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Thread: Fabric Prices going up

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    I talked to a lady who worked in the fabric department at our local Walmart and she told me she had just placed an order for fabric and the cost had gone up 100%. Fabric prices are going up everywhere. Those of us on fixed incomes are going to have to shop for bargains...if there will be any.

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    that is crazy

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    Thankfully, I have been collecting fabric for the past yr and half, off craiglist and the flea market. Every once in a while I'll see a piece on here and splurge for myself. I am honestly putting myself on a fabric diet! It should be a sin for all I have. Once I get my sewing room rearrange and fabrics put out I will have to show pics, and lord knows I will still have totes full. Now I need to get thread.I have at least 22 large totes full of fabric and an old china cabinet full....like I said.....it is probably a sin!

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    If I didn't buy another piece of fabric I would have enough till I'm about 200 lol

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    I think I have SABLE disease-Stash Accumilated Beyond Life Expectency, but I bought more at the sale today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slstitcher
    I think I have SABLE disease-Stash Accumilated Beyond Life Expectency, but I bought more at the sale today.
    Didn't you see me right behind you?!

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    I got lucky, I'd placed an order for some fabric through a webshop and they forgot to process my order. So I e-mailed them yesterday and they replied that the fabric I ordered is now on discount, so I get the discounted price :D

    But yes, fabric is getting more expensive here too. *sigh* I don't have much of a stash as I only buy for projects, but I'm sure going to be paying more attention to discounts!

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    My mother always talked about how they used flour sacks and would cut up clothes that were too small to make clothes and quilts. Make me wonder if we are there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    Quote Originally Posted by slstitcher
    I think I have SABLE disease-Stash Accumilated Beyond Life Expectency, but I bought more at the sale today.
    Didn't you see me right behind you?!
    Yes, and I know you bought more than I did!

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    I think it is getting to that point! I work at Salvation Army, and sometimes we get some really nice fabric in. Try your local thrift stores, you may be suprized! Always a goodie hiding in there somewhere. :thumbup:

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    Not yet! about using flour sacks to make our clothes.But yes fabric is higher than it was. I am 47 and my grandmother made a lot of my clothes out of them I can still remember her making dresses,shirts and even my panties.I grew up very hard and did not get running water in the house when I was 13.we had the old running water aka run out to the well and get it run right back in.

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    I noticed at JoAnn's yesterday that the new fabric was much higher, especially in the calico. Many bolts of it was now $9.99 a yard. Quilting is becoming an expensive hobby, but I'm hooked.

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    I haven't been quilting very long...just learning...so I don't have much fabric...will just have to look for the bargains. I'm loving it and don't plan on giving it up. I've always wanted to learn but was always so busy with my family. I became interested in vintage sewing machines recently and decided to learn to quilt. I've been learning, thanks to the wonderful people on this Board. Thanks again to everyone who offers advice and helps those of us who can't afford to go out to classes.

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    I talked to my mother in law(I'm so lucky) and children. Some of them live in larger towns than I do and they said they will check yard sales and estate sales for fabric and call me and I think that should help.
    BTW DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A 250% MARKUP FROM WHOLESALE ON FABRIC?????? Maybe it should be less????
    Basics economics: Supply down, price up;supply up price down. Only the consumer can adjust that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bettyrasm
    I talked to my mother in law(I'm so lucky) and children. Some of them live in larger towns than I do and they said they will check yard sales and estate sales for fabric and call me and I think that should help.
    BTW DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A 250% MARKUP FROM WHOLESALE ON FABRIC?????? Maybe it should be less????
    Basics economics: Supply down, price up;supply up price down. Only the consumer can adjust that.
    No shop I know uses a 250% markup. Most LQS's with B&M stores use a 100% markup for new, just introduced fabric lines. That is and has for many years been the standard markup. Many online stores use a 80% or less markup. Then you start discounting, giving free shipping, etc etc and paying your expenses. When you're all done you're lucky if you clear enough to pay for the fabric.

    Oh, and here's some more basic economic facts as they relate to the current cotton products situation: Since the world-wide supply (and it is a world-wide market) for cotton is at it's all-time low in relation to steadily increasing demand, prices are up, way up, and they won't be going down any time soon.

    Since the market in cotton broadcloth for quilting represents a very minuscule percentage of a worldwide market, for cotton that has a huge gap between supply and demand, any boycott, slowdown in purchasing etc would be highly unlikely to have any positive impact on prices. Every single quilter in the world could totally quit buying fabric and it wouldn't make a bit of difference in the price of cotton, due to the fact that there is so much unmet demand out there for cotton in other products.

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