The Ins and Outs of Hobby Lobby Store Hours

Operating Hours, Holiday Schedules, and Tips for Shopping

As any crafter, artist, or hobbyist knows, Hobby Lobby is a go-to retailer for affordable supplies and inspiration. With a huge selection of products spanning everything from fabric and yarn to home decor, frames, floral, seasonal items, and more, it’s easy to lose track of time browsing the aisles. Of course, you can’t browse if you don’t know when your local store is open!

I’ve been a longtime Hobby Lobby shopper and let me tell you, nothing is worse than getting excited to work on a project only to show up and find the doors locked and lights off. Over the years, I’ve learned that while Hobby Lobby keeps consistent hours at most locations, there are some nuances you need to know to avoid disappointments. Join me as I break down the ins and outs of navigating this craft supply mecca’s operating schedule.

Standard Store Hours

Most Hobby Lobby stores adhere to the same hours:

Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This covers about 80% of locations, though it’s smart to verify with your specific store. You can easily check hours online or via the mobile app to confirm when your shop is open.

Adjusted Hours by Location

While the standard hours meet the needs of most Hobby Lobby stores, some locations operate on different schedules based on factors like:

  • State or local laws regulating store hours
  • Regional preferences for shopping times
  • Staffing considerations
  • Store manager discretion

For example, in my area the Hobby Lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. It’s an hour longer than the chain-wide hours. This gives customers extra morning and evening shopping times to fit busy schedules.

On the other hand, some locations open later and close earlier. A store in a downtown urban area may operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week if there is less demand for extended hours.

The best way to know for sure if your shop has custom hours is to check online, call, or verify firsthand. Don’t assume all Hobby Lobbys have the same schedule.

Holiday Hours

Of course, Hobby Lobby has modified hours on major holidays and events. They are typically closed on:

  • Easter Sunday
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Holiday hours also apply to Christmas Eve (close at 5 or 6 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve (close at 6 or 7 p.m.).

Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day have varying hours, with locations either closing early or remaining open regular hours. It’s smart to verify with your specific shop.

Special Hours for At-Risk Shoppers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Hobby Lobby locations set special hours for at-risk shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women, and other vulnerable populations. These were typically an hour early in the morning before standard opening time.

While specific policies differed across stores, it showed Hobby Lobby’s care for communities during an unprecedented situation. I would recommend calling your store to see if these special hours are still in place, as they can make for a safer and more comfortable shopping experience.

Earlier Hours Equals Smaller Crowds

Here’s an insider tip – hit up Hobby Lobby first thing when it opens to beat the crowds. As a crafty early bird myself, I’ve noticed weekday mornings are ideal. Right at 9 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday, you’ll encounter fewer customers filling the aisles and lines.

Weekday afternoons and evenings tend to get busier at my location, as do weekends in general. But an early bird morning visit allows me to take my time browsing and finding inspiration. I don’t feel rushed or crowded, even in the checkout line.

So if you dread big crowds or want to avoid the hustle and bustle, try getting to Hobby Lobby soon after opening. You can leisurely fill your cart!

Extended Holiday Season Hours

Now let’s talk holiday shopping. In the months of November and December, Hobby Lobby extends their hours to allow more time for Christmas crafts, decorations, and gifts.

My local store used to stay open until 11 p.m. in the lead-up to Christmas! However, in recent years they’ve scaled back and now only extend an extra hour, closing at 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. Still, those extra minutes make a difference when you’re on a deadline for holiday projects or trying to shop after work.

Just know that come November 1st, count on some expanded evening shopping times at your Hobby Lobby to accommodate the Christmas rush. I try to take advantage of those bonus hours to spread out my seasonal trips and finish up gifts.

Checking for Unscheduled Closures

Every once in a while, a Hobby Lobby location may close unexpectedly for reasons like:

  • Inclement weather
  • Utility outages
  • Emergency repairs

How do you avoid making the trip only to be met with closed gates? I’d recommend following your local store on social media or signing up for email updates. Hobby Lobby does a good job alerting customers if they need to suddenly close the store.

Calling ahead on days with rough weather is also wise – they’ll let you know if they have plans to open late or shut down due to storms or safety issues. Stay informed so you aren’t left clueless!

Can You Shop Hobby Lobby Online If the Store is Closed?

If you simply can’t wait for the doors to open, Hobby Lobby does offer online shopping 24/7. All the same great brands and products are available at HobbyLobby.com.

You can browse categories, search for items, and check off your shopping list no matter the date or time – even holidays! Of course, you’ll need to wait for shipping, so it’s not quite the instant gratification of in-store pickup. But in a pinch, you can still access many crafty, creative essentials digitally.

Just be aware that stock can vary between online and in-store. I still prefer to shop in person so I can see, touch, and inspect merchandise firsthand. But the website is a decent alternative when needed!

Adjusting to Local Regulations

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention store hours can change to comply with new local health and safety policies. For example, during the early phases of the pandemic, Hobby Lobby shifted hours to allow for additional cleaning and restocking.

Some locations also had to temporarily close or limit occupancy per local regulations. While frustrating, these measures ultimately kept customers and employees safer.

I recommend periodically checking your store’s hours and policies to see if they’ve made any updates to align with new mandates. Safety comes first!

The Takeaway

It takes a bit of research and planning to master the nuances of Hobby Lobby’s hours. But as a devoted crafter, the effort is well worth it to score deals on vinyl, greenery, custom frames, faux florals, and everything else I need for projects.

Hopefully this breakdown better equips you to navigate the ins and outs of your local store’s schedule. Now you can avoid arriving to locked doors or an overcrowded aisle.

Here’s to many more successful shopping trips filled with creativity and savings! When in doubt, just remember to verify hours beforehand so you can bask in the wonder of a well-stocked Hobby Lobby.

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