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Thread: Amish tried selling their quilts to my LQS

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    Smile Amish tried selling their quilts to my LQS

    My favorite LQS had an Amish man and 2 women come into the shop last week. They wanted the shop owner to buy their quilts for $500.00 and then she would sell them and keep what ever she was able to sell them over the $500.00. She politely told them "no", that she does not have that kind of traffic come through her door. Mind you, she has her own quilts displayed in the store for sale and had a hard time selling those. The 2 women with him quietly stood by him not talking, looking around at all the fabric.

    Has anyone else heard of this. I find it odd that someone would come into a quilt shop to sell the shop owner quilts when she has her own to sell.

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    i really dont think its odd. some shops sell on consignment. some shops need samples of quilts to show they are making different patterns and changing their inventory. so to me no, i dont think its unusual.

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    wow, the economy must be really bad if the Amish are having trouble selling their quilts!!

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    No, it's not odd. In Lancaster County, PA, there are a lot of shops that sell Amish made quilts and other sewn things.
    Gloria 

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    My favorite LQS had an Amish man and 2 women come into the shop last week. They wanted the shop owner to buy their quilts for $500.00 and then she would sell them and keep what ever she was able to sell them over the $500.00. She politely told them "no", that she does not have that kind of traffic come through her door. Mind you, she has her own quilts displayed in the store for sale and had a hard time selling those. The 2 women with him quietly stood by him not talking, looking around at all the fabric.

    Has anyone else heard of this. I find it odd that someone would come into a quilt shop to sell the shop owner quilts when she has her own to sell.
    PinkBerryKay ... But is that really any different than ... a fabric rep coming in and saying, I'll sell you fabric at $x per metre... and you can sell it for whatever you want?

    ITA with Ro, that some shops do sell quilts ... so what's the harm in asking? He knew his price he needed, and it goes from there.

    PTQuilts ... whether Amish or ??? doesn't really matter ... they are in the same economy as the rest of us, and need to keep stretching out and marketing their products.
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    I don't think it's that odd. As mentioned, the shop should have new inventory to display. If I were the shop owner, I'd offer to take them on consignment for a short period of time.
    Nancy in western NY

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    I also don't think that's odd. Lots of shops have an inventory of quilts for sale and no harm in asking by those Amish folks. The answer is either ,yes or no.

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    Not exactly odd, but IMO strange that they wouldn't ask to sell on consignment rather than a flat out $500 each for the owner to buy them. They aren't going to get many takers with that business strategy! Who has a few grand floating about to buy quilts that may or may not sell in your store? Not the best business plan...

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    I agree the odd part was that they wanted the owner to buy them.......wonder if they were just passing thru town.
    and ran short of money.

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    They may have had a crisis and needed to raise some cash. May not have ever tried to deal with the English before. Brave of them to even try. Would you ever try to navigate their world?
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