For quantity, but not the greatest quality, venture over to Harbor Freight. They work for most stuff. Then you can start adding some better ones once you see what you'll need. Then buy em as you need em. They'll accumulate rather quickly.
I have had really bad luck with HF's quick clamps but good luck with their (F) style clamps and their aluminium bar clamps.I will second the Harbour Freight clamps. I've had good luck with the bar clamps, and for the money, you can't beat them imho. The quick clamps aren't good for anything but light duty stuff.
I agree the "FF" clamps are a very compact and work good, the Quick clamps are junk.I have had really bad luck with HF's quick clamps but good luck with their (F) style clamps and their aluminium bar clamps.
Thanks for the tip, Ollie, I just got back from HD with 2 packs of those. Great buy, they are heavy duty for their size. 4ea. 6",and 4 ea. 12" for $30., that is $3.75/ ea.Those black Bessey clamps in MT Stringer's first pic are on sale at Home Depot. They package two 6 inch and two 12 inch and sell them for $20 every Xmas. I always grab a pack or two. For Father's Day, they are on sale for $15 for four clamps. You can't beat that.
I have found the handles can be a bit slippery for my old hands. Look for a Youtube video by Rob Cosman about Hockey Stick grips. It will greatly improve the amount of pressure you can develop.