Crafting My Way Through Wichita: A Hobby Lobby Adventure

Exploring the Top Craft Store in the Air Capital

As an avid crafter and Wichita resident, I’m always on the hunt for new craft supplies and inspiration. My favorite go-to spot is Hobby Lobby. With several locations around town, it’s easy to get my crafting fix! I wanted to share my experiences and tips for making the most of Hobby Lobby here in Wichita.

The first thing I get asked often is: where are the Hobby Lobby stores in Wichita? Currently there are three locations: one on North Maize Road, one on East 37th Street North, and the largest store on South Greenwich Road.

The Maize Road location is closest to me. It’s off K-96 and has a huge parking lot which is nice when they’re busy. The store is on the smaller side but still stocks all the essentials – fabric, floral, ribbon, frames, craft paint and more.

The 37th Street store is just off I-135 in northeast Wichita. This location has more seasonal and home decor options, in addition to all the craft basics. The Christmas decor selection here is amazing!

Now the flagship Greenwich Road Superstore is a crafter’s paradise! They have EVERYTHING. Multiple aisles full of fabric, floral, yarn, beads, frames, signs, jewelry supplies, kid’s crafts – you name it. The store is massive at over 100,000 square feet. You could spend hours browsing all the inventory.

Operating hours are fairly standard across the Wichita Hobby Lobby locations: Monday through Saturday 9am to 8pm. They are closed on Sundays to give their employees a designated day of rest. That’s fine by me as it gives me a chance to work on my projects!

Around major holidays, Hobby Lobby usually has extended hours to accommodate the shopping rushes. I always try to pop in early during these busy times to avoid the lines. For Christmas they open at 8am instead of 9am. And they typically stay open until 10pm the week before Easter. Check their website for any special holiday hours.

For all my crafty friends out there, you’ll be glad to know Hobby Lobby is often hiring! Open positions in Wichita include cashiers, stockers, customer service, floral designers, framers and more. Management and corporate roles are available as well. I applied online and will be starting as a part-time cashier next month – so excited! The employee discount will fund my projects for years to come.

When I don’t feel like venturing out to the stores, I shop the Hobby Lobby website and utilize the pick-up in store option. You can order online and then select your Wichita location’s pick-up desk for fast and easy curbside retrieval. Don’t forget to apply coupons and online promo codes which are plentiful!

Another thing I love is scoring in-store only savings. Hobby Lobby always has 50% off sales running on various categories each week. Some weeks it’s ribbon, other times wall decor or faux plants. This week it’s all Christmas floral picks for half off! You have to visit the store to cash in on these constantly changing deals.

The employees are very accommodating if I ever need to make a return or exchange. As long as I have the original receipt, they happily refund or swap items at any Wichita location. I’ve also taken advantage of price adjustments when an item gets marked down shortly after buying it. Just show your receipt and they will adjust the price accordingly.

Now let’s get into the good stuff – the products! At Hobby Lobby, the options are endless for makers and DIYers. My favorite sections include:

Fabric: bolts upon bolts of cotton, fleece, flannel, vinyl and more for sewing. I get lost in here matching patterns and colors for hours.

Ribbon & Trim: the ultimate finishing touch, perfect for gifts. Metallic, sparkly, wired – any color or texture you can dream up.

Paper Crafts: specialty cardstock, die cut shapes, stamps & ink; everything I need for handmade cards and invitations.

Floral: quality faux flowers, plants, picks and wreaths that look amazingly real. I love designing seasonal centerpieces and arrangements.

Wall Decor: canvas prints, mirrors, signs, frames – spruce up any space affordably.

Yarn & Needlecrafts: being a lifelong knitter and crocheter, I sigh happily browsing the yarn aisle every visit. And cross-stitching is my latest obsession – they have adorable kits.

Jewelry: make custom necklaces, earrings, and more with beads, charms and other quality supplies. I gift handmade jewelry to friends and family.

Seasonal: Christmas is my favorite with trees, ornaments and decor for every holiday. But I also love stocking up on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter crafts.

Aside from the endless product selection, Hobby Lobby also offers fun in-store crafting events. I’ve attended free classes on wreath making, glass etching, and painting wood signs. Follow their Facebook page to see crafting class announcements for all Wichita locations. It’s a great activity for kids too – I brought my niece to a pumpkin painting workshop, and we had a blast!

The Hobby Lobby app and website make it easy to browse inventory across their Wichita stores. I like to search for specific items and check availability before heading into the store. This is especially helpful for harder to find supplies like stamp pads, Cricut tools, and seasonal cake decor.

All Wichita Hobby Lobby stores offer custom framing services, which I’ve used several times for family photos and artwork. They have endless frame options, mats, and mounting materials, plus the staff handles the whole process start to finish. I always get compliments on my framed projects!

As a holiday decor enthusiast, I’m at Hobby Lobby as soon as the Christmas trees and ornaments make an appearance, usually in September. For Halloween, I stock up on pumpkins, wreaths and props for our haunted front porch. Then I load up on Thanksgiving florals and pilgrim/turkey themed items for my harvest mantle. Easter brings pastels, bunnies and beautiful lilies to design a springtime entryway display. They seriously have every holiday covered, making seasonal decorating so easy.

I’m happy to report I’ve felt perfectly safe shopping at all Wichita Hobby Lobby locations throughout COVID-19. They have signs mandating masks, social distancing markers on the floor, plexiglass at checkout and hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the stores. The Greenwich Road store limits occupancy as an extra safety measure.

For shoppers with disabilities, the stores appear very accessible with plenty of room in the wide aisles for wheelchairs and scooters. The doors are easy to open, and there is visible handicapped parking right by the entrances. The employees are always willing to retrieve items from high shelves. It’s great to see a craft store so accommodating.

Gift cards make a perfect present for the crafters in your life, and are readily available at each register in the Wichita stores. eGift cards can also be purchased on the website for last-minute digital gifting. Cards come in set amounts from $10 to $100, or you can load a custom value.

My tip if you’re new to the area is to first navigate to the Hobby Lobby website and search for their Wichita locations. Click through and view each store’s address, contact info and weekly ad. This gives you an idea of what’s in stock during different seasons. You can also call the stores directly with questions – they are always happy to help!

From my experience, the busiest times tend to be weekend afternoons, holidays, and anytime there’s a major sale happening. I suggest visiting weekday mornings or evenings if you want to avoid crowds and lines. The shelves also tend to be better stocked at the beginning and middle of the week before weekend rushes.

While there’s no formal loyalty program, the Hobby Lobby app does offer digital coupons, inspiration and notifications about sales or new products. I have the app on my phone and love receiving 20% off coupons on random days – it feels like a surprise reward for frequent shopping!

Shipments of merchandise arrive constantly, keeping the selection fresh and changing. Employees are always restocking shelves and bringing new items out, so I pop in often to see what’s new. Hot buys and limited-run products go quickly, so I try not to wait if I see something I love.

Overall, Hobby Lobby stores across Wichita offer crafters like me endless creative possibilities. With three convenient locations, weekly sales, holiday hours, online ordering, custom framing, classes and more – Hobby Lobby has become my one-stop crafting destination in Wichita. Fellow DIYers, I highly recommend giving them a visit for your next project. Happy crafting!

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