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The Good Old Days - Remembering Old Fabric Shops

Old 06-26-2021, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Dianemarie View Post
Oh my I remember all the stories you have shared. We bought fabric at Katen Marengo's in the basement. My grandmother had a knit shop in one corner and the towels and fabric occupied the rest of the basement. I only remember getting remenants there. We had a fabric shop but don't remember the name or even buying fabric there; then came Joanns.

Thanks for sharing.
Are you from Stockton, California? I grew up there and remember the Katten Marengo's downtown on the same street as Penney's. There was also one on Pacific Ave, and in the 1970's at Weberstown Mall. Those stores didn't have fabrics. I remember my mother buying fabric at the downtown K & M in the 1960s.

We mostly bought fabric in the department stores until Beverley's opened on Pacific Ave. I spent hours in the bargain basement there! I ended up being the Assistant Manager at the House of Fabrics in Weberstown Mall in the late 70s.
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Old 06-26-2021, 05:21 PM
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I love those meters! I go to a salvage-type store that sells a little bit of everything, including fabric. They have and still use one of those meters to measure your fabric. Just goes to show how things made ‘back in the day’ last forever and ever.
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Old 06-26-2021, 06:26 PM
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I remember my mom going to Hancock's in Plano TX. I am pretty sure she and my aunt bought fabric from Ben Franklins too when it was around. I think but not sure that Hancocks did have a fabric meter. What great memories!
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Old 06-27-2021, 04:31 AM
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I remember those meters well. To my surprise, when a new Wal Mart opened about 35 years or so ago, they had a huge fabric department and had one of these meters on the cutting table. Not only did I make clothes for my family including husband, but I made all the displays for the fabric department. Good old days. Now the same store has very little fabric.
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