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Merissa writes in:

I’ve been looking everywhere for freezer paper, and I can’t seem to find it. I’ve looked in local grocery stores, Walmart, Target, JoAnn Fabrics, and Michael’s and none of them have it. Where else should I try to find it?

Freezer paper is great for making stenciled designs on t-shirts, but where you find it? Online. Whenever anybody asks me where to get something, I always look online first to see where the item gets categorized by retail establishment. Freezer paper isn’t mainly used for crafts, so looking I’m not surprised it wasn’t at Michael’s or JoAnn’s. I usually shop on Google Product Search or Amazon just to see where I can get something, then go from there. When I searched for freezer paper, the top results came from Ace Hardware. See, many brick and mortar stores list their items online, so even if you don’t want to order online you can still get an idea of where to look before leaving the house. So check your local Ace, but you may want to call ahead. From there, I thought, “Oh, if they have it at Ace, maybe Home Depot or Lowe’s carries it.” No dice. Going into a big store like that without being sure they even carry the item you’re looking for can be frustrating, especially if you ask an employee and he/she looks at you like you have six heads.

Where do you buy your freezer paper and other hard-to-find crafting supplies? Post up your feedback in the comments.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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