on my blog – but I never get around to it! Today I’m getting started with Sacramento, CA area and the places the girls and I enjoyed on our recent girl’s crafty day out trip.
Before we dig into the creative, I strongly recommend starting the day as we did at Bacon & Butter. It is ridiculously good spot for breakfast or lunch, and is in a good position to begin a Sacramento day as it is quite central. We made a loop up to Roseville and back down, in this order.
First up: Container Store (Arden Fair) Other local stops could include chain craft stores (that is a huge mall area!) This was our first visit and our brains leaked out of our ears with color love and happiness.
The only shop open at 9am, we passed stops 2 and 3 (though all are very close) to get to it. Containers and colors and so much pretty! We restrained ourselves admirably but it was a great kick off after we had filled our bellies with a delicious brunch. Note: there is a Papyrus Shop inside the mall across the street – we didn’t want to wait an hour for it to open but it’s there and a lot of fun! That is a chain just like Container Store, so you may have one locally!
Blick Art supplies (905 Howe Ave, Sacramento)
For fine art supplies, I’d recommend bringing a shopping list. I got overwhelmed by choices and colors and didn’t buy any! What I ended up doing was purchasing wood “canvas” blocks (see a previous post I did where I did matte gel transfer on one), sticky notes, and some fun pens. This is a chain – so you may have one locally! It’s a small location, but definite fun stop and close to my next place which was…
Paper Garden Boutique (558 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento)
This cute little shop is one I’ve not visited in many years. You’ll want to come here if you’re looking for stamps and funky treasures.
I really like the way they have all their displays done, and loved the funky notebooks and totes in addition to stamps and card makin stuff. From here we headed up 80 East to…
Stamp Art Shoppe (1000 Sunrise Roseville, CA)
The Stamp Art Shop feels like a traditional scrapbook store like the ones that used to be so plentiful – oh how I miss them!!! They had a lot of stamps of course, papers and latest goodies, as well as really interesting class offerings. In fact, so interesting that I signed up for a mixed media book decorating class! The class was great and I was really delighted by the friendly staff.
Heading further east, I had to visit
Paper Source (Roseville, CA)
I have been madly in love with Paper Source for as long as I can remember. They inspire me so much – they have awesome funky finds, beautifully themed displays, and I can always find a variety of treasures from journals to dishes to hold my buttons. We don’t have a local one so if I’m within 5-10 miles of one you can bet I head there! This is a chain, so look up in your area if you’ve got one! On this trip we found a father’s day gift, and each got a treasure for ourselves as well. They have a number of stamps and craft supplies – it’s not just stationary!
The shopping center where this is located had everything from Whole Foods to a candy shop – loads of fun! We had a great time on our tour and called it a day at this point to make it back home before traffic got bad, but if you wanted to take things further I’d recommend:
It’s All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, CA
Stamper’s Corner in Elk Grove, CA
To find all of these places and map out my best routes I used google maps. LOVE finding placed I’d forgotten or didn’t know about using that tool. I am famous for entering key words (stamp, scrapbook, craft, art supply, cupcakes, etc) any time I am traveling somewhere and want to get a sense of what things are around.
Where will we head next? Who knows! But I’ll be sure to photograph, document, and share with you here…