I’ve ordered a lot of shellac flakes, buttons, seedlac in the past but the place I used to get it from went out of business a while back and now there are new people running it. The prices aren’t low like they used to be so I didn’t buy from them.
I checked some of the woodworkers forums to see where they buy from. After checking the different recommended websites I chose Shellac Shack from the state of Oregon. They had the cheapest I could find for 5 lbs of the dewaxed garnet shellac flakes. The problem is they can’t take bulk orders over the internet. I guess their website wasn’t set up for the discount on bulk. I had to call them and make the order. Pretty old fashioned, right?!! I don’t feel comfortable giving information over the phone. On the internet you use those shopping carts that have security locks so you feel more confident (and I always check the shopping cart has the lock icon on the browser.) But before I ordered I checked the reviews by doing searches and people had only good things to say so I hope everything turns out OK, if not I’ll surely let you know. He seemed really nice and he said he hadn’t gone to the post office so he’d send it today. That’s service! Until my shellac comes, I’m pretty much at a stand still for finishing the woodwork trim. That’s OK because I have plenty of laundry and cleaning to do.***UPDATE: I ordered the shellac on Tuesday and got the shellac late this afternoon, Thursday!! That’s fast from Oregon to Pennsylavania! Good job United States Postal Service and Shellac Shack. The shellac came in 1 lb packages which is good. When I bought bulk elsewhere all 5 lbs came in one big bag. It will stay fresher this way. Also the shellac flakes are pretty fine textured. Only one bag has a hard clump of shellac in it. I always get some clumps no matter who I have bought from and a hammer will break it up easily. I’m very happy. I want to also note that I sent a flat-rate Priority box from Erie, PA to my son in Washington state on Monday and he got it Wednesday morning. Wow, the postal service seems on top of things this year.