If you are an artist, or an artist in training, you may find it difficult to find the art supplies that you want at your local art store. This can be especially true if you live in a smaller city. Luckily there are many online art supply stores that offer ever kind of art supply that is available. The trick to maximizing the value of your online art supply shopping is to shop around for the best product prices, and for the best shipping prices. Below you will find three different online art supply stores that offer general art supplies. This list is intended to get your online art supply search headed in the right direction.
Online Art Supply Store Number One – MisterArt!
MisterArt! is an online art supply store that I have purchased from in the past. They offer a great selection of materials and art equipment, their shipping time is reasonable, and their products are fabulous. They carry brushes, canvas, paints, pens, markers, books, videos, crafting supplies, and art materials specially designed for kids. They offer customer service via email, phone, or a live chat option that is very helpful. You can access the live chat help by clicking on the Chat Live banner on their website. This help option can be used to find the right product for a project, to inquire about an order, or to ask a general question.
Another great feature of this site is that they have a chart of their shipping charges available online, so you know what you will be charged for shipping before you checkout. They offer standard, 2nd day, overnight, 2nd day to Alaska and Hawaii, and Standard to APO/FPO/AK/HI/PR, and PO Boxes. The amount of shipping charged will depend on the size of your order and it will vary between $7.48 to 26% of your order, depending on the shipping option that you choose. They also offer free standard shipping on orders over $200.
The only real drawback that this site has is that it sometimes breaks up your order into more than one shipment. This will depend on what you order. Sometimes items are shipped directly from their manufacturer, so some items take longer than others to arrive. If you would like to check out this site it is located at http://www.misterart.com.
Online Art Supply Store Number Two – Discount Art Supplies
Discount Art Supplies is located online at http://www.discountart.com. They offer the usual art supplies such as brushes, watercolors, acrylics, oils, Master Artist Brush Sets, fine writing instruments, easels, airbrushes, art markers, art pencils, inks, canvas, etc. They can be contacted at Discount Art Supplies, PO Box 1169, Conway, New Hampshire 03818, or at 1-800-547-3264, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. They accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, Money Orders, personal checks, and cashier checks.
There are many advantages of placing an order with this company. First they offer customer service to their customers Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Secondly they offer several order methods including a secure online order form, phone orders, and mail orders. The best feature of this art supply company is that they charge their customers the actual shipping charge instead of a flat shipping charge. However, the drawback of this is that you may not have an estimated shipping charge available to you until after you place your order.
Online Art Supply Store Number Three – Texas Art Supply
Texas Art Supply is located at http://www.texasart.com. They offer art supplies, books, videos, craft supplies, gifts, and kid friendly products. They offer a secure online shopping experience, as well as a user friendly help desk. In an attempt to meet the ordering preferences of all of their customers you can place your order online, via phone, or via mail order. For phone orders please call 1-800-888-9278, and to place a mail order send you orders and payments to:
Texas Art Supply
2001 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Shipping fee charts are available online at http://www.texasart.com/help/index_shipping.cfm.