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    I went to a local fabric store yesterday to pick up my pattern book. Every three or four yiears I buy their old pattern books when they get the new ones in. I was so upset at the prices of material. I refuse to pay 12.00 a yard. Most of the quilting fabric was 10.00 and UP, ultra suede was .45 cents and INCH. Needless to say, I walked out without buying anything. Just venting.

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    I think we all have our heart stop by the price of fabric in the quilt/fabric stores.

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    Yes the prices are going up. I don't buy like I used to, but if I fall in love with it I try to buy some of it.

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    That's a good price for Ultrasuede. It was $39.95 a yard years ago.

    My fabric store hasn't gone over $10 a yard yet. I try to stick to sales unless I only need a small amount.

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    I agree and I won't pay that. Thank goodness there are still places online to get good fabric for less than $5 a yard. I'll shop there until that is no longer available, then I'll switch to using our old clothes and nice shirts and dresses I can find at Goodwill for a buck.

    Certainly makes our stash worth so much more :thumbup:

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    I feel the same way. It's gotten so that I try to use only what's in my stash, purchasing new fabrics only if I need to add to what I have. How long will it take before we see more LQ stores closing again? As it is, the ones that I've been to have fewer fabrics to choose from compared to just a few years ago. I don't blame them. It must be difficult to know what to stock and not be left with a lot of fabric that has to be discounted to move. They have bills to pay also.

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    Our LQS has only raised the prices on the fabrics that are new coming in but the next city over I notied last week her new fabrics are $12 so she's raised the older still in stock up to the same price. I will not buy from her aaain. I understand the prices went up on cotton so they have to raise but that bolt you bought 6 months ago did not go up in costs.

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    Our LQS also charge 11.99. Only the Kona solids are 7.00 yd. Once a month they have 20% off. I too noticed the other day that they had raised the prices on fabric that has been in the shop for some time. Frightening.

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    Ladies ... enjoy and appreciate your "high" prices for they really are low in perspective to what many of us have at our availablility.

    So yes, just call me (and others) green with envy at such terribly high prices, as you say!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

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    If they don't raise the price on what they have in stock, they won't be able to afford to replace it when it's gone.

    Fabric is getting pricey but there are deals still to be had all over the place if you look. I pay top dollar for special purchases and find ways to cut costs on the rest.

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    Yes prices are going up. We just have to shop around ansd find the best deals.

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    It will be getting harder to find good buys.

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    I have to say, it is funny you can go buy a cotton dress for less than 2 yards of fabric.

    Does anyone remember Woolworth's? The one in downtown San Diego closed in early 1980, they put all their fabric on sale for $.25 a yard. I only bought one piece and a box of 4.5 in blocks for $1.00. There was enough in the box to make a king size comforter and I still have a LOT left. It was sad to see it close, but we still had TG&Y, they did have a better quilting department. It was sad when they closed too about 8 years later.

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    I was into Joann this morning. They had the whole line of Heidi Grace in the browns in the red tag fabrics. I purchased a lot of coordinating fabrics for 4.00 per yard.

    Sometimes I hit a nice sale like this and with my VIP card got another 10% off.

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    It is so very sad, the American woman have always made quilts from how many years ago. it was a way of surviving. Now days many make quilts for enjoyment, and yes some still for survival. You go to the Goodwill to buy denim or shirts and now even there, prices are going up. So sad now when so many are out of work prices are being driven sky high. Maybe someday the prices will come back down :)

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    Did anyone notice the recent price increases at JoAnne's? Noticed them marking fabric one day so the next time I wen in I checked where they had been working and they had raised the prices if flannel by $2.00 per yard on all their already in stock bolts. They also raised alot of their novelty and calico by the same $2.00 per yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    Our LQS has only raised the prices on the fabrics that are new coming in but the next city over I notied last week her new fabrics are $12 so she's raised the older still in stock up to the same price. I will not buy from her aaain. I understand the prices went up on cotton so they have to raise but that bolt you bought 6 months ago did not go up in costs.
    My LQS has done the same thing and she hasn't even gotten in any "new" fabrics. I didn't buy from her when they were $8 a yard and I sure am not going to buy from her now. Wholesale fabric does not cost near what is being charged and I find price gouging to be very distasteful. I won't shop there anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    Our LQS has only raised the prices on the fabrics that are new coming in but the next city over I notied last week her new fabrics are $12 so she's raised the older still in stock up to the same price. I will not buy from her aaain. I understand the prices went up on cotton so they have to raise but that bolt you bought 6 months ago did not go up in costs.
    My LQS has done the same thing and she hasn't even gotten in any "new" fabrics. I didn't buy from her when they were $8 a yard and I sure am not going to buy from her now. Wholesale fabric does not cost near what is being charged and I find price gouging to be very distasteful. I won't shop there anymore.
    On average, most retail establishments (quilting or other) charge a retail price of double the wholesale price. I highly doubt she is price gouging. I'm sure her overhead (what the difference between wholesale and retail goes to) has gone up. It's also possible that she has eaten some prior wholesale price increases and is now at the point where she can't absorb that increase any more.

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    The price increase is due to a bad cotton crop. This is expected to continue at least another year. When the demand exceeds the supply, the prices go up. It's not gouging, the price is increasing to the stores so they have to pass that along in order to keep their doors open. But they do NOT have to mark up old stock. That is baloney. I would boycott a shop that did that, and let them know why.

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    I've gotten a lot of lovely, real suede fabrics at yard sales and flea markets. They are usually skirts and jackets, and sometimes a few of the mens' jackets are absolutely lovely, butter soft and very washable. I put them in crazy quilts and they wash much better than cottons. No way I could or would pay what the new price is.

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    Everytime I make it to town (about evey 2-3 months) I always go to one of many LQS. I have always bought something from this shop. The one thing I really liked about it was going through all the discontinued bolts of fabric. I always found something. She would mark them 1/2 off. Last time I was in their she is no longer marking down the older lines. She is now cutting them all up in fat 1/4's. I'm not real fond of fats and she sells them at regular cost. Unless I'm looking for something specific, I don't think I'll be back for a long while. Her prices went up $2-3 a yard also. Come to think of it, there wasn't one thing in that shop that was on sale. They always had a good selection of sale items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    Our LQS has only raised the prices on the fabrics that are new coming in but the next city over I notied last week her new fabrics are $12 so she's raised the older still in stock up to the same price. I will not buy from her again. I understand the prices went up on cotton so they have to raise but that bolt you bought 6 months ago did not go up in costs.
    My LQS has done the same thing and she hasn't even gotten in any "new" fabrics. I didn't buy from her when they were $8 a yard and I sure am not going to buy from her now. Wholesale fabric does not cost near what is being charged and I find price gouging to be very distasteful. I won't shop there anymore.
    I can understand being upset when prices go up but I doubt LQS's are raising prices "because they can" or just because they want to rip people off. That's the quickest way for a small business to go bankrupt. They already have to compete with online stores that can charge less because they have less overhead and more volume.

    And business costs go up with no regard to how much a shop owner charged for a bolt of fabric one, three, or six months ago. If your utility costs go up sharply or there is some other rise in your business related costs, you don't have many options. You have to find some way of bringing in the revenue to cover those costs, and most of the time that means raising prices across the board.

    The price charged for a bolt of fabric isn't based solely off how much that bolt of fabric cost them originally.

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    I hear you on that one. I save up and buy at the big Quilt Shows. WE have one coming up in October and I have my money stashed.

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    When the store first opened DH figured out that half the money he took in went to various taxes - some of which I never heard of before we got married. He always made sure that we charged enough to stay open and eat.

    Last night I order the backing for DGD's wedding quilt. I know I won't put it on for months but with the crop failures this year I want to have it here in the house. I Googled and found that cotton is harvested July - Nov. Don't know how long it takes to get from field to store. Not even going to guess what the prices will be next summer.

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    shop online - you can find fabric online anywhere from $3 to $7 a yard.

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