2355 S. Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63144
Artmart has been the go-to place since 1952 for anything and everything an artist might want or need to express their creative talents. Recognizable by the splash of paint on its building, more than 25,000 square feet house art supplies of every kind. It’s not a stretch to say that Artmart is the cornerstone of art supply in St. Louis. From paper supplies to frames, paints, clay, easels, drawing, calligraphy and so much more are there for your choosing and why not sign up for a class or two while you browse the isles? There are kids’ art camps, demonstrations, family and adult painting classes and more. Check out the website for sales and discounts. Artmart is set up to be your one-stop shopping place for everything art.
The Upcycle Exchange
3206 S. Grand Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63118
Pay as you wish at The Upcycle Exchange. This is a unique art supply store like none you will ever find. One man’s trash is another artist’s creative vision and treasure. Come to Upcycle to find yarn, sewing notions, frames, paint, brushes, beads, glitter and just about anything else you might need to create a masterpiece. If you have discardables and don’t have a vision or desire to turn them into art, drop them at Upcylce. Pick up a basket, fill it with treasures and work with the Upcycle team to negotiate a fair price. This is a great community-based business that engages its members on both ends of the transactions. Make sure you drop by and give the shop a chance to help you in your creative wish list shopping.
20 Allen Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Yucandu is all about inspiring the can-do spirit in kids and adults. Bring the family to shop the supply of ribbons, beads, buttons, glass tiles and many other pieces of inspiration and let your imaginations run wild. Sign up for a workshop, camp or schedule a party for your favorite friends and enjoy the camaraderie of creativity. Enjoy some open studio time, for $4 an hour or $12 a day, and let the staff at Yucandu help you create a project for a gift or to display at home. Who knows, perhaps your art will inspire others to express their hidden talents, as well.
Schaefer’s Hobby Shop
11659 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
Regardless of what drives your artistic passion, Schaefer’s Hobby Shop wants to be the place where you go to express your artistic side. This shop doesn’t care if painting or jewelry making is what drives you. It just wants to be the resource you need to fuel your artistic expression. Shop the jewelry making, painting, yarn supplies or model car sets. For over 60 years, Schaefer’s Hobby Shop has prided itself on being one of St. Louis’ largest suppliers of hobby and craft materials for the community. While you are shopping for yourself, encourage loved ones and friends to also express their creative side by presenting them with a Schaefer’s Hobby Shop gift certificate.
Bradburn’s Parent Teacher Stores
2166 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Perhaps you’re not looking to create the next Sistine Chapel but you might like to create that spark in the heart of the young Michelangelo in your life. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you might want to take advantage of resources and materials at Bradburn’s. This shop knows that inspiring youth takes the contribution of a community interested in spreading the joy of creativity. Not only does it offer crafts and supplies for the budding artists in your life, it also has a variety of teaching supplies like puzzles, flannel boards and games in order to encourage creativity through play. Stop in at one of Bradburn’s two locations and pick up some markers, tissue paper, yarn, crayons and more, and enjoy watching the imagination shine in the youngest of artists.
Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.