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    We needed to go into town (Spfld) for a doc appt and since there were so many coupons out, we decided to go into Js for some items. The 40% and 50% coupons really didn't help because the fabric and books were already on sale - 30% and 40$ off. Their REGULAR price is 9.99 per yard, take off 30% puts the price TWICE what I had purchased it before the prices went thru the roof! When I got to the register, I commented that their prices have really gone up and her comment was.."we just received notice that they are going up significantly MORE" I thanked her and said I will NOT be back, have a nice day.

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    Along with everything else, except our wages!

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    I know it's tough- I'm on a very fixed income- but I'm afraid you're going to find it everywhere. The local shops have told me that the mfgs have all gone up significantly, so they're having to pick and choose a little more carefully what lines they carry. I'm afraid it goes along with the rest of the economy. One of my LQS's has been running 40% sales off all her fabric, but as you know, most never run sales at all. This lady and her two daughters run it, and she is just a doll, and would rather do more volume and keep her customers happy. Our BIG shop has never run a sale, but they continue to thrive, so there you go!

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    After seeing the quality at Joann's and the prices, all my money goes to the LQS. I can get high quality batiks for $8.50 a yard. Much rather spend my money there. I just spent $70 for a nice size baby quilt (includes everything except batting) that will last a long time.

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    i hear today on the radio that cotton and corn are doubling in price. so save your scraps and make mile-a-minute quilts. they are lovely with sashing and anything goes.
    i don't know about the corn.........

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    stitchinwitch, have you looked at FM Store on Sunshine? I was there a couple of weeks ago and he still has his prices down. He said he didn't know how long he was going to be able to keep them down but he is doing all he can not to raise his prices.

    You've got to have a pretty sharp eye when looking for fabric but you just can't beat his prices.

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    I found out how much things had gone up when I looked into shipping some fabric to someone on the board. WOW!! The cheapest way to ship is a flat rate box at the post office. UPS used to be cheaper. To ship 5 lbs. of fabric they wanted $27.00!! I suppose we had better get used to this.

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    Guess that means I be making more scrappy quilts and getting more creative.

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    Prices at our local thrift stores are almost as high as buying on sale at the stores.

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    BellaBoo, ours is bad too. I dont think really poor people can afford to shop at our Goodwill store. Jeans are 8.00 and 9.00 for used!

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    That is depressing news! :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    BellaBoo, ours is bad too. I dont think really poor people can afford to shop at our Goodwill store. Jeans are 8.00 and 9.00 for used!
    And that is only if they can beat the people who feel they are doing good and recycling by buying out all the wool and cotton clothes to cut up for crafting!
    Sorry, this is a sore point for me. If a person wants to recycle clothing into crafting of any sort, I have no problem with that... IF they are using clothing from their own household. If you can afford new cloth, don't use the wool suit that might have helped a poor person get a job, or keep them from being quite as cold...
    (OK off my soapbox... sorry for the rant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilladare
    And that is only if they can beat the people who feel they are doing good and recycling by buying out all the wool and cotton clothes to cut up for crafting!
    Sorry, this is a sore point for me. If a person wants to recycle clothing into crafting of any sort, I have no problem with that... IF they are using clothing from their own household. If you can afford new cloth, don't use the wool suit that might have helped a poor person get a job, or keep them from being quite as cold...
    (OK off my soapbox... sorry for the rant)
    Maybe where you live it is that way - but I don't think that everyone who makes recycled clothing projects is beating some poor(er) person out of clothing. I know that where I live, there is a place that gives away clothing and food to people with low income who are having trouble making ends meet. I've volunteered there, and they have WAY more clothes than they can get rid of (except mens and kids jeans). They keep very few suits, because there just isn't any demand.

    There are also several consignement stores i visit, and get clothing at, both to wear and to make into other things, and I'm not seeing a shortage of available clothes. I usually just buy off of the sale racks what they haven't been able to get rid of an have marked down. The goodwill has more clothes than anything else, no shortage of anything that I can see, but their prices are generally higher than the privately run consignment stores. The only thing is, I wouldn't buy coats in the wintertime to cut up, because it does seem like there is a shortage of good coats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rascalonious
    Along with everything else, except our wages!
    I hear ya, hubby works for the goverment, and they put a freeze on his wages..

    and he only makes about 35,000 a year...

    Wouldnt it be great if the goverment would take a pay cut down to that and try to live on it....

    I bet the debt would have a decrease after that...

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    Yes, crashquilt - and what about Fabric Depot? His prices was always good - don't know if they are "holding"..hope so, but he was saying shipping is TERRIBLE - like doubled in price.

    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    stitchinwitch, have you looked at FM Store on Sunshine? I was there a couple of weeks ago and he still has his prices down. He said he didn't know how long he was going to be able to keep them down but he is doing all he can not to raise his prices.

    You've got to have a pretty sharp eye when looking for fabric but you just can't beat his prices.

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    hmmmmmm maybe all those clothes I have in the back of the closet and in bins, I should cut up - heck - 'can't wear that small size any more, so I just MIGHT 'repurpose it!!

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    I cringe at some of the prices I see, but it just makes me be a more creative and smarter shopper and quilter. You can still find lots of bargains, sales, good priced websites, ebay, craigslist, this board, and sales at quilt shops. Plus garage sales, resale shops, etc. I'm very lucky that there are two quilt shops nearby with fabric priced at $4, $5 and $6 a yard! I just won't pay higher than that. Well, I have, but it's rare and only for something I HAD to have! LOL

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    Hold on! Help's coming! In our local newspaper last week's headline was that our farmers are planting more cotton this year because of the shortage. so ... just wait a bit. :) That will mean a rice, corn, or
    maize shortage though cause that's what they had been planting more of.

    I have stopped taking my clothes to our local thrift shop. I had over 20 coats I had collected over the years - mine, my kids, husband, even some from my mother-in-law. They had me drive around to the gargage-type door to meet a worker there to unload them. When that door rolled up and I saw a MOUNTAIN of black trash bags that people had put their donations in - this mountain had to be 12 feet high - I was so depressed. I know they need workers to sort it and space to put it, but it will be YEARS before what I take there will be availalbe for anyone to use. So .. I'm seeking other places to take my things. Wish I could volunteer there to help them, but work two jobs and just can't fit it in. Some of our churches have drop boxes and there's a smaller place in town I can take things to.

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    Here's what our local paper had to say:
    Cotton prices higher than ever before and double those a year ago are expected to cause row crop farmers, who portion out their acreage among three or four different crops to reduce risk, to perhaps skew a bit toward more cotton acres, McGuill said.

    “Our number of acres planted I anticipate will stay relatively level, but what’s going to be planted in those acres is going to change,” he said. “I think we’re going to see a marked increase in our cotton acres and level or down in our corn acres – cotton will take some of that away.


    AND... given the life and luck of the farmers I know that means that something will happen that will cause the cost of cotton to fall, fall, fall before the crop is ready to harvest. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilladare
    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    BellaBoo, ours is bad too. I dont think really poor people can afford to shop at our Goodwill store. Jeans are 8.00 and 9.00 for used!
    And that is only if they can beat the people who feel they are doing good and recycling by buying out all the wool and cotton clothes to cut up for crafting!
    Sorry, this is a sore point for me. If a person wants to recycle clothing into crafting of any sort, I have no problem with that... IF they are using clothing from their own household. If you can afford new cloth, don't use the wool suit that might have helped a poor person get a job, or keep them from being quite as cold...
    (OK off my soapbox... sorry for the rant)
    Well, I don't think those few people who buy used clothing to cut up are taking it ALL from the thrift/Goodwill/Salvation Army stores. I recently went to a thrift store in my area, and they had TONS of used clothing, including all types, sizes, genders, etc.

    Please be careful about painting a picture with such a WIDE brush, or making a statement that really is NOT SO TRUE!! If it's your own experience that you are commenting on, fine. Otherwise....maybe state that this is your own opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    stitchinwitch, have you looked at FM Store on Sunshine? I was there a couple of weeks ago and he still has his prices down. He said he didn't know how long he was going to be able to keep them down but he is doing all he can not to raise his prices.

    You've got to have a pretty sharp eye when looking for fabric but you just can't beat his prices.
    Love the FM store on Sunshine. My friend was in there yesterday and he told her prices are definitely going up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crochetetc
    After seeing the quality at Joann's and the prices, all my money goes to the LQS. I can get high quality batiks for $8.50 a yard. Much rather spend my money there. I just spent $70 for a nice size baby quilt (includes everything except batting) that will last a long time.
    I totally agree. If you consider the overall quality of fabric, LQS is a better bang for your buck plus my LQS owner is so helpful from picking out pattern/fabric to quilting.

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    I haven't shopped at a thrift store, but we do donate quite often. My one son probably gives 30 trash bags a year to good will of his perfectly good clothing( he just loves clothes!) I use to donate used clothing to a organization for special needs people until I really read their brochure. Clothing, and anything made of fabric was bundled and sold overseas. They needed money more. I have no idea what use it is put to in other countries, but that kind of stuff is shipped by huge boat loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadoh
    i hear today on the radio that cotton and corn are doubling in price. so save your scraps and make mile-a-minute quilts. they are lovely with sashing and anything goes.
    i don't know about the corn.........
    Ok, I have to ask....what's a mile-a-minute quilt? I'm guessing something scrappy.
    Thanks,
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