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Thread: Can a Store Have TOO Much Fabric?

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    Super Member dglvr's Avatar
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    I was at a store like that not to long ago. I've been shopping there online and finally visited the place and decided it was easier to visit online. It was worth going though, I'd never seen so much fabric in one place before. It was an experience. I guess the best part was seeing all the animals in person that I'd been watching online. They always have pictures of the animals so I'd watched them all grow up.
    Okay you say your in the Western Plains so what state was this store in?

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    I have a shop about an hour from me that has 18 - 20,000 bolts of fabric. A lot of it is piled up randomly because they have run out of shelf space. I always love the idea of going there but am kind of overwhelmed once I do. It is hard to really look at the fabric because there is so much and it is jammed in. Also, if you really look and spend a lot of time, you are going to come home with hundreds and hundreds of dollars of fabric because you had so many favorites.

    It is still an interesting place and I do love all the choices. But I would love to move them into a new location where I could really see everything - that would make it perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorli
    Tootsie, I agree with you. There is a quilt shop nearby that is overwhelming. I couldn't believe that I spent several hours there and walked out with 1 yard of fabric!

    Everyone who's been there agrees that you have to go there with a mission or an out-of-print fabric in mind.
    Lorli,
    You and I have to be taking about the same place. Fieldstone House, right?

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    Oh to have that problem :) Since our local Walmart discontinued their fabric department, I now have to travel an hour to find fabric. I have nothing agaisnt buying on-line but there is something about touching/feeling/smelling (you get the picture) I'm making a run to Bangor this am to pick up 4yrds of black fabric so I can start the quilt my daughter has requested. (I have a 50% off coupon at Joann's so I'm planning on picking a higher end quality fabric) Round trip will take me at least 3.5hrs to accomplish the simple task of buying 1 piece of fabric. To be totally honest though.....the chances of me leaving with only 1 piece of fabric is pretty limited. LOL

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    This is actually a Social Psychology phenomenon. I recall a study that was conducted on children drawing with crayons. When the children were given a basic set of crayons that had all the main colors, they were much happier than when they were given the ultimate package of crayons that had every color variation under the sun. We do not do well when we have too many choices. I get downright upset when I stand in front of the gynormous wall of cereal. HOW IN THE HECK am I supposed to make up my mind. SO YES, a QS can have too much fabric.

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    I would love it, although it does probaly take forever to find what you want. Dangerous for me though, the more I swa, the more I'd want to buy, lol!

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    I agree with all of you. A couple of weeks ago I took a friend to three different shops. She was looking for fabric to make a quilt as a wedding present. The first shop is in an old victorian house. The rooms are fairly small and they were crammed from floor to ceiling with fabric etc. There wasn't room to back up and really look without bumping into things. As a wearer of bifocals upper and lower shelves bother me. The amount of fabric and variety of patterns etc. was overwhelming. The light was good.
    The next shop was a similar building but less crammed and more room to move around. The light there was not good. I spent $67. They had a whole room of clearance. After almost an hour of taking down and comparing dozens of bolts she left with nothing. The last shop was smaller, less crowded and lots fewer choices. I only spent $20. Oh, I spent at least $10 at the first one. My friend bought us lunch at Burger King and gave me some gas money. She was empty handed.

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    I have the same problem. It's almost overwhelming. I like my small stores here.

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    I especially hate it when the bolts are so crammed together you can't even tip one out to have a look!

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    where is it ???

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