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With the question posted about how long we have been making candles. Made me remember when I got started in 2000.

So I thought it would be fun to start a thread about suppliers we used to use and that have come and gone bye bye.

1. Craftstore.com - was my very first supplier. I know some people did not like them. But they were very nice to me I always got my stuff. I liked the customer service on the phone as well.

Anyone else?

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Oh man. The very first supplies I bought were from some company called a lighted stick. The fo's were AWFUL, no good instructions - the color blocks SUCKED. I know they're gone now, and for good reason. It's a wonder I even continued on after I got that batch of stuff. Their customer service was nonexistant, also.

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I loved Chermark. She had some wonderful oils which thankfully, Aroma Haven now carries. Patties was another good supplier. She had the best Vanilla Lace and I can't find another just like it anywhere. Bubbles and Lights, man I miss her. Yes, BCN carries some of her oils but not all. And she had the very best Spiced Vanilla in this world. I still hoard a bottle of it and use it for myself.

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The first supplier I ever used was the Wax House, back in 1999. I was melting down old candles and buying my new wax at Wal-Mart in the crafting department--I think it was around $2-$3 for an 8-oz bag of granulated wax to use in making "sand art-type" candles--it was the only wax I could find, so I melted that expensive stuff down and poured candles!

Then I discovered Missy's and her single-pour wax and my life changed forever after! I remember when I ordered that first 50-pound case of wax, I thought that would probably last me the rest of my life--I couldn't imagine ever pouring all that.

It was over a year after my first Missy's purchase that I discovered BitterCreek, then candle-making bulletin boards and found out there were LOTS of suppliers out there!! Many, many thousands of dollars later, the saga continues..............

Jane

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My first supplier was Candlewhat (here in the UK), dreadful customer service, email them no reply, phone them got an answer machine. Needless to say not long after I received my last pallet of wax from them, they closed. I got my first oil samplers from them and then found Cierra. Then there was SoapnCandles now taken over by AH. Recently got oils from Peaks and just placed another order :)

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I started with Michaels.....what a disaster that was. I searched the internet right away (after almost burning down the house with a tealight) and found a message board, it was Todd's, can't even remember the name....maybe the Scent Review. From then I hit every supplier out there, I was like a kid in a candy shop with all those little 1 oz bottles of FO. I think I did a lot of my buying from BCN to begin with, and found Sissies, and Missy's, Ms. Randy (what a lady), and the list goes on. Was glad to find Peaks board and their scents finally in 2003. I suppose 99% of us started making candles cause it would be fun and easy. Oh how little did I know. Almost burned down the house and then it put me in the poor house, and I'm still learning.....don't think that part ever ends.

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Anyone here ever heard of Barker Candle Supply? They were an older company that is out of business now. I happened on someone selling a box full of their dye rounds for $20 total from an estate sale. I bought them and got about 20 rounds per bag and about 20 bags of different colors total. I still use them and probably will forever--I have only ever had to buy the odd color to cover the ones I don't have.

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I bought my first candle making kit from Vicky at King House Candles which is 7 miles from my home and continued with her until she closed down, but during that time I found the Candle Cauldron Board and BC, which is my supplier still!! And I surfed the net to find all the other great suppliers out there and all the amazing candle & soap boards loaded with information. That is how I found Just Scent who is also only a little over an hour from home!

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