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Thread: Has anyone bought fabric lots from ebay?

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    Has anyone bought fabric lots from ebay?

    Were you happy with the quality and quantity? I make rag quilts, QAYG, purses, little girl dresses, and other projects if that helps with the question. Are there certain vendors you prefer? Are there other online sites you like better? Are there certain vendors you would not buy from again? Thanks for any input you can offer.

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    this is such a wide open question because unlike buying from an online quilt shop, there are about a zillion different sellers. Having said that, I have bought LOTS of stuff on ebay including fabric. I look at the feedback number, and if you click on the number, you can actually see the feedback posts. i look to see what items the comments are about, then make a decision. There is a place on this board where board members sell fabric. This might be something you would also like to consider.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-sale-trade-f20/
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    Hi...I have had some amazing fabric deals from ebay and some really bad experiences....if I buy from a private seller I now always ask if it from a smoke free environment as I bought some once that smelt so bad I could never use it !

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    I bought a large amount of 1930's reproduction charm squares from Emerald City Fabrics e-bay store and was very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    this is such a wide open question because unlike buying from an online quilt shop, there are about a zillion different sellers. Having said that, I have bought LOTS of stuff on ebay including fabric. I look at the feedback number, and if you click on the number, you can actually see the feedback posts. i look to see what items the comments are about, then make a decision. There is a place on this board where board members sell fabric. This might be something you would also like to consider.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-sale-trade-f20/
    Thank you for your comments. You are so right about the amount of sellers. I have looked several times and I get so overwhelmed that I don't buy anything. I will look at the feedback for sure, that will help. I have bought from Etsy with good results. As you can see I am not that computer literate because I just hit some button that changed my font and I will have to get my daughter to fix it.

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    As fabric is so expensive here I use eBay US a lot. Good sellers are;
    Jordans of Oregon
    Twin Orchard Textiles
    Phillyfabrics
    La Chakra
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I've bought a lot of the Moda scrap bags from Maya'a quilt shop, they're fun because you get to see all the fabrics in the lines.
    And I'm scared to push the wrong button, too, because worse things have happened than chaning the font!

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    I have bought scraps, old blocks, an unfinished top and cut pieces. If you are NOT buying from a shop or regular vendor be sure to read the descriptions and squint at the pictures. Some dealers don't know as much about fabric as they might....especially about fabric content. Ask questions before bidding.

    The charm packs I purchased from several sellers have been GREAT--perfectly cut, smooth, and assortments I would never been able to assemble myself.

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    I bought some hoping to use it in a quilt for a grandson. When it arrived the fat quarters were gutted and the fabric was of awful quality. I contacted the seller - well you don't need to know about the tussel which followed.

    Now I buy only what I can examine with my hands.

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    Have had much success with lauriesfabricshop bought many pieces and lots from them and have not been disappointed yet. Good luck!

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    I have purchased the remnant box from Fabrics.com, and the quality, the lengths, and nice patterns made this an impressive deal IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmickChick View Post
    I have purchased the remnant box from Fabrics.com, and the quality, the lengths, and nice patterns made this an impressive deal IMO.
    I had no idea they sold these... will have to check it out.

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    My experience with online purchases: some fabrics are great; others are awful! I have decided to only buy what I can touch beforehand. I don't like wasting money!

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    I have bought only larger lots because I had nothing except for the small amount we can buy over here. I then fill a box or suitcase with fabric to bring back to Poland with me. Usually as long as it was cotton, I was happy, since I really did want a stash to work from.

    I've been pleased, generally. Just look carefully at the pictures and make sure that the feedback of the person shows that the person isn't misrepresenting things. Sometimes, if you are the risk taker type person, you can get a good deal from a new seller.

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    I've purchased a lot of fabric from e-bay sellers. MMorningdoves Nest just sent me 4 of the most gorgeous parrot panels!! Be sure to check the number of transactions they've had and comments. That is absolutely key to finding the good ones. I buy lots of "stash builder" lots of fat quarters on e-bay too & I get some really good deals, but you can also get taken, so beware.
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    I have purchased from a few sellers on ebay and been very happy. I do stick with the ones that specialize in fabrics though. I like Jordans, and Mo and Macks, and look for their items.
    Amythyst

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    I have bought some muslim from well know on line store and when I got it was so disappointed....so far that was the only bad experience I have had. I do try and buy from on line quilt shops - I love Bits and Pieces Quilt shop on line - located in New Hampshire - great prices and quality and I get the order in the mail in days not weeks.

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    I had been looking for fabric for an I Spy quilt and found it on EBay - most of it was expensive because it was rare (like Coca-Cola and Harry Potter). I had great results. One of the sellers is really good, BonEFul - she has a lot and ships fast. If she cannot ship immediately, due to a vacation or other reason, she does keep in touch with you, which is a novelty in itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    As fabric is so expensive here I use eBay US a lot. Good sellers are;
    Jordans of Oregon
    Twin Orchard Textiles
    Phillyfabrics
    La Chakra

    Another good one is Krista Quilts & Blockheadsquilting...

    Susan
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 03-02-2013 at 09:36 AM. Reason: pm to member

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    I've bought fabric lots twice. The first time I was well satisfied. The second time, not so much. It was advertised as cotton remnants left over from her business making clothes for kids. When it arrived, if there had been a piece larger than a quarter, it would have been better suited for slipcovering a sofa. I'd rather touch the fabric!

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    FQ's are always a $1 and name brand designers; all cotton, etc. from aaaquilterssupply.com I seem to remember she also has bags of scraps for quilters or that may have been on equilter.com I buy from both places and always happy with fabrics! BertieD

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    http://stores.ebay.com/Ashlawnfarms-Rag-Quilt-Creations

    I have always been happy with her products!!!

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    Have bought lots of fabric and other things from ebay. Have always been satisfied and have been a buyer for 10 yrs.

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    I've bought from sierra patchworks and have been very satisfied with both the service and the fabric squares.
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    I buy a lot on ebay but usually only Moda and I never got stuck. I have gotten beautiful fat quarters in lots of 12 for 12.00. They are last years fabrics but who cares. Mo and Mac's Fabric Shack, Quilterbiker, come to mind. Just type in what you want and usually the fabrics clost to bid closing come up first. Thats how you can get good deals. I have been very happy and have made some excellent deals. A couple times I lost a bid by a dollar or two and the seller contacted me with a second chance bid, for my top bid. Really good deal. Sometimes the winner doesnt have the money when they win. Thats how I got my Featherweight.

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