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    Where do you guys buy art supplies?

    Lets face it, art supplies are expensive since they are a specialty item. I was wondering if you guys all shop in your local area for art supplies, or are there perhaps any hidden treasure online retailers with cheap prices and good service?

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    All the art stores by me are lame-o. I usually buy them online from various places. Instead of googling for art stores, I look for specific items and order from whomever.

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    Your best best is dick blick. www.dickblick.com

    Pretty cheap prices and a big selection...

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    http://www.italianartstore.com
    pretty cheap for good brushes and paint.

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    I buy mine at Staples. They can actually have nice stuff at times.

    For more out of the ordinary supplies, I go to "Artworks - Galleries and Supplies." I'm not sure if thats a chain though.

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    A good place to get really great brushes for a low price is http://www.trekell.com

    If you take care of these brushes they last a long time and hold up under a lot painting.

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    http://www.aswexpress.com/
    GREATprices on winsor&newton oil paint. prolly other stuff too, but that's all ive bought from there so far.

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    Unhappy Closest art supply store is 1.5 hrs away.

    So I go were I can get the best deals.

    Dick Blick
    Mister Art
    Utrecht
    Jerry's
    Cheap Joe's
    Ceramic Supply

    and oddly enough; Van Dykes Taxidermy

    I just shop around for the best deal.

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    I found an art supply store three blocks from my apartment that gives 25% off to students. They don't have much, so I'm trying to find a place that gives student discounts online. I doubt there are any, since I've done some searching. Anyone know?

    -Bad Mange

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    What do you think of Pearl downtown Chicago, Mange? I don't know where yer at, but Pearl and Utrecht (on michigan ave. by School of the Art Institute) aren't bad.

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    Pearl has a lot of stuff, and it's only one L stop away from the Mart. I've never bought anything from there, but I've heard they have good prices on stuff. I usually buy supplies from the Art Store near North Ave and Sheffield. I just found out about a place called Genesis, on Western off of Fullerton. They give students a 25% discount on everything. It's a small place though, and they carry only basic stuff.

    I'll have to check out Utrecht, never even heard of it. Is there still a Dick Blick downtown? My dad used to buy all his architect supplies there and I'd go with him and look at all the art stuff there and drool. But that was a long time ago...

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    Utrecht's store brand of paints are a really good bang for the buck, and their canvas selection is really good (they started out as a canvas importer). I don't know if they give a student discount, but their prices on non-store brands are still way below list.

    Pearl's student discount (at least at the NYC store) is 10%, but their stuff is already discounted so much that that's probably more than equivalent to 25% off at a smaller store.

    BTW, most of the big on line art supply places (Jerry's, ASW, Blick) have a form that you can fill out to get a printed catalog. This makes it much easier to compare prices, or just brouse.

    To Andrews list I would add
    Daniel Smith http://www.danielsmith.com

    Trekell brushes rule! (At least the sables, I haven't tried their bristles.)

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    pearl: la cienega... its close to work

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