A Business Out of Craft Addiction!
My friends and I are a bunch of artists and crafters. That being said, we tend to over-buy supplies that just end up sitting untouched in boxes for years. Eventually we started selling off all our extra supplies on online auctions.
This turned out to be a lot of fun for us and so we started actively seeking out estate sales and art store close-outs to get things for our customers. People also give us boxes full of sewing and craft supplies that they inherited and we are constantly being given the "heads up" on craftspeople who are retiring. Every now and then we come across broken chandeliers, jewelry lots, and other items that we salvage parts from too. You just never know what we're going to have to offer next!
We knew that Etsy was a great place to sell crafty things and was a better venue than constantly keeping track of short-time auctions. At the beginning of 2015, we decided to open up Kitsune Craft Surplus shop.
Kitsune Craft Surplus is part of a network of Etsy shops that we all operate together as a company. Some of the supplies we offer here are leftover materials from these ventures.
Many of our beads come from surplus materials for hemp jewelry sold at The Siren Shop:
Our popular fabric remnant lots usually come from the high quality leftover materials used at The Drawstring Bag Shop:
Our realistic doll hair is surplus from creating the unusual life-size effigies of Headless Historicals:
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I'm into all kinds of crafts. Sewing, candle-making, soap-making, wood-working, jewelry-making, leather-working, ceramics, sculpting, painting... you name it and I've probably at least tried my hand at it.
We get our merchandise from a number of different sources. Auction lots, closeout sales, estate sales, donated materials, salvaged goods, and yes, just plain old over-shopping for our personal projects too.
Accepted payment methods
We tend to ship out orders quickly, so cancelling an order is only possible as long as the goods are still in our possession, which could be less than 24 hours after we get the order.
Florida residents pay 5% sales tax.
We usually ship using USPS first class mail.
If you want to expediate shipping and upgrade to Priority service, please contact us prior to ordering. There are extra charges for these services and sometimes we can't get to the post office fast enough for a time-sensitive delivery.
INTERNATIONAL / OUTSIDE THE USA:
Currently our listings are set for domestic shipping only, but we may be able to send something outside the USA if you contact us first.
We haven't had much luck with tracking services for international orders, so we don't offer tracking services outside the USA. Please be aware that a package may take a few weeks for delivery, and that in some cases it may be held up even longer in customs. We have absolutely no control over this.
Some of our items cannot be shipped outside the USA because of customs and import laws in some countries. If you don't see shipping available for an item outside the USA, please feel free to contact us and we'll see if we are allowed to ship that item to your country.
Returns and exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If you need to return an item, please contact us for return shipping instructions within 3 days of recieving your order. Buyers are responsible for return shipping expense. We will refund the purchase price minus shipping costs upon reciept of returned items.
We can't be held responsible for items that are lost or damage in the mail. If you'd like to purchase postal insurance, please contact us before you order.
Additional policies and FAQs
"Are you sure this is real gemstone/gold/silver?"
If we're not sure about a material, we'll state it in the listing. Many gemstones and jewelry findings come to us in labeled packages that we use to get information from. However, we can't always be certain that the item is what it claims to be. If we suspect it's a fake, we'll say so in the listing.
"Why do you state that some items need polish? Can't you clean them up?"
There are some materials that we're just not very familiar with and have no idea how to clean without damaging them. (We've ruined a few nice dyed pearls before!) We'll generally give a bigger markdown on items that require additional cleaning.
'Why is shipping so high on items like feathers?"
While these items may be very lightweight, they do need to be shipped in sturdy boxes or long containers to avoid being damaged in the mail. We try to estimate the shipping as best we can based on the type of packaging an item needs.
"Do you charge for exact shipping?"
No. We estimate shipping as best we can based on experience, but sometimes we're a bit over or under. The stated shipping charges also help pay for the packaging materials.