I consider myself to be a minimalist stitcher.
Let me explain that.
Perhaps it's because I'm younger and I don't have much of a budget for stitching to begin with but I don't have a ton of accessories for stitching. Perhaps it's because I'm now trying to stitch with a 2 1/2 year old and a 20 month old running around.
Most of the stitching stuff that I have is fabric and fibers and kits and patterns. I use DMC almost exclusively which I keep on bobbins. The past few years, I've dabbled with Krenik and Light Effects and I had one piece that I did that called for silk. Most recently, I've been dabbling with mill hill beads. Most of the fabric I own is stuff I inherited from my cousin who doesn't stitch anymore or stuff I picked up at SCRAP. I have a bunch of patterns and mags but the majority of it came from the same cousin.
I only use two things consistently: scissors and Q snaps.
A quick note on the scissors, I had a really cheap pair I bought at Wal-Mart 10 years ago and I finally purchased a decent pair about 6 months ago. To be honest, I normally used the everyday scissors.
Back to the Q Snaps
When I was in college, I stitched smalls. Most of it was those cheap little kits on aida. The ornaments and stuff. I also loved perforated paper and plastic. Easy to finish. Then, I discovered there was an actual LNS in New Ulm and then I discovered Q snaps. I had tried to use a hoop but I didn't like how it bunched at the top and the marks it left on the fabric.
I am quite pleased with my Q snaps. They work well for me and keep my fabric nicely taught. If they aren't holding the fabric well, some batting or felt strips normally helps. And I found a stand that works with them very well. I know several stitchers who can't stand them but they work well for me.