Yesterday I visited the Springfields outlet shopping centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire and found a proper bargain in one of the shops there. I'm not sure what the name of the shop is but it is situated opposite the 'Whittards' tea & coffee shop, near to the main entrance of the garden centre. The shop sells lots of items that would usually be available in catalogues sent out to schools (ESPO, TTS, NES Arnold etc.). Some of their things are nice and cheap and some of them are pretty expensive but it's the sort of place that you have to have a look in because you never know what they will have. At the moment they have packs of coloured foil paper (50x76cm) at £4 for 5 packs. Each pack contains 25 large sheets so I got 125 sheets for only £4! They have red, green, blue, gold & silver. It is only paper thickness but I have already tried it with an embossing folder and it has worked really well. Definitely worth a trip if you live anywhere nearby!
I also went to Carole's Crafts which is at the Baytree Garden Centre just outside of Spalding in Weston. This shop used to be a Craft Central before they went into liquidation but is now Carole's Crafts. When it was still Craft Central, it was always worth a look as they had new stuff every week but now the stock very rarely changes and whenever I pop in, I seem to be the only person in there. They do have a good selection of core'dinations 12x12 papers stocking a wide range of the colours available including the Tim Holtz range. They also stock things like ribbon, ink pads, glitter, peel-offs etc but nothing that is particularly new or exciting. They do also stock cricut cartridges and can order in ones that are not in stock but these are about double the price of other places such as http://www.craftsulove.co.uk/ website.