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Thread: How do you find bulk fabrics

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    I love fabric4less, you have to buy the whole bolt; but the prices are really great. I bought two the first time, love the pattern and my last order was for three bolts. I am under strict regulations after this last purchase. DH still does not understand "stash."

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    I wondered that myself!

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    Years ago i worked at a fabric store, you just watch the sales and clearance and then buy buy buy. Back when I started buying, calicos were only 2.99 a yard when it went on sale i could get it for maybe .50 to 1.00 yard and i would buy 10 yards of everything if it was muslin at .50 a yard i bought the whole bolt. I have soooo much fabric i doubt i will even get close to using a 1/4 of it. I think i bought just in case we ran out.

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    My thoughts with dealing with quite a few ebay sellers selling quilt shop quality and top names is that they once had a storefront but the overhead and everything involved with that made them decide to close their shops and sell from their homes/storage facilities because they could make a better profit for themselves plus keeping the prices down for their customers. I know quite a few previous quilt shop owners who did this. Course they still kept their licenses and purchase directly from the vendors in wholesale lots.

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    I too have been looking for a good source of fabrics. I have found some sites by searching wholesale fabric, but the real mill end outlets have eluded me. :?

    You might try local interrior designers. I've been to a shop where designers resell the left-over bolt. You can find some cottons there.

    I ran into a lady at a craft fair who used Ralph Lauren (designer sheeting) fabric for her woven "rag" rugs, but she wouldn't share her resource.

    Ideas?

    Thank you....

    :D

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    There are places that sell closeouts, last season fabrics, perfect goods that just are from discontinued lines, but the prices on those goods are just shy of $3 / yard and of course you have to add 30 - 40 cents per yard for shipping costs. If the sellers you've been looking at are charging less than that, then I there must be some other "secret" source that they've found.

    IMHO a lot of the closeouts are the leftovers, the ones that didn't sell as well, not the really pretty ones. 'Course beauty is always in the eye of the beholder...

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    Oh please tell me too.

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    ok quilters you can buy in bulk from marshall drygoods in batesville ar.go on line to marshalldrygood.com and see all the pretty fabric they have a toll free number that you can get from there web site
    louise in arkansas

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    Thank you kindly. It has they types of fabrics I've been looking for. Even by the bolt it's a savings just using it for two projects. Perhaps I'll open my own etsy shop with the overage.

    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgal
    I am befuzzled by people on ebay that sell lots of fq and yardage lots of fabric. Where do they get the fabric? It has to be cheap to them so they can sell cheap. Any ideas?
    I am a regular customer of my local fabric shop and usually spend $100-$125 a month. So when she gets a really good deal on some fabric, she offers it to her regular customers first. I'm just lucky to be close to the first 10 on her call list.

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    Off the back of a truck? (just joking)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    There are places in North Carolina where you can buy bulk
    There is a place at Fancy Gap Virginia (or might be NC) Just off the interstate. I was hoping to get this kind of information when I posted the subject recently but most of what I got was on line and regular quilt shops. There is another shop in Monroe NC. Believe is The Remnant Shop
    We went to a lg. remnent warehouse. It carried lots of giant rolls of fabric, even batting, also packaged sheets and curtains. It was in NC but we cant remember where.I think 2 ladies ran it. Any ideas anyone where this could be? Thanks.

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    Maybe shops that go out of business....

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    me too,Ihave a tax ID but no source

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammyX3
    I know that the 5 and dime in my home town goes to a place in Chicago and gets bulk for there craft department. Most of the fabric is of good quilting quality, some is on the thin side. They get lots of fleece, flannel, and cottons some mixed knits and silky type material too. They get large amounts and sell most of the cottons for $2.99 yrd. and the fleece goes for $5-$7.00 yrd. flannels go for $2.99 a yard. They have 9 4ft x 8ft tables full and several shelf units. The tables are about 18" deep in fabric.
    They do not carry any moda. they sometimes have batics and 30's repo. and lots of panels with cordinating fabric. I get lost for hours when I can get there. {hee hee} wish I could get there more often and have a bottomless pocket book! {drule drule}
    where about in chicago ? can anyone go there and buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suttonrose
    me too,Ihave a tax ID but no source
    if you have a tax ID for buying jewerly at wholesale will that work for buying fabric wholesale ?

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    Here's the secret to those good deals on Ebay.... those sellers are losing money. And the competition is fierce. Ask me how I know!

    Anyone can buy wholesale from a manufacturer if they have a sales tax certificate. You can get that from your state and local government. Annual fees are involved.

    But it is hard to find a sales rep that will even talk to you if you tell them you're selling on ebay. Once you do get an account, your first order usually has to be about $1000 depending on the company you're dealing with, then there's a minimum per order after that.

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    Very informational.

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    I agree with everything you just said :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by charmpacksplus
    Here's the secret to those good deals on Ebay.... those sellers are losing money. And the competition is fierce. Ask me how I know!

    Anyone can buy wholesale from a manufacturer if they have a sales tax certificate. You can get that from your state and local government. Annual fees are involved.

    But it is hard to find a sales rep that will even talk to you if you tell them you're selling on ebay. Once you do get an account, your first order usually has to be about $1000 depending on the company you're dealing with, then there's a minimum per order after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penski
    Quote Originally Posted by suttonrose
    me too,Ihave a tax ID but no source
    if you have a tax ID for buying jewerly at wholesale will that work for buying fabric wholesale ?
    Yes, it will. You just have to use some of the fabric in your jewelry designs.

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    Just got an email with 300 timeless treasures batiks. You have to buy the entire 12 yd. bolt though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vera Seemann
    I buy my material, for apparel and quilting, at TheClothLoft.com. Nothing over $5.00. Most of it is $2.75 per yard. Very nice material.
    I just typed this in, but it came up as unknown....

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    Quote Originally Posted by brookemarie19
    Quote Originally Posted by Vera Seemann
    I buy my material, for apparel and quilting, at TheClothLoft.com. Nothing over $5.00. Most of it is $2.75 per yard. Very nice material.
    I just typed this in, but it came up as unknown....
    she might mean this one:

    http://www.quiltingcotton.com/

    the store name is The Cotton Loft

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    Stitch & Save Fabric in Marshall, N.C. 828 649-3721 has tons and tons of great fabric at a great price,
    Trust Me on this tid bit.

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    Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC. I just googled Mary Jo's fabrics. I've heard great things but haven't gotten there yet.

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