Buy art supplies locally at Art Salvage and Spokane Art Supply – Bulletin | Candle Made Easy

A trip to the nearest craft store is always on my to-do list—sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of sheer shopping spree. We creatives all love a visit to the classic, trusted Michael’s or JOANN Fabric and Crafts, but it’s important to remember that shopping for small and local art supplies is an achievable break from the routine, especially here in Spokane.

Of course, depending on the specificity of the materials you need, sometimes a visit to a chain store is imminent. Nonetheless, here are two different small businesses in Spokane to check out the next time you’re excited for a new shipment of art supplies.

art rescue

1925 N Ash St

Are you a fan of sustainable shopping or a fan of a good craft session? Look no further than Art Salvage. Located on North Ash Street, Art Salvage is a creative repurposing store in Spokane that encourages creativity for makers of all ages.

“Art Salvage is a nonprofit creative reuse organization,” said Katie Patterson Larson, CEO and founder of Art Salvage. “Our mission is to take usable art and keep it out of the landfill, and then make it accessible and affordable for everyone.”

From sewing and knitting supplies to paint, crayons, pens and other drawing and painting supplies, Art Salvage offers a wide selection of gently used arts and craft supplies. Though a small portion of Art Salvage’s inventory is made up of local donations, the creative repurpose shop also offers limited vintage items.

“We have things from every generation,” Patterson Larson said. “We have vintage sewing notions through the decades and the same with collage material. We also have National Geographic from the 1930s and 1940s.”

If you’re looking for affordable posters to decorate your room or living space, Art Salvage offers a fun and diverse selection of reusable posters and postcards.

Going through Art Salvage with a grocery list in hand guarantees quick and effortless thrift. Each crafting category is organized into baskets and by color to separate different tools and materials.

It’s important to remember that creative reuse stores like Art Salvage may not be the best place to look for more specific items that you may need. What sets Art Salvage apart from chain stores is the unpredictability and uniqueness of the items you can find on a visit, Patterson Larson said.

Art Salvage also offers themed craft kits and grab bags, which are the perfect pre-arranged activity to give gifts to friends and family. These craft kits and grab bags are Art Salvage’s kind of thing, repurposing junk items that are often difficult to sell individually.

“[The kits] Really inspire people when they come in because they can see [the supplies] as a group or as a kit, and they see the purpose for it,” said Patterson Larson.

Due to the pandemic, Art Salvage temporarily paused its reuse art community classes. Patterson Larson said Art Salvage plans to reintroduce a class schedule by the end of 2022.

If you are interested in donating old arts and crafts supplies, you can make an appointment on the Art Salvage website. It is recommended that you read Art Salvage’s donation guidelines before attending your fundraiser appointment.

Art Salvage also offers an online shopping platform, various shopping memberships, and gift cards on its website. To browse online items visit or follow the @artsalvage Instagram page for shop updates.

Art Salvage is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Spokane Art Supply

1303 N Monroe St

Spokane Art Supply is the perfect store for artists and crafters looking for more specific materials but also prioritize supporting small Spokane businesses.

Located on North Monroe Street, Spokane Art Supply offers a wide range of quality drawing and painting supplies, as well as items for the younger or less experienced artist, such as paint by number kits.

“You find googly eyes and fun [supplies] … just about anything you can think of to make art,” said Craig Marshall, vice president and general manager of Spokane Art Supply. “Services, brushes, paint sets and magazines – lots of everything.”

According to Marshall, the variety of materials the store offers its customers sets Spokane Art Supply apart from typical chain stores.

Spokane Art Supply offers a variety of materials to its customers.

“Look at you [chain stores] for watercolor, but [Spokane Art Supply] has nine different company versions of watercolors, 18 palettes and a ton of paper,” said Marshall. “We have more choices than most [chain stores].”

Marshall said Spokane Art Supply’s most popular product is its “Teacher’s Choice” palate. Housed in a leak-proof, travel-size container, the “Teacher’s Choice” palate allows customers to personalize their own color palette, hand-pressed from a selection of selected tubes of paint.

In addition to items offered at its location, Spokane Art Supply is slowly expanding its website. Currently, the site focuses on travel watercolor and supply packages.

“[Spokane Art Supply] takes one company’s paints and another company’s brushes and curates them so no one in the world sells that item,” Marshall said.

On its website, Spokane Art Supply promotes its own blog, which started late last year. The blog highlights gift ideas, bundles and new shop items.

Spokane Art Supply also offers a schedule of art classes and workshops led by Spokane Art Supply staff and artists from the Spokane area. Most courses focus on expanding drawing and painting skills and are tailored for participants with more advanced artistic experience, Marshall said. However, some courses, such as the Wet Felt Slippers workshop taking place on April 2nd, offer a more unique learning opportunity.

In addition to the retail items and tuition options, Spokane Art Supply also offers custom framing and printing and scanning services for local artists.

“At the end of the day [Spokane Art Supply] trying to price items correctly and practice customer service and just being a business,” Marshall said. “But it’s pretty cool that we get to be a little creative.”

To shop online, visit Spokane Art Supply’s website at

Spokane Art Supply is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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