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    Fabric Shopping in Kuwait

    On a recent trip to Kuwait I went fabric shopping with a friend (then followed onto Africa for a safari) I could not believe the prices there - $3.50/meter. All first quality quilt fabric, lots of Moda, Rilely Blake, etc. Wish I had taken an extra suitcase. Wondering why the big price difference! Not fair!!!!!!!!
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    Sound so fun!!! Congrats!

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    Guess they get their money from oil not material. Will you have to have taxes put on it before bringing home?

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    It's not marked up 100% in price. If you go to a fabric distributor warehouse and see the price the quilt shops pay for a bolt of the newest fabric then you realize how much mark up there is. New Riley Blake's fabrics are $2.75 a yard by the bolt and are sold in quilt shops here for $10 a yard. Have fun on your travels!
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    Wow, I would have had kittens on the spot! What great prices compared to what we pay in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    On a recent trip to Kuwait I went fabric shopping with a friend (then followed onto Africa for a safari) I could not believe the prices there - $3.50/meter. All first quality quilt fabric, lots of Moda, Rilely Blake, etc. Wish I had taken an extra suitcase. Wondering why the big price difference! Not fair!!!!!!!!
    wow.....again another example of: get the Americans, they are RICH, but isn't Kuwait where they have all that oil, no wonder those burkas are made of blue silk...they can afford it!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    New Riley Blake's fabrics are $2.75 a yard by the bolt and are sold in quilt shops here for $10 a yard. Have fun on your travels!
    $21 here............ Even though that's for a metre (39"), still quite a difference
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    I would be buying another suitcase ... maybe even two!

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    Generally items being sold in a retail setting are manufactured for one fourth the price. For example, if you see a shirt that is $40, it probably cost $10 to make, was sold by the wholesaler for $20 to the retailer, and the retailer put it on the floor for $40.

    In my prior experience in the Dallas, TX, area, many quilt shops keystone their fabric prices (double from wholesale) and also add a bit toward the shipping cost....like maybe $.25-.50 per yard. Doing this, why do you think that so many quilt shops are failing?

    From that doubling of the price they pay to buy a bolt of fabric, they have to pay their staff, the utilities, the rent, advertising, newsletters, teachers, security company, bookkeepers/accountants/lawyer, cleaning crew, misc. supplies and tools, support the local guilds with door prizes, and hundreds of other expenses one never thinks about. And yet we constantly expect them to put their merchandise on sale, give *us* a discount, carry more and more inventory, offer free demos, and on and on and on.

    I can hardly believe that current shops do this much differently than we did a decade ago. If shops are marking their fabrics up 3-4x the wholsale price now, then.........wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    On a recent trip to Kuwait I went fabric shopping with a friend (then followed onto Africa for a safari) I could not believe the prices there - $3.50/meter. All first quality quilt fabric, lots of Moda, Rilely Blake, etc. Wish I had taken an extra suitcase. Wondering why the big price difference! Not fair!!!!!!!!
    Were the prices of suitcases high?

    The only way I'll drop 10 pounds is to go shopping in England. - Maxine-

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    I know the wholesale price for Moda in our area is around $4.25 to $5.75 a yard. Batiks were higher. The shop only charges double compared to some of the other shops that are going for over $12 a yard. The shop I worked at quit buying Hoffman because freight charges were ridiculous.
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    I'm not in Kuwait. How much would a trip there cost? Oh yeh, I'm in California USA

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    Let all go on a quilt shop safari in Kuwait. Have fun on your travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    On a recent trip to Kuwait I went fabric shopping with a friend (then followed onto Africa for a safari) I could not believe the prices there - $3.50/meter. All first quality quilt fabric, lots of Moda, Rilely Blake, etc. Wish I had taken an extra suitcase. Wondering why the big price difference! Not fair!!!!!!!!
    Well, for one thing, you have to go to Kuwait to get it!

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    LOL, just emailed a soldier in Kuwait about this conversation. He said he'd look around but I told him not to bother, shipping would kill me unless he smuggled it out in his duffel bag!!
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    A good looking soldier can sweet talk a flight attendant to carry it home for him probably.

    The only way I'll drop 10 pounds is to go shopping in England. - Maxine-

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    I probably would have got rid of some clothes!
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    Oh my gosh, I am laughing at everyone of your suggestions. Nobody more creative than a quilter. LOL If there's a way to get our hands on fabrics, somebody will think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Were the prices of suitcases high?
    LOL!!!!!! This comment cracked me up!
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    When we traveled to Europe last April, we were limited to one suitcase each, with weight limits. And they were careful about carry-ons too.
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    when i was a kid, i went on an amazing journey overseas. when i was packing my mom's counsel was to pack things that were easy to smash into a corner, under pack, and to bring things i could do without. the plan was to wear something once or twice, and dispose of it to make room for the goodies i would be bringing back. (there was a 40 lb. weight restriction, and only one small carryon allowed.) i came home with only one pair of nylons, the clothes/undies i was wearing, and a skirt and one dress left--and a wonderful selection of remembrances! thank heaven for a smart mom!!
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    I used to go to Bombay with a suitcase inside a suitcase. This was in the days when you could have 2 suitcases FREE. I filled the extra with fabric and spices. Bombay had the most beautiful solid color cottons @$1/meter I've ever seen. They required prewashing with Synthrapol or Retayne (don't remember which), but they were worth it. Also,In Delhi, I bought silks @$5/meter. Now I wish I'd bought a lot more silks! I did buy enough to make my daughter's wedding dress and my dress for her wedding. I should mention that I was able to fly there easily because DH was a PanAm Captain. Ah, those were the days!

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    What a great deal. At that price I think I would have bought another suitcase. On your next trip, maybe you should include some of those folding suitcases, a lot are like duffle bags.

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    DD travels a lot by air. She just pays extra for extra luggage. She hasn't said anything about a one bag limit on any flight. I don't think I've picked her up from the airport with less the three big suitcases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat G View Post
    Oh my gosh, I am laughing at everyone of your suggestions. Nobody more creative than a quilter. LOL If there's a way to get our hands on fabrics, somebody will think of it.
    I'd be tempted to sew it up into "something" that looked wearable, using basting type stitches I could easily tear out on the other end so I could reuse the fabric, and declare it all as my usual wardrobe! You know, I use lots of shawls!

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