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    Hi, I've been wondering whether it is possible to get new fabrics at wholesale price or slightly above. Do quilt stores sell whole bolts at much lower prices than by the yard because there is not much work involved for them? I know you can find good fabrics online for something like 4$ a yard, but they seem to be older lines. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Many local stores will sell wholesale only if you are in business for yourself. Because bolt yardage differs from bolt to bolt even if the fabric is identical, shops 'unbolt' and measure what you actually get. There is actually more work involved for them to do that since it takes more time and space. And around here, none of them will let you have the cardboard bolt...ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    That seems like a great source! Thanks for that link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Many local stores will sell wholesale only if you are in business for yourself. Because bolt yardage differs from bolt to bolt even if the fabric is identical, shops 'unbolt' and measure what you actually get. There is actually more work involved for them to do that since it takes more time and space. And around here, none of them will let you have the cardboard bolt...ever.
    Who would have thought, I assumed the exact yardage would be put on the bolt by the manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie1001
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    That seems like a great source! Thanks for that link!
    I don't know where you live but if possible go to their warehouse in Batesville, Ar...you'll never shop anywhere else again. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
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    That seems like a great source! Thanks for that link!
    I don't know where you live but if possible go to their warehouse in Batesville, Ar...you'll never shop anywhere else again. ;)
    I live in Western PA, Pittsburgh area, and don't know of anything like this here. Lucky you!

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    Its worth the trip! :lol: :lol:

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    fabric stores charge full price for a bolt. i was thinking if i got a business license i could go to a manufacture and buy like the quilt shops do but i don't know where the manufactures are. maybe we can exchange ideas.

    mema

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    Quote Originally Posted by memathomas
    fabric stores charge full price for a bolt. i was thinking if i got a business license i could go to a manufacture and buy like the quilt shops do but i don't know where the manufactures are. maybe we can exchange ideas.

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    You can buy partial bolts at Marshalls Dry Goods on the wholesale side and you do not need a tax number or license. Last time I went I paid 1.55 per yard. :thumbup:

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    Hi! Thank you for the link where you can purchase fabrics. I have been ordering more and more online--much cheaper.

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    You can buy bolts at wholesale at fabricdepot.com without having to have a business license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by memathomas
    fabric stores charge full price for a bolt. i was thinking if i got a business license i could go to a manufacture and buy like the quilt shops do but i don't know where the manufactures are. maybe we can exchange ideas.

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    You can buy partial bolts at Marshalls Dry Goods on the wholesale side and you do not need a tax number or license. Last time I went I paid 1.55 per yard. :thumbup:
    I spent some time yesterday browsing their website. Great fabrics and prices, however, I would say 90 % of the fabrics that I clicked on were out of stock. Is that normal? And are they getting them back in?

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    Its always that way. I asked them about it one time and they said just call them with your order. They would rather do business by phone I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Its always that way. I asked them about it one time and they said just call them with your order. They would rather do business by phone I think.
    Are you saying they aren't really out of stock when it says so on their website? If so, I'll have quite a list for them, really loved a lot of their fabrics!

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    I have a business and tax license but not using it at this time but can activate it again. Most of the fabric manufactors are over seas but there are many in the united states as well. Getting fabric from the manufactor is the lowest price you can get but a person has to buy quanity. Whole sale fabric is a markup from the manufactor price and then the finial price is retail and the stores that sell fabric mark it up to what ever they want. I have the resource for buying from the manufactors and that 5 dollar fabric you buy can be less then few dollars a yard. Been really thinking of starting up a fabric store online were the prices are affordable exspecially in this economy that we live in!

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    Deborah, That's a great idea! All of us here on the board can buy from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie1001
    Hi, I've been wondering whether it is possible to get new fabrics at wholesale price or slightly above. Do quilt stores sell whole bolts at much lower prices than by the yard because there is not much work involved for them? I know you can find good fabrics online for something like 4$ a yard, but they seem to be older lines. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    Well, do you have a JoAnns where you live? Do you get the flyer?? take your 40 or 50% coupon and buy a fresh bolt of the desired fabric - I always get whitish on whitish cause there ALWAYS is a need! Coupons come our regularly and your stash could grow in nothing flat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie1001
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Its always that way. I asked them about it one time and they said just call them with your order. They would rather do business by phone I think.
    Are you saying they aren't really out of stock when it says so on their website? If so, I'll have quite a list for them, really loved a lot of their fabrics!
    Right....they told me to just give them a call and they probably have it.

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    i havent bought anything from them so i dont know

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    Thanks for the link - I'm going to check it out now :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by newbie1001
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    That seems like a great source! Thanks for that link!
    I don't know where you live but if possible go to their warehouse in Batesville, Ar...you'll never shop anywhere else again. ;)
    oh how true that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylvia77
    Deborah, That's a great idea! All of us here on the board can buy from you.
    yes, I would buy from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    Quote Originally Posted by sylvia77
    Deborah, That's a great idea! All of us here on the board can buy from you.
    yes, I would buy from you.
    Same here

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    what about shipping that would make it almost as expensive as the LQS????

    mema

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