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Thread: Fabric Prices Rising????

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    I'm going through my stash and making a note of what fabrics I'm low on as I'll be in Lancaster PA in a week or so for the quilt show and shopping at the many fabrics shops in the area. I'm trying to stay on the No Buy kick this year and will be picking up 'allowable' purchases, backgrounds, backings and blues, yellows, reds, etc. for borders for my scrappy quilts. Their prices are always much lower than my LQS and with so many shops in the area I can always find what I'm looking for at a good price.
    Sauders always has some precut fabrics for 2.99. Last year I picked up about 5 yds. of a good quality cream fabric at that price because it had a dirt mark, washed the dirt out when I got home. Zooks is my favorite for variety and prices and I always check the wide backing section. I've curtailed my time in Lancaster this year due to knee problems but I'm making sure I hit my favorite stores. May in Jersey

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    I am going to the Dallas show and my vendor friends have already said they know people will have sticker shock..the prices are crazy...imagine FQ's on sale for $3.00!

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    Be Prepared, the good Boy Scout Motto, has lots of truth.
    It's not hording if it's organized.
    There are many professional food storage companies out there, with freeze dried or dehydrated, which prepares the same way as a Betty Crocker pkg of potatos or Brownie mix. I've taste tested, and they are very good. You can dress it up a little with home grown herbs, a few spices, but I think it's well worth the buy. We bought enough for their deluxe pkg supply (includes everything down to pudding), for 10 people for 1 yrs (Hubby & I, 3 Daughters & 3 sonin laws, grandkids). Supposed to have a storage life of 30 yrs, so if we need it in the next 5, I'm glad I have it.

    Then we buy bulk from Sam's Club, what we can, extra each time. Then I have 4500 sq ft of veggie gardens, several varieties of berry patches a few ND tough fruit tree's.
    I do home canning & 3 chest freezers full (freeze veggies & fruits) & (Can sauces, syrups, jams, pickles). We have 2 hunting daughters & my husband & I to help with meat.

    This next year, we're adding laying hens, meat chickens & turkeys, and a couple miniture cattle for meat. We're trying to become self sufficient, which I know is harder for most. I have a daughter who lives in a fancy neighborhood in OR, and started to raise chickens for eggs beside her garden..IN a high end neighborhood, no objections, other's are doing it to. I think we'll see more of that, people learning and turning to the ways of their grandparents.

    As for any novelty store, clothing, shoes, kitchen wares, or fabrics. I fear we'll see more and more going out of business signs. Our local shop closed, and didn't do the end sale, she kept it for her own stash instead of losing money to reduce inventory? I believe Ebay & Garage Sales & Local Auctions will be the place to shop soon, discount stores like Target over Gap, Walmart fabric over quilt shops. I think we'll sacrifice quality for ability to afford.

    I do recycle a lot now, I love scrappy quilts. But I also collect wedding gowns with pretty fabric rather than sequins, bride maid & prom gowns. Men's silk tie's & hankies & wool suites, men's flannel shirts, asst color denim's, ladies hankies, embellishments, anything I find at a yard sale that's usable. Just need to add more wool blankets for batting, and good solid blankets work for batting also. I'd rather use fabric, but if I have to, I can use old bed sheets for blanket backs too. Our grandmother's quilted with what they had, items that wore out and got used up a new way, and what didn't work there became cleaning rags. I like the idea of a double sided quilt, make it spring/summer side bright...and winter/fall side neutral. Fun way to change the look in a room. I'm also learning to braid & weave rugs, they sure come in handy in a bathroom & back door esepcially winter boots.

    I used to sell home parties, to afford all that I wanted, but they are way down in sales. If you get them to come, it's to visit and be entertained, not to buy these days.
    ND has a strong economy, very low unemployed, solid housing market, but also very cautious people.

    Another idea, if your in the market, we moved an old house then it was gutted to the studs & rebuilt. We added a huge hot water tank, ground source heat pump system, basement floor heet, wind generator, started planting as large tree's we could afford, and just kept adding a few here and there for win break. Hauled in very old manure from local farm & have lush lawns & very productive gardens now. We have the space, and fence in a big back garden. We've created raised beds for gardens around the house, which will help as I age, I've had a lot of surgeries. We hay the land, looking maybe doing a wheat crop then back to hay for cattle. We free range the chickens in a movable coop across the field (protects them from preditors also). And I grow literally everything you can imagine. Sometimes we have to be resourceful. I had a 30x30 garden in town, grew 18 tomatos and got 800 lbs that summer, and lots of other grops too. Partner with a friend, if you have the land, share buying tools, let her buy seeds (you have the water too probably), and get together to work the garden once a week and a lunch. Same at canning season, get together and rotate homes, and put up all you can, split the lug of peaches & cost of a case of jars for jams, etc. Buy at warehouse grocery centers when you can. Seems higher priced, but broke down, is cheeper. Save a smaller bottle to refill from the bulk bottles to easier handle at the laundry, cleaners, shampoo, etc. Get creative (like we do with our fabric stash) and store toilet paper under the bed, cases stacked in closet under clothes, or under couch.
    Even in an apartment, you can put away 6 mo to 1 yr of complete storage. Never know when you have employment changes, and prices go too high to afford, or accident or illness strikes and money is needed other places besides necessities. When we were unemployed 9 months, I had enough toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, etc. to last and still had a couple bottles left when we got the next job. That saved our unemployment money to pay the house & medical insurance, we needed, and free'd us from needing to buy basic groceries. We simply never have cable TV, watch only local channels, and usually stay busy enough not to watch much tv (quilting, gardening, reading, games). We don't use credit cards, pay as we go, or go without. Not to proud to have items I bought at an auction, garage sale, or ebay. I have a beautiful home, hardly anything was bought new. Hope my tips can help some. And no, I do not have disability, no unemployement or workers comp... just unlucky to have lots of surgeries and currently unable to work, but I do push myself at our home and work hard here. My husband works 200 miles from home, has an apartment there, and last 2 months only got 30 HOURS off, literally. You do what you have to, so I do the local yards, gardens, etc. Debbie

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    I think I will go cover my head for an hour or so.... Dang, well I guess we have lived "high on the hog" long enough....

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    I think lots of people won't be sewing if fabric is this high.

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    im thinking i better stock up a bit on thread and batting pretty fabrc i have enough to sew for about 2 yearsor maybee three if im not to picky. im planning a garden this year as well food has already gon up might have to toilet train the kids soon to save on dipers.

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    stevendebbie25 I completely agree with you. We are putting money into Red wheat berries for bread, 100lb's sugar, flour, beans, etc. packed in mylar bags and stored in 5 gal. pails. My son and I are already canning as we go. I have a pressure canner for my meats and stews and chicken is absolutely delicious after it is canned. White solid tuna goes on sale 10 for $10.00, we bought 100 cans. Watch all sales on #10 cans of everything. My DH does consulting work for the govt. and has brought home papers suggesting everyone should have a 6 month food supply. I guess if the govt. is telling their people to do it so should we.

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    There is no end in sight yet as to price increases on fabric. Nor will there be, at least until the 2011 crop is harvested so we know how much cotton (supply) is available.

    The longer the manufacturer - or retail store - or customer - waits, before placing their order, the higher the price will be. There is only so much 2010 fabric left to be sold at the wholesale level, and after that supply is exhausted all shops will have to buy new goods at the current higher prices.

    That said... I don't see prices doubling. My best (semi-educated) guess is that unless something new and awful happens, wholesale prices are likely to go up another 50 cent - $1 by the end of the year. Which would translate into (USA) retail prices for new prints being about $13 / yard in those stores which charge full-price.

    It's not the end of the world, and we will still sew, but we will make our choices more carefully and probably will not do so much buying "on a whim".

    If you do not have sufficient backing or batting to finish all the projects that you HONESTLY think you will complete in the next year-and-a-half or so, then it probably would be wise to stock up on those items if you have the funds (and storage space) to do so.

    If cotton prices do come down again, it will take a while before that will be reflected in the retail price of fabrics. And the prices will probably never come all the way back down again. (Gasoline never did...)

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    Interesting discussion (again). I have heard that fabric is going up about 30% That means that $9.00 fabric will cost $12.00 I was at my LQS today and they said that they have not seen a price increase as yet. Stay tunes---------.

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    I will definitely be using the JoAnn's coupons to stock up on batting and will be checking into backing materials. Getting thread is also a good idea. Luckily, I have a couple of gift certificates to use at a couple of different qult shops so I'd better get those out and use them.
    I don't really believe we will see $27 a yard for fabric, but it will surely go higher than it is now.
    I hope, hope, hope we have decent weather for the garden this year. The last two years haven't been too good around here and we didn't get as much from our garden as in years past. May even have to turn one of flower beds into another veggie garden. Now if it would just warm up around here!!

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