Busy Beaver Arts & Crafts

★★★★☆
  • 3445 Dayton Xenia Rd

    Dayton, OH 45432

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  • 937-429-3920

About Busy Beaver Arts & Crafts

Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ; Tuesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM ; Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ; Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM ; Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I have been shopping at The Busy Beaver for over 25 years. It is not the place to go if you are in a hurry, because there is a lot of inventory packed into a relatively small place. But the knowledgeable, courteous staff DOES know where everything is. And if you are a devotee of trendy specialty craft shops or wide aisled big box craft stores, you might never recover from a trip to The Busy Beaver! But if you are a crafter who wants access to vintage as well as up to the minute craft supplies, then this place is for you. For needlework enthusiasts especially, Busy Beaver is the place to go to find that pattern or pamphlet that you used to have and can no longer find, as well as the latest designs. The yarn inventory reflects both classic and current trends. A trip to The Busy Beaver is an experience that will, literally, blow your mind!

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★★★★★

I have been shopping at The Busy Beaver for over 25 years. It is not the place to go if you are in a hurry, because there is a lot of inventory packed into a relatively small place. But the knowledgeable, courteous staff DOES know where everything is. And if you are a devotee of trendy specialty craft shops or wide aisled big box craft stores, you might never recover from a trip to The Busy Beaver! But if you are a crafter who wants access to vintage as well as up to the minute craft supplies, then this place is for you. For needlework enthusiasts especially, Busy Beaver is the place to go to find that pattern or pamphlet that you used to have and can no longer find, as well as the latest designs. The yarn inventory reflects both classic and current trends. A trip to The Busy Beaver is an experience that will, literally, blow your mind!

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I have been a customer of Dave and Nancy's for over 30 years, even when I lived in different states! This the best craft store I have ever found including in California. Many times when I lived out-of-state and couldn't find what I needed, I would call and they would ship it. When I would come home for a visit, I not only had a list for myself, my friends would give me lists of items to bring back for them. If they don't have it in stock, they will gladly order it for you if it is still being produced. They are always interested in their customers and willing to answer any question you have. If the girls don't have the answer they will ask the owners and get an answer for you. They even have a supply of tatting books and materials, which are extremely hard to find today. Their stained glass is incredible. I have never purchased anything there that was not exactly what it was supposed to be. Half the fun of going there is to browse and see what you can find and to visit with Dave and Nancy. This is a fabulous place for a crafter to get lost in! I love it!!

5
★★★★★

I have been a customer of Dave and Nancy's for over 30 years, even when I lived in different states! This the best craft store I have ever found including in California. Many times when I lived out-of-state and couldn't find what I needed, I would call and they would ship it. When I would come home for a visit, I not only had a list for myself, my friends would give me lists of items to bring back for them. If they don't have it in stock, they will gladly order it for you if it is still being produced. They are always interested in their customers and willing to answer any question you have. If the girls don't have the answer they will ask the owners and get an answer for you. They even have a supply of tatting books and materials, which are extremely hard to find today. Their stained glass is incredible. I have never purchased anything there that was not exactly what it was supposed to be. Half the fun of going there is to browse and see what you can find and to visit with Dave and Nancy. This is a fabulous place for a crafter to get lost in! I love it!!

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This is the best place ever!! They have the best selection of yarn anywhere. No cheap or poor quality yarns. They do lots of special orders. they do take 2-3 weeks to get in though. They are the only place I know to get OSU beads and double ended crochet hooks. They also have a fantastic staff ready to help you find what you need or if they can they will special order it for you. If you have never been there plan on spending some time to look around. It is really amazing. I try to keep in mind that this is a 50+ year old house that was converted to a business. It is not wheelchair accessible. If you can't find it anywhere else, you will find it there. They also have an unbelievable selection of stained glass.WOW!!!

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★★★★★

This is the best place ever!! They have the best selection of yarn anywhere. No cheap or poor quality yarns. They do lots of special orders. they do take 2-3 weeks to get in though. They are the only place I know to get OSU beads and double ended crochet hooks. They also have a fantastic staff ready to help you find what you need or if they can they will special order it for you. If you have never been there plan on spending some time to look around. It is really amazing. I try to keep in mind that this is a 50+ year old house that was converted to a business. It is not wheelchair accessible. If you can't find it anywhere else, you will find it there. They also have an unbelievable selection of stained glass.WOW!!!

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The rest of the store makes me nervous but i keep going back. The owners are really nice and helpful. I wouldn't recommend buying their bottles of paint....i did and a lot of them were dried out.

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The rest of the store makes me nervous but i keep going back. The owners are really nice and helpful. I wouldn't recommend buying their bottles of paint....i did and a lot of them were dried out.

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Busy Beaver is a great little store!!! Yes there is A TON of inventory!!--- it is just bursting!! Rather then complain about how everything is crammed in, think about why! If you're looking for something, and these people can order it for you, they will! Then after you get your stuff, they keep the rest- businesses usually can't just order one of something! Yes, plan on spending some time there... sometimes the staff does take a while to find what you're looking for... but you'd also be suprised how many things they can find in about 2 seconds! And, 99% of the time the staff is pretty nice- theres only a couple of people that work there anyway. I drive about 30 minutes to visit them fairly frequently, but if I'm ever not sure if they'll have something i'll call ahead!

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★★★★☆

Busy Beaver is a great little store!!! Yes there is A TON of inventory!!--- it is just bursting!! Rather then complain about how everything is crammed in, think about why! If you're looking for something, and these people can order it for you, they will! Then after you get your stuff, they keep the rest- businesses usually can't just order one of something! Yes, plan on spending some time there... sometimes the staff does take a while to find what you're looking for... but you'd also be suprised how many things they can find in about 2 seconds! And, 99% of the time the staff is pretty nice- theres only a couple of people that work there anyway. I drive about 30 minutes to visit them fairly frequently, but if I'm ever not sure if they'll have something i'll call ahead!

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I have been shopping at Busy Beaver for 26 years and they always have anything I am looking for! If they don't have it, they will normally order it for you. They have the best selection of yarn in this area! I am a crochet designer (author of Positively Crochet!) and if I'm in a crunch and need something quick, I always know I will find it there. I find the staff to be very friendly and helpful.

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★★★★★

I have been shopping at Busy Beaver for 26 years and they always have anything I am looking for! If they don't have it, they will normally order it for you. They have the best selection of yarn in this area! I am a crochet designer (author of Positively Crochet!) and if I'm in a crunch and need something quick, I always know I will find it there. I find the staff to be very friendly and helpful.

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It's really kind of scary in there! Organization is not in their vocabulary. It's a wonder some of that yarn is not dry rotted. They would probably find that their sales go up if people could see the stuff. If you can't see it - you can't buy it! They need to have a "sale" (mark the prices down drastically) on the items that don't sell or have been there longer than 6 months. They probably have stuff in there that has been on the shelves since they first opened. Dayton is in need of a great yarn store and they do have a great selection and it would be better if you could see it.

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★★★★☆

It's really kind of scary in there! Organization is not in their vocabulary. It's a wonder some of that yarn is not dry rotted. They would probably find that their sales go up if people could see the stuff. If you can't see it - you can't buy it! They need to have a "sale" (mark the prices down drastically) on the items that don't sell or have been there longer than 6 months. They probably have stuff in there that has been on the shelves since they first opened. Dayton is in need of a great yarn store and they do have a great selection and it would be better if you could see it.

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This may be a disaster of a store but if you have the time (plan on being there awhile) it is worth the visit. Prices are competitive but I do agree they have way to much old inventory and need to have a sale to get rid of the old stuff. Store as been around for ages and I have never known them to have a sale.

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★★★★☆

This may be a disaster of a store but if you have the time (plan on being there awhile) it is worth the visit. Prices are competitive but I do agree they have way to much old inventory and need to have a sale to get rid of the old stuff. Store as been around for ages and I have never known them to have a sale.

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this store. It is overfilled and unorganized. The employees leave a lot to be desired. Despite having 3 aisles of floor to ceiling yarn they knew nothing about knitting. Take your business elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

this store. It is overfilled and unorganized. The employees leave a lot to be desired. Despite having 3 aisles of floor to ceiling yarn they knew nothing about knitting. Take your business elsewhere.

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This is the best craft store in the Dayton area!! Don't let the size of the shop fool you, it's huge on the inside! Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time there, because the owners fill every nook and cranny with items for sale! The first time I went there, I was overwhelmed by the selection, but then you see that it's laid out very succintly and can be looked through quite easily.

They specialize in yarn, stained glass, painting supplies... well pretty much everything!!

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★★★★★

This is the best craft store in the Dayton area!! Don't let the size of the shop fool you, it's huge on the inside! Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time there, because the owners fill every nook and cranny with items for sale! The first time I went there, I was overwhelmed by the selection, but then you see that it's laid out very succintly and can be looked through quite easily.

They specialize in yarn, stained glass, painting supplies... well pretty much everything!!

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This store is extremely unorganized. Clutter everywhere. I don't know how they can find anything. The staff is not friendly at all. They have been in business for years though.

PROS: Convenient location
CONS: They need to do a big housecleaning and get rid of some of the junky stuff.

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This store is extremely unorganized. Clutter everywhere. I don't know how they can find anything. The staff is not friendly at all. They have been in business for years though.

PROS: Convenient location
CONS: They need to do a big housecleaning and get rid of some of the junky stuff.

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On a plus side, Busy Beaver has a great selection of craft supplies. From what I can tell, they never clearance anything. So the inventory just sits there until it sells. This is good when you are looking for craft pattern books that are no longer available. There is a good chance you might be able to find it there.
However Busy Beaver does have a lot of problems. It is cluttered and difficult to find things. They tend to cram as much inventory in as they can. In my opinion, it is a big mess in there. They could really stand to be organized and that is why I don't recommend them to anyone.

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On a plus side, Busy Beaver has a great selection of craft supplies. From what I can tell, they never clearance anything. So the inventory just sits there until it sells. This is good when you are looking for craft pattern books that are no longer available. There is a good chance you might be able to find it there.
However Busy Beaver does have a lot of problems. It is cluttered and difficult to find things. They tend to cram as much inventory in as they can. In my opinion, it is a big mess in there. They could really stand to be organized and that is why I don't recommend them to anyone.

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