Originally Posted by stimmy7
Buddy... you'll find that you'll NEVER have enough materials =) After more than 40 years, I can't walk out of a fly shop, craft store or thrift store without SOMETHING that's gonna turn into flies!! Worse yet, still can't drive past roadkill without slowing down...
Welcome to the obsession.
Thought about what I said and wanted to issue a caution. Get some containers to store your stuff in and look in older threads for information about how to package and treat materials.
And while I mentioned roadkill and you mentioned pet hair, if you DO COLLECT OR USE any of these types of materials, make sure they are washed and/or packaged in airtight containers (freezer weight ziploc bags AT MINIMUM) label them with the source and date, and watch them closely to see if any bugs hatch in the packages... and if they do... THROW THEM OUT!!
If you start buying stuff in craft stores, learn to package a SMALL quantity of it to put in your tying cabinet/kit and store the balance somewhere else (a cabinet, the garage, wherever) but keep a list of what you're buying so you remember you have it!! Store these in ziploc bags, too and label them with source and date so you know how long you've had it.
The stuff can REALLY get out of hand if you let it... in all seriousness, I have 2-30gal garbage cans of bagged fur... NO, I'm NOT kidding. Most of these are tanned fur collars from thrift stores and yard sales, but there are some 'planks' of deer and bear in there as well. I have 6-24qt containers of bird skins, 2-24qt containers of deer, elk, bear, 2-24qt containers of 'fancy plumage', 2-24qt containers of yarns, threads and wool, 1-24qt container of capes and saddles, and a bunch of 12qt containers of other 'stuff'.
And these don't include the stuff I keep in my active tying station
I'm fortunate to have some friends who hunt (I don't any longer) and I've gotten some CHOICE materials through them... lots that I use, some that I swap, and well, some that get stored
Buy what you think you're going to use... save you money and buy high quality materials, don't bother with the cheap junk and DON'T BUY ASSORTMENTS or GRAB BAGS- you'll end up with a bunch of "what they hell am I gonna do with this?" stuff.