I hit the streets of Fargo yesterday on a mission to get stocked up on a few fly tying supplies. I managed to score some sweet deals on some dyed hares masks for a buck apiece, a couple of nice dyed rabbit skins for under $3. Even though I wasn't specifically looking for those items, you can't pass up a good bargain.
Next on the list was beadchain. Fly shop prices on the stuff is ridiculous. Even the stuff they sell in the jewelry section in craft stores is fairly, though markedly cheaper than fly shop markups. The light bulb went on in Mrs. Roughfisher's head the other day when she told me to go to the hardware store for some beadchain. I don't know why I had never thought of it before, but it was brilliant. I strolled in to the hardware store and found spools of #6 and #10 beadchain in both nickel and brass finishes. Awesome. Way cheaper than any other source.
On to the craft store, I was picking up a rotary cutter and some adhesive when Mrs. Roughfisher pointed out the bargain of the day, Latch Hook yarn. They had packages of the 2.5" precut lengths of 100% acrylic yarns on clearance, 320 pieces. Normally retailing for 99¢ a bag, I picked up wide array of discontinued colors like roughfisher brown, caddis green, rusty crawfish orange, and cahill cream for 8¢ a pack. I know those aren't the actual color names on the packs, but they might as well be; Maybe not the desired color for a latch hook, but perfect for dubbing blends. You're looking at about a third of a penny per yard of material. The added bonus is that they are already perfectly cut to size to add to the fur grinder.
I think Mrs. Roughfisher deserves a raise.