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quick question for those in Seattle

Does anybody know where I could find plain white (like these) or maybe white and green striped (like these) twist ties in or around Seattle? I’m in a situation where it’s too late to order them online.

I’ve already looked at the following places: Packaging Specialties in SODO, Champion Party, Display & Costume, Cookies in Ballard, and Home Cake Decorating Supply Company. I am going to start a telephone campaign tomorrow morning (Paper Zone? Paper Source? Impress Rubber Stamps?) but I figured maybe one of you might have an idea on where I could find them. My thanks!

· comments [30] · 09-1-2009 · categories:seattle ·

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  • 1 Tracey // Sep 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    If you get stuck you could always use pipe cleaners. They’re twisty, usually easy to get a hold of and come in all sorts of colors! Yay for pipe cleaners! ;)

  • 2 Sara // Sep 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    You could just buy some garbage bags. Ruffies are cheap (100 small size bags are about $4.50) and come with twist-ties, so as long as you don’t need thousands of them, they’re not too much more than the ones in your links. You should probably be able to find them at most grocery stores, Target, or Wal-Mart.

  • 3 megan // Sep 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Sara – I hadn’t thought of trying regular grocery stores. I did go to a Cash&Carry but they didn’t have them in stock, I would have had to order a case of something like 10 million!

  • 4 tracy a. // Sep 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve seen them in the wedding/cake decorating isles at big box craft retailers (Michael’s, etc…) Usually near candy or treat bags.

    This is Texas, so I don’t know for sure if you’ll find them up there…but those stores are pretty much the same everywhere (:

  • 5 mary 29 // Sep 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I have seen them at Michaels in Bellingham Washington in the Wilton cake decorating supplies. Good luck!

  • 6 Courtney // Sep 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Michael’s is a good idea…but the only ones I know of are outside of Seattle. I’m pretty sure that Great Harvest ties their bread bags with twist ties…I bet they’d sell you some (Ballard store # is 706-3434)How many do you need? I have about 50 plain white ones left over from cookie bags last christmas…you’re welcome to them if you like. Good luck :)

  • 7 Joan // Sep 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I just bought little sandwich baggies at the grocery store and they came with a ton of these twist-ties. They are really cheap, (cheaper than ziplocs and in the same aisle.)

  • 8 Tina // Sep 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Look for candy treat bags as Tracy A says. You could probably find them at Fred Meyer or Michaels. Maybe even JoAnn’s.

  • 9 YC in Seattle // Sep 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    There’s Cookies (the shop) in Ballard, too. Perhaps the owner would know of a place.

    Do grocery stores still supply those twist-ties for free when buying produce anymore? If solid green is okay, maybe try the gardening section (Home Depot, Lowe’s)? Sometimes twist-ties are used to secure plants to trellises.

  • 10 megan // Sep 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Tracy – Thanks, I’ll look and see what I can find there, I’m headed towards one soon anyhow.

    Courtney – Thanks for the offer, but I need to get them tomorrow before noon (yikes).

  • 11 megan // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    YC – Tried Cookies, no twist ties. I’m surprised, actually, that Cookies and Home Cake didn’t have anything. And thanks for the suggestion but the ones taken from grocery stores won’t work out, I’m going for a presentational look.

  • 12 Grace // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I third the grocery store and Target suggestions. I have generic/store brand gallon-sized storage bags that come w/ white twist ties.

    The plant training wire that someone mentioned above also comes in spools if that helps. Example-

  • 13 megan // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Grace, turns out the spools won’t work since they are plastic and I really need paper since these are going on gifts.

  • 14 Grace // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Oops. Nevermind. Didn’t see your comment about a presentational look.

  • 15 megan // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    No trouble at all. I should have been louder about that bit.

  • 16 amy // Sep 2, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Yes, the treat bags are the way to go-but they will be at Fred Meyer’s for sure. They can be hard to find, but they always have them somewhere. Usually in the seasonal section and/or the gift wrap section.

  • 17 Kate // Sep 2, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Yes, Michael’s has them in the candy/cake decorating aisle. They also have the spools in the gift wrapping aisle in a variety of colours.

  • 18 megan // Sep 2, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Thanks everybody, I’ll phone a few placed, though I expect that for spots like Fred Meyer and Joanns I’ll end up driving tot hem.

  • 19 Linda // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I’ve gotten them from the produce department of my local grocery store. I just take a handful if they won’t give me some.

  • 20 Karen // Sep 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I was stuck one Christmas and went to my local safeway and asked if I “buy” some of theirs (from the produce section) they gave me hundreds :)
    Good luck

  • 21 Maggie R // Sep 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Have you tried a different Cash & Carry – there are several locations around Seattle that might have them in stock.

  • 22 Jeannette // Sep 2, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I would check bakeries.

  • 23 just me // Sep 3, 2009 at 7:40 am

    You might also try garden centers. I have bought rols of green twist ties there and you cut to whatever length you need.

    Good luck!

  • 24 megan // Sep 3, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Thanks everybody – the search for nice looking white paper twist ties in Seattle turned up little. The closest I could get were brown kraft paper ones from Specialty Packaging. The Wilton aisle at Joanns give up only gold and silver (which were abundant everywhere). I ran out of time before I reached Paper Zone and Paper Source.

    Now I need white 3/4″ high tack masking tape, wish me luck.

  • 25 just barrie // Sep 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

    what about Trophy’s? they seem to have those little odds and ends, and i don’t think that was mentioned in all the other comments so i was trying to think of something new.

  • 26 just barrie // Sep 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

    oops, just read your last comment. nevermind.

  • 27 seattlemommy // Sep 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I am pretty sure they sell them at Display and Costume (near Northgate)

  • 28 Sweetposie // Sep 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Have you tried Daiso in Westlake yet?

  • 29 Kait // Sep 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m late to the party, but next time… these always came in boxes of Glad plastic food storage bags (not the ones that zip, the open ones) when I was younger. You could always donate the unused package of bags to a shelter or somewhere if you have no need for them; I’m sure they would come in handy at a lot of places.

  • 30 Gerrilyn // Oct 24, 2011 at 3:25 am

    If not for your writing this topic could be very conovtuled and oblique.

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