Shop local for art materials at Art Salvage and Spokane Art Supply | Arts & Entertainment

A trip to the nearest craft store is always looming on my to-do list—sometimes for necessity, other times for retail therapy. Us creatives all enjoy a visit to the classic, trusted Michael’s or JOANN Fabric and Crafts, but it is important to remember that shopping small and local for art supplies is an attainable change of routine, especially here in Spokane. 

Of course, depending on the specificity of the supplies you need, sometimes a trip to a chain store is imminent. Nonetheless, here are two different small businesses in Spokane to inquire the next time you are eager for a new haul of art supplies. 

Art Salvage

1925 N. Ash St.

Are you a fan of sustainable shopping or an enthusiast of a good crafting session? Look no further than Art Salvage. Located on North Ash Street, Art Salvage is a creative reuse store in Spokane that promotes creativity for makers of all ages. 

“Art Salvage is a nonprofit, creative reuse organization,” said Katie Patterson Larson, executive director and founder of Art Salvage. “Our mission is to take in usable art supplies and keep them out of the landfill and then make them accessible and affordable for anyone.” 

From sewing and knitting material to paint, colored pencils, pens and other drawing and painting supplies, Art Salvage offers a wide variety of gently used art and crafting supplies. Though a small portion of the Art Salvage’s inventory of local donations, the creative re-use store also offers limited find vintage items. 

“We have things from every generation,” Patterson Larson said. “We have sewing notions that are vintage, all the way through the decades and same with collage material. We also have National Geographic from the ‘30s and ‘40s.” 

If you are looking for affordable posters to decorate your room or living space, Art Salvage offers a fun and diverse range of repurpose posters and post cards. 

While perusing Art Salvage with a shopping list in hand, you are guaranteed a quick, effortless thrift. Each craft category is organized into baskets and by color to separate various tools and supplies. 

It is important to remember that a creative reuse stores like Art Salvage may not be the best place search for more specific items you may need. What makes Art Salvage unparalleled to chain stores is the unpredictability and uniqueness of the items you can find while visiting, Patterson Larson said. 

Art Salvage also offers craft kits and grab bags of various themes that are the perfect pre-organized activity to gift friends and family. These craft kits and grab bags are Art Salvage’s way of re-purposing scrap items that are often difficult to sell individually.  

“[The kits] really inspire people when they come in, because they can see [the supplies] as a group or a kit, and they see the purpose for it,” Patterson Larson said.  

Paused due to the pandemic, Art Salvage placed its re-use art community classes on temporary pause. Patterson Larson said that Art Salvage plans to reintroduce a schedule of classes by the end of 2022. 

If you are interested in donating old art and crafting materials, you can make an appointment on Art Salvage’s website. It is encouraged to review Art Salvage’s donation guidelines prior to attending your donation appointment.  

Art Salvage also offers an online shopping platform on its website, various shopping memberships and gift cards. To browse online items visit or follow its Instagram page @artsalvage for shop updates. 

Art Salvage is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spokane Art Supply

1303 N. Monroe St. 

Spokane Art Supply is the perfect shop for artists and crafters who seek more specific supplies, but also prioritize supporting small businesses in Spokane. 

Located on North Monroe Street, Spokane Art Supply offers a wide range of high-quality drawing and painting materials and also items for younger or less experienced creators, like Paint by Number kits. 

“You can find googly eyes and fun [supplies] …just kind of anything you can think to make art,” said Craig Marshall, vice president and head manager of Spokane Art Supply. “Services, brushes, paint sets and journals— a lot of everything.”

Marshall said that Spokane Art Supply stands out from the typical chain store because of the variety of materials that the store offers for its customers.

Spokane Art Supply has a variety of materials to offer its customers. 

“You look at [chain stores] for watercolor, but [Spokane Art Supply] has nine different companies’ versions of watercolor, 18 palates and a ton of paper,” Marshall said. “We have more selection than most [chain stores].”

Marshall said that Spokane Art Supply’s most popular item is its “teacher’s choice” palate. Stored in a leak-proof and travel-size container, the “teacher’s choice” palate allows customers to customize their own palate of colors, which is hand-squeezed from an assortment of selected tubes of paint.

Beyond items offered at its store location, Spokane Art Supply is slowly expanding its website. Currently, the website is focused on travel watercolor and supply bundles.

“[Spokane Art Supply] takes one company’s paints and a different company’s brushes and curates it so nobody in the world is selling that item,” Marshall said. 

On its website, Spokane Art Supply promotes its own blog, which was kickstarted late last year. The blog highlights gift ideas, bundles and new store items. 

Spokane Art Supply also offers a schedule of art classes and workshops taught by Spokane Art Supply staff and artists local to the Spokane area. Most classes are focused on expanding drawing and painting skills and are tailored to attendees with proficient-advanced artistic experience, Marshall said. However, some classes, like the wet felt slipper workshop that will be held on April 2, offer a more unique learning opportunity. 

Beyond its retail items and class opportunities, Spokane Art Supply also offers custom framing and print and scan services for local creators. 

“At the end of the day [Spokane Art Supply] is trying to price items correctly and practice customer service, and just be a business,” Marshall said. “But it is pretty cool that we get to be a little creative.”

To shop online, visit Spokane Art Supply’s website

Spokane Art Supply is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Anita Shire

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