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Thread: Fabric at My Wal-Mart

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    My local Wal-Mart is being remodeled and I noticed they are sort of bringing fabric back. I saw 2 yard packages being sold for $7. 1 yard packages of like high quality cotton quilting fabric for $5. The selection is not like it used to be when they had the fabric wall. I doubt that I will be buying fabric from the new fabric section, but thought some others might be interested to hear about it.

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    Joann's is now selling 3 yard packages of the solid 100% cotton colors (so far 5 colors - black, white, tan, red, blue). Price is $12.99, which works out to about $4.25 per yard. Quality appears to be the same as what they have on their fabric wall - I purchased all the colors and immediately washed them. They appear to be OK - I'll have to work them into my current projects to have a final opinion on the overall quality.

    For me at the time, it was a great convenience to have the pre-cut fabric since I was trying to complete a quilt (needed backing). It sounds like this may be a trend in the industry to boost sales in a down economy (and so they don't have to hire folks to cut the material - less labor costs for the store).

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    Ours has &/or has had some of the prepackaged but it does not seem to be selling very well until it goes on clearance. One of the fabric ladies said "Folks here want to pick their own and cut it themselves." (referring to the jelly rolls and fat quarters that were more expensive than the yardage).

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    One WalMart about 20 miles from me has a full fabric line. It has all the quilt of the month fabric, all the Pellon products and Warm and Natural batting on the bolt. I buy 3 or more yards of every new David Textile fabric I find there. I noticed that there was pre packaged panels to make a stuff 18" doll, doll clothes, and accessories for girl and doll. They were very cute! There were some fabric books packages too. Also pre packaged fabric to make pillowcases. Any Walmart store can order these from the warehouse. It's up to the fabric dept manager. Walmarts that have no cutting table can't order bolts but can order any of the pre packaged fabrics. Fat quarters, jelly rolls, fat eights, charm packs and now Walmart has pre packaged 1 yard cuts of decent looking fabric of good quality. i was talking to the fabric dept manager there and she said many fabric managers order the fabric cuts that they know will not sell. This way they can justify not ordering it. Most do not like fabric taking up room on the limited shelf space. This fabric dept manager is a quilter and she orders what she knows quilters will want.

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    Our Walmart went out of the fabric business about two years ago. It's great to know they can order fabric for me, Thank you for the information. :lol:

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    This manager orders bolts of batting, muslin or other by the bolt product anyone wants to buy a whole bolt of. She has a big thick book with everything listed that she can get.

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    Great, Thanks

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    The walmart here has gotten rid of all of the fabric. The only thing resembling fabric is some clearanced pillowcase kits. Also we are getting a new Walmart Supercenter and the cashier told me that they won't have fabric either. I read that new walmarts are supposed to have it but apparently not this one. Joann's is the only place that sells fabric around here now.

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    Our WM downsized the fabric dept. over a year ago and now all of sudden they don't have space for all that comes in. It is stuffed everywhere and the fabric wall is so stuffed you can hardly get the bolts pulled out without causing an avalanche of sorts. Now if they only had decent service.

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    Quilt-n-girl if you were asking about me, I'm from Fort Worth, TX

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    I live about 12 miles to two Walmart and neither has fabric. :-(

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    We have a new Walmart Supercenter about 1-2 miles from my house. I used to love the Walmart crafting/fabric section because they always had cute stamp sets for about 1/2 of any place else, cricut supplies, markers, paper, etc. Also, I would peruse the fabric section from time to time and have made 4 of the quilt of the month quilts that were featured. However, with the new Walmart, they totally downsized the craft section and when inquiring about that, they said that all new Walmarts are doing away with fabric and focusing on electronics. So, my craft sections really SUCKS and there is barely enough fabric there to blow your nose on. Really disappointing.

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    Oh and also, I made friends with this really nice lady that worked in the fabric section and she inquired about my mom who was sick and dying at the time and I asked about her daughter who was going through breast cancer treatment. I helped her through it as I am a breast cancer survivor and she saw how healthy I was, so it gave her hope. I haven't seen her at the new Walmart, so I think she lost her job. There used to be a dedicated sales associate in the crafting section, and now it looks as blah as the canned food aisle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christinetindell
    Oh and also, I made friends with this really nice lady that worked in the fabric section and she inquired about my mom who was sick and dying at the time and I asked about her daughter who was going through breast cancer treatment. I helped her through it as I am a breast cancer survivor and she saw how healthy I was, so it gave her hope. I haven't seen her at the new Walmart, so I think she lost her job. There used to be a dedicated sales associate in the crafting section, and now it looks as blah as the canned food aisle.
    Yeah I would talk to this one associate every time I went in there. She literally watched my son grow up till about 3 or 4.

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