Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Craft Stores in Riyadh

Hi there!
Here comes the most awaited post so far!

Since I have lived in Riyadh all my life, I have been searching for craft supplies for long. I believe I have shopped all around Riyadh to find them plus with my unquenchable thirst for more craft materials & supplies, I ventured into wholesale market to continue my quest for more.

Well so far I've managed to make the following list:
1. The Whatshop Shop (Let's just say it topped the list - HAHA!)
2. Jarir Bookstore
3. Curio
4. Daiso
5. Stationery Fantasies
6. Tchibo Prozente
7. Al-Sharq
8. Souk Al Deerah
9. Ya Salam

So, I thought I’d share the location and opening timings along with some information about the store. Hopefully, it will provide you with better visual as you hunt.

  • The Whatnots Shop 

Opening Hours: Always Open
Location: Online Store
Telephone Number: +966-559924109

In my store, you will able to find crafts/scrapbooking supplies which are nowhere to be found in Riyadh. For instance dies, distress inks, stamps etc.

  • Jarir Bookstore

Opening Hours: Sat to Thurs: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Fri: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Click HERE for showrooms & locations
Telephone Number: 920000089

We all know Jarir as an all-rounder store but recently they've stocked up there Art Supplies section with pretty cool stuff such as circle cutter, scoreboards, quilling tools and more.

  • Curio

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: Al Imam Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz Branch Rd, Al Mohammadiyah
Click HERE for directions
Telephone Number: +966 1 2290790

Curio is more of a place for artists, to be more precise IT'S HEAVEN. However, they do sell few craft supplies but in a very limited quantity that includes cardstocks, punches, cutters and few other stuff.

  • Daiso

Opening Hours: Sun to Wed 9:00 am - 11:30pm | Thu, Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am | Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location: Al Othaim Mall Khurais Road, Exit 30
Click HERE for directions
Telephone Number: +966 1 2338318

Originally Daiso is a Japanese store which sells unusual Japan-made products. There is a small section where you will able to find ribbons, pattern papers, and some other funky stuff. Note the things there are pretty cheap!!

  • Stationery Fantasies

Opening Hours: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Azizia Mall, 2nd Floor King Fahd Road
Click HERE for directions
Telephone Number: +966 1 2291942

Stationery Fantasies has covered it all. You'll literally find everything in here! From ribbons to gift wrappers, papers to paints and LOT MORE. There are some great supplies for kids too!

  • Tchibo Prozente

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Granada Center, 1st Floor, Eastern Ring Road
Click HERE for directions
Telephone Number: +966 1 2455328

I can't pronounce the name though but let me tell you about it. It's a German store. They got a section of crafts supplies with few quirky items in it. You will have find sets of punches, paper packs, stamping stuff and few other things.

  • Al-Sharq

Opening Hours: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Olaya, Souq Taiba
Rawdah, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road
Badiyah, Al Madinah Al Munawarah Road
Telephone Number: +966 1 4546823
+966 1 2490107
+966 1 4369115

Al-Sharq is not just a normal bookstore. It has a huge variety of art and crafts supplies. If you're a ribbon collector you have to visit the place. It will definitely be worth it, Trust me!

  • Souk Al Deerah

Opening Hours: ---
Location: Turki bin Abdullah Road

Deerah is known as a 'wholesale' junkyard of Riyadh. If can't find it in there then you won't find anywhere in Riyadh. YES! That's true! Anyway, I can't provide a specific contact number or a location to the place as there are various stores. You will basically find everything there! As it's a wholesale marketplace a few stores just provide stuff when you buy in bulk. Let me also clear one thing it's a very crowded place you need to come with a 'patient' driver.

  • Ya Salam

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road
Click HERE for directions. 
For more information on other branches, click HERE
Telephone Number: +966 1 2359000

I haven't been here myself but a fellow group member of one of the Crafts group in Riyadh have reccently visited and she bought border punches just for 15 SR. Can you believe it!?!? It's pretty darn cheap!!

That is it for now!! I hope this post helps you out! Would love to hear from you!

If you know any other craft supply places in Riyadh do comment below. I would love to have a look and will add to my post!