I live in Northern CAlifornia and there is a wonderful couple who pick up all the designer samples from the show rooms in SF. They then get us together we sort and stack and have a free fabric days here once a month. The designer show rooms throw the old samples in the LAND FILL. I know there has been a group who is starting this on the east coast too. Perhaps there is someone who wants to check out your showrooms and see if you can do the same? The local area here throws between 2 and 3 TONS of fabric away every month. Imagine all the things you could make with that.. my stash is growing and growing.
Check out what they do and maybe you can inspire someone in your area too:
The second listing is one that shows a piece of a quilt I made out of the scraps. Its the yellow Toile prints.. it was made completely with throw away fabric.