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Thread: trying to plan ahead re: black Friday et al

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    Jul 2011
    Hi, guys

    I used to sew a lot (even did it for a living before cancer hit) but haven't done a lot recently for a variety of reasons. That said, I haven't paid much attention to sales for quilting & fabric related stuff in the past.

    I have a question for all of you on the board. Everyone and his dog has either a black Friday sale or cyber Monday sale with regards to electronics and other "toys".

    My question is this: do the online fabric or quilting stores as well as places like JoAnn's, Hancock Fabric & other similar stores (we have access to Michaels, but it's 90 miles from me, so I don't get there often and we don't have AC Moore at all) have a similar sale? Do they have specials at this time that is worth planning ahead for and trying to save $$ now for the sales?

    I'll be looking for a serger around the first of the year or later and got to thinking that perhaps someone would have a "killer" sale on them around December such as black Friday. Or do places selling machines only have killer sales when new models come out?

    In general, what time of year have you seen the best sales, not counting remodeling, moving or grand opening events? This is with regards to batting, fabric, machines, and other quilting "toys". :P

    TIA and have a great week quilting,

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    Senior Member SharBear's Avatar
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    May 2011
    Rhode Island
    I'm 47 years old and I NEVER went to a BLACK FRIDAY sale until ... this year! I thought "those" people were crazy to get up and go stand in line for a sale. Let me tell you, "those" people are fun and friendly if you are standng in line a Joanns! I got FANTASTIC prices on their snuggle flannel; I was making some baby blankets at the time. They handed out $10 gift cards to the first 100 people in the store and it was a fun time had by all!

    They did have sales on machines and other "big ticket" items like the crafting tables, etc.

    As for a serger - I purchased my Brother serger from Amazon - free shipping around $200.

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    Super Member OHSue's Avatar
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    May 2009
    Brubakers Sewing Center often has sales, I think they would also be likely to have some kind of sale near Christmas. They are pretty big and I think they would have whatever you might want. I have purchased from them and am happy with the service.

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    Kansas City area USA
    you can do either the store/building sales...be there at least an hour and TWO HOURS before the store opens is better!!! or you can do on line shopping......BUT.....you need a super fast computer as the merchants update fast and often and if you don't buy something when you see it.....it will be gone!! Be careful tho, it is very easy to over spend but the sale prices are always GOOD


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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    Every year I set the alarm clock so I can get to JoAnn's for their Back Friday Sale , starts at 6 AM . For the last 5 years or so they have battings 50 percent off plus an addional 20 percent entire purchase . So I get up ...tuck my PJ 's into my pants , get the store , fill a cart with batting and back home in bed by 7 AM. I am so glad this past year I really stocked up as the price of cotton has made my purchase that much more and battings I paid less than 8.00 are now over $24.00. My Jo anns was giving out free fiskar sissors and a gift card.

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    Apr 2007
    Alturas, CA
    I have never gone to a Black Friday sale and have NO intentions of doing so. I'm on JoAnn's mailing list, so use my coupons, or search online for fabrics on sale, but I really prefer "feeling" the fabrics. The closest JoAnn's is 100 miles so I don't get there very often.

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    Super Member nursie76's Avatar
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    May 2009
    North Central PA
    My youngest DD and DH have always made it a tradition. Thanksgiving dinner, turkey coma, up at 4am to be on the road by 5 for all the Black Friday sales....me...I stay in bed and meet them around 10 for a cup of tea/coffee and some shopping. Joanns had the Accuquilt for $199 and that is the cheapest I have ever seen it. I am still thinking that I should have gotten it, but ah well. I do know some of the larger Joanns do have specials on the machines at this time.

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    Senior Member Christine27's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    North Central Illinois
    Sometimes you have to ask where the special deals are located in the store. They'll have the super cheap sale items on a special display in the aisle, not necessarily in the department where you would expect it. My DSIL got a cheap-o sewing machine for my nieces at Walmart's Black Friday sale.

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    Senior Member jme's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    DFW Texas
    Joann's does a black friday sale.

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    Super Member GGinMcKinney's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    N Texas
    You can sign up online for the sales ads from Michaels, JoAnns & Hobby Lobby. This will provide coupons and sometimes the prices are so good during the year it isn't worth the Black Friday hassle for me. The AccuQuilt Go has been $199 recently. I have been watching it. I wondered why it came down so low. Now there is a machine that cuts fabric at the push of a button rather than turning the handle. Maybe they had to reprice since the newer technology is available. I don't know, just guessing. Black Friday ads can be obtained early by checking out the black friday website.

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