August 10, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

Has the economic downturn impacted your hobby?

Even though I don't stash... much ;), I find that I'm thinking twice about spending on my stitching hobbies. It's harder to buy stash and think of "stitching it in a month or two" when the more immediate concern it putting money aside "just in case." What's hardest is that everything keeps going up, but salaries keep going down... which leaves us all in a very difficult predicament.

27 comments :

Pauline said...

The downturn has not much impact to my hobby.
I am lucky that i have my Haeds...they keep me busy for a lot off years i think...and in my hobbycloset there is many more waiting to be done one time..so no, i am not hopeless!

demeter83 said...

Have to admit, not much really. I've got quite a lot of stash, so it's only cottons that I *need* to buy, but that doesn't stop me buying other things

Andrea said...

If Mike had a few more hours I'd probably stashing even more as the dollar is very good for us at the moment (cheaper for me to buy lol) so after sorting out my cross stitch yesterday its a good thing I'm not stashing more..... think I need to use a LOT of what I have :D

Lissanne said...

I don't worry about the future. I buy what I know I will stitch or at least want to, as long as I have the money for it. I am stashing things I really want before the price of them goes up, lol.

Rachel said...

Honestly, yes. I don't buy anywhere near as much or as often as I used to. Not that I need much anyway, but I do find myself walking away more often than not lately...:/

Claudette497 said...

With my stitch supplies I lucked out - I only need floss at this point, and I'm actually getting more than I would normally because I have the cash in my hands now and who knows if I will later, plus the prices keep going up. With accessories and finishing materials, I've pretty much stopped buying those completely - I also keep that cash in my pocket, "just in case". If I have a plan to finish something. I'll get what I specifically need, but the days of getting a wood box because I'll sew something to go in it one day are over. At least, over until the next era of raises and appreciating real estate, lol.

Jenny said...

Nope! I know that I probably should, but it is so hard to quit... (I am a stashaholoc, I know). Goodness knows that I have enough to keep me busy for a few hundred years at this point, so it's not like I need to prep and squirrel away as much as possible before the market goes down. LOL


I have actually noticed the almost opposite effect - bad days in the office are much more expensive. Nothing calms me downs and makes me happier than browsing Etsy, all the blogs, Ebay, the OLNS - somehow browsing makes me spend money, go figure!

Tama said...

I've done my best to cut back to floss only, for the HAEDs I've bought. I already have most of the fabric - there's some major organizing in my future to see what other fabric I need. Then my buying will be drying up for awhile... *sigh*

Freddysmama (Kirstin) said...

I figure with all the stash I've got, if our financial situation meant I could never buy anything stitchy, other than floss, I'd be fine... maybe I should start stashing DMC for all the charts I have... LOL.

Mireille said...

For us the dollar is also low, so buying is now the moment for us.
For the moment is stash a lot (embroidery and patchwork).
And yes when it is calm on the work i also surch much more on the internet and buy more.
I also go much to fairs, so there i also spend much money.
I find for myself: as long as I can and all the bills are paid and we can eat what we like, I may continue to buy what i want :-)

hugs,
Mireille

Nina said...

Yes it has, especially on fabrics. Other things (mostly like charts and threads) I can make priority lists like which is needed more quicker than the other. And I try to spend a little money in every month on my hobby, so I won't get in trouble if there'll be months I cannot buy anything. But fabrics are so expensive that I don't have opportunity to stash them... unfortunately.

Charbs and the Bumpy Dog said...

I think we are all quite lucky, stitching is a relatively inexpensive hobby. Most designers projects can be kitted for less than £30 (chatelaine and big HAEDS excepted!)except we all choose to upgrade to gorgous fabbies and extra sparkles :-D

But still if you work out the price per hour spent stitching I bet it would be hard to find a better value hobby!

wendy111 said...

I still probably buy more than I need, but I do try to think about what I am doing and buying (sort of). Sometimes I just really like something and just can;t help myself!

mdgtjulie said...

Well, it should have affected my stashing, but it hasn't. I'm an impulse buyer, so when the impulse hits, I buy. Then I go without to make ends meet. Usually I buy the cheapest food I can, which saves me some money. I need to calm my spending though, as my savings is at almost zero right now. Unfortunately, you're right about things going up and compensation going down. I'm praying not to hear that I'm gonna be living on less money per month...

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I've been broke for so long now I've got used to it! Up til 2002 I had a really good wellpaid job then I became a single parent on benefits so no spare money at all. Luckily I had my stash from my working days.
Now I'm married hubby insists I have some money to spend on my hobby but I keep it down as low as possible. Apart from my stitching I have only spend £20 on myself on two pairs of trousers as part of a conscious "do not buy new clothes when you have things in your wardrobe" effort.
Magazine are my weakness, I subscribe to CS, WOCS and now GOS. I want JCS now but it's a hard decision.
I've finally got round to Ebaying some stuff so that will help.

Karen said...

I'm not buying as much because I doubt I'll live long enough to use it all (the next 100 years, or so). I am purchasing more things like knitting books (when on sale for 40% off) or good knitting needles so that when I retire, if things are tight, I'll have the tools I need. I have enough cross-stitch stash to take me into 25 retirements.

Bikegirl said...
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Bikegirl said...

I, like many others have a hugh stash! enough to last numerous lifetimes! I have actaully started selling some of my "stuff I will never do in a hundred years" charts, kits etc...on Trade Me (which is like Ebay) Every year I go through my stash and find a few more items to sell, then I can buy more with the money I made from selling them! lol!

Mia said...

I'll admit my own economic downturn 4 years ago has made a huge impact on my stitching hobby.
But I have to say, that I'd love to live in the States, because your prices are sooooo much cheaper than here in Finland....

Ericille said...

I am not spending as much a I had before on stash. I just cannot justify (even to myself! LOL!) the need to as I have 25+ BIG projects (Mirabilias, Chatelaines, Passione Ricamo) all kitted up and ready to be stitched, plus all that Hand Dyed Fabbies collection and other stuff. But the problem is, I can't even finish one of my 4 WIPS yet and my stitching time is getting scarce nowadays. But I'm sure glad that I did bought a lot of stash before, at least money that time is not as tight as today.

bren9217 said...

OH Joyce, I would say it is. Even when I get into the mood to buy, I have you to talk me out of things. (With the exception of the stocking promise I made you) I have alot of stash but now the money really isn't there so I just pick up an old WIP and continue on. No worries - I can send you my stash - it needs a loving home like yours!

rosek1870 said...

I find myself spending more on fabric like buying larger pieces than I need if the price is right in case I don't have the money later. But I am lucky that a friend just gave me more patterns than I can ever use and I recently found some good deals on 1 yard cuts of fiddlers cloth (which is my favorite fabric) on ebay so at the moment all I need is floss.

Karen said...

It has and hasn't; I haven't gotten a couple of the Chatelaines that I've wanted (I keep thinking the exchange rate will be better tomorrow), but considering I have several kitted and ready to go when I have time, I don't think that's a bad thing, really.

I did sign up for the PTP FOTM club this year, which has been really nice; I like getting pieces that I might not pick on my own, and not really any work on my part - they just arrive :) Yeah, it's money we could have spent on something else - but it's also money I won't have to spend later, so...

I have been vigilant when shopping the last couple of years - I won't get anything unless it's on sale. And I've never been much of an impulse shopper - something has really got to call to me, besides my FOTM, I have very little "just because" stuff. IF things ever take an up-turn again, I don't see my stashing habits changing much...

Hannah - City Stitcher said...

Yes and no, I'm actually earning more than I ever have, but fear of redundancy and further economic problems means I save more than I spend.

that said, the pound/dollar exchange rate at the moment is pretty good, so i am tempted to buy more from the US. buying from europe however is completely off the agenda, the euro is too expensive, i can't afford to buy anything

Novia said...

Exactly... that's why I substitute Chatelaine with cheaper-version-silk or even less Chatelaine and more DMC-only patterns.

Heather M. said...

I tend to be a planner. I will get my future projects and threads, store them together and vyola! I'm all set to start whatever I feel like. I'm sure with this method that I have a lot of duplicate colors, but I know that I will always have the color for each project. I have also used these as gifts :) Nothing better then getting a gift in the mail and having all the flosses to start it right away. Yes, we have had to cut back on our frivolous spending, so it does take me a little longer to buy flosses or that dream pattern, but it only makes it that much more satisfying when I do complete something! I hit the craft stores early if they are having discounted floss sales, and tend to get rather dirty looks if I take all of 1 color, but as is said, the early bird gets the worm :)

Don't get disheartened! Keep on stitching!

Charbs and the Bumpy Dog said...

OT comment but.... Joysze, have you seen the new Mira!!! What a stunning match for Sabrina. Its just perfect!!!!