Quote Originally Posted by emmah
I'll bet a lot of bigger thrift shops just "rag" fabric pieces, that is , toss it in the bins where they put damaged clothes (then are sold to manufacturers or third world countries). I wonder if talking to the manager of your local shop about the desire for fabric scraps and asking them to set them aside for you to purchase would work. I think I will try that here. I have been amazed at what they toss and what they keep. I once saw the local shop filling a dump truck with items that had been left outside the shop when it was closed. Some of them had gotten wet..but they even tossed in plastic items and skiis!

You might have hit on the problem. Would a man know that a little piece of purrple batik was a treasure? Would a kid? Would some women?