If you’re a student here at Cal Poly, chances are you’ve heard of Beverly’s. Need to make a last minute halloween costume? Want to get some holiday themed room decor? Need paper or art supplies for class? Get it all with one stop at Beverly’s. The store literally has anything you can think of– from coconut bras to birdhouses– and is an essential destination for any DIYer. Click the on the first circle below to see our journey to Beverly’s downtown.
Located along Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Beverly’s Fabric and Crafts store can have you wandering their aisles for hours.
Be warned, this store is almost as addicting as Target– if you don’t want to leave with more than you came for, only bring 20 bucks. Bruce Mitchener, a first-year Cal Poly student, eagerly strolls down Monterey Street towards the store.
Yes, the store can be very overwhelming at first. But don’t get discouraged– every aisle’s extremely organized and the staff is as friendly as can be.
Mitchener, contemplating what to put into his basket first, looks at the colorful array of puffy paint. This paint can be used to decorate T-shirts to backpacks. Here’s a great T-shirt tutorial: http://www.wikihow.com/Paint-a-T-Shirt
Hairbows are all the rage right now– but why pay an outrageous price for them when you can make them yourself? Beverly’s website has a “How To” section, where you can learn to make a bow with any ribbon you want. Learn how here: http://www.beverlys.com/how-to-make-a-bow-video.html
Meanwhile, Mitchener enjoys the cardboard craft section a little too much. These pre-made creations, ranging from treasure chests to king’s crowns, are awesome to paint and make your own.
One of the most abundant supplies in Beverly’s is fleece and different types of fabrics. From any one of these, you can make your very own tie blanket. Learn how from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz9-c-2pJvI
And again, Bruce let’s his inner child shine. If you ever need to bring your kids to Beverly’s…or your immature guy friend… at least you’ll know they will have plenty to do in the kids’ coloring section.
And what if you’re not in the arts and crafts mood? There’s still plenty of little trinkets, like these beautiful bracelets, that you can purchase and tell yourself you crafted on your own. Hey, no one has to know.
Bruce, obviously proud of his drawing, “photobombs” this last shot of Beverly’s on our way out of the store. DIYers: on second thought, leave your children at home.