Some of your most useful tools for needlepoint come, not from your LNS, but from . . . the hardware store, or the office supply store, or the sporting goods shop.
I have plenty of repurposed tools around from the kitchen scissors I use to cut canvas to the hardware store telescoping magnet to pick up needles, tacks, and scissors. Even the bags and boxes I use to hold my tools aren’t from needlework shops.
This delightful blog post from the New Jersey Needle Artists, an ANG Chapter, has lots more great ideas.