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Thread: How do you find bulk fabrics

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    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?

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    My guess is that it is quilt shops and stash addicts.

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    Heaven help me if i ever find the answer to this question.

    i'd end up having to rent a commercial storage locker. :lol:

    but ... please ... do feel free to tell me anyway. :XD:

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    Black market fabrics? :lol:

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    maybe estate sales and yard sales A DF finds fabric and batting for me at yard sales a lot

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    I would guess mill ends? Maybe manufacture who has an overflow?

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    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 Remnent Shop

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    Estate sales, storage locker sales, liquidation sales, going out of business sales too :D:D:D

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    Some people get them the same place that many LQS's get theirs, from a wholesaller. All that they need is a Resaler Tax ID.

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    I don't know but it gets me in trouble I just got 6 yards in the mail today that I paid 99 cents plus shipping ! I have gotten lots of good deals. Last week I bid .99 on large flat rate boxes of "estate find squares". I won two well I washed them yesterday and they filled a 30 gal trash bag when they came out of the dryer lol. Now to iron them all ugh.

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    If you find out please let us know. Heaven help them beacause everyone here will buy them out :XD:

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    Please... tell me too!

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    Maybe someone on here will let us in on their secrets.

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    Please don't leave me out :!:

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    I know someone who sells and buys mill ends and then resells them. Phew, you should see her basement! A little scary to walk through...

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    I took at a class at Quiltfest where the teacher said she purchased fabric in large bulk quantities direct from overseas from $1-$2 per yd.

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    .99 what a deal, :)

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    Dallas has a "fabric district." A cluster of stores that sell closeouts and mill ends. One store sold pretty nice quilt fabric inlcuding batiks for $4.99 per yard, and they had a section of "buy the whole for .99 cents per yard" which is great for quilt backs. Other shops sell some cottons and some knits for garments. It's a fabric addict's dream (or nightmare!)

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    At Marshalls fabric in Batesville Ar. also on line

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    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}

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    I buy bolts wholesale from New England Quilt Supply in Pembroke (sp).

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    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    I buy bolts wholesale from New England Quilt Supply in Pembroke (sp).
    applique
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    to quilter 1943
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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 have a friend who has a commercial account with several fabric vendors (she has to buy the entire bolt). She takes me with her to the vendors' warehouses occasionally and I pick out fabric I would like to buy. She buys the bolts and I reimburse her. I can sometimes buy a 10 yard bolt for what I'd pay for 2 or 3 yards in a LQS.

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    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.

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