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How To: Purchase merchandise straight from the manufacturer

Paying retail just isn't as good of a deal as buying straight from the manufacturer. To become a buyer, figure out the right manufacturers for you. Initially, you can start this process by doing web research. Surf the internet to find out what manufacturers sell directly to the consumer. Internet access is important for finding product information. Scan the manufacturer's website for online catalogs that describe an item's price, color, model, ID number, and make.

How To: Knit toe-up socks

You don't have to pay retail prices for store bought socks. Make your own toe-up socks by knitting them at home. This four part video series will take you through every step of the process with detailed instructions on knitting toe-up socks.

How To: Make Halloween lanterns

This video shows the viewer how to make Halloween style lanterns using commonly available items. The base lantern is a Chinese style paper lantern; these can be purchase from home retail stores. The general principal is too cut out the shapes of insects from black paper. These can then be fixed to the lantern to project the image. Additionally holes can be cut in the insects and covered with red tissue paper. The light will shine through the red tissue paper giving the appearance of blood. Th...

How To: Make an oversized book bag

Forget about spending too much money at a retail store for a new bookbag when you can make your own! Go back to school in style - your own personalized style - by making your very own purse to carry your books in. Use fabrics & accessories to customize your book bag to fit your style. Materials you will need to complete this bookbag include:

How To: Inline skate for beginners

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to inline skate for beginners. Patrick Eaves, adventure sports guide and instructor, presents this video. First, you should have the right gear. Go to the local retail store or to a skating rink where you can take guidance from experts. Start off by practicing balancing on your legs. Legs should be shoulder length apart, knees slightly bent, body is bent a little forward and hands are in front of you. This is called the ready positi...

How To: Sew a ballgown using a dressmaker

Are you going to the prom and nothing hanging in your retail stores is making the grade? Why not make your own prom ball gown at home? With some sewing skills, you might just top the best dressed list! In this two-part sewing tutorial, learn how to sew a ball gown using a dressmaker.

How To: Make a basic single holiday bow

There's no better time than the holidays to whip up a batch of beautiful decorative bows. This instructional video teaches you how to tie your own bows for embellishing any holiday themed item. Once you've mastered this technique feel free to experiment with other sizes and styles. These are the bows that we use to attach to wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, swags, potted plants, and a variety of other floral arrangements. Learning how to make your own professional crafter's quality bow like t...

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