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    Anyone from Seattle or thereabouts--Help

    we will be traveling to Olympia in September and need to know what kind of footwear would be best worn.. we were told that September is usually rainy and be prepared. can you help recommend footwear and where to purchase, other options? Also, can you recommend places to go and QUILT shops too.

    thank you for any help mickey

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    I almost always wore tennis shoes when I lived in that area. If I were that close to Vancover, Wa ,I would try my best to shop at Connecting Threads.
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    I live north of Olympia and September is usually nice weather (Indian Summer). Most of us Western WA residents live by the rule "if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes, it'll change". Tennis shoes are always good but you will probably want sandles too, best advice is be prepared - it can get in 70s during the day but temps will drop in evening. Right now we are having temps in upper 80s but only high 60s in evening so be prepared. Can't give you advice about quilt shops in the area as I haven't visited any down in that area, I have had people tell me that Bayside Quilting, which is in Olympia, is excellent.

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    I have a friend in Washington and when I visit she takes me to Yelm where there a fantastic quilt shop. LOTS of fabric. I can't remember the name, but its right as you come into town. Never miss a chance to go there.
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    Yelm, has Gee Gee's fabrics right on the main road, you can't miss it. I also vote for Bayside in Olympia. The Wild Rose in Orting is worth a look too.
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    Gee gees is the store in yelm.. Ruby street is in Tumwater.. Sisters is in Centralia.. Great places

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks View Post
    I almost always wore tennis shoes when I lived in that area. If I were that close to Vancover, Wa ,I would try my best to shop at Connecting Threads.
    Connecting Threads no longer has a brick and mortar store. I was up there several years ago (5 I think) and was so disappointed to discover they had closed the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Dog Night View Post
    I live north of Olympia and September is usually nice weather (Indian Summer). Most of us Western WA residents live by the rule "if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes, it'll change". Tennis shoes are always good but you will probably want sandles too, best advice is be prepared - it can get in 70s during the day but temps will drop in evening. Right now we are having temps in upper 80s but only high 60s in evening so be prepared. Can't give you advice about quilt shops in the area as I haven't visited any down in that area, I have had people tell me that Bayside Quilting, which is in Olympia, is excellent.
    Thank you very much. We normally were tennis shoes but were afraid that we would need some kind of shoe just for the rain. Lots of rain we were told. so thank you for this information.

    we will be staying in Lacey and will have limited mobility. So if the shops are to far away we cannot mange to get there this time. maybe the next visit.

    Thank you everyone for you help

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    Tennis shoes are perfect. Lived East of Seattle for over 30 years and that was my favorite for winter (unless snow is on the ground) or summer. September is usually a very nice Indian summer type weather. Personally, I didn't ever feel it rained quite as much as its reputation. More like lots of cloudiness. Enjoy your stay.

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    Not so much rain unless you're going at the endof September. I always regretted that school began in September instead of October, because September days are mostly glorious with sun and clear skies. It truly is "God's country" in September (August, too, and late July, usually). Tennis shoes or some kind of sport shoe is fine. You'll fit right in with the locals! Don't know about the quilt shops near Olympia, though.
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    If you can, try to find a Craft Warehouse while you are there. http://www.craftwarehouse.com

    They buy overruns of Moda, Kaufman, South Sea Imports, etc. They are folded flat, and are $6.00 per yard, $4.00 if on the sale table. They are current runs, but made too many for the quilt stores to buy. I went crazy there the first time I was in one. I had to ask for a ride back to my hotel, as I had walked across the street to shop.

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    September in Olympia is generally very nice and can be quite warm even hot sometimes. Unpredictable actually. It can also be rainy but not cold rain still kind of summer like maybe just a little cooler. Our weather has been warming up so much it is hard to predict. As far as shoes whatever you would normally wear for walking that are comfortable. There are several quilt shops around Olympia Non are huge but they are very nice. Check out the web for their name and maps. They are also not too far apart but then Olympia is not very big either. I like Olympia it is a fun little town.
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    I live a bit North on southern Vancouver Is, our climate is pretty much the same as Seattle's.

    I wear sandals from March through October, as long as there is no frost on the ground. If it rains, there is not much in September or much of October, you feet will dry quickly, if you do not wear socks. Otherwise whatever shoes you usually wear.

    I do have rubber boots that I wear when I walk to work in the winter, if rain is predicted. I just change into shoes when I get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie Ness View Post
    I have a friend in Washington and when I visit she takes me to Yelm where there a fantastic quilt shop. LOTS of fabric. I can't remember the name, but its right as you come into town. Never miss a chance to go there.
    The name of the quilt shop is GiGi's. It is fantastic!

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    Have fun and be sure to visit Shibori Dragon. Fabulous shop

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    I've lived here in God's Country for 25+ years. The weather is usually very nice from June thru Sept. Rain usually starts in Oct thru May. And even though it may rain a lot, it's usually the kind of rain where you dont get wet! More gray sky, misty, sometimes light showers. I don't even own an umbrella. I lived in Texas 10 years and when it rained, it poured, and I ruined quite a few dress shoes in the puddles left in the wake of a storm. And you wouldn't dream of not using an umbrella in a Texas rain! Otherwise you'd be soaked clear thru - not so, here.

    I wear sandals at the beaches, but sneakers or walking shoes (or hiking shoes/boots) everywhere else year round.

    Favorite south-sound quilt shops are:
    Bayside in Olympia
    Gigi's in Yelm
    Wild Rose in Orting (my absolute favorite!)
    Parkland Parish in Parkland (Tacoma)

    And whenever I'm near Vancouver/Portland area, I love to visit Fabric Depot (which is one of my favorite places to shop online, as well).
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