Seasoned DIYers often have most of the tools they need to start a project. Their so-called dens are well equipped with everything from wood glue to power tools. These types of people basically conceptualize and execute their plans right away. As for the rest of us who just want to make do with storing our wines without spending too much, we literally have to do a little more research before going to our nearest hardware store to get the materials we require. Anyway, you don’t have to look further. Here’s a list of places people go to for their DIY needs. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll have an idea as to the type of establishments that hobbyists head over to.
Local Flea Market/Thrift Store/Surplus Store
Most towns have one. Although not as specialized as hardware stores, you may find what you’re looking for at a low price. The price is negotiable as well. The vendors there range from individuals just wanting to clear stuff from their garage to mom and pop shops. You might even find a well built homemade wine rack there.
Here are some of the well known flea markets in the United States. Try to visit them if you live near the area:
- The Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene, NY
- Green Flea Market, Manhattan, NY
- Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA
- Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market, Long Beach, CA
- Alameda Point Antiques Faire, CA
- Daytona Flea & Farmers Market, Daytona Beach, FL
- Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, Springfield, OH
- Canton First Monday Trade Days, Dallas, TX
- Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta, GA
- Raleigh Flea Market, NC
- Chicago Antique Market
- Freemont Sunday Street Market, Seattle, WA
American Science & Surplus
Sciplus has a lot of stuff for DIYers and hobbyists alike. If there’s something in your project that’s not easy to find, there’s a good chance that you’ll find it there. American Science & Surplus has three retail locations – 2 in Chicago and 1 in Wisconsin. Simply browsing through their website may also inspire you to include an unusual item in your wine rack design. The site doesn’t list all the items in the store’s catalog, so be sure to stop by if you’re near the area.
Staples, Office Depot, Office Max
If you don’t plan on putting anything spectacular on your project, then your nearest office supplies retailer may have everything you need.
IKEA may already have a wine rack waiting for you, but being a DIYer means that it can also become something that you can build on. If you’re new to DIY and have little understanding on proper use of tools, then IKEA is a good place to start. In this case, having something to build on rather than starting from scratch makes more sense. On another note, watch out for some of their pricey items. You might find a similar one in your local hardware store that’s priced way less than IKEA’s.
Hobby shops such as The Hobby Company of San Francisco caters to different kinds of crafts and hobbies from needlework to R/C’s. DIYers won’t have a hard time finding supplies with the store’s friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating staff. There’s also HobbyTown. Head over to Yelp to find more hobby outlets near your area.
Amazon and eBay
Both of these are the go-to sites for anything and everything. One good thing about them is that you can easily compare products with different brands and see which one is the best bang for your buck. The downside is that you don’t get to test the item before you proceed with the purchase. However, they make up for it through customer reviews. There’s also this issue with shipping. Shipping costs can skyrocket if the item you’re buying is huge and heavy. Nevertheless, go online shopping for your DIY needs if time doesn’t allow you to go to a physical store.
And then there’s Etsy. It’s an online marketplace to buy and sell all things handmade. You don’t go looking for tools or materials there. The marketplace is filled with folks selling made to order stuff. If you’re not buying, chances are you’ll find inspiration there for your DIY wine rack.