My Adventures at Hobby Lobby in Lexington, KY

Exploring My New Favorite Craft Store in the Bluegrass State

As an avid crafter and DIYer, I was thrilled when I learned that the popular Hobby Lobby chain had opened not one but two stores right here in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky! As a long-time resident of Lexington, I was familiar with the craft store landscape, dominated by big names like Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s. But Hobby Lobby offered something new and exciting – a wide selection focused on everything from fabric and yarn to seasonal and home decor at impressively low prices. I couldn’t wait to check out the new Hobby Lobby locations for myself and see how they compared to my usual craft shopping haunts.

The first Lexington Hobby Lobby location opened in 2017 off Man O’ War Boulevard on the east side of town. Just last year, they opened a second store clear across town off Nicholasville Road to the south. That’s great news for Lexington crafters like me – double the Hobby Lobby access! The stores feel nice and roomy and modern compared to some of the more cramped craft shops I’ve visited. Right when you walk in the front entrance, the seasonal decor selections grab your eye. Last week that meant a vivid autumnal palette of pumpkins, gourds and hay bales alongside witches and bats getting ready for Halloween. As I explored further into the store, I discovered pretty much every craft supply I could dream of.

My Top Reasons to Love Hobby Lobby in Lexington

There are so many things that impress me about Hobby Lobby, but a few favorites really stand out:

1. The yarn selection is incredible! As an avid knitter and crocheter, I fell in love with the huge area devoted entirely to yarn of every weight and fiber. They have a great mix of name-brand, budget, and specialty options. I could spend hours fondling all the soft skeins!

2. Fabric for days. The massive bolts of fabric in every color and pattern you can imagine were seriously drool-worthy. From basic solids and prints to licensed characters and designer looks, the fabric selection blow other stores out of the water. They even have a great assortment of high-end quilting cottons, which can be difficult to track down.

3. Crafting classes. I was surprised to learn that the Lexington Hobby Lobby stores offer free crafting classes periodically. Some I’ve seen on the calendar include wreath making, calligraphy, and painting on canvas. I’m so excited to improve my skills in a fun environment. How amazing to have access to free classes like this!

4. Novelty cake pans. As the designated birthday cake maker for my kids’ parties, I fell in love with the Hobby Lobby bakery section. Their character and novelty cake pans are way cheaper than other party stores in town. Now I can make cakes in fun shapes like trains, unicorns, and more for a fraction of what they cost elsewhere.

5. Floral department. I have a bit of an obsession with faux flowers to decorate with all season long. Hobby Lobby has a stunning floral section with stems, wreaths, garlands, and arrangements that look surprisingly realistic for such low prices. I go wild mixing and matching blooms in my favorite colors.

6. Home decor galore. The Hobby Lobby home decor section is a treasure trove of wall art, mirrors, lamps, pillows, rugs, and more. The Christmas decor selection in particular is straight up magical with trees, Village sets, stockings, and everything you can think of for holiday decorating. They make it so easy and affordable to give my home a seasonal refresh.

Getting Crafty in Lexington

Beyond the general crafting awesomeness, I did have a few specific missions in mind when I visited the new Hobby Lobby stores here in Lexington. Here are just a few of the ways these stores have already helped with my projects:

Halloween Costume Making

With kids, Halloween means coming up with creative costumes, which often involves trips to the craft store. I was able to find everything I needed for my daughter’s witch costume and son’s wizard costume at Hobby Lobby for super cheap. Black fabric, sequins, feathers, and all the trimmings were at my fingertips. No need to make multiple stops this year!

Art Class Supplies

My elementary school kiddo needed a few odd things for art class like a wood art sketch board, watercolor pencils, charcoal, and specialty erasers. I was able to knock all those unusual supplies off the list on one quick trip to Hobby Lobby’s kid’s art section. Bonus – I got to grab some colored pencils and gel pens for myself too!

Picture Frames

I always like to pick out unique, affordable frames when I display new art, photos, and prints at home. Hobby Lobby has an incredible frame wall with budget-friendly options in every material from wood to metal and even leather. I found the perfect distressed wood frames for my set of botanical prints for the office.

Scrapbooking

I dabble in the occasional scrapbook, and Hobby Lobby is like paper crafter heaven with albums, patterned papers, stickers, pens, and embellishments galore. Around the holidays I like to make everyone personalized keepsake albums, so their scrapbook section is getting a lot of my business through the gift-giving season.

Framed Signs

Another easy way to spruce up my home is by displaying cute framed signs and wall art. Hobby Lobby has a massive collection of farmhouse and rustic themed wood and metal signs, many under $20. I was able to snag a few fun new pieces for the kitchen, front porch, and bedrooms.

Hobby Lobby Shopping Intel for Lexington

Since Hobby Lobby is still relatively new to the Lexington area, I’ve picked up a few helpful tips for navigating the stores and making the most of the shopping experience:

  • There is ample parking at both the Nicholasville Road and Man O’ War Boulevard locations, even when they’re busy. I like to park near the garden entrance to make lugging plants and larger purchases a little easier.
  • The stores get their deliveries on Thursdays. If you’re looking for something specific, call ahead to check if they got a shipment in or if they can hold items for you when it arrives.
  • Sign up for their email list to get 40% off one regular price item each week with the coupon code. They’ll also send other special offer coupons – huge savings!
  • The aisles can get tight when the stores are crowded. Come during a weekday if you need more elbow room for your shopping trip.
  • Keep an eye out for clearance endcaps placed sporadically around the stores. You can find some incredible deals on those impulse buy stations.
  • Around major holidays (especially Christmas), seasonal merchandise starts disappearing quickly. Shop early if you have specific holiday decor in mind.
  • The Lexington locations currently don’t offer in-store pickup for online orders. You can have items shipped directly to your home.
  • Feel free to ask associates for help locating specific items. They’re always friendly and helpful!
  • Be sure to give yourself ample time when shopping. These big stores take time to browse all the amazing finds aisle by aisle.

Crafty Happenings

Beyond just being my new go-to craft supply source, Lexington’s Hobby Lobby locations are like a hub of creativity in the community. They host free crafting classes, provide space for local artists to give lessons, and bring people together around shared hobbies. Here are just a few of the fun opportunities I’ve been able to take advantage of since Hobby Lobby came to town:

  • Free Holiday Wreath Class. In early December, Hobby Lobby hosts free classes on making festive Christmas wreaths. All the supplies like rings, pine garland, ribbons, and more are provided. You just show up for a hands-on evening of holiday merriment with your freshly made wreath to take home as the final product.
  • Bob Ross Painting Workshops. My friend and I were so excited to see Bob Ross painting classes on the Hobby Lobby calendar. For just $10-$15, you bring home a completed Bob Ross style landscape painting under the guidance of a local art instructor. We had a blast unleashing our happy little trees!
  • Cricut Craft Days. People bring their Cricut machines up to the store and craft together using Hobby Lobby’s huge selection of vinyl, iron ons, and other supplies. It’s a fun opportunity to create and learn new tips from fellow crafters.
  • Free Quilting Lessons. As a novice quilter, I was eager to take advantage of the free quilting technique classes taught by seasoned local quilters. It’s an awesome chance to expand your skills free of charge.
  • Watercolor Florals Workshop. I’ve improved my somewhat dismal watercolor skills thanks to instruction during this really enjoyable workshop. We got to paint stunning florals to take home, plus I picked up countless flower painting techniques.
  • Mini-Workshops from Local Artists. I love seeing area artists teaching bite-sized DIY classes in the store. A few I’ve been eyeing up are card making, resin geodes, string art, and Alcohol Ink coasters.

Hobby Lobby fosters such an incredible artsy community here in Lexington! I’ve loved getting out, getting creative, and meeting fellow crafters at all these fun events.

Hobby Lobby Shopping Tips

Since I’ve become a Hobby Lobby regular, I wanted to pass along my top shopping strategies to help fellow Central Kentucky crafters get the most out of their trips:

Use the Coupons

From 40% off regular price items each week to % off your entire purchase specials, Hobby Lobby coupons are life. Sign up online and they’ll send them straight to your inbox. Also keep an eye out for coupons in the craft store ads in the weekend papers.

Price Match

If you find a competitor selling an identical item for less, Hobby Lobby will match that verified price. Just inquire at the register and have the other store’s ad ready to show the cashier.

Flash Sale Section

This is one of my favorite corners of the store where items are discounted 50-90% off! You can find incredible deals if you don’t mind sifting. The inventory changes constantly.

Shop the App

Use the Hobby Lobby app to scan barcodes and see if items are on sale, construct shopping lists, enter online-only promo codes, and more. Very handy when you’re in store!

BYO Bag

Being environmentally friendly saves you money too! Bring your own reusable tote bags and decline the 4 cent bag fee at checkout. It adds up fast when your haul is big.

Grab the Mini Coupon Book at Entry

Don’t forget to pick up the little coupon books near the entrance for extra % off deals on categories like home decor, frames, crafts, fabrics, and more.

Ask About Rainchecks

If an advertised sale item is out of stock, you can get a raincheck voucher and the sale price will be honored when the item comes back in. Just inquire at customer service.

Be Flexible

If you’re open to substitutions, you can often get comparable items for much cheaper. If a decor piece is out of stock, check for similar options in clearance.

Seasonal Hobby Lobby Shopping

One of the biggest draws of Hobby Lobby for me is the amazing seasonal sections. No matter the time of year, I can shop decor and supplies that get me excited for upcoming holidays and themes.

Spring

As soon as the winter doldrums fade, the Easter and Spring sections make me happy with all the budding florals, bunnies, chicks, pastels, and fresh home decor. It’s full of inspiration for DIY spring wreaths, decorative eggs, and party supplies for celebrations like bridal and baby showers.

Summer

Summer at Hobby Lobby makes me want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! I browse the bright, happy colors and beachy themes for inspiration to spruce up my patio and pool area. The summer party aisle gets me excited for outdoor barbecues and graduation celebrations.

Fall

Hobby Lobby’s autumn section is a dream of pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, fall leaves, and everything I need to create the perfect indoor and outdoor seasonal displays. I load up on scarecrows, harvest wreaths, and decor for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts, and cozy evenings by the fireplace.

Winter

Walking into Hobby Lobby’s Christmas section seriously feels like entering a winter wonderland. The sparkling ornaments, snow villages, nativity sets, furniture, and more provide endless inspiration for decking my halls inside and out. I love embellishing wrapped gifts with their ribbons, gift bags, and tags.

Everyday Basics

In addition to the irresistible seasonal goods, Hobby Lobby helps me decorate affordably year-round. I’m able to maintain my craft supply stash, find home decor accents, create DIY wall art, and refresh room designs on a budget thanks to their everyday low prices.

Crafty Savings

Of course, the cherry on top of the crafty sundae that is Hobby Lobby is the constant sales, discounts, and ways to save. I absolutely love a good bargain, so I’ve gathered all the best ways to keep more money in your wallet when shopping at Hobby Lobby:

  • Use the 40% off coupon emailed weekly – huge savings on regular price purchases!
  • Scan products in the app to see if they are on sale or use promo codes.
  • Check the clearance section first for items discounted 50-90% off!
  • Shop seasonal goods the day after the holiday for deep discounts.
  • Sign up for text alerts – you’ll get special mobile coupons and alerts on flash sales.
  • Grab the coupon book at the entrance for extra percent-off deals in various departments.
  • Price match identical items that a competitor sells for less.
  • Save on delivery fees by using in-store pickup for online orders over $39.
  • Take advantage of buy one get one free specials that run periodically.
  • Buy store brands like Craft Smart when possible for the best deals.
  • Always ask about rainchecks if a sale item is out of stock so you still get the deal later!
  • Bring reusable bags and decline bag fees at checkout to save a little extra.

Satisfying All My Crafty Needs

As a devoted maker and crafter, I really cannot say enough good things about having Hobby Lobby here to fuel my passion projects and creativity. The stores have only been open here in Lexington for a short time, but I already can’t imagine life without them! The selection is beyond comparison when it comes to craft supplies, home decor, framing, fabric, seasonal goods, and more.

I’m so pleased that I’m able to find almost everything I need for any DIY project or hobby interest in one convenient place. The prices blow other craft stores in town out of the water. And the constant sales, coupon deals, and value pricing make building up my craft stash more affordable than ever. Going on a shopping spree here feels like a treat!

Beyond the retail side, Hobby Lobby also gives me a community. I love being able to participate in free classes to expand my skills, shop crop days with other makers, and get inspired. The stores feel like a hub for connecting over shared artistic passions. I can already tell I’ll be a lifetime Hobby Lobby shopper!

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