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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Uhhh... so... after reading this post, I've been thinking... if all my colleagues and I decide to retire at the same time (in about 15 years, 'cause we're all about the same age)... and if we don't know what to do with all the fabric ... should I let everyone here know, and sell it off piecemeal?

    Is 15 years enough lead time? You know, for folks who like to plan ahead...?
    Sorry. Not me. We will beat you to retirement, and my DH wants to travel when we do!
    Just noticed where you are located. My DS called yesterday and asked me about coming to visit (Rochester, NY) So I may get a chance to stop in on the way! Hooray! Always up for a new quilt shop experience!

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    $75K seems like a lot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    $75K seems like a lot...
    I agree, but it all depends on the condition of all the shelving and display racks etc, as they are all included, not just the fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FERSID
    I purchased a very large lot (somewhere around 10,000 metres of designer fabrics and a few bolts of lace trims from a well known Canadian Fashion Designer 2-1/2 years ago for a VERY good price.

    She was clearing some of her inventory to make way for the incoming new fabric trends - some of the fabrics were FULL unused rolls - in excess of 50 meters per roll.

    2 months of intensive taking of photos, composing descriptions and determining my pricing, I eventually managed to get them all listed in my EBay Store.

    It took me about 1-1/2 years to sell just about all - I think I only have about 120 metres left from the lot and I managed to make back my initial cash outlay and have realized a comfortable profit.

    Was it worth the time and effort? Possibly but in hindsight, I don't think I will do it again as it took far more of my time and energy than I had expected and that of course took away from too much time from my other interests.

    You would likely have far more success in selling quilting fabrics in a shorter time period than the designer fabrics I ventured with (these fabrics were for those interested in sewing their own garments).

    You may want to seriously look at how much time and energy to want to put into taking on such an endevour but if you do and you're lucky, you could probably turn a good profit.

    Good luck and hopefully, you'll post some in the forum - from the photos, there appears to be some really nice fabrics, etc.

    FERSID
    I was given --by default--4 volvo estate carloads FULL of quilt fabric from an 84 yr old lady who had left it to her friend who decided she was going to put it in a skip!!
    the fabric was dated/yardage noted/and place where purchased ; I did not quilt then but couldn't see this being wasted, so I went around quilting groups selling fabric at least half price if not more and gave the remainder away ; it was a lot of work but raised over 1.000 for dog rescue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Not even!!! :lol: :lol:

    It would be nice to be able to walk into a stash that size but where would you keep it?

    Billy
    you would load it all up in a u-haul bring it home and sell it to your fellow quilters on the board. lol

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    Forgive me if this was asked before, I quickly read through the msg threads....

    I noticed that this is listed on the Memphis craigslist. Did this store aside from the owner passing, have any flood damage from the recent storms?

    If they did, FYI, make sure those purchasing fabrics wash everything at least twice. Living in a warm, wet environment causes mildew and mold, and not the fun kind. Some types can also damage or discolor fabrics. (Experience from a broken water heater drenching part of my stash).

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    Where's Marsye? Is she already over there loading it into the U-Haul?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHSOMND
    Forgive me if this was asked before, I quickly read through the msg threads....

    I noticed that this is listed on the Memphis craigslist. Did this store aside from the owner passing, have any flood damage from the recent storms?

    If they did, FYI, make sure those purchasing fabrics wash everything at least twice. Living in a warm, wet environment causes mildew and mold, and not the fun kind. Some types can also damage or discolor fabrics. (Experience from a broken water heater drenching part of my stash).
    It is in Arkansas somewhere around Eddie I think. He said he has shopped there before so I am thinking its close by him.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb
    Quote Originally Posted by eiltcoq
    Mountain deb, What kind of fabric do you have? If you post pictures, you will be able to sell it on the Board. Eiltcoq.
    It is a matter of getting myself motivated to list and of course parting with all this fabric. Mostly Moda, Haufman, Kaufman, Blank and misc.. Most everything will be 40 to 60% off retail price. Sooooo stay tuned in for future postings.
    Looking forward to seeing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by NHSOMND
    Forgive me if this was asked before, I quickly read through the msg threads....

    I noticed that this is listed on the Memphis craigslist. Did this store aside from the owner passing, have any flood damage from the recent storms?

    If they did, FYI, make sure those purchasing fabrics wash everything at least twice. Living in a warm, wet environment causes mildew and mold, and not the fun kind. Some types can also damage or discolor fabrics. (Experience from a broken water heater drenching part of my stash).
    It is in Arkansas somewhere around Eddie I think. He said he has shopped there before so I am thinking its close by him.

    Billy
    It's in Sheridan, which is just a little South of Little Rock in central Arkansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    Quote Originally Posted by pam1966
    Let's all go in together and buy it! The ONLY way I could do it!
    I'll chip in . I want to quit my job anyways.
    Ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb
    Quote Originally Posted by eiltcoq
    Mountain deb, What kind of fabric do you have? If you post pictures, you will be able to sell it on the Board. Eiltcoq.
    It is a matter of getting myself motivated to list and of course parting with all this fabric. Mostly Moda, Haufman, Kaufman, Blank and misc.. Most everything will be 40 to 60% off retail price. Sooooo stay tuned in for future postings.
    I've been trying to find some of the Moda (I think Three-Sisters) Aviary line. I bought all the charm packs I could find, but would love to have some yardage. Do you know if you have any of that on hand. Maybe we could work out a deal. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaB
    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb
    Quote Originally Posted by eiltcoq
    Mountain deb, What kind of fabric do you have? If you post pictures, you will be able to sell it on the Board. Eiltcoq.
    It is a matter of getting myself motivated to list and of course parting with all this fabric. Mostly Moda, Haufman, Kaufman, Blank and misc.. Most everything will be 40 to 60% off retail price. Sooooo stay tuned in for future postings.
    I've been trying to find some of the Moda (I think Three-Sisters) Aviary line. I bought all the charm packs I could find, but would love to have some yardage. Do you know if you have any of that on hand. Maybe we could work out a deal. :-)
    Wish I could help, but do not have that line.

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    Where is this located in Arkansas? Is the store open at all? Just curious-love fabric. :>)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    It's in Sheridan, which is just a little South of Little Rock in central Arkansas.
    I think someone else said it is not open for regular business.

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    Mountaindeb, thanks for the reply. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Uhhh... so... after reading this post, I've been thinking... if all my colleagues and I decide to retire at the same time (in about 15 years, 'cause we're all about the same age)... and if we don't know what to do with all the fabric ... should I let everyone here know, and sell it off piecemeal?

    Is 15 years enough lead time? You know, for folks who like to plan ahead...?
    Sorry. Not me. We will beat you to retirement, and my DH wants to travel when we do!


    Just noticed where you are located. My DS called yesterday and asked me about coming to visit (Rochester, NY) So I may get a chance to stop in on the way! Hooray! Always up for a new quilt shop experience!
    There are some really good quilt shops here in the Rochester area. Jackie Lynn's in Irondequoit, Mt. Pleasant in York, Ivy Thimble in Victor, Patricia's in East Rochester, and Scarlet Thread in Webster. Happy hunting!

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    Juneeloonee, thanks for the heads-up on the quilt shops in the Rochester area. My DS is involved in weaving, so knows very little about the quilt shops, etc. She said we could explore. Now we have some destinations! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Uhhh... so... after reading this post, I've been thinking... if all my colleagues and I decide to retire at the same time (in about 15 years, 'cause we're all about the same age)... and if we don't know what to do with all the fabric ... should I let everyone here know, and sell it off piecemeal?

    Is 15 years enough lead time? You know, for folks who like to plan ahead...?
    Sorry. Not me. We will beat you to retirement, and my DH wants to travel when we do!
    Just noticed where you are located. My DS called yesterday and asked me about coming to visit (Rochester, NY) So I may get a chance to stop in on the way! Hooray! Always up for a new quilt shop experience!
    Since we do most of our sales online, it means that we're only open weekdays, from 9-5. For us, it's the best of both worlds... we get to see and play with the fabric, but have "normal" working hours. I'd just hate for you to plan a trip, only to find out that we're closed if you're coming through on a weekend!

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    Thanks for the info on your hours. It does sound like the best of both worlds! I'll see if I can travel during the week instead of on a weekend. Most likely, it will be fall before I can travel... Summer commitments, you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Juneeloonee, thanks for the heads-up on the quilt shops in the Rochester area. My DS is involved in weaving, so knows very little about the quilt shops, etc. She said we could explore. Now we have some destinations! :-D
    You're welcome. Each store is unique but have great finds! Probably my favorite is Jackie Lynn's. Have a ball.

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