Friday, May 15, 2009

Shopping at Lacy's

If you're into jewellery making and you've never been to Lacy & Co. at 55 Queen Street East in Toronto, you really ought to check it out. It's downstairs in this rather non-descript office building and doesn't look like anything fancy but it's filled with all of the necessary tools and equipment for making any type of jewellery.

The first time I went there was about 3 years ago. I had a supply list for a chain making class I had signed up for, and needed to buy a jewellery saw. (Turns out the first thing we learned was how to make our own jump rings, which was pretty satisfying but I'm still glad to know I can always buy them ready made!!)

When I went to Lacy's that time, I had no idea what all the stuff was that they had on display. This time, I was pleased to realize that I could identify a lot of the contents of their store and had at least a vague idea of what most of the items were for. Several of them are on my "some day when I have my own studio and/or win the lottery" list. I've definitely learned a lot over the past few years!

I only spent about 10 minutes there today and less than $50. I am amazed at my self-control. If it weren't for the fact that I'm saving myself for the Bead & Button show in two weeks, I could have been seriously tempted. There were several other things I coveted there but I was able to restrain myself (mostly because my back could barely handle the weight of the anvil, let alone anything else!)

As it is, I came home with an anvil, screw clamp and bench pin combination item, a beginner set of metal files (only $6.95 vs. the expert set which was $49.95!!), a bead awl and some new saw blades for that saw I bought 3 years ago.

If you want to go to Lacy's, keep in mind they aren't open weekends and they close at 5:30 during the week. But it's definitely worth the trip and if their hours don't suit your schedule, you can always check out their website and shop online.

As for me, that tumbler purchase will just have to wait until my next visit! Unless I win tomorrow's $40 million jackpot, in which case, I'll be back in the store on Tuesday morning!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope you win the 40 million my Friend.