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Thread: Did you ever wish you were the fabric buyer for your LQS?

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    Just wondering how many people secretly - or not so secretly - wish that they could be the buyer for their LQS? (Even for a day...)

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    Just to see and feel all the samples. Oh yes.

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    YES! Because honestly some of those fabrics make me wonder who chose them. Then again, someone else would be saying that if I was doing the choosing :)

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    Dream job, at least in my mind. Although it probably has it's headaches as well

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    Oh yes!
    I would love to do that job.
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    I'd have to agree with Sharon, seeing and feeling all the samples....... Then again, I would want to take half of them home with me!!!

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    Yes, I do. My LQS carries a large percentage of traditional type fabrics and I tend to like more modern or even wild fabric lines. It's probably a good thing they don't stock what I like. I'd be poor.

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    Nope - not even the slightest interest.

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    Yes!
    That would be my dream job! :-D

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    Well, yes...lol! I did actually tell the Joann's in Lynchburg, VA that they had the ugliest fabric I had ever seen and I would sure love to talk to their buyer. That was about 3 months ago. I went in to Joann's while I was there last week and lo and behold I had to tell them that the fabric selections were great and it was nice to see some pretty fabric there for once. :^)

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    Absolutely!!!!! I think I would probably be spending most of my paycheck on the fabrics. Oh shoot, ALL of my paycheck. Who am I kidding. However, I don't think I would be very good at it. I tend to lean toward traditional/floral fabrics and a buyer has to provide fabric for everyone. I have a hard time liking some of the wild/modern ones and I know others do, so it would be something I would have to learn/make myself do. I've been trying all AM to find a particular line and spent $500 in my head very easily, not even on what I was looking for! Good thing it was just in my head and not in real life. I'd be dead meat. LOL. Anyone hiring???? Love your questions, FavoriteFabrics.
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    Glad you like the questions, Wendy! It was nice of you to say so.

    I'm thinking that most shops (at least the ones I've been to) wind up developing a particular style, in that they tend to lean toward a particular type of fabrics. And it probably reflects the owner's preferences. Though, in the end, it's really about satisfying the customers' taste.

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    It would be fun. See and touching all that fabric. Sigh!!!!!!

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    nope,not me!

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    In a heartbeat! :)

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    i would love to!! maybe just for a day though cause i'm sure it would become a headache, trying to find things you like, what would sell and pleasing the customers. would be a huge responsibility for sure! but i would love to see and feel all the new fabrics that would be coming out!! i'm sure it's hard not to buy everything and go over budget too!!

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    I notice that shops have a line of fabrics but dont have the most needed one that pulls all the other colors togather. It is so frustrating to need the one color they dont have.

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    If I ever were, I would order all the stuff I like......OH BOY!!!

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    I would be bad at it. I have very little fabric vision. I'm always seeing pictures of fabric that I think is flat ugly and doesn't go together and a few weeks later there is a post of a beautiful quilt from that ugly fabric.

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    There used to be a quilt store where I lived that specialized in "dead rat colors" as my girlfriend calls them. That store was almost depressing to go in to since all the colors were dark and dreary. I always wished I could buy some brighter colors to cheer that store up. The other store at that time pretty much only carried florals. But no blenders to go with the florals. And of course nothing from one store went with anything from the other store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Nope - not even the slightest interest.
    nope. not me either!

    sounds too much like work.

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    Right now our LQS is stocking many of the really wild colors and designs. I am not crazy about those fabrics, but there are still some that are more traditional and I can usually find something that I like.

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    No interest at all! It would feel like too much pressure to try to please everyone. I tend to be a people pleaser anyway, and that would make me go nuts! The only reason I would even think about it for a second, is to be able to see what lines are available, so I know what to look for when I am ready to increase my stash or start another quilt.

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    Yes, but they would have all blues.

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    Our local shop has fabric that is just dull. My favorite shops are located in LaPlata, Maryland. When you walk in, you are bombarded with color and design that gets your juices running and ideas flowing. Whenever our little group needs a "pick-me-up" we drive from Virginia to LaPlata (about an hour's drive) just to get incentive and to meet the wonderful shop staff.

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