Re: Craft Store vs. Fly Shop (for materials)
It's surprising what you can find at The Craft & $2 Shops especially around Xmas time I mentioned before where I bought Reels of Holo Tinsel for over $2each for 15 yards then one Xmas I bought enough for $2 to last a lifetime.
Also there's always Fancy Dress Things made from Feathers,Beads Marabou etc, which also works out cheaper than buying The Packeted Stuff from all The Fly Tying Gear Suppliers so it pays to visit them occasionally.
Another great item I've also bought are Feather Dusters which contain beaut Hackle Feathers of all Colours as well as ones made from Ostrich.